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French Onion Dip and Muffaletta Dip


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I’ve really been looking forward to being at home and welcoming family and friends over this holiday season since we did absolutely zero holiday entertaining last year. Long story if you’re not familiar with it. I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but people don’t seemed satisfied with just a meal. It’s like they expect non stop access to food. So I like to have a few make ahead appetizers ready to go in my refrigerator that I can pull out at any time. These two dips that I’m sharing today actually taste better if made in advance. They need a little time for the flavors to mingle. French Onion Dip with Greek yogurt

This Holiday Season cater to your family and friends dietary needs by having some food choices for those who are lactose intolerant. Approximately 1 in 10 adults report having lactose intolerance so there’s a good chance someone attending your holiday party or meal will have an issue with lactose. People with lactose intolerance don’t have enough of the enzyme that breaks down lactose, which is simply a sugar found in milk. People who experience lactose intolerance, in contrast to people with a milk allergy, do not typically need to avoid dairy products altogether. Different people can handle different amounts of lactose. A little experimenting can help determine which foods and what quantities can be consumed to get the benefit of all the nutrients (calcium, protein, potassium, Vitamins A and D) dairy products contain. Healthier French Onion Dip Here are a few tips for making foods that are lactose intolerance friendly:

  • Use lactose-free dairy to make your Holiday eggnog. It can also be used to make creamy and delicious mashed potatoes. Lactose free milk has the same essential nutrients as regular milk and the same great taste. The only thing it is lacking is lactose.
  • Use low-fat cheeses that are low in lactose and are less likely to cause an issue. These include mozzarella, Colby, cheddar, Jack, swiss, and Parmesan.
  • Utilize yogurt, either regular or greek. The live actives cultures in yogurt help to digest lactose.

Heathier French Onion Dip made with Greek Yogurt Both French Onion Dip and Muffaletta Dip include dairy products that are less likely to cause issues for people who have a lactose sensitivity.   Healthier French Onion Dip The French Onion Dip is made with just a few ingredients and is low in fat, but high in flavor. I’ve used nonfat Greek yogurt to keep it healthy, we don’t want to pack on too many pounds during the holiday season! I’ve caramelized some onions in olive oil and they are almost as sweet as brown sugar!. The sweetness of the onions contrast really well with the tanginess of the yogurt.   Healthier French Onion Dip made with Greek yogurt This dip actually tastes better if you make it a day, or even two days in advance. If you’re planning a holiday party, make ahead foods can really help reduce stress the day of the party. I love taking a melon ball scooper and scooping out the middle of a cucumber slice to make pretty appetizers. french onion dip Healthier French Onion Dip made with Greek yogurt. My second dip, Muffaletta Dip, is also best if made in advance. It has all the flavors of a Muffaletta sandwich in dip form. This is a recipe you’ll want to make again and again. It’s also perfect for game day and of course Mardi Gras. Muffaletta Dip I’ve used low fat Jack cheese, cut into a fairly small dice. The smooth, creamy, and mild cheese goes well with the saltiness and strong flavor of the salami and olives. Muffaletta Dip made with cheese, salami, and olives. An easy make ahead party food.   Muffaletta Dip with salami, cheese, and olives. An easy make ahead party food. If you have leftovers of this Muffaletta Dip, just put them on top of a bed of lettuce and you have a wonderful Muffaletta salad. Find more delicious recipes great for lactose intolerance at Eat Confidently with LI. Muffaletta Dip with cheese, salami, and olives. An easy make ahead party food.   Muffaletta Dip

Lightened Up French Onion Dip and Muffaletta Dip
Recipe Type: Appetizer
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Serves: 8
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, cut in half and thinly sliced into half moon shapes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  1. Heat oil over medium-low in a large pan. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
  2. Add sugar and salt and continue to cook, stirring every now and then, until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Turn up heat a little if necessary.
  3. Add pepper and thyme and remove from heat. Let cool.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir onions and greek yogurt together.
  5. Mix in Worcestershire sauce.
  6. Refrigerate for at least a few hours before serving.


Muffaletta Dip

Muffaletta Dip



  • 1 (8-ounce) block lowfat Jack cheese, cut into a small dice
  • 1 (8-ounce) log salami, cut into a small dice
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted red pepper or fresh red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped olives, I use a mixture of green and black
  • 1/4 cup chopped pepperoncini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid from pepperoncini
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 teaspoon fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Combine cheese, salami, onion, red pepper, olives, and pepperoncini in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, pepperoncini liquid, garlic, basil, thyme, and red pepper flakes.
  • Pour on top of cheese, salami mixture and mix in.
  • Sprinkle parsley on top. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Course: Appetizer

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13 thoughts on “French Onion Dip and Muffaletta Dip”

  1. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    That lightened up dip looks delicious! French onion dip is my weakness and I always feel so guilty now that I know what is in it! Love yours especially on the cucumber!

  2. Love both dips. Perfect to serve anytime really but could really see these getting gobbled up while watching football game.

  3. Annie @Maebells

    That muffaletta dip is a must make! I think I would loose all self control with that around! 🙂

  4. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    The French onion dip really grabbed my attention. The way you presented it was pretty cool with the cucumber. Gosh I realized I used cool and cucumber in the same sentence—Ha.
    It’s not a heavy appetizer. Neither one is. It’s fun to nibble, but you don’t want to be too full the main parade. This is not a tailgate/football appetizer.

  5. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Great recipes! That muffuletta dip looks amazing. I love that you can make these ahead. Thanks!

  6. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    I don’t even know which of these dips I love more! They both look totally fabulous, Christin! Perfect for the holidays coming up. 🙂

  7. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    I’ve never heard of muffaletta dip but it looks like a dip I’d really enjoy. Of course I’ve never had a dip that I didn’t like. Maybe that’s a problem. 😉 I love french onion dip. It’s one of my favs.

    Can’t wait to get these parties started with some good appetizers!
    Have a great weekend!

  8. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I could eat a whole meal with just dips! Love that you stuffed the little cucumbers with the french onion. And the muffaletta dip I could probably eat by the spoonful!

  9. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

    I love having lots of dips and little bites when we have family over too. This dip sounds amazing! Hope you have a great weekend, Christin!

  10. Oh my, I will definitely take some of that french onion dip! That sounds absolutely delicious! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Christina Heggins

    Most of the adults in my family have lactose intolerance, but I never thought to use Lactaid milk. Great tips!

  12. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    this French Onion Dip looks amazing! I love the idea of putting it in a cucumber very great idea! perfect appetizer 😉

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