Caramelized Onion Dip from Edward’s Cafe in Northville, Michigan

Ok, so this might be a weird one given that this blog is mostly about technology but it was too important for me to not post. The TLDR is that I found a recipe I like from a place that used to be near me but closed a few years ago, skip to the end for the recipe.

the inside of Edwards showing the counter where people ordered food

For a few decades, there was a cafe in Northville, Michigan called Edward’s Cafe and Catering that I enjoyed going to when I lived there for a few years. They mostly focused on sandwiches and desserts but one thing I really enjoyed from them was the caramelized onion dip for the chips that would come with the sandwich orders. They closed early on during the pandemic so I assumed I would never get to have it again until I saw a recipe for it at my parents’ house a few days ago. I’m not completely sure how my mom got it. I’m guessing she just asked for it during a cooking class, since she took a few of them there, and wrote it on a scrap piece of paper along with some other Edward’s recipes I saw in her collection. I just made it earlier today and it tastes just like I remember it so I’m sharing it here for anyone doing a Google search for this place. I probably could have made any caramelized onion dip recipe and roughly get the same thing but I’m very happy to have this recipe preserved.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 yellow onions, pulsed in processor
  • 3 tablespoons beef paste (The recipe says Karlsburger but I used something else and it seemed fine)
  • 4 1/2 cups sour cream (The recipe says to use Guernsey)
  • 2 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Caramelize onions in oil until golden. The longer and slower, the better.
  2. Add beef base and cook for five minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well
  4. Serve with chips

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