This Dip Uses Every Part Of The Green Onion, Even The Roots

Those crispy things are roots! (Photo: Claire Lower)

I have seen recipes that call for the green part of the green onion, and I have seen recipes that call for the white part of the green onion, but I have never seen recipes that call for the stringy little roots of the green onion. (Until now, because I’m about to write one.) The little white allium threads are edible, however, and they make a great little crispy garnish.

If you include the roots, the green onion has three edible portions that are suited for slightly different applications.

The green part is quite mild, but still oniony — perfect for garnishing or mixing into fresh salads. The white part is a little more abrasive, and does best with a little cooking to mellow it out. The roots also have a bit of onion flavour in ‘em, and they crisp up into lovely little golden strands when fried; you just have to wash them really well, because they quite literally come from dirt.

By using all three portions of this flavour-packed, ubiquitous, very cheap onion, I was able to make a savoury onion dip that wasted no part of the produce. To make it yourself, you will need:

  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 tablespoon oil or schmaltz
  • Salt
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 85g cream cheese

Wash the onions thoroughly, paying particular attention to the roots.

Pull the roots off, set them aside, then separate the the green part of the green onion from the white part of the green onion. Chop both portions finely, and reserve the green.

Season the white portion with salt, then cook the slices in one tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until they are soft. Drain on paper towels, leaving as much oil in the pan as you can.

Using a food processor, immersion blender or “regular” blender, combine the sour cream and cream cheese. Add both portions of the onion, and pulse until well-combined.

Scrape the dip into a bowl, set in the fridge to chill, and heat the remaining oil over high heat. Add the roots and cook until they are golden and crispy.

Drain them on paper towels, season them with salt, and place them in a pretty little nest on top of your dip. Of course, you can place them on something other than a dip, but I’m not sure why you’d want to do that.

This is part of Eating Trash With Claire, a Lifehacker series where Claire Lower convinces you to transform your kitchen scraps into something edible and delicious.


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