The day before last week’s book club I Googled “make ahead appetizers” and the first article to pop up was “6 Make-Ahead Appetizers” at realsimple.com. I’ve made many a Real Simple recipe that turned out great so I knew I was bound to find something easy and delicious there. I was drawn to the caramelized onion dip because I’m a fan of caramelized onions…but really because this recipe looked dummy-proof.
This recipe doesn’t really require any work; it just takes time. 35 minutes total. Don’t try to speed up the caramelization process, the onions will just burn. Low and slow is the motto here. I hope you like the smell of caramelized onions (I do) because your apartment will smell like them for two days. The dipping vehicle makes a difference here, too. I stumbled upon waffle cut Cape Cod kettle chips, which were even thicker than a normal kettle chip. Thickness is key. (That’s what she said – nailed it.) Vegetable chips (like taro) would also be great with this. I was concerned I made too much but the whole batch was gone by the end of book club.