Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Red Onion Marmalade - Riverford Organic Vegetables


Red Onion Marmalade

Eat this now or make it ahead for Christmas. This amount will give you about 10-12 ounces which will fill on 8oz jar, with a bit leftover to eat now. Increase the quantities if you want to make a larger batch. It’s particularly good on a cheese board, or with beef or venison steaks. Serve as a starter on bruschetta with goat’s cheese, or for a veggie main course, wrap a piece of our St Eadburgha cheese, with a little of the marmalade and some of our cranberry sauce in filo or puff pastry. Try adding a crushed garlic clove, or some dried chilli flakes with the onions, for a slightly different flavour. This can also be made with white onions, but red ones look more Christmassy!

  • a knob of butter (about 40g)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g red onions, peeled + finely sliced
  • 35g light brown sugar (about 4 tbsp)
  • 70ml red wine vinegar
  • 30ml balsamic vinegar
  • 200ml red wine
  • 50ml port (or use more red wine)
  1. In a large stainless steel or enamelled cast iron pan, heat the butter and oil. Add the onions and sugar and stir well to combine. Simmer on the lowest heat for about 40-50 mins, until the onions have turned a darker colour. Stir only occasionally, and do not allow the mixture to catch on the bottom. Add the vinegars, red wine and port, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Simmer for a further 30-40 mins or so, until the liquid has pretty much evaporated; if you drag a wooden spoon through the mixture you should see the bottom of the pan and the mixture should have a syrupy consistency.
  3. While cooking this final stage, sterilise your jar (if you are planning to keep the mixture) by placing it on a baking tray and putting in a cold oven. Set the temperature to 140˚C and leave it there until needed. Pot the mixture while it is still hot, seal it immediately with a vinegar-proof lid and turn it upside down for 5 mins to sterilise the lid. It should keep for up to 3 months.


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