Summertime Snacking

Posted July 3, 2020

I can tell you firsthand that if you serve this addictive dip to guests with delicious, salty potato chips, they will be calling you the next day for the recipe. At Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant, we serve this dip along with our homemade Kennebec potato chips (heavily seasoned with salt and lemon pepper, by the way).  It is one of the recipes that went on the menu way back on day one when we opened and has remained on the list ever since.  We wouldn’t dare take this dip off the menu now; not unless we wanted an early retirement. It’s that popular.

At the restaurant, we do a little more complicated version, but I can tell you that this adapted recipe is every bit as good. I switched out a laundry list of herbs and spices for a packet of good ol’ Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. It’s much more user-friendly. This dip is best if chilled at least six hours or overnight before using, but I bet you won’t be able to wait that long. Terryl Gavre, owner of Cafe 222 and co-owner of Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant;



The Most Onion-y Dip Ever


1 cup onion, diced small
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
½ tsp salt
¼ cup dehydrated onion
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cayenne
1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped fine


  1. Place olive oil in sauté pan over medium heat and slowly cook onions until clear (no brown). Spread over paper towels to cool and to absorb any extra moisture.
  2. In medium-sized bowl, combine all remaining ingredients.
  3. Once onions are cooled, fold into remaining mixture.
  4. Chill six hours to overnight before serving.