A Better-For-You Onion Dip Recipe

Need a dip for the weekend game-day get-together that isn't full of weird, processed ingredients?

This is my updated version of the popular Lipton French Onion Dip. It has the flavors and essence of the original — but it's all natural.

It starts by roasting two whole heads of garlic, which will caramelize in the oven. Nutritional yeast adds that deep, cheesy, complex flavor. You can make it vegan, too, by using cream silken tofu in place of the organic sour cream.

Serve the dip with roasted sweet potato fries, organic unsalted potato chips, or crudités.

Healthy Roasted Garlic and Onion Dip

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Makes 1¾ cups

Ingredients

  • 2 large heads of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large scallions, cleaned
  • ½ cup dehydrated onion
  • ½ teaspoon organic dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon organic celery seeds
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, crumbled with your fingers
  • 1½ cups organic low-fat sour cream, or mashed silken tofu

Preparation

1. To roast garlic, preheat oven to 375°F. Cut off the top ½ inch of the garlic heads, revealing the cloves. Place them in a baking dish to fit; cover each head with ½ teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Cover with heavy foil; crimp tightly and bake until softened and caramelized, 50 to 60 minutes. You can do this up to three days in advance.

2. Remove from oven to cool, then squeeze the cloves out into a bowl; discard the skins.

3. To roast the scallions, lay them on a parchment-lined sheet pan, rub with a scant amount of extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Roast at 375°F until just colored around the edges, about 10 minutes. Cool, discard the root end, and chop coarsely.

4. While scallions are roasting, toast the onion in a dry skillet over low to medium heat, shaking until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Cool.

5. Assemble dip: In a medium-size bowl, add the roasted garlic cloves and roasted scallions. Take 2 tablespoons of toasted dry onions and crumble them with your fingers to break up a bit. Add the rest of the dried onions, parsley, celery seed, and nutritional yeast. Mash all with a fork to combine. Add the sour cream or silken tofu and blend well. Taste for salt.

Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to blend the flavors. It will stay fresh for at least one week.


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