This rich and creamy Traeger Smoked Cheesy Caramelized Onion Dip is the perfect appetizer recipe made on your pellet smoker, served with crackers, bread or veggies.
Traeger Cheese Dip
Caramelized onions and roasted garlic are two of my favorite flavors in cooking. They add such an amazing depth of flavor to just about any dish. From Parmesan Caramelized Onion Dip to Cheesy Chipotle Turkey Sliders, you just can’t go wrong. This Traeger Smoked Cheese Caramelized Onion Dip takes the rich flavors of caramelized onions and takes it up a notch with your pellet smoker.
Pellet Smoker Appetizer
Traeger pellet smokers aren’t reserved just for big cuts of meat like Smoked Pork Loin. They can bring a rich smoky flavor to anything from vegetables to appetizers.
If you haven’t seen the huge trend of smoked cream cheese that people are obsessed with, you’ve got to check it out. This Traeger Smoked Cheese Caramelized Onion Dip doubles down on it with smoked cream cheese, cheddar, onions and more!
How to make caramelized onions in Traeger
To get started, grab a cast iron pan or any oven safe skillet. Add 3 cups of sliced sweet yellow onions along with 1/4 cup butter and salt and pepper. Crank your pellet smoker up to 350F and cook for 30 minutes. Stir and cook an additional 30 minutes or until the onions are completely softened and golden brown.
Smoked Onion Dip Recipe
Add a block of cream cheese and cubed sharp cheddar to the pan of caramelized onions and lower temperature to 185F so your Traeger starts pumping out some serious smoke.
Smoke the cheese and onions for 20 minutes. Stir in sour cream, grated Parmesan, red wine vinegar and chives. Heat an additional 15-20 minutes until the cheesy onion dip is nice and hot.
This smoked onion dip is incredibly rich and thick, but the flavors of the tangy red wine vinegar, sweet onions and fresh chives helps balance the fatty cheeses.
What to serve with Smoked Caramelized Onion Dip
The best part of this Traeger Smoked Cheesy Caramelized Onion Dip is that it is so incredibly versatile. If you are hosting guests at an outdoor BBQ, just pull the skillet from the smoker, give it a quick stir and serve it alongside a variety of crackers, bread and fresh veggies.
I actually brought this dip to a gathering, so I scooped it from the skillet and added it to a lined Mini Crock Pot. This was a great way to keep the dip warm for hours as everyone grazed on it.
If you have leftover smoked onion dip, I highly suggest using it to add a great punch of flavor to your next meal. Spread it on a sandwich with some roast beef, on some Hawaiian buns with chicken to make sliders or just about anything that you want to take up a notch!
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- 3 cups sweet yellow onions, sliced
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- pinch of ground black pepper
Smoked Cheesy Onion Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
- 1/4 cup chives, diced
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
- Preheat pellet smoker to 350F.
- Thinly slice onions and add to an oven proof skillet. Add the butter, salt and pepper to the onions and cook on the pellet smoker at 350F for 30 minutes.
- Stir the onions and cook an additional 30 minutes or until the onions are completely softened and golden brown.
- Add the cream cheese and cubed cheddar to the pan and lower temperature to 185F. Cook for 20 minutes.
- Stir in the sour cream, Parmesan, vinegar and chives. Cook an additional 15-20 minutes until heated through.
- Serve with crackers and bread.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g
Provided nutrition data is only an estimate. If you are tracking these nutrients for medical purposes, please consult an outside, trusted source.