Caramelized Onion Spread

Caramelized Onion Spread Recipe
Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Robyn Glaser
Serve with Basic Crostini, or melba toast. For an upscale version, thinly slice onions, and caramelize as directed. Then combine cream cheese, mayo, pepper, and salt; spread over crostini, and top with onions and chives.


Serves 10 (serving size: about 2 1/2 tablespoons)
Total time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 98
Fat 7.6 g
Satfat 1.7 g
Monofat 3.7 g
Polyfat 1.5 g
Protein 1.7 g
Carbohydrate 5.4 g
Fiber 0.9 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 0.2 mg
Sodium 160 mg
Calcium 28 mg


1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups chopped yellow onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup (4 ounces) block-style 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup canola mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 35 minutes or until very tender and caramelized, stirring occasionally. Add cream cheese to pan, and stir to combine. Remove from heat; stir in mayonnaise and the remaining ingredients. Serve at room temperature or chilled.


Make-ahead tip: Refrigerate the spread (or its components) up to two days ahead.

Ann Taylor Pittman,

Cooking Light

December 2011
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