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Nana’s Hot Onion Dip

Nana’s hot onion dip is not just a family favorite but a crowd pleaser all around. It’s only 3 ingredients but lots of flavor. Don’t worry about the onion, it gets sweet and mellow in the oven. You can serve it hot or room temp. It can be made the day before and if you have leftovers it can be reheated the next day. 

This onion dip continues to be a staple party dish for my family and requested by friends. It’s no big shock that food is my love language because it’s in my DNA. My family’s standing joke is:

“At breakfast they talked about lunch and lunch they talked about where they were going for dinner. “

Later in life my grandmother chose to save her cooking for entertaining and holidays. She knew how to throw a party that would feed your belly and soul. Often when I run into her friends they tell me how much they still miss her.… 

Nana was famous for her appetizers, including her Hot Onion Dip. Every time I make one of her recipes I think of her tiny hands chopping and mixing. She was so dainty and a fierce force to be reckoned with.  

She may not have been the most honest cook, like when she told the pastor she made the rolls from scratch. When cleaning up we found evidence to the contrary in the trash from the “freezer aisle”. Cooking fibs aside, Nana was famous for her appetizers, including her Hot Onion Dip. Every time I make one of her recipes I think of her tiny hands chopping and mixing. She was so dainty and a fierce force to be reckoned with.  

In true Nana fashion she didn’t measure, but it’s equal parts of everything. This makes enough for 8-10 people, but it’s easy to adjust if you want to make a smaller portion (but why would you?). 

If you’re feeling adventurous, try changing things up and substitute crab for all or part of the onion. That’s CRAB with C not a K. Make sure you strain the crab well so the dip doesn’t get watery!

Even though I’m typically a Duke’s girl, I like Hellman’s Mayo for this recipe. Also a disposable pan is nice if I’m taking it to a party or dropping off for a friend.

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Nana's Hot Onion Dip
Easy 3 ingredient hot onion appetizer.
Cuisine Appetizer
Keyword Appetizer, Homemade
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 20-30 min
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Appetizer
Keyword Appetizer, Homemade
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 20-30 min
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Chop onion then mix with cheese and mayo.
  3. Cook in a shallow dish at 350 for 20-30 min till its browned.
  4. Let cool a few min then serve with bread, crackers, or tortilla type chip.
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Carissa was born and raised in Bowling Green Ky. Then followed her passion for art to Savannah College of Art and Design where she graduated with a degree in fiber art. She has had a love for the panhandle since her first trip in 1978 at the ripe age of 3 months. Carissa is a lover of live music, food and craft cocktails, so it’s no shocker that she found a “tribe” and made Sowal her home in 2003.

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