French onion dip
|Alternative names||California dip|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Main ingredients||Sour cream, minced onion|
French onion dip, made of sour cream and instant onion soup, was created by an unknown French cook in Los Angeles in 1954. The recipe spread quickly and was printed in a local newspaper. The Lipton company promoted this mixture on the television show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts in 1955, and early on, it was known as "Lipton California Dip", but soon simply as "California Dip". A Lipton advertising campaign promoted it on television and in supermarkets. The recipe was added to the Lipton instant onion soup package in 1958.
The name "French onion dip" began to be used in the 1960s, and became more popular than "California dip" in the 1990s.
There are now many mass-produced, pre-mixed versions, such as Ruffles French Onion Dip and Frito-Lay French Onion Dip. Commercially prepared products include additional ingredients to thicken, stabilize, and preserve the mixture.
Alternative bases include mayonnaise and cream cheese. Common flavorings are onion salt, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic, garlic powder, parsley, chives, Worcestershire sauce and others.
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