Cheesy Caramelized Onion & Bacon Dip

What is wrong with me? Why am I posting all these dips? It is weird that these have all caught my eye when usually it is the desserts that get my attention. Oh no, I hope that my body chemistry isn’t changing from being a “sweetaholic” to a “saltaholic”…surely not. I just remembered why. I have been looking for an appetizer to take to a party. I have said I was going to take the shrimp salad that I posted last week to the sausage dip I posted a couple of days ago to now this…I cannot make up my mind…maybe I will have to take all 3 since they all sound delish!.
Taken once again from sweet Paula Deen magazine.
Randy thinks that it is because it is so hot I am not wanting to go outside to go to the grocery store, and since I have everything I need to make this one, that is why I decided to make it. Maybe he is right.

2 (8 oz) softened cream cheese
2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Caramelized Onions (recipe follows below)
Crunchy Topping (see below)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 2 qt baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and next ingredients at medium speed with a mixer until combined. Stir in crumbled bacon and Caramelized onions. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle with Crunchy topping.
Caramelized Onions
1/4 cup butter
3 large onions, thinly sliced
1 tables balsamic vinegar
1/2 teas black pepper
1/4 teas salt
In large skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onions, cover and cook for 40 min, stirring occasionally.
Increase heat to medium-high. Uncover and cook stirring frequently, until onions are caramel colored, 10-15 min.
Remove from heat and stir in vinegar, pepper and salt. Use immediately. or let cool and store in fridge up to 3 days before using.
Crunchy Topping
3/4 cup crushed buttery round crackers (about 15) (like Ritz)2014-09-04 12.29.44

Crunchy Topping
3/4 cup crushed buttery round crackers (about 15) (like Ritz
2 tables shredded parmesan cheese
1 tables fresh parsley
1 slice bacon, cooked and crumbled
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Sprinkle over dip before baking.

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