Recipe: Amber Ale Caramelized Onion Dip

Leave it to our Amber Ale to turn up the flavour on a quintessential party snack – Caramelized Onion Dip!

If you’re a fan of homemade onion dip like we are, you’ll know that caramelization is key – and that’s where beer comes in! Poured right into the pan, our Amber Ale adds another dimension of flavour to slowly caramelized onions, all while turning them utterly melty and golden brown.  The toffee and roasted flavors of the beer makes for incredibly flavorful caramelized onions, which are then stirred into smooth cream cheese, tangy sour cream and fresh herbs for good measure.

This Amber Ale Caramelized Onion Dip is creamy, big in malty flavors and chip-ready!

  • 3 medium sized yellow onions
  • 2 tbsp. (28g) butter, unsalted
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup (79ml) Amber Ale
  • 12 ounces (340g) sour cream
  • 8 ounces (225g) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 8-10 fresh parsley sprigs, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. (30ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  1. Peel and slice the onions thinly in half rounds, with a sharp knife or using a mandoline slicer.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat in a non-stick pan or skillet. Add the sliced onions, brown sugar and salt and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour a splash (about 2 tbsp.) of Amber Ale and let it sizzle out. Stir, add more beer, sizzle, etc. After about 25-30 minutes, your onions should be golden brown and melty in texture. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, stir together the sour cream, cream cheese, chopped parsley, sliced green onion (keep 1 tbsp. aside for garnishing), Worcestershire sauce and black pepper. Mix in the caramelized onions – keep about 1 tbsp. of onions aside for garnishing. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed with salt, black pepper and/or Worcestershire sauce. Top with remaining caramelized onions and serve with crackers, crostini or chips for dipping.

This Amber Ale Caramelized Onion Dip can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container.

Find the Amber Ale (473ml cans) in our bottle shop, on our online store and 7 Beer Store locations across Niagara.

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