Fresh Winter Vegetables & French Onion Goat Cheese Dip

Fresh Winter Vegetables & French Onion Goat Cheese Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
 

Ingredients
  • 1 large yellow onion – half of it cut into ½” rings & the other half finely chopped and seperated
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 Tbsp. olive or Driftless sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • ½ c. mayo
  • ½ c. sour cream
  • ¼ c. goat cheese, crumbled (about 2 oz.)
  • juice & zest from ½ a lemon
  • 1 tsp. ea. Worcestershire & hot sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • raw winter vegetables like carrots, beauty heart radishes, turnips, rutabagas, &/or beets

Instructions
  1. In a small skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium/high heat & add the half onion cut into rings. Saute until starting to brown & turn down the heat to low/medium. Stir occasionally, scraping up any browned bits, until richly browned & starting to caramelized, about 15 minutes. Add garlic & saute another few minutes, then deglaze pan with vinegar & transfer caramelized onions/garlic to a food processor to cool. Meanwhile heat remaining oil in same skillet over medium/high heat & add the chopped half onion. Fry until golden, about 8 minutes, reduce heat to low/medium & cook another 10 minutes or so, until golden deep brown. Drain fried onions over a fine-mesh strainer inside a heat-proof bowl (reserve onion-infused oil for cooking with). Add mayo, sour cream, goat cheese, lemon juice/zest, Worcestershire & hot sauce to cooled caramelized onions in the food processor & puree. Stir in ½ of the fried onions & salt & pepper to taste. Serve topped with remaining fried onions.