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Last month we used our last onion from the organic garden.  We’ve enjoyed our homegrown eye-watering beauties in meals & made many jars of preserves over the past 6 months and all for just over €1!

With such a glut of onions, I was inspired to make onion marmalade.  Here are the ingredients, assembled for action:

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Ingredients for onion marmalade

  • 3 large red or white onions
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine (or white, if using white onions)
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar (or white, if using white onions)
  • couple of generous dashes of balsamic vinegar

Peel the onions & cut in half & slice thinly.  I used my mandolin to get regular size slices (important to ensure even cooking).

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Slicing onions with the mandolin

Heat oil & add onions.  Make sure they get a good coating of oil.

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Onions in oil

 

Reduce the heat to medium, cover & cook until onions start to darken in colour. Add seasoning & herbs and cook for 20-30 mins (stirring occasionally) until the herbs have wilted.

Add sugar, wine & the wine & balsamic vinegar.  Bring to the boil, stirring constantly then lower the heat and simmer for 20-30 mins until the liquid is dissolved and onions are soft & sticky.  Stir regularly to prevent sticking & burning.

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Onions starting to cook in the sugar, wine & vinegar

Remove & discard the herbs – their job of infusing the marmalade is done.  Put into warmed, sterilised jars (re-use your old jars, I rarely throw any jars away!) where they will keep for up to 6 months.  Or enjoy straight away with a chunk of cheese or some sliced ham.

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Red & white onion marmalade

 

 

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