This may be the South’s best answer to French Onion Dip, and in the spirit of Super Bowl festivities, this dip can be made and thrown into the fridge a day early before being served to a crowd of hungry game watchers. Onions are caramelized in the rich fat that renders from thick-cut bacon and the sweetness of the onions is enhanced with balsamic vinegar. Since both the bacon and the bacon fat are used in this recipe, it’s essential to rely on a trustworthy brand that takes extra care in preparing delicious bacon—we’ve found that Wright Brand bacon is second to none for the task. To the rich smokiness of the bacon, smoked paprika adds an extra layer of depth to the dip, and fresh chives are incorporated to lend a hint of fresh onion flavor to compliment the mellow taste of caramelized onion. Chewy pieces of bacon are suspended throughout and pack a savory salty punch that’s perfect with the tangy creaminess of the rest of the dip. It takes a little time to make but believe us when we say that people will be talking about this dip for many Super Bowls to come.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place bacon on baking sheet. Transfer to oven until crisp and brown, about 30 minutes. Remove bacon to a paper-towel lined plate, and carefully use the aluminum foil to transfer the bacon fat to a a large skillet.

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  • Place skillet with bacon fat over medium heat. When hot, add onions and salt to the bacon fat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until caramelized, stirring regularly to prevent onion from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan, 25 to 30 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat, add balsamic vinegar, and set aside.

  • In a mixing bowl, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, pepper, smoked paprika, and chives. Chop bacon and add to mixture, reserving some bacon bits for garnish. Add caramelized onions to mixture and stir to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl, top with reserved bacon bits and additional chives. Serve with crackers or chips.