Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

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Beer & Caramelized Onion Dip

Omaha! OMAHA!

This Sunday, the players from my two favorite teams will be doing the exact same thing that Jason & I will be doing: watching the Super Bowl on TV.

Beer & Caramelized Onion Dip

The Colts were this close. And the Texans? The opposite of close. Next year, man. Next year.

But this year? We’re going to sit on our couch, except for the occasional trip to the keg fridge in the garage, and eat this dip while we watch the last bit of televised football until August.

Beer & Caramelized Onion Dip

It’s a Super magical gameday concoction of caramelized onions simmered in beer, 6 cloves of roasted garlic (because there’s no such thing as too much garlic), and cheddar baked in to a Super magical bubbly dip.

Chips. Crackers. Sliced bread. A spoon. Whatever you got. Because it all works.

Beer & Caramelized Onion Dip

So go make this dip. And go Broncos!

Beer Caramelized Onion Dip

A bubbling hot dip of caramelized onions, roasted garlic, cheddar, and beer. And go Broncos!


  • 2 medium/large onions, thinly sliced*
  • 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • olive oil
  • 3/4 cup beer (I used our homebrew amber ale)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 green onions, sliced and dark green parts reserved for garnish
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • * Don't be shy about throwing in those 4 sketchy little shallots that you bought but can't remember why; add them after the onions have cooked for ~15 minutes.


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Make a small foil pouch for the whole/unpeeled garlic cloves, drizzle with oil, seal, and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  3. While the garlic is roasting, heat a little olive oil in a large pan over medium heat and add the onions.
  4. Cover and stir occasionally for 30-35 minutes. You can turn up the heat a little to speed the process but be careful not to burn the onions.
  5. Once the onions are all a beautiful golden brown, add the beer, cover with the lid slightly ajar until the liquid has reduced to a glaze.
  6. When the garlic is cool enough to handle, peel and add to a medium bowl with the cream cheese, a pinch of salt, some pepper, and sour cream.
  7. Mash the garlic with a fork into the ingredients and mix until uniform.
  8. Stir in the white and light green parts of the green onions, the cheese, and the onions (reserving a small spoonful for garnish, if desired).
  9. Transfer to a small baking dish and bake 20-25 minutes, until bubbling.
  10. Serve topped with the reserved beer caramelized onions and green onions.


Yields: ~3 cups

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 1 hour 10 minutes

11 comments… add one

  • This dip looks so good. Awesome recipe!

  • Why, yes, I think I will! Oh cheese how i love thee.

  • This sounds like everything I want in a dip! Great recipe!!!

  • Have been looking forward to seeing this one ever since I saw the teaser pic on Instagram. Def going on my menu plan for next Sunday! Also, I’m in love with that oval baker – so different! :)

  • Great looking and sounding dip. I’ll be making a big bowl of Chili to cheer on our Broncos. I think this sounds like a great appetizer. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Mellybrown

    Go Hawks!!

  • Harmony

    This shouldn’t even be legal.


  • Uh, yeah that looks pretty amazing. Joey is all over this.

  • Oh wow, that looks so creamy and decadent and perfect for Superbowl parties! pinned

  • farrah

    I am making this as I type this! Can NOT wait till its done:)

  • I just tried this and this is simply amazing! I caramelized the onions with a rye beer which is brewed with black pepper and WOW! Thanks for sharing! I will publish it on my blog in a few minutes… 😉

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