Caramelized Onion Cheesecake Appetizer

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Caramelized Onion Cheesecake Appetizer
Caramelized Onion Cheesecake Appetizer by Spinach Tiger

If you’ve never had a savory cheesecake, you’re in for a treat. When I made a savory chive cheesecake years ago and it was  big hit, and featured in the Huffington Post a few times because everyone gets all gaga when you use a potato chip crust.

I’m back again, making a caramelized onion cheesecake appetizer, a play off of the onion dip that everyone loves.  I used plenty of  Vidalia onions caramelized to a perfect golden color, driving their sweet flavor profile to its best intensity and waffled potato chips for the potato crust. This is savory, salty  and tiny bit sweet from those luscious Vidalia onions.

How to Make a Caramelized Onion Cheesecake Appetizer – Use Plenty of Onion.

At first I thought one big onion would do the trick, but in making it a second time, I doubled the onions and that gave me the taste I was looking for. Once the cheesecake is cooled, top with sour cream. Don’t scrimp.  You can serve this one cold or at room temperature with water or pita crackers. Right before serving, sprinkle with more crushed potato chips.

How to make a caramelized onion cheesecake appetizer from Spinach Tiger

The Vidalia Onion is Special

In case you didn’t know this,  the Vidalia onion is special. It’s the sweetest onion in the world, and was grown quite by accident in Vidalia, Georgia. It has a short season between April and September, so be sure to go to your local grocer and gather them up. In my last recipe, I made sweet corn and caramelized risotto that made everyone here swoon, and before that an amazing summer fruit pizza using Vidalia onions. You might also want to try this hamburger steak recipe with Vidalia onions. So good.

So tell me, do you cook with Vidalia onions? I’d love to hear what you do.


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3.47 from 13 votes

Caramelized Onion Cheesecake Appetizer

Savory Caramelized Onion Cheesecake made with Vidalia Onions and a potato chip crust.
Prep Time35 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 2 large Vidalia onions
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 8 ounce bag waffle potato chips
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound full-fat non-whipped cream cheese
  • cup sour cream plus 2 tablespoons for sour cream topping
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper white pepper if you have it
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • parsley for garnish


  • Slice onions thinly
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in pan on medium low heat. Sauté onions until caramelized but not browned. Turn frequently. This takes 30-35 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 475
  • Using a rolling pin or a food processor, crush chips into large crumbs. Reserve enough chips to sprinkle on top as a garnish and set those aside.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of melted butter to remainder potato chips. Crush and press into pans. Bake for five minutes. Set Aside.
  • Whip cream cheese in food processor. Once smooth, add in 1/3 cups sour cream, flour, onions, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, pepper.
  • Add eggs one at a time.
  • Pour into pans and bake at 475 for five minutes. Turn heat down to 250 and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until set. Cheesecake should be a little jiggly.
  • Turn oven off, open oven door and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Once cooled, top with sour cream and garnish with crushed potato chips and parsley.
  • You can choose to serve warm with crackers or bread toasts.
  • If refrigerated, bring to room temperature before serving.
  • If refrigerating, don't put chips on until right before serving.


I used two six inch spring form pans. You could also make one cheesecake in a 10 inch pan. Adjust baking times to 10 minutes at 475 and then 20 minutes at 250.

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  1. 1 star
    Chips became hard and too dark following your recipe and the two baking times. Cheesecake was dry from being over baked following your instructions. It also cracked on top, easily camouflaged with the sour cream, but it was still dry. Thinly sliced onions were stringy – I should have followed my intuition and minced.

    1. Sorry it didn’t work out. I made it several times. The onions shouldn’t have been stringy because they were to be caramelized.
      I will reconsider this recipe and make some changes if needed.

  2. I really liked the flavors in this but the baking time is way off a 10 inch pan. Mine was overdone after 10 minutes at 475, I should have known better than to put it in at 475. I would like to try to make again but adjust times

  3. I am hoping to make this recipe, but I’m not sure how many onions, as the recipe calls for two onions two times! Do I use two onions or four? It looks and sounds divine!

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