French Onion Dip from Scratch

You don’t need to rely on a packet of soup mix to create this delicious French Onion Dip from Scratch. It takes just minutes to put together with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.

A chip being dipped into a small dish of French onion dip.

There was a time, long, long ago, when you pretty much couldn’t plan a party menu without including classic French Onion Dip among the appetizers. You know, the one with the Lipton Onion Soup Mix and sour cream. I have such strong memories of this dip being everywhere in 1970’s suburbia.

I’ve been craving those nostalgic classics lately so I headed to my pantry to see if I could come up with a homemade French Onion Dip that doesn’t rely on the packet of soup mix. Friends, you won’t believe how easy and how delicious this made from scratch version is!

If you have 5 minutes, you have enough time to make this dip.

A close up of French Onion Dip in a small white dish.

The History of French Onion Dip

Lipton started including the recipe for what they originally called “California Dip” on their packaging in the late 1950’s. Countless home cooks had magazine clippings of the recipe stashed in their recipe boxes and the easy dip took off like wildfire over the course of the next decade. Over time, the name evolved from California Dip to French Onion Dip and it became firmly entrenched as classic American party fare.

Ingredients

All the ingredients needed to make French Onion Dip from Scratch with text overlay.
  • Just like the original version, the base of this French Onion Dip from Scratch is light or regular sour cream. I used light sour cream in all of my recipe tests and was thrilled with the result. Low calorie, low fat and super tasty. Every little bit helps, especially when potato chips are involved! Use what you like best.
  • A mixture of dry seasonings creates a copycat onion soup mix flavor that is pretty darned spot-on! Dried minced onions are tiny bits of dehydrated onion that are packed with flavor and a vital component to this dip. If you don’t already have them in your pantry, you’ll find them in the spice department of your grocery store. In addition you’ll need a little granulated garlic, onion powder, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • I added a small amount of low sodium soy sauce to finish it off. It doesn’t add a soy sauce flavor, just a hint of savory umami that really hits the nail on the head in the flavor department.

How to Make Homemade French Onion Dip

Dip ingredients are combined in a mixing bowl.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing and mix until well combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for an hour or more before serving.

Serving Suggestions

A platter of vegetables and Ruffles chips with dip in the center.

I can’t serve French Onion Dip without classic ridged Ruffles potato chips. There’s just something about those ridges! Such a nostalgic pairing.

Assorted vegetables are also a great choice. Baby carrots, celery sticks, and sliced cucumber are a great start. Add any vegetables you love – cherry tomatoes, sliced radishes, and sliced bell peppers in assorted colors will add a pop of color to your platter.

A platter of vegetables and potato chips with dip in the center.

Storage

Store French Onion Dip from Scratch covered in the refrigerator. I recommend transferring it to an airtight container to keep it as fresh as possible. Homemade dairy based dips are best consumed within 3 to 4 days.

A hand dipping celery into onion dip.

More Classic Appetizer Ideas

A chip being dipped into a small dish of French onion dip.

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French Onion Dip from Scratch

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You don’t need to rely on a packet of soup mix to create this delicious French Onion Dip from Scratch. It takes just minutes to put together with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 85kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces sour cream light or regular
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon dried minced onions or to taste (see Recipe Notes below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt I use fine ground sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Optional for Serving

  • baby carrots, celery sticks, sliced cucumber and Ruffles Potato Chips (a must!)

Instructions

  • Add all the dip ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour for minced onion to soften a bit and for flavors to develop.

Notes

This recipe yields 2 cups of dip. Nutrition information was calculated with light sour cream.

I find that 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of dried minced onions is just the right amount. Taste the dip and add more, in very small increments if you want even more onion flavor.

Storage

Store the dip covered in the refrigerator. I recommend transferring it to an airtight container to keep it as fresh as possible. Homemade dairy based dips are best consumed within 3 to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 4tablespoons | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg

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A Cozy New Year’s Eve at Home with the Girls

Well, just like the rest of 2020, this New Year’s Eve is going to look a little different. At home with your pod or just your family is probably how it’s going to go, and that’s ok! Here’s the thing, just because it’s different doesn’t mean it can’t be special! We’re here to show you how. Let’s keep things cozy at home this New Year’s Eve and still make it magical!

Keep scrolling to see just how we did it and also check us out on Inspired By This today! Beautiful photos by my friend Jessica Lynn Photo.

As I was saying, just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t make it the cutest and coziest NYE ever! I teamed up with a few friends to create the perfect cozy night in with a little glam, great cocktails, and yummy food.  Starting it off with a beautiful invite that Pirouette Paper created for us. It set the tone for the whole gathering.  Even small gatherings deserve a fab invite in my opinion! Adding in amazing details from Creative Amme doesn’t hurt either!

The flair was taken care of by Festive Gal who provided the cutest and funniest headbands for us all to wear, they are a MUST for NYE!! Aren’t they hilarious?!

Our color scheme was white and metallics and our friend Marnie, owner of Sweet Salvage Rentals, had the perfect home to host it in!  Her home is magic and I just feel lucky to walk through the door whenever I visit, haha. She seriously has so much style!!

We set up an area by the fireplace with pretty balloons from The Pop Shop, scroll down to see the magic happen…

Voila!! Magic made!! I set up an area by the fireplace to get cozy with appetizers from Colette’s Catering and enjoy some cocktails from Bottles & Blooms. Just add lots of festive tinsel and confetti to the table to dress it up a bit! I love gathering around a low table like this, it definitely keeps it low key and intimate.

I set the Festive Gal headbands out for guests to grab and wear on the table. Of course, One Hope’s shimmer bottles were necessary!! They are the most festive!

A charcuterie that is just as pretty as it is tasty, that’s our jam!! Colette’s Catering does it again!

Festive tabletop is also a must!! More on these pretties from Harlow & Grey at the table we set later.

Love this set up! Now, let’s add the ladies in!!!

Cheers!!! It’s always important to start the night out right, and a toast is the best way!!

It’s so fun to gather with a few friends, I can’t wait for larger gatherings but I have to say, these intimate ones are quite nice.

A little balloon installation and photo op moment are always fun to have! The Pop Shop strikes again, and I just love that pretty flash of gold!!

Then we moved to the dinner table which was decked out with the prettiest dried floral garland by Third & Park.  She used bleached dried florals through-out the party and I think they are my new favorite!!

Harlow & Grey’s Blanc collection was perfect for our tabletop with it’s a pretty gold and white modern look.  Creative Amme added the glam details, including my favorite stir sticks – Be Better 2021, haha!  

A pretty bar moment is a NYE must, don’t you think?! Bottles & Blooms always keeps the drinks flowing and everything pretty, which we of course adore!! Here are the recipes for the delicious drinks they put together. You should definitely bust them out this NYE!!

T.G.I.N.Y.E.

In a pitcher, add:

1 bottle White wine 

9oz Apple brandy

32oz White grape juice

32oz Pear juice

9oz Triple Sec

1 can Lychees 

1 can Pears

10 Rosemary sprigs

Give a good stir.

Upon serving, top each glass with sparkling cider.

Garnish with a scoop of the delicious marinated fruit.

Midnight Kiss

In a shaker with ice add:

3oz White grape

1oz Brown sugar simple syrup

Give a good shake till combined.

Pour contents into a sugar rimmed flute

Top with 2oz Champagne

For the garnish, skewer 12 grapes for the 12 months of the year

And toast for a wonderful new one!

This sign just speaks to me… And I don’t think I’m alone there!!

I love these ladies so much!!! 2020 was not easy but they have all made it so fun and special for me. We created so much together and I’m incredibly thankful for that.

We all kept it cozy with our wardrobe too! Sweaters and sparkly leggings were a favorite!! I’d say we were photo ready!!

A few more of this stunner of a table!! I just love it so much!

For dinner, Colette’s Catering brought the most delicious menu for us to enjoy, so glad I was invited, haha!! 

Soup is my favorite, and this parsnip soup was SO delicious!

Just a couple of shots of some of my favorite girls!!! Alex from Third & Park is always bringing the party with her, so this shot was perfection! Thank you for always bringing the fun and being such a talent my friend!!

There is our hostess with the mostest! Marnie of Sweet Salvage Rentals is the kindest and most supportive friend, love her so much!! Just waiting for the day I can move into her house, haha!

Laura from Bottles & Blooms is always pouring us cocktails, so how could we not love her?! Ha! She is so creative and fun to work with, I’m so grateful I met her this year!

My girl Ellen of The Pop Shop!!! This little lady is always there for us and comes through no matter what! She is so talented and determined and I admire her so much for it!! Love you, Ellen!!

And then there is me!!! Just wanted to say thank you for following along with us this past year. I feel very thankful to be able to create with such amazing friends for such amazing followers! I hope you have enjoyed everything we have made this year, it was a lovely escape from the 2020 craziness for me!

Happy New Year!!!

xx

Jacquelyn

Originally posted at Beijos Events

New Year’s Eve Recipe Roundup – Snacks, Appetizers and Desserts

New Year’s Eve Recipe Roundup – Snacks, Appetizers and Desserts

New Year’s Eve is all about the snacks, apps, and desserts! There should be lot of games being played and lots of grazing being done in the kitchen.

What does New Year’s Eve look like at your house? We celebrate with the kids earlier in the evening, and when the clock strikes midnight, I’m sound asleep in my bed. Party animals over here!

No matter what your New Year’s Eve looks like, there should be lots of outrageous food. Here are a few of our favorite snacks, appetizers and desserts for your celebration:

Snacks

Salted Caramel Pretzel Snaps – so easy to make and the perfect blend of sweet and salty!

We cannot stop munching on these salted caramel pretzel snaps! They only take a couple of ingredients and no time at all to make! ohsweetbasil.com

Ranch Slow Cooker Chex Mix – the slow cooker does all the work for you and people can’t keep their hands out of it!

Every party needs something sweet, something salty, something light and something indulgent. This ranch slow cooker chex mix is both salty and addicting! ohsweetbasil.com

Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn – the most delicious flavor combo and everyone loves popcorn!

Everyone goes nuts for our Marshmallow Popcorn so it was high time to find the best savory popcorn recipe and this rosemary parmesan popcorn is it! ohsweetbasil.com

Churro Chex Mix – cinnamon and sugar for the win! It’s like that cinnamon sugar toast you had as a kid but in snack form.

Looking for a fun and easy sweet chex mix? We love this easy churro chex mix for parties and entertaining or just a night at home with Netflix! 

5 Minute Reese’s Snack Mix – can be thrown together at the last minute if you have some unexpected guests show up!

Need a last minute snack recipe for a holiday party? Us too, so we are taking this easy 5 Minute Reese's Snack Mix with pretzels!

Appetizers

Best Cheese Ball Ever (cheese ball pretzel bites version) – I am a firm believer that every party needs a cheese ball and this one is the best I’ve ever had!

a close up of a cheese ball with a scoop taken out of it showing the pecans, parsley, cheese, cream cheese and crackers around it

Baked Brie – ooey gooey and totally irresistible!

A bread bowl filled with brie and topped with onion jam and raspberries. It has been baked until it is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Restaurant Style Salsa – ready in 5 minutes!

A bowl of homemade salsa in which a tortilla chip is being dipped. The salsa is sprinkled with cilantro leaves and has cilantro and roma tomatoes and a lime in the background. There is also a wooden bowl of chips in the background.

French Dip Sliders – the whole crowd is going to be talking about these babies!

A photo of a single french dip slider on a black plate.

Bacon Wrapped Avocados – sounds crazy? It is creamy, salty, finger-licking perfection!

Bacon Wrapped Avocados with a brown sugar coating that have been baked until crispy

7 Layer Mexican Dip – all of my memories of New Year’s Eve involve this dip!

Whether it's football game day in the fall or winter, there's nothing better than wandering over to the food table and finding the best Mexican 7 layer dip. It's the best I've ever had!

Taco Pinwheels – a fun and delicious spin (pun!) on tacos!

Looking for a quick and easy appetizer for football? Taco pinwheels- touchdown! ohsweetbasil.com

Chili Sauce Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs

Raise your hand if your mom used to make Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs! Mine did too but I'd forgotten about them until now! ohsweetbasil.com

Desserts

Brown Sugar Strawberry Crostinis – strawberries with chocolate…just doesn’t get much better!

A brown board with brown sugar strawberry crostinis and a chocolate drizzle

Reese’s Rice Krispies Treats – I have no words for how incredible these are! They should definitely be at every party you have for the rest of your life!

a photo of a single piece of reese's rice krispies treat on a plate covered in melty chocolate and chunks of reese's peanut butter cup.Banana Pudding – pure comfort! Everyone will be diving in for seconds on this one!

A cake pan filled with Paula Deen's Not Yo Momma's Banana Pudding. A serving has been removed and put on a dessert plate. There are buttery chessman cookies covering the top. A peeled banana is next to the pan of pudding.

Peanut Butter Blossoms – peanut butter and chocolate…need I say more?!

A close up photo of one peanut butter blossom cookie with a couple blurred in the background.

Chocolate Chip Cooke Dough Dip – my personal rule is that there can never be too many dips at a party!

a metal bowl full of easy chocolate chip cookie dough dip with a vanilla wafer scooping some up

German Chocolate Cake Cheese Ball – I know when you think cheese ball, you usually think savory, but this sweet cheese ball is divine!

Love German chocolate cake? Especially that sticky coconut frosting? This German Chocolate Cake Cheese Ball is way easier than cake but just as delicious! ohsweetbasil.com

Dulce de Leche Stuffed Chocolate Cookies – it’s like a fiesta in your mouth!

A photo of three dulce de leche stuffed chocolate cookies halved and stacked on top of each other with dulce de leche oozing out of the middle..

Do you feel ready to party? Ready to stuff your face with snacks, apps, and desserts? Ready to say goodbye to 2020? It is “YES” to all of the above for me! I will be doing all these until about 10pm on the 31st! Then it will be….Zzzzzzzzz!

READ: New Year’s Eve Recipe Roundup – Snacks, Appetizers and Desserts

Originally posted at Oh Sweet Basil

Sparkling Fruit Punch Cocktail

With fresh fruit and minimal sugar, this Sparkling Fruit Punch Cocktail is perfect for everyone, sans the addition of Prosecco, kids and teetotalers will love it too!

Sparkling Fruit Punch Champagne Cocktail

The Progressive Eats group that I started seven years ago usually takes off in December, with the glut of shopping, cooking, baking and holiday gift buying, we decided it would be best to take a much needed break after a year of organizing monthly food festivals, even if they are only virtual. So what’s with sharing this Sparkling Fruit Punch Cocktail in a group post this month after all?

Bookcover of All Stirred Up BookWell, we are all women contributors and one of our own, Laura Kumin, has recently published her second book in honor of the centenary of the 19th amendment, a delectable new tome titled ‘All Stirred Up‘ that reveals a new side to the history of the suffrage movement.

We thought the effort timely and also thought some of our readers might love sharing Laura’s book as a holiday gift…so December it was! Besides, who would not want this Sparkling Fruit Punch Cocktail for the holidays?

We are all likely to conjure up a similar image of the women’s suffrage movement: picket signs, red carnations, militant marches through the streets. But was it only these rallies that gained women the exposure and power that led them to the vote?

Suffragists also carried their radical message into America’s homes wrapped in food wisdom, through cookbooks, which ingenuously packaged political strategy into already existent social communities. These cookbooks gave suffragists a chance to reach out to women on their own terms, in non-threatening and accessible ways.

Maybe we need to reinvigorate that process; it seems our country is crying for something better, more harmony would be nice, and certainly meeting each other in the middle in that same nonthreatening and accessible way.

Basket of Fresh Fruits for Punch including Pineapple, Oranges, Lemons, Limes, and Strawberries

Woven among the story of the suffragists, Laura has taken the old recipes and refurbished them for use today. It should come as no surprise when I went hunting for one perfect for me that I chose one that included the word ‘Prosecco.’

Not necessarily intended as a cocktail, the Fruit Punch of the book did have that as an option. You know me, I think the option would be to eliminate it only if you HAD to! Nonetheless the recipe calls for an abundance of fresh fruit; I promise you this is not your mother’s Hawaiian Punch!

Laura revised the original recipe from Mrs. George Vincent; she must have been preparing for a rally! Don’t you sort of love the straightforwardness of this recipe? They did not mess around and while I did not know Mrs. George, (I do wish her name was included), I’m going to believe that her last few words were meaningful to more than this recipe.

‘Or in any way desired.’ Of course I’m reading a message there, of course women can do ANYTHING they set their mind to! Here’s a comparison of the two recipes; full printable recipe with ingredients and instructions are at the bottom of the post.

FRUIT PUNCH
Juice of six lemons and six oranges, one can of pineapple minced, one quart of strawberries crushed, three cups sugar, more if required, four quarts water and lime juice to taste. Serve with sliced banana or with cherries or in any way desired.
Mrs. George E. Vincent, Anacortes

FRUIT PUNCH—ADAPTED
Servings: About 1 & 1/2 quarts or 1 & 1/3 liters
This punch is not nearly as sweet as the original and the ratio of fruit to water is tilted more toward the fruit. (The original ratios would result in a drink more like Kool-Aid than a fresh fruit punch.) This version is refreshing on its own, and would be excellent with a sparkling white wine such as Prosecco or champagne or made into a bubbly drink by substituting sparkling water for some of the still water. The quantity is halved because the original recipe makes an enormous batch.

Sparkling Fruit Punch Champagne Cocktail Garnished with Fresh Strawberry

Kumin, the author of The Hamilton Cookbook, shares with us how, in spite of the oppressive opposition; these women used great wit and charm and wove it into their recipes. Filled with actual recipes from this period, a read can be both educational and fun, I know I chuckled a few times. “Mix the crust with tact and velvet gloves, using no sarcasm, especially with the upper crust”.

All Stirred Up re-activates the taste of an era and carries us back through time and shares with us how, despite the image many of us have ingrained, they were far from the militants that detractors made them out to be. Long before they had the vote, women enfranchised themselves through the subversive and savvy power of the palate.

Laura has taken these old recipes and revised them in formats we are more familiar with today and thankfully cut this one in half. I took a couple of my own different paths too, but not by much. Securing citrus at Christmastime was never a worry, they shine this time of year, but I was concerned about strawberries. Especially since I live by home delivery right now.

The Gods were on my side, the strawberries I received were absolutely beautiful, but being out of season, they were not quite as ripe and juicy as those we can procure in the summer, so I had to up the sugar quantity a bit; they simply were not as sweet.

I did not want cloying sweet but knowing I was going to be mixing my fruit punch with Prosecco I needed sweet enough; the Prosecco delivers delightful bubbles but also serves to decrease sweetness with its dry nature. If you make this for kids and plan to add 7-up or ginger ale; the 1/2 cup is probably enough.

I suggest you try it first with the original half cup of sugar in the simple syrup. When I decided I needed more, I simply added another 1/4 cup to the pitcher and let it sit for awhile to meld and dissolve. That was perfect for our tastes.

Sparkling Fruit Punch Champagne Single Cocktail Closeup

The only other change I made was to use fresh pineapple. I don’t know how they can grow those beautiful fruits on a faraway island, get them inland to Colorado and sell them for $2 but when they do I grab a couple.

Once you peel and slice a few, you’ll see how very easy they are to manage and I always prefer using them in recipes. You should try them in this Pineapple and Rum Upside Down Cake. You’ll never go back to canned, I promise!

I used to slice mine and then use a small round cookie cutter to remove the core but a neighbor bought me one of these nifty Pineapple Corer tools and it makes quick work out of both slicing and coring at one time. Genius huh? I also use an Electric Citrus Juicer for this much fruit; my little tool is SO old but still works like a charm and makes juicing 5 or 50 pieces of citrus easy.

Best combination ever? Grab a copy of Laura’s book and read it while sipping one of these Sparkling Fruit Punch Cocktails. They were meant to be together. As a matter of fact, today is my birthday, maybe I need to simply take off for the day and go do exactly that…Cheers!

PIN IT! ‘Sparkling Fruit Punch Cocktail’

Sparkling Fruit Punch Champagne Cocktail

Sparkling Fruit Punch Champagne Single Cocktail Closeup

Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is a celebration of women’s suffrage, and our host is Laura who blogs at Mother Would Know.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it’s a virtual party. The host for the month chooses the theme and members share recipes on that theme suitable for a delicious meal or party. Then you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. So come along and see all of the delicious and inspired dishes!

Cocktail

  • Sparkling Fruit Punch Cocktail – Creative Culinary (You’re Here!)

Appetizers

Main Courses

Sides

Dessert

Yield: 12 Servings

Sparkling Fruit Punch Cocktail

Sparkling Fruit Punch Champagne Cocktail

A thoroughly refreshing cocktail for any occasion; made with fresh fruit and topped with Prosecco.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (I ending up using 3/4 cup of sugar to sweeten the fruit adequately)

For the Punch

  • 10 oz crushed pineapple with its own unsweetened juice, canned or fresh
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen (unsweetened) strawberries
  • Juice of 3 fresh lemons (about 6–8 fl oz/177–237 ml)
  • Juice of 3 large navel oranges (about 10–12 fl oz/295–355 ml)
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 fl oz/59 ml)
  • 2 cups water (32 fl oz/948 ml)
  • Prosecco, Seven-up, or Ginger Ale, chilled

Instructions

    1. Make a simple syrup out of ½ cup water and ½ sugar, heating them together and stirring, just until the sugar is no longer visible. Pour into a container and set aside to cool.
    2. Blend the pineapple and juice with the strawberries using a stand or immersion blender.
    3. Add to them the juices of the lemons, oranges, and lime, as well as the 2 cups of water.
    4. Add the simple syrup to the punch and stir.
    5. Serve over ice; pour into a glass 3/4 full, top with the chilled Prosecco or for kids either 7-up or ginger ale.
    6. Garnish each glass with a strawberry.

Originally posted at Creative Culinary