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Slow Cooker Stout Caramelized Onion Dip

Slow Cooker Stout Caramelized Onion Dip

I don’t do resolutions. That’s wrong. I do. Every year. Just not the ones that normal people do. Mine are never about giving things up, that’s desolate. Resolutions should give you hope about the future, not dread.

I make resolutions that make me want to plow forward into the new year. Resolutions like, "learn to make Gnocchi," or "go to one new brewery a month," or "learn how to re-wire a lamp."

This year, I’m on track. I think. My resolution is to put good into the world. This year, more than ever, it’s important. I’ve donated money, made meals for homebound friends, donated blood (remember that?!). One of my ill-advised resolutions-adjacent goals was to compliment strangers. This isn’t good for me, it makes me look creepy. As in: there is some woman going home to her boyfriend saying "Some girl at the grocery store told me that me my hair was pretty. It was creepy."

But I’m not giving up. There is this very nice retirement home down the street from my house. One that I had no idea existed for a year, I literally thought it was just a really big house, and the owner really liked to wear scrubs. I wish I was joking. I’m trying to summon the courage to bake a huge batch of cookies and bring them by.

Not just for the residents, but for the staff. I know it’s hard work that doesn’t pay as well as it should. For some reason, I’m not nearly as brave as I should be when it comes to human interaction. I have no problem jumping off cliffs or out of perfectly good airplanes, but for some reason human interaction is more fear-inducing.

I thought about bringing them this dip, but that’s less explainable. We don’t really have a box in our brain for "the neighbor girl brought me this onion dip," but cookies, we have a brain box for neighbor cookies.

I’ll keep you updated.

Wish me luck.

Slow Cooker Stout Caramelized Onion Dip

Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 3 large 1.5lbs sweet onions (Walla Walla, Maui, Vidalia)
  • 2 tablespoons 28g butter
  • 1 tablespoons 16g brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon 6g salt
  • ½ cup 118g stout beer
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon 5g Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon 3g garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon 3g black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion


  • Thinly slice the onions.
  • Add the onions, butter, brown sugar, beer and salt to a slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until soft and dark. Stir occasionally, if possible.
  • Add the cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire, and garlic powder.
  • Cook on low for two hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in the pepper, salt to taste.
  • Add to a serving dish, sprinkle with green onions.

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anagha bharadwaj February 3, 2017 um 11:11 am

Love and support your resolution.

I know it’s scary to make the first move, and I’m not sure if this helps, but I have never felt antipathy towards a person who brought me cookies. I have only ever appreciated their presence, and begged them to do it again.

I would also not say no to this dip [but my brain has a box for all food items, so that is maybe less reliable].


Hannah February 4, 2017 um 6:55 am

Love your recipes!!! Love that you love dark beers, my favs. If I get an invite to a Super Bowl party I’m definitely taking this. As for the retirement home, please, please please go, with or without cookies. About a year ago my dog, and I got hooked up with a national org called Love on a Leash, so we visit nursing homes at least twice a month and I can’t begin tell you how much it means to the residents and staff to have a break in the routine boring days most experience. Although they love petting the dog, seeing a new face is nice and they are SO appreciative. Cookies would be a bonus, and as you say, being a staff person is not easy. Keep those recipes coming!


Jackie February 5, 2017 um 12:28 pm

Oh my God, dogs AND helping people?! I can totally get behind that.


Jason February 4, 2017 um 7:24 am

Can I use plain yogurt in place of sour cream?


Jackie February 5, 2017 um 12:27 pm

Possibly Greek yogurt, regular yogurt probably has too high of a water content and it would be runny


Michael December 30, 2019 um 11:58 am

Get Greek yogurt & cheese cloth and make labneh with it. I think that might work out well. Very simple to make.


Emily February 4, 2017 um 12:48 pm

I can relate. I want to be the person that takes cookies to neighbors, but I never have. I chicken out before doing such things.


PattiAnn February 4, 2017 um 5:56 pm

Don’t give up on compliments to strangers. I guess you live in a large city…I compliment all I interact with during the day …store clerks, mom’s with new babies. ..older folks as well. And I like to here compliments back.
I enjoy your site too. Thanks for your hard work.


Jason February 5, 2017 um 11:11 am

Is the 1.5 lb in onions total or each? The large onions are about 1.5 lb each.


Jackie February 5, 2017 um 12:26 pm



Amanda February 21, 2017 um 1:27 pm

I just stumbled upon this dip and totally want to bring it to a party this weekend! What type of stout did you use? There are so many options…


Jackie February 21, 2017 um 1:35 pm

I’d stay away from an imperial stout. A milk stout, or coffee stout would be great. Or a smoked porter or brown ale would work well too. Have fun!
Also, I think it’s better the next day so don’t be afraid to make it a day ahead of time!


Insider The Kitchen March 6, 2017 um 7:04 am

Haha! Love how you mentioned a “healthy degree of self loathing”–love your blog and your humor. And this recipe was great. I’ve learned so many more wonderful things about your.


Jackie March 6, 2017 um 9:05 pm

Thank you so much! So nice of you to say 🙂


Jill April 13, 2017 um 5:08 pm

Hi! How much liquid should be left in the slow cooker after caramelizing the onions for 8 to 10 hours?


Jackie April 13, 2017 um 5:14 pm

very little. It should mostly cook off, allowing the onions to caramelize.


sheila ross August 5, 2017 um 1:19 pm

all i see is a whole pot of rings of onions. should i chop them up to make it a real dip?


Jennifer October 29, 2017 um 9:42 am

Thoughts on serving temperature – warm straight out of the crock pot? or made-ahead, chilled and served cold? Thank you!


Jackie October 30, 2017 um 10:04 am

I like it warm. I also think it’s better the next day. So make ahead and serve warm, or room temp. Or make and serve right from the crock pot.


Andrew March 8, 2018 um 5:30 pm

Has anyone served this cold?


Allan March 12, 2018 um 3:10 am

Thoughts on putting this in a Cob Loaf? At what stage would you do this?


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