We have made it through another year! I can’t believe we are at the end of 2021. I don’t know about you, but I’m still trying to recover from 2020! For New Year’s Eve, I always make a variety of appetizers for us to munch on throughout the evening. We play games too and it’s my favorite! My newest recipe, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Skillet Dip will definitely be making an appearance.
This easy dip is sweet, salty, creamy and addicting! This is a 10-inch skillet and my family of five polished it off in one sitting. We could not stop eating it! The gooey cheese, the sweet caramelized onions, the salty bacon, and the fresh herbs all together make this dip our new favorite.
How to Make Caramelized Onion and Bacon Skillet Dip
First things first, if you don’t have an oven proof skillet, you can still make this. You’ll just cook everything on the stove top then transfer to a baking dish. If you have a skillet that can be used under a broiler, then this is a one skillet dish and the clean up is easy!
First, cook 6-8 strips of bacon until crispy. Then, leave about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the pan for the next step.
Next, add diced onions to the skillet. Yellow onions work best for caramelizing because they are already a little sweet. Cook them low and slow until they are golden brown. Add a little brown sugar to the onions to speed up the caramelization process.
You can cook them even more than I show here. I was just getting impatient! Next, add cream cheese, sour cream, Monterey Jack, Tabasco, and black pepper.
Once that melts, add in fresh thyme and bacon. The fresh thyme is SO important because the brightness of the herbs pairs so well with the rich cheeses. Trust me!
Then, just stir everything together, top with remaining Monterey Jack cheese, and place under the broiler for a few minutes. Broil until the top is brown and bubbly. Serve immediately with a sliced and toasted baguette, pita chips, Ritz crackers or tortilla chips.
If you’re planning on making appetizer for New Year’s, you have to add my Caramelized Onion and Bacon Skillet Dip to your menu. It is so easy and incredibly delicious!
Sponsored post for Lee’s Marketplace. Ingredients on sale December 29-January 4: cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, brown sugar, Monterey Jack cheese, Tabasco
More Appetizer Ideas for New Year’s
Caramelized Onion and Bacon Skillet Dip
- 6-8 slices bacon
- 2 large yellow onions, diced
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese, cubed
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded and divided
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1-3 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
- Heat an oven-proof 10-inch skillet (like cast iron) to medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Set aside to drain then chop into small pieces. Pour out all but two tablespoons of bacon grease from skillet.
- Add diced onions to pan and reduce heat to medium-low. Add brown sugar and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden brown. Should take about 20 minutes.
- Increase heat to medium then add cream cheese, sour cream, 1 cup Monterey Jack, and Tabasco. Stir and cook until melted and combined well. Add fresh thyme, pepper, and bacon then stir to combine. Taste and add more Tabasco if needed.
- Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Monterey Jack then place in oven under the broiler for 3 minutes or until brown and bubbly. Serve immediately with baguette slices, pita chips, crackers or tortilla chips.
- If you do not have an oven-proof skillet, prepare the dip in a skillet on the stove top then transfer to a greased baking dish to broil.