Photo: John Autry
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 5 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 3 tablespoons)

Serve this savory caramelized onion, Gruyère, and bacon spread with crackers or bread slices. If you can't find Gruyère, substitute raclette, fontina, or Swiss cheese.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan lightly with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low; cook 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.

Step 3

Reserve 2 tablespoons cheese. Combine remaining cheese, caramelized onion, 1 tablespoon chives, and the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Transfer the mixture to a 1-quart glass or ceramic baking dish coated lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle with reserved 2 tablespoons cheese. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon chives.

Ratings & Reviews


October 24, 2015
Really good!  I forgot the sour cream but I had some small curd cottage cheese so I put it through a small hand grinder and it worked!! Delicious!

TheAspiringChef's Review

December 14, 2014
Huge hit at my holiday party. I agree with what others have mentioned: requires some time but very little effort; took longer than 20 min. to caramelize the onions. Will definitely make again and again.

dakotabrier's Review

February 05, 2014
Excellent! Easy to make and everyone loved it!

MaryEliz's Review

February 01, 2014
This recipe has my top three criteria for a repeater: tastes great, easy to make and has no expensive/hard to find/have to buy a big jar for 1 tsp. ingredients. I have made it for my wine club and others with discerning tastes and it is a hit! UPDATE: The only chives at local supermarket were $3.00. Since only 1 Tbs goes in the dish, I left them out and put a bit of finely chopped parsley on top for color. No detectable flavor change.

TinaGA's Review

December 26, 2013
This recipe lives up to all the great reviews. I made this for Christmas and it was a big hit! I ended up using Fontina instead of Gruyere, and light Mayo instead of Canola. It was rich, creamy, and decadent! As mentioned in other reviews, the onions took a lot longer to caramelize, but it was worth the wait! I also doubled the recipe with no problem. I served it with sliced, warm French bread and it was delicious!

KendraHillard's Review

April 10, 2013
This dip went over very well at our small group. I served it with Stacy's multi-grain chips, but only because I didn't get out to the store to get a multi-grain baguette. Very tasty! I was probably more generous with the cheese than what it called for. Additionally, I added just a bit of heat to this with two shakes of red pepper flakes.

ninichef's Review

March 01, 2013
This dip is delicious and easy to make. I have made it twice and it is always the first food item to disappear at parties. Actually forgot to buy bacon one time and it was still awesome. Highly recommend.

mdsmiley's Review

February 04, 2013
So delicious I couldn't believe I made it. I don't own a cast iron skillet so I just used my stainless steel one and the onions turned out fine. Definitely will be making this again and again.

KristenNC's Review

January 30, 2013
I made this for a family dinner celebration and it was a big hit- even my boyfriend, who doesn't care for "stinky cheeses", scarfed this down. There isn't a "too-pungent" taste of Gruyere, but for those with a sensitive palate, Fontina should work beautifully. I used Gualtney low-fat bacon (in the green package) and light cream cheese- yet this does NOT taste "low-fat"! I served it with butter crackers, but any kind would work with this recipe. It's super easy to make. I'm bringing it to a friend's Superbowl party this weekend!

Barbawana's Review

December 26, 2012
Very good as is!