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!

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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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