Christmas season is upon us! A wonderful time to share joy and laughter with friends, family and maybe even a few strangers! Delicious food is aplenty and Kootenay Spice has come up with some simple and very scrumptious appetizers that are perfect to share with a gathering of two to twenty-two!
The first of these hors d’oeuvre dishes we have to share with you is roasted & smoked garlic dip with caramelized onion. It’s perfect for potato or tortilla chips, veggies and is also great on crackers, with or without cheese.
For this dip you will need:
1 medium red onion
2 bulbs fresh garlic, peeled
4-6 cloves fresh smoked garlic (or additional fresh garlic and liquid smoke – see directions)
3 tablespoons sour cream
3 tablespoons cream cheese
1 teaspoon smoked salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to bake at 350°
Chop the red onion into 1/4 inch slices. Sprinkle with sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt (we use Kootenay Spice Smoked Salt) and saute in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat for about 30 minutes.
Stir every few minutes and add a few drips of water every now and again if/when they look like they are drying out. If the onions stick to the pan when they are done, release them by de-glazing with one tablespoon of red wine or balsamic vinegar.
While the onions are caramelizing, the garlic can be roasting. Place all of the garlic into a small oven safe dish or bowl and cover with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. If you do not have any Kootenay Spice fresh Smoked Garlic, add 4-6 cloves of fresh garlic and a couple of drops of liquid smoke flavouring.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, stirring 2-3 times. When the fresh garlic is beginning to soften, remove from the oven and set aside.
Once the onions and garlic are cooked, drain off the excess oil and let cool. We like to reserve the flavour-infused oil to use for eggs or quick-frying veggies. Keep it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
Combine the garlic and onions in a food processor and puree. Add sour cream, cream cheese and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and continue pureeing until smooth.
Use this delicious, creamy blend as a chip dip, served with fresh veggies or, as we have done here, on crackers. We also added a few slices of our home-smoked Friulano cheese (which was seasoned with our Kootenay Pepper blend) and topped a few off with some additional Kootenay Spice fresh Smoked Garlic.
Enjoy & Happy Holidays!