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Game-Day Snacking- Real French Onion Dip

It’s fall and football season is back in full swing.  And what kind of host would you be if you didn’t supply the best snacks for your guests?  Not a very popular one, that’s for sure! But fear not, we’ve got a delicious game-day dip idea that is sure to be a hit!  We’ve got what you need to know to make this gameday staple below.  Just add potato chips!

Real French Onion Dip -seriouseats.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 large yellow onions, finely diced (about 1 quart)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely sliced chives

Directions:

  1. Heat sugar in a 12-inch stainless-steel skillet over medium-high heat until completely melted and light brown, about 3 minutes. Immediately add onions and stir with wooden spoon to coat onions in sugar. Add butter, baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds black pepper. Toss to combine. Cook, shaking pan occasionally until onions release all their liquid and brown coating builds up on bottom of pan, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons water shake pan while scraping with wooden spoon to deglaze brown bits from bottom of pan. Continue cooking, shaking occasionally until coating begins to build up again, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat deglazing and cooking steps three more times until all water is used up and onions are deep brown. Transfer to medium mixing bowl and allow to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  3. Add sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Parmesan, and Worcestershire and whisk to combine. For smoother texture, run through blender or food processor. Chill in a sealed container for at least 1 hour and up to 5 days (flavor will improve with time). Spoon into a bowl, sprinkle with chives, and serve with chips.

Yield: ~2 cups

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 1/2 hours

Now that you’ve got the dip covered, just head on out and get your favorite potato chips! If for some reason you wind up with leftover dip, you can always put in on a hamburger or a nice roast beef sandwich!  You might be surprised how good it is!

7 Snack Foods from Around the World

Balut; Image from MorgueFile

It’s appropriate that February is National Snack Food month considering this past Sunday was one of the biggest days for snacking in the U.S.  However,  according to the Snack Food Association, the holiday was actually created in 1989 by the SFA and the National Potato Promotion Board to “increase consumption and build awareness” during what was in fact, a slow sales month.

As gallons of guacamole and pallets worth of pizza are being consumed the SFA and NPPB can rest assured they are doing their part to create awareness.  However, just in case you’re looking for another snack food to add to your cabinet, below are seven that are commonplace in countries around the world.  Take a look and maybe next year, you can serve your fellow sports fans an exotic treat.

1)    Acaçá

AKA:  rice-flour mush, rice-flour polenta

Where can you find it? Brazil

What is it? Steamed pudding wrapped in banana leaves and steamed

Variations and toppings: Can be made of rice-flour or cornmeal.  Sweetened with coconut milk.

2)    Balut

AKA:  Treat with Feet, Egg with Legs

Where can you find it?  The Philippines

What is it?  Soft-boiled duck eggs containing a partially formed duck fetus

Variations and toppings: salt, chili, vinegar, lemon juice, coriander,

Interesting fact:  The perfect time to eat a Balut is usually considered to be before the fetus has formed bones, beak and feathers. 

3)    Biltong

AKA:  Droewors, Biltong Sticks, Biltong Chips,

Where can you find it? South Africa

What is it? beef or game jerky that has been air-dried

Variations and toppings: Spiced with salt, pepper, brown sugar, coriander, vinegar, salpetre

Interesting fact:  Although biltong is most commonly eaten by itself, it’s also sometimes used in items like oatmeal, salads, spreads and even on a sandwich with bread and butter.

4)    Currywurst

AKA:  Curried sausage

Where can you find it? Germany

What is it? Fried Pork sausage covered in a tomato curry sauce

Variations and toppings: Vegetarian Currywurst, Chicken/Turkey Currywurst.  Toppings include hot chili, mustard powder.

Interesting fact:  There is a museum dedicated to the currywurst in Berlin and a song was recorded about it.

5)    Lassi

AKA:  Indian yogurt smoothie

Where can you find it? Northern India, Pakistan

What is it? A drink made of Indian yogurt, water and different flavorings

Variations and toppings: Spiced with salt, toasted cumin seeds, saffron, mint etc.  Sweetened with Mango or other fruits and sugar.

Interesting fact:  The drink is used as a digestion aid due to the high probiotic content.

6)    Pig’s Blood Cake

AKA: zhū xiě gāo, Taiwanese blood pudding, blood cake

Where can you find it? Taiwan

What is it? Steamed pig blood and sticky rice that can be flavored with peanuts, cilantro.

Variations and toppings: chili sauce

7)      Raw Herring Sandwich

AKA:  broodje haring, Hollandse Nieuwe, Zoute Haring

Where can you find it? The Netherlands

What is it? raw salted herring, onions and pickles

Variations and toppings: Usually either eaten in a soft bun or by itself on a plate.  Can be served with or without the tail.

Now that you’ve taken a look at what people snack on around the world, are you thinking about trying any of them?  What does/doesn’t look appetizing and why?