Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Real Snacks Book Review and Recipe

Real Snacks by Lara Ferroni is a book filled with all the yummy and delicious snacks we all love.
There are wonderful recipes for sweet favorites like chocolate moon pies, brownie bites, and caramel corn.
If you prefer more savory snacks, there are lots of recipes to choose from here as well. Homemade potato chips, cheesy popcorn, onion dip made with caramelized onions and more, are just some of the tasty recipes that Real Snacks has to offer.
All recipes also include vegan and gluten-free options. This book will take you back to some of your favorite childhood treats, and show you how to make new ones for yourself, and the treat lovers you know.

One of my all-time favorite snacks is potato chips and onion dip. But the old recipe for making a dip with sour cream and packaged onion soup mix just doesn't compare to the one in this book.
Deliciously caramelized onions, spices, and sour cream make a dip that is just heavenly. The recipe does take a little while to make, but is well worth your time to have such a great tasting dip to go along with your favorite chips.

Here is the recipe for making Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions:


1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Splash of seasoning salt
Pinch of smoked paprika (optional)
Splash of buttermilk (optional)


Place butter in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and, stirring occasionally, let the onions sweat and caramelize, 20 to 30 minutes.
Once the onions are an even, golden color, remove from the heat and allow them to cool to room temperature.
Once the onions are cool, stir them and any collected juices into the sour cream and season to taste with salt and pepper, add a pinch of smoked paprika if using. If the consistency is too thick, add a splash of buttermilk to thin it out.
The dip can be eaten right away, or put in the refrigerator for an hour or two to let the flavors meld.

I actually doubled the recipe here because I wanted more than the amount given in the book, and it was easy to do.

A copy of Real Snacks was sent to me for my review. All opinions are my own.


  1. Looks good! At first I thought that was bacon

  2. Thanks for the recipe, my husband loves onion dip. I will have to try this!