Red onion marmalade has to be a staple for cheese platters, doesn’t it? It’s a must have for picnics, BBQs and something that every pantry really should have, especially for cheese fans. Now, as a self proclaimed cheese addict (seriously I’m thinking about starting a Cheese-acholics anonymous with my dearest friend Kate!) I have to have red onion marmalade in the pantry so I’ve started making my own and it is insanely simple to do! Why have I never tried this before?!
This most recent batch has been made for Edith’s christening, that’s how tasty the whole thing is, so please do give it a go:
- 2-3 red onions (I prefer to use 3 because I like a lot of bite in mine)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup of good red wine – try Coyam
- 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
- Salt to taste
Slice your onions thinly then fry them on a medium heat in the oil and butter until softened, probably about 5-6 minutes, stirring so they don’t crisp up. Add the sugar and keep cooking until they start to caramelise. This will probably take another 10 minutes though do keep stirring because the onions mustn’t crisp up! Add the wine and the balsamic and cook on a low to medium heat until all of the liquid has disappeared and you can draw a line through the onions without the liquid recessing back into it. Salt to taste.
This is so simple and really will save you a fortune in buying that red onion marmalade at the shops… Plus, if you have a favourite red wine, you get to drink the rest of the bottle with your new treat and cheese board.