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Need something to take to a New Year’s Eve party?
Our church does a lot of eating together. On the first Sunday night of every month, we sing at a nursing home and then go back to the church for finger foods and fellowship. I’m always looking for a dish to take that is universally liked yet still healthy enough for me to partake of. It’s especially imperative that I have something good to take that is good for me because there are plenty of scrumptious, not-so-healthy options there. Like one particular dish that consists of ham and cheese rolls baked in a sweet/savory poppyseed sauce. Not the kind of poppyseed spread that you just spread on the sandwiches. No, this is a baking dish full of oozey brown sugar-poppyseed-mustard sauce. OK, OK, so I still indulge in those every once in awhile even if I have a healthier option there…but that is totally beside the point. You came here for the party dip that tastes like those amazing sandwiches. Not completely, and it has some other elements involved that those sandwiches don’t have (like caramelized onions, baby!), but this yummy party dip reminds me of those sandwiches in a very good way.
You can take regular ol’ tortilla chips for everyone to dip in this stuff if you like; but if you’re low-carbing it, eat this dip on sliced veggies or bake some low-carb tortillas up till they’re crispy and use them as shovels. Or there are low-carb “cracker” options out there, such as the “Just Like Wheat Thins” recipe in the book Trim Healthy Mama (you can read my synopsis of the plan here). Here in the pictures you see some cracker-like objects that I made in experimentation. They still need some work, but paired with this dip they weren’t too bad.
Note: I feel like I should confess and tell you that your dip may look a little different than mine does in the photos. See, I made this dip to take to a church function but didn’t get good pictures. And yesterday when I was going to make the dip and take pictures for this post…I realized that we had no onions. Can you tell? Maybe, maybe not. In any case, don’t be alarmed if you can actually see onions in yours. 😉
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- 1 lb. of sweet onions, sliced
- 2 T butter
- 1 tsp. Truvia or ½ tsp. THM Super Sweet Blend
- 1 tsp. Grandma's molasses (for flavor/color; adds a very trivial amount of carbs/serving)
- Scant ½ tsp. salt
- 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce (use an allergy friendly brand if necessary)
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- ½ tsp. dill weed
- 1 tsp. poppy seeds
- 3 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
- In a non-stick skillet, cook the onions, butter, sweetener, molasses, and salt together until the onions are brownish and limp.
- Meanwhile, beat together the cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, nutmeg, dill, and poppy seeds.
- In a greased 9x13" glass baking pan, spread the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. Top with the caramelized onions and sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until it is warmed through and the cheese is melted. Serve warm with vegetables or baked low-carb tortillas cut into chips.
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