Tonawanda News


October 13, 2013

SIMPLY GLUTEN-FREE: Get ready for football season with a delicious dip

Tonawanda News — This is not your mama’s onion dip – you know the one I’m talking about, where you mix a packet of onion soup mix with some sour cream. 

First of all this dip is gluten-free, dairy-free and yes, even vegan. Secondly there is depth of flavor that you just can’t get from opening a packet of soup mix — sweet, savory, tart, complex. 

Nope, this is certainly not your mama’s onion dip. But it goes really, really well with potato chips (or fresh veggies for those so inclined), especially salt-and-vinegar potato chips.

With football season in full swing this means I make up a bunch of snacks and get the heck out of the house before the madness begins. It’s not that I don’t like football it’s just that — OK, I don’t like football. Sorry! I do however like the snacks that go along with watching football. The people my hubby invites over for football have come to rely on those snacks, so I always like to include something that everyone can eat regardless of food intolerances, allergies or choices. 

I made this dip allergy-free and vegan with the addition of a mayonnaise substitute and some cream cheese alternative.

If you are a football fan it’s time to invite over your friends, break out the gluten-free beers and let this dip — and the game, of course — be the life of the party.

Gluten-free vegan balsamic onion dip

2 large Vidalia (or other sweet) onions

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 large tart apple, peeled, cored and grated on the large holes of a box grater

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

1 cup vegan mayonnaise substitute

1/2 cup vegan cream cheese 

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