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Ron’s Kefir Onion Dip

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IMG_5272The Super Bowl is coming up and we are going to a friend’s house to watch the game. I’m always trying to think of something new to make for the game. It is mostly for my husband Ron that I get extra creative. Many think that because we eat pretty healthy, we’ve always eaten like this. This is not the case. We aren’t super, strict, even though we do eat really well most of the time. When we got married 32 years ago, my husband casually told me that he didn’t eat anything green. I was taken back a bit and realized that he had a very limited diet when he was younger and was only eating a few foods that he really liked. So I made it my mission to incorporate new foods into his diet, and show him how delicious it could be.

When I started fermenting things he was skeptical, and a little scared, but supportive. He has a way of finding things that I need without me ever telling him that I need them. Month by month he would come home with a new glass jug that I could use for fermenting. They were so unique it would make me squeal in delight. One year he went on eBay and found me milk jugs that had our last name on them. It is one of the reasons so many people contact me thinking that I have a dairy, but it is really just a jug with my name on it.

Shelley's orignal recipeThrough the years Ron’s diet has change quite dramatically. It is really fun to watch people start eating cultured foods. He started with kombucha and loved it and saw the difference it made in his eye sight. Kefir was something he started eating regularly as he began to notice that constipated was a thing of the past. Cultured veggies took me a little trial and error to find some he really enjoyed. It was Shelley’s Cultured veggies, that he really liked. He eats tons of these cultured veggies. I can’t tell you how many times he will make a meal of these veggies with a bowl of sprouted corn chips. This was a huge step for him because I never coax him to eat them. He eats them because he likes them, and he realized how much they helped with feeling full, and satisfied and with boosting his immune system.

This onion dip is for my husband, because he has always loved onion dip. I couldn’t stand to buy the store-bought ones full of chemicals and preservatives. I made this dip today and asked him to tell me what he thought. He looked at me and said, “wow this one is a winner.” Then he wanted to eat the whole bowl, before I could get a picture of it. I am glad he is picky, it just made me more creative.

Ron's Kefir Onion Dip
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You can serve this dip with homemade potato chips. I cut thinly sliced potatoes and fry them in peanut oil till brown and crispy.~Donna
Ingredients
  • 1 onionmedium or large
  • 1tbsp butteror substitute with olive oil
  • 2cups Kefir CheeseI used second ferment kefir with garlic. Optional but delicious
  • 1 small lemon juiced
  • 1tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  • 1tsp paprika
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Instructions
  1. Finely chop the onions.
    Finely chop the onions.
  2. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
    Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool till warm and not hot.
    Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool till warm and not hot.
  4. Transfer onions to a food processor and add remaining ingredients.
    Transfer onions to a food processor and add remaining ingredients.
  5. Pulse several times until onions and cheese are well combined and smooth.
    Pulse several times until onions and cheese are well combined and smooth.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours or overnight until firm.
    Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours or overnight until firm.
  7. You can top with poppy seeds or sesame seeds or dehydrated onions, if you like.
    You can top with poppy seeds or sesame seeds or dehydrated onions, if you like.
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25 Responses to "Ron’s Kefir Onion Dip"
  1. Can’t wait to make this. I love French Onion Dip, but don’t like the idea of the store-bought stuff. I have a couple batches of kefir cheese that I hadn’t decided what to do with, so this is perfect. I do have a question though. Are the measurements given for the kefir cheeses by volume or weight?

  2. Hi Donna, I am wondering how you flavored your keifer cheese with garlic. I was following another post for your “Ron’s Keifer Onion Dip” and was referred to this page but I didn’t see anything about how much garlic; fresh, powdered to be used? Would love to make a batch for our next date night.

    • Yes, you can use all homemade or store bought and I used them both in the recipe so you could see your options. You can use either one or both and it will all work.

  3. I don’t know what to do with all the whey i have been saving. I have jars of it. Any suggestions. Also my grains are getting huge!I have already divided them but they are growing like mad!!!

    • We give whey to our animals, our dogs love it! You can also pour it on plants or make fermented veggies with it.

  4. We have a chipotle dip we make with mayo and sour cream and chipotle (from a can) garlic and lemon juice
    if we use our kefir cheese instead of the mayo and sour cream would there be a mass die off of benefits in the kefir? There is no heat (other than the chilies) applied.

  5. Wondering whether your kifer cheese ounces is by weight or by volume in the onion dip. We just made our first batch of cheese and 2 cups of kifer gave us a lot less cheese. Also any trick to getting all the cheese off the filter ( we used a double labor of cheese cloth

  6. This dip sounds great. I have some of my kefir cheese in the fridge ready for flavouring, but I’m wondering why you chose to mix a commercial kefir cheese with your own. I can’t buy anything ‘kefir’ around here so will be making it with only my own cheese, but would like to know how different it would be making it to your recipe.

    I’m having great fun with all of these ‘new’ recipes – well, new for me. I can’t wait for your book to be out- only three more sleeps…!

    • You can use all kefir cheese It makes the dip consistency different but still really good. I was trying to give people other options by using kefir cheese if they choose too.

  7. I made something similar to this in February, myself, but my goal was to make a replacement for Boursin. I cut up an onion and carmelized it in a pan on the stove, then I added in a little bit of garlic (a clove or two) near the end of the process. I mixed that in with some Kefir cheese, then I mixed in various fresh herbs which were minced finely. It was great with homemade Sourdough crackers and as a spread on bread.

  8. I just made this dip but I won’t get to taste it till tomorrow…I am fasting for the day but I am sure it will taste yummy:) I had to use all store bought kefir cheese as I have not mastered the art of making kefir…its on my list though! I am going to try the miso pickles sometime in the next few weeks too! Thank you so much for sharing with us:)

    Shawnarae

    • No I do not have a recipe in my book for this. You can buy them now and there are also sprouted tortillas by Garden of Life that you can buy. Soaking corn in calcium hydroxide or pickling lime is really more the method than sprouting. Will have to work on a recipe for one.

  9. Super excited about this! We love dip, but don’t eat store rubbish anymore… AND I have some kefir cheese sitting waiting for some inspiration in my fridge:) Thank you!

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