Caramelized Onion & Bacon Dip
-1 lb bacon
-2 vidalia onions
-1 granny smith apple
-1/2 tsp salt, plus another 1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt in onion mixture if needed
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (double this if you like it spicier)
-2 packages of cream cheese or Neufchâtel cheese
-8 oz of smoked gouda or mozzarella (you can mix & match half and half, too!)
-1 tbsp melted butter or ghee
-1 clove garlic
-Brown bacon until crispy and set aside on a paper towel. Let cool.
-Place onions in pan with 1 tbsp melted ghee or butter and cook on low-medium temp. This step is going to take a while, but you want to low-and-slow cook your onions until they are golden brown and caramelized. If at any point it’s too dry, either add salt and cover with a lid, or add a tablespoon of water.
-While your onions are cooking, grate your smoked gouda. If you can find it already shredded, great! Mozzarella works just as well, too, but if you can find a SMOKED mozzarella, that’s ideal.
-Stir your onions and keep cookin’ them low-and-slow. Now either finely chop your apple and 1 clove of garlic, or run them through the food processor. I know it sounds counterintuitive to include apple, but just TRUST me on this one.
-Once your onions are nice and browned up, add the apples, garlic, and dry seasoning. We don’t want this to cook too long, just 1-3 minutes on low temp to sweat them down a bit.
-Add your cream cheese and stir until melted. While this is melting, crumble your bacon.
-Once melted, fold in your bacon. Once that’s added and evenly distributed, add in your shredded cheese and stir until melted.
-Place in a baking dish and bake at 350* for 35 minutes. If you’d like, you could add more cheese on top. Whenever you add additional cheese on top, though, be sure to cover with foil until the last 10 minutes of baking.
Serve with either chips, baguette, or crostini! Enjoy!