As Christmas approached I wanted to make something I could give as gifts – that didn’t involve walking into overcrowded malls, fighting my way through hordes of frantic shoppers. Gifting food you’ve lovingly created is a great way of personalising a present, and making you look fabulously thoughtful in the process. This onion marmalade is a simple, stunningly tasty little condiment. It’s great on the side with a steak or burger. It also goes very well with a chunk of cheese, or even just spread on a slice of crusty baguette. What more could you ask for in a gift!?
INGREDIENTS (makes about 3 medium jars)
12 medium red onions (peeled and finely sliced)
200ml olive oil
9 tablespoons brown sugar
300ml white wine
Heat the oil in a very large pan over a medium heat. When hot, add the onions and stir well. Let them cook, stirring regularly for about 20 minutes until lightly browned and translucent. Add the sugar and grenadine and stir well. Cook for a further 20-30 minutes until the sugar has caramalised, and the consistency is thick and gloopy. Pour in the wine, let it sizzle briefly then pour in 800ml hot water. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat slightly and simmer moderately for a further 30-40 minutes stirring occasionally until the consistency is again thick and syrupy.
Leave to cool slightly then decant the marmalade into sterilised jars. It can be eaten immediately, but will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 months.