Onion Jam

Today while driving home from Harbor Springs I decided it was time to try making some onion jam. I have been meaning to give it a try for years. Every time I buy a little jar of onion jam and spend $8.00 or more for a jar I say I’m going to make this myself.

On Friday Marybeth and I had a great lunch at the American Spoon Cafe in Petoskey. We agreed we wanted to share a couple sandwiches and in addition to a yummy mushroom panini we shared a burger at the suggestion of our waitress. It was a fantastic suggestion. The burger was served on a potato roll with a slice of cheddar cheese, a slice of bacon and the real gem of the burger, onion jam.

For years I have just used onion jam (purchased) for a favorite grilled cheese sandwich. Now that I have a second use for the jam, it’s time to give it a try. I love the flavor of gorgonzola cheese and onion jam together.

Onion jam
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
3 medium onions, coarsely chopped, about 3 cups
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Add olive oil to sauté pan and toss onions and garlic into the pan and cook over medium heat until onions are soft and beginning to brown. Add vinegars and sugar and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or longer if necessary, until liquid is evaporated and mixture resembles jam.

Now that I have two uses for onion jam I’ll be looking for a few more. Any suggestions?


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