Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon

Onion dip is a summer picnic and party classic. But most versions are loaded with fattening ingredients that aren't very figure friendly. This lightened-up version provides all of the flavor, but without as many calories and fat!

Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon

(Adapted from the Barefoot Contessa's Pan Fried Onion Dip)

1 large vidalia onion

2 Tbsp Smart Balance

4 Tbsp vegetable oil

¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper

1 tsp salt

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

4 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature

½ cup plain Greek yogurt (I like 0% fat Fage)

½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

¼ cup lean turkey bacon, baked and crumbled

Cut the onion in half and then slice it into 1/8-inch thick half-rounds. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow the onions to cool.

Place the cream cheese, Greek yogurt and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Add the onions and prepared turkey bacon crumbles and mix well. Taste for seasonings.

Serve at room temperature with raw vegetables and/or baked crackers and chips.

What's your favorite lightened-up recipe?

- ST

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