Giada De Laurentiis' Caramelized Onion Dip Has A Secret Ingredient

It may seem unfathomable to eat anything other than the traditional fixings of your Thanksgiving meal on turkey day. However, if you're waiting until the later hours of the holiday to sit down at the table, you'll probably want to have a few appetizers on hand so your hunger pangs don't get the best of you. My Recipes suggests preparing two or three appetizers for the big day, which should be set out a few hours before the main feast begins.

With so many other dishes to cook on Thanksgiving, adding a few hors d'oeuvres to your list of things to do can make for a seriously stressful day in the kitchen. Asking guests to bring the pre-dinner snacks to the party is one way to alleviate some of the pressure of your hosting duties. That may not always be an option, and so finding appetizers you can make ahead of time is your best bet. Charcuterie boards and crudit├ęs are both easy to put together a day or two before Thanksgiving, as are chips and dip, which will go over especially well if you plan on watching football games throughout the day. Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis has one recipe that sounds particularly scrumptious: Bacon Onion Dip, which she claims is "always a crowd-pleaser" (via Giadzy). The dish puts a unique spin on the traditional onion dip with bacon and caramelized onions, as well as another secret ingredient that may come as a surprise.

Greek yogurt takes Giada De Laurentiis' onion dip to the next level

When it comes to picking out appetizers to serve before your Thanksgiving feast, look no further than Giada De Laurentiis' Bacon Onion Dip, which is described on the Giadzy Instagram page as "every bit as delicious as you'd think it is." Crispy, savory bacon, and sweet, caramelized onions share the spotlight in this tasty treat, though Greek yogurt is what really takes this dish to the next level. "Greek yogurt gives it some bright tang," the "Everyday Italian" host writes on her Giadzy website of the mouthwatering recipe. "So while it has rich flavors, it doesn't feel as heavy as mayo or sour cream-based dip."

Another great thing about this appetizer? The recipe is quite simple, and is one that you'll not only be able to make in the days leading up to Thanksgiving but will only take you bout 35 minutes to put together. Per Giadzy, all you'll have to do is fry up your diced bacon, which you'll then follow up by caramelizing your onions in the same pan. Once those steps are done, the two ingredients get added to a bowl together with your Greek yogurt and chives. Give it all a good mix, and then place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour before your guests start to arrive. De Laurentiis suggests pairing the dip with root veggie chips for some color. However, we're willing to bet your guests will be so mesmerized by its taste that presentation won't even matter.