I debated about sharing this recipe. For me, this is quintessential tradition. There is NOTHING else that really comes first on my list than this. And truth be known, you may not like it. Or.... YOU.WILL.LOVE.IT!
This started years ago, almost before I can remember because my mom has made this for as long as I remember. The story goes, my dad was at a company party. It was just a small get together and I don't even know why my mom wasn't there. Perhaps they couldn't afford a baby sitter, she might not have gone because she didn't know anyone, or whatever else... but I digress. The point I need to make is my dad was at this party with this dip and he loved it so much he begged for the recipe to bring home and told my mom she HAD to make it. To the best of my knowledge, that is how this all began.
Christmas Eve at my house was what we called a snack night. My mom would make her eggnog (see the first day of Christmas), this dip and well, other stuff. This is how much I looked forward to this, because I don't even remember what the other stuff was!...although I'm sure there was other stuff. Anyway, this dip with chips, of course (and we all know I can kill a bag of chips) became the primary offering of Christmas Eve or any other special celebration. It's weird looking and you either love it or you don't. We loved it. I still love it and it still is something I make for Christmas Eve, and now my daughter makes it. (I'm actually expecting her call any day now for the recipe.) It's addicting, and this is one reason WHY it's only for special occasions. If I make it I will eat it until it's gone, which is not good for the waistline... but so good for my soul. (ok, I'm being a little dramatic but it is TRUTH!)
So I didn't want to share this with you, because it's mine and my family's. But if I'm being honest, if I'm writing about home recipes and the Twelve Days of Christmas recipes this absolutely HAS to be shared. For my family, this IS Christmas.
For the SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, I give to thee
MOM'S ONION DIP
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons cream (or milk)
2 tablespoons Country French dressing
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon grated onion (or more to taste)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Refrigerate overnight and serve with chips.