I Never Entertain Without My Mother-in-Law's 5-Ingredient Vidalia Onion Dip

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Leah Groth

While I would love to spend hours in the kitchen whipping up culinary masterpieces, life just doesn’t allow it. With two young children and a super demanding workload, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. At the same time, I would rather die than serve store-bought dishes to guests at a party. Let’s be honest: who really wants to eat that onion dip served out of a disposable plastic tub? 

Therefore, one of my missions in the kitchen is to seek out incredibly delicious but ridiculously easy recipes that can be whipped up in minutes. Luckily, my mother-in-law could basically write a cookbook titled “Epically Delicious Recipes & Kitchen Hacks That Will Make You A Legendary Entertainer.” Earlier this year, I unearthed her famous Garlicky-Shrimp Toast recipe (you are SO welcome) one of these crowd-pleasing recipes that wows a crowd like Beyoncé. In addition to the super savory, flavor-filled, creamy, garlicky, divine little bites of shrimp goodness, her Vidalia Onion Dip also deserves a culinary award. 

My mother-in-law—Stephanie Groth is her name—has been whipping up this amazing dip for around a decade. I first dipped a cracker into it about six years ago, and had an incredibly hard time keeping myself from eating the entire dish. It is seriously that good. 

I first dipped a cracker into it about six years ago, and had an incredibly hard time keeping myself from eating the entire dish. It is seriously that good. 

Adjectives like “warm,” “cheesy,” “oniony,” ‘bacony,” and “savory divineness” best describe this unique concoction of less than five ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. The best part about it is that it takes less than five minutes to prep. The worst part is that it will be gone in roughly the same time, because it creates a feeding frenzy at gatherings like no other dish I have every cooked—other than the shrimp toast, of course. 

Here’s how to make it. Finely chop up the onions, measure the ingredients, dump them in a bowl, mix them together, spread them in a Pyrex, and toss it in the oven. That’s it. You're done. 

If you do decide to make it, keep the recipe on hand. I guarantee you at least a handful of people will ask you to send it to them. 

Stephanie Groth’s Famous Vidalia Onion Dip (6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups shredded Swiss Cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese (at room temperature) 
  • ½ cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
  • 1 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 
  2. Mix all ingredients together using an electric mixer
  3. Spread in a pyrex baking dish
  4. Sprinkle Real Bacon Bits (not Bacos) on top if desired
  5. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes
  6. Serve immediately with crackers of your choice

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