The Ultimate Onion Dip from N.Y.C’s Celebrity Super Bowl Lounge

01/30/2014 at 12:49 PM ET

Super Bowl Onion Dip
Courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli

Game on! As the Seahawks and Broncos prepare to battle it out in New Jersey on Super Bowl Sunday, football legends and celebrity chefs are coming together in nearby New York City to fuel hungry fans.

Welcome to five-day pop-up The 50 Yard Lounge, featuring 15,000 square feet of food tastings, live music and tailgating events from food stars such as Marc Forgione, Michael White and Pat LaFrieda.

Each day from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, VIPs (a fancy way of saying visitors who purchase a $400 one-day pass) get access to four themed “quarters” of events like “The Soup-er Bowl” and “Ultimate American Breakfast.” And who knows, an NFL legend like Doug Flutie or Hall of Famer Chris Carter might be the one rolling your sushi. At the bash’s halftime, pop into talks by Flutie, Carter and other former players.

Can’t be there? Bring a taste of the action to your own Super Bowl party with this easy caramelized onion dip from Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, another chef cooking at the lounge.

“I love this recipe because it has a meaty flavor, but is good for your vegetarian friends,” says Guarnaschelli, also the chef of Butter restaurants in N.Y.C. “I serve it with grilled bread on the side, but have been know to dip an errant chicken wing or raw vegetables in it as well.”

Caramelized Onion Dip
Serves 4-6

2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3½ cups thinly sliced yellow onions
Kosher salt
½ tsp. hot paprika
1 cup sour cream
5 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 scallions, thinly sliced (Note: trim ends, but don’t remove white parts completely)

1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat butter and olive oil until butter melts completely. Add onions and season with salt and paprika.

2. Cook over medium heat until onions are browned and start to caramelize. Lower the heat and continue to cook the onions for an additional 15-20 minutes. The onions should be browned and tender, but not falling apart. Transfer onions to a baking sheet to cool.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise and red wine vinegar. When smooth, remove bowl from mixer and stir in the scallions and ¾ of the cooked onions.

4. Transfer dip to a serving bowl and top with remaining cooked onions. Serve with the bread on the side.

—Brooke Showell

FILED UNDER: Food , Recipes , Super Bowl

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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