Thursday, October 31, 2013

Shrimp with Fried Onion Dip Sauce

White wine, sour cream and caramelized onions do indeed make a fabulous dip.  They also make a delicious pasta sauce. 

I recently joined a Facebook group that has resolved to cook and bake from the wonderful cookbook, The New Midwestern Table by Amy Thielen.  Our noble leader asked Amy for permission that was kindly granted.  The first recipe chosen was for a great fried onion dip that will have you throwing your dried onion dip packets away!  The flavors are wonderful and, as I discovered on a recent evening, it also makes a fabulous sauce.  If you'd like to join us, just follow the Facebook link and ask.  You don't have to be a blogger to cook along, you just need to love Amy Theilen's new book.

This recipe has been adapted and expanded from Amy Thielen's Fried Onion Dip.

Ingredients, to serve four
For the dip/sauce:
3 tablespoons clarified butter (Follow these simple instructions here from the fabulous David Lebovitz – starting with 4 tablespoons unsalted butter)
1 onion (about 8 oz or 227g, unpeeled)
3/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes and more, if necessary, at the end
Few good grinds black pepper
1 teaspoon honey
3 cloves garlic
1 small red hot chili pepper
1/4 cup or 60ml dry white wine
3/4 cup or about 185g sour cream
1/4 cup or a little less than 60g cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish

For the shrimp:
1 1/3 lbs or 600g shrimp or prawns, peeled
Olive oil

For serving:
16 oz or 500g dried pasta

Mince your garlic and chili pepper and chives.  Set aside.  Cut into your onion 1/2-inch or 1cm thick rings.

Heat the clarified butter in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and sprinkle them with the salt and pepper.  Fry the onions on one side until they get brown and caramelized on the bottom then flip them carefully to the other side.

Cook till the other side is caramelized and then turn them over again.   They will probably break apart at this point but that’s okay.  Just keep frying and stirring till you have a nice deep color all over the onion pieces.

Add the garlic and chili pepper with the white wine and the honey.

Simmer until the liquid thickens and just about disappears, which should take about three or four minutes.  Remove from the heat and let cool.

Chop your onion mixture finely with a knife and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the sour cream and cream cheese together until they are completely mixed and smooth.  Add in the chopped onion mixture and most of the chives (reserving some for garnish) and mix well.  Check the seasoning and add a more salt, if necessary.

Transfer to a small serving bowl and refrigerate until you are ready to cook your prawns.  Resist the urge to eat the lovely dip with a spoon.

When you are ready to eat, boil your pasta according to package instructions.  While it is cooking, cut your shrimp into bite-sized pieces.

Pop them in a skillet with a little olive oil over medium heat and sauté until they are cooked and turn pinky orange.  This takes just a few minutes.

Add in the fried onion dip and let it melt into a sauce over a low heat.

Serve the shrimp and sauce over your drained pasta.  Garnish with the extra chives, if desired.



  1. Three letters…O-M-G. Seriously, I have made homemade onion dip for years and years and this one looks incredible. I love the idea of using it as a sauce!

  2. Thanks, Betsy! I've never made homemade onion dip before but I know I certainly will again. It was wonderful!

  3. That's Amazing! First, I guess it never crossed my mind that I could make my own onion dip and second, it was genius to make it into a sauce for noodles - YUM!

  4. Never crossed my mind either, Kelli! We have been missing so much all these years!


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