Caramelized Onion and Spinach Dip

caramlized onion and spinach dip

Have I told you about my thing for white, caloric dips? Give me a tub of spinach dip from your average supermarket deli and don't expect to hear from me for an hour. Weight Watchers calls these "red light" foods, apparently. Meaning, stop and think before you eat them. One bite can send you over the edge. My other red light foods include buttered white popcorn, nachos, triple cream cheeses, and almost any french fry. With tartar sauce. Oh yes. Please tell me you have your own red light foods.

I had three potlucks in 24 hours this weekend. Frittata for my Lenten breakfast this morning, wild rice salad and blondie bars for the party tonight, and this dip for book club. We read Push this month. You know, the uber-depressing, throw-yourself-off-a-cliff novel? We all cried and ate our weight in spinach dip. If those kinds of realities inhabit our world (and hell--even our little book club!), there's got to be spinach dip to balance them out. Amen?

Caramelized Onion and Spinach Dip
Frozen spinach would be just fine in this, as would subbing mayo for the sour cream. This really and truly was "refrigerator dip," meaning, "%$*!! I have to take something to book club!" And I used reduced dairy here because that's what I generally buy, not because I was trying to make a lowfat version of this dip.

6 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
olive oil
one large yellow or sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 c. reduced fat sour cream
8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1/4 c. finely grated Parmesan cheese
salt
pepper

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan. Add spinach and saute until wilted, about 4 minutes. Scrape into a bowl. When it cools, squeeze the moisture out of it.

In same skillet, heat more olive oil over medium high heat. Add sliced onions and saute until golden and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add a bit of salt halfway through. Remove from pan and let cool.

In a food processor, combine sour cream, cream cheese, garlic, and 1/2 the caramelized onions. Scrape into a bowl, and add spinach, remaining onions, parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with fried bread, tortilla chips, fresh bread, or good crackers.