Onion Jam Marmalade Inspired by Nigella Lawson’s Onion Mush
Wed 15th, Aug, 2012
So, at the weekend, it was the kinda weather where you either bundle yourself up, go outside and do some gardening, bevvied along with hot chocolate or cups or tea, or you batten down the hatches, turn up the heating and get cooking.
We did a bit of both.
And I made onion mush or onion marmalade or onion jam or caramelized onions, whatever we are calling them, they are good.
I first got this from a blog that got it from Nigella Lawson…basically you slowly cook a batch of onions and then store for use at a later time.
The first time I made this, years ago now when the Beach Cottage kiddos were littlies I made Nigella Lawson’s onion mush version, since then I have foofed around with other recipes for onion marmalade or onion jam – there are lots out there, many of them include sugar or balsamic vinegar, I don’t add that, but if you like oniony taste with sweet side to it, then a tad of sugar in there is nice…
When I make this I normally shove one portion in the fridge and the other in the freezer…there is nothing like wailing ‘oh **** what on this earth am I going to cook for dinner???’ when you are having one of those days where broomstick riding is inevitable and you suddenly realise you have at your disposal a vat of this in the freezer or fridge..shove it on some jacket potatoes, add it to some frozen pastry and pop in the oven (and a recipe for something along those lines, yummo, coming soon), spoon through some pasta and shed loads of Parmesan or throw it into your crock pot with some meat and as if by magic dinner is solved.
And the best thing? As usual with Beach Cottage recipes, this onion jam, tastes outta this world, but in actual fact couldn’t be much simpler or much easier…if you can chop a few onions you are laughing.
Beach Cottage Caramelized Onion Mush / Jam / Marmalade Recipe
1/2 cup sherry or wine
knob of butter
2 cloves garlic (optional)
1.chop the onions & garlic
2. add butter to pan
3. add the onions and sherry and a few grinds of salt
4. saute onions on low heat with the pan lid on for 2-3 hours
5. remove lid, turn up heat to let the liquid burn off
Beach Cottage Recipe Notes** Onion Jam* you can use wine or Marsala instead of sherry or I have done this without any alcohol just lugged in some vinegar…add sugar if you like (have a look at the recipes for onion marmalade around to get an idea) …this is lovely served with cold meats and especially good for a Ploughman’s lunch. * a knob of butter is an English cooking term which translates to about a heaped tablespoon * to store pop in a sterilised jar (I use the dishwasher for that) or spoon into freezer bags (I have done this a couple of ways, if I am mega lazy, which is usually, I just shove it all into one big bag and then break chunks off to cook with…if I am being domestic I ladle into little portions in those small snack sized ziploc bags, you can then just pull out of the freezer as and when) * this is great on sandwiches like a relish * the amount here will make one small jar, I always make double this quantity and that is the amount that makes the size jar you see in the pics * the garlic is optional I normally throw in more cos I lurve it
Take it from me. You need this recipe in your life.
Happy Days ladies, well that weather I was telling you about? Hmm, it’s warm but it’s cloudier than I was hoping, perhaps as they say in the Old Country, it will burn off?
OK, I have to fly, you know that thing I was telling you about, the thing I have been waiting YEARS for the man in the red suit to bring me? The thing I have lusted over, cried over and dreamt about?
It might just be hiding under the bed.
Going to lay down under there and stroke it
See you on the other side, I am now in the Club, yee ******* haw
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