From the Kitchen: Charred Scallion Dip

Abundant at the farmers market this time of year, and a perennial staple in the produce department, are scallions.  The humble green onion can be a workhorse of flavor if you know how to harness it.  In her newest cookbook Let's Stay In author Ashley Rodriguez unlocks the secret, which is heat!  Throw those scallions in a hot skillet and let them sear for an amazing dip far greater than its mere 6 ingredients.  

Charred Scallion Dip
from Ashley Rodriguez's Let's Stay In

1 TB olive oil
1 bunch scallions, trimmed and halved
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1 TB mayonnaise
1 tea soy sauce

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat.  
  • Add the scallions and a pinch of sea salt, then sear for 5 to 7 minutes, turning every few minutes, until deeply charred.  Remove the scallions from the pan and set aside to cool.
  • Finely chop the scallions, then place them in a bowl along with the sour cream, mayo, and soy sauce.  Stir well to combine, then taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.  

Makes scant 2/3 cup.  Double (or triple!) the recipe like I always do and serve with ruffled potato chips and a spread of fresh veg. 

Say buh-bye to those powdered french onion soup mixes and hello to guest of honor.  Your friends don't need to know how easy it is to pull this one together!


Quite often, serving a meal with intention (and looking effortless) means planning ahead.  Assemble a collection of hosting specific dishes for when your pals drop in unannounced or for last minute dinner invites.  You'll be able to simultaneously have a conversation and pull together a snack plate or you can transport your fav serving dish in a basket and stop by the deli to purchase a ready-made dip.  

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