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Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 01:24 pm

Caramelized onion marmalade


Caramelized onions are incredibly unctuous, with a rich mouth feel that belies the small amount of oil used. They are so delicious and have so many uses that I try to always keep some in my refrigerator. The only preparation that takes much time is slicing the onions. If making multiple recipes, you may need to use two skillets.

Gift tag suggestion: This onion marmalade has many uses: mixed with a little olive oil for a salad dressing, on sandwiches, as a topping for pizza and bruschetta (it’s especially good with blue cheese) or as a garnish for pork chops or steak. Keep refrigerated.

  • 1 very large red onion (1–1 lb)
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves (do not use ground)
  • 2 T. tawny port or medium dry sherry such as Amontadillo or Dry Sack, optional
  • 1 T. red wine or sherry vinegar freshly ground pepper to taste

Cut the onion in half lengthwise, and then into quarters. Slice about -inch thick. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat and add the onion. Toss to combine, then add the thyme, the port or sherry and the vinegar. Cover and sweat the onion until softened. Remove the lid and turn the heat to low. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is deeply caramelized and the mixture is thick and almost gooey. Cool.

Makes about 1 cup.