Caramelised Onion Jam

This is another one of those basic recipes where you can convert it into anything you like from one big batch. It’s no secret that I love onions, I think almost all my dishes would have onions in them and I would buy them by the bundles from grocers and markets.

I call this a ‘jam’ cos that’s what it looks and feels like after you’ve cooked it down. Put this in a jar and it’ll keep in the fridge for about a week.

Some recipes and ideas with caramelised onions;
French onion soup
Bangers and Mash with Onion gravy
Onion Bruschetta
Caramelised Onion Focaccia
Burgers and Sliders
Sloppy Joes
Caramelised Onion Mayo Dip
Onion tart or quiche
Mince Pies
Onion Chutney
Savoury Breads
Onion Frittata
Relish or sides for Pork chops
Inside burger patties



8 big onions
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, leave whole or minced
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon fennel powder (optional)
Sea Salt (or regular salt is fine too)
Black Pepper
Olive Oil


1. Use a food processor (unless you have mad knife skills) with the slicer attachment to slice all your onions into thin strips.
2. Heat a large pan with olive oil and drop in all the onions. Add your butter, some salt and black pepper. Cook until the onions they are rather translucent.
3. Add your garlic, brown sugar and fennel powder. Turn the heat to a low simmer and cook the onions down slowly, stirring occasionally to let it brown evenly. This might take between 45 minutes to an hour.
4. When the onions are looking caramelised, add your balsamic vinegar and cook further for 20 more mins. Taste and adjust seasoning. If you’re happy with it, you can store it in a jar until further usage or transform it into any dishes like the ones mentioned above.


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