Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy 4th of July

We had a great 4th and hope everyone else did as well! After a few days of much needed rain, we had a dry 4th. As with any party...this 4th party had a ton of food. One of our favorites is beer can chicken. This is hands down the best chicken ever. All you do is put a half full beer can under the fryer chicken, and add all purpose salt on the outside for a nice crisp! DELICIOUS!
I made an onion dip which was a totally new recipe for me! I thought it came out great. I didn't get a shot of it until after the lid came off and the guys had already dunked into it!

2 large yellow onions (or Vidalia)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
4 ounces cream cheese - room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise

Chop up onions. Heat the pan with the oil and butter. Add onions, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Saute until the onions are nice and brown and caramelized of course. Add the balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard. Leave on heat for about 10 more minutes. Allow onions to cool completely. In your serving bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo. Keep stirring until there are no more lumps! Combined the cool onions and cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until your are ready to serve. I served this with potato chips and tortilla chips - it was VERY GOOD!

I have grown to love cooking for a group of people...especially those who never thought I had it in me :)

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