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I've just made a cream cheese, mushroom and onion spread and the onion flavor is way too strong. Is there any way I can reduce it by adding something?

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Other than more cream cheese and mushrooms? There is no good onion flavor neutralizer, so dilution is your best bet. –  Wayfaring Stranger Apr 27 '13 at 16:21
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It would be helpful if you would post a full recipe as that would eliminate fruitless suggestions. Two things come to mind:

  • If the onions are included raw, you should wrap the chopped onions in a towel and wring the 'juice' out.
  • Acid of some kind could help too, either exchange sour cream for the cream cheese or find a way to incorporate lemon/lime juice.
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The question's about a dip that was already made, unfortunately. –  Jefromi Apr 28 '13 at 1:10
    
Mm, understood. In that case the citrus juice suggestion still stands. I often find myself wondering what a dish needs only to discover it simply lacks acid. –  Kaya Apr 28 '13 at 19:27
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If the onions that were added were raw, this may sound weird, but try add a bit more onion that's been caramelized with extra sugar.

But I think Stranger's way of more cream cheese and mushroom is the safest.

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You can also try and quickly blanch the onions before adding them to the dip. Blanching onions will reduce their sharpness.

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