Wednesday, August 1, 2012

When Life Gives you Onions, make ONION JAM!


I have not purchased an onion from the supermarket in so long, and I love it!

We have so many onions in our Militant Community Garden, that I won't have to buy them again in that net bag until Christmas.


We pick them when the stems are dried and falling over, then wash them off of all dirt, and let them dry out one more time. Then I cut the stems, and store the surplus in my garage, for lack of room in my cupboard.

PS My garage stinks like onions.


I decided to make a confiturra (or confit in French, or JAM in good old English!).

Because I love the Italian language, I am calling this a confiturra, like the recipe reads, but it is just an onion jam in the real world. "Confiturra" sounds so much nicer.

This recipe uses balsamic vinegar, honey and fresh rosemary. What could be bad?
The rosemary infused with the vinegar makes this a wonderful savory treat.

You can use any type of onion here, red, white, yellow, Vidalia......I used a mix of the 3 varieties we grew in the garden.

I am warning you, wear glasses to peel and slice all of the onions. My eyes really take a beating while cutting onions, it's my least favorite chore.

And since I am not a "canning" type of girl, (I've never done it, and am a bit intimidated by the whole home canning process), I gave most of the jars away, and the two that I kept for myself will stay fresh in the fridge for 2 months.


Onion Confiturra w/ Balsamic & Rosemary: (adapted from Serious Eats) (makes about 3 jelly size jars)

3 pounds peeled and trimmed onions (yellow, white, red, or a mix), about 12 medium
1/2 cup olive oil
6 long, fresh branches of rosemary (you will remove the stems later)
3 bay leaves
3 to 4 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup sugar

Cut the onions in half and slice them thinly crosswise; you should have about 10 heaping cups of onions. Get out the tissues, cause your eyes are gonna tear.


Heat the oil in a heavy 5 or 6-quart stock pot with a tight-fitting lid and add the onions, turning them over repeatedly in the oil to coat them. Add the rosemary and bay leaves, burying them in the onions. Season the onions with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper, and lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook the onions for 15 to 20 minutes, until they have softened and released their liquid, and the rosemary has wilted.

Remove the lid and add the vinegars, wine, honey, and sugar, stirring well. Season the mixture with 1 more teaspoon of salt and a few more grinds of black pepper. Maintain the heat at a steady simmer and continue to cook the onions for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, stirring the mixture often with a wooden spoon.

When the liquid has reduced by about half, pick out and remove the rosemary stems and bay leaves and continue cooking for another 30-40 minutes. Taste the confiturra and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

As the liquid continues to reduce, you must be careful to keep stirring to prevent the confiturra from scorching. Continue cooking the mixture until it is soft, sticky, and moves from the bottom of the pan as you stir, be careful not to let it caramelize.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then spoon it carefully into sterilized jars. Seal the jars and process in a water bath if you plan to store them, or keep the confiturra refrigerated for up to two months.


Swipe on some crostini or pair with a grilled English cheddar cheese sandwich.


I am one happy girl.

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12 comments:

Melodie Monberg said...

Oh YUM! I cannot wait to make this! I adore onions and this sounds divine!!!!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Now you're making me wish I had grown onions this year. When I did, I used to braid them and hang them to dry. I just loved looking at my stash. This onion jam makes me envious. Did you know my birthday is Oct. 21? Trade you fig jam for onion jam.....

Anonymous said...

This sounds and looks fabulous! Another great thing to do with surplus onions is chop them and freeze the chopped onions in ziplock freezer bags. Many recipes start with chopped onions, so just pour some into the pan when you want to use them.

Debby said...

YUMMMMMMM ......

Virgie's Place said...

I'd be a happy girl too knowing I can sink my teeth into that piece of bread with all that yummy stuff on top. Yum!

Narde Banks said...

Hi Stacey
Here is my nickels worth on onion cutting. This is a 'Never Fail' tip for "No More Tears Onion Cutting 101"
Never cut the root off. Period. Simple!

You can slice, dice, half, chop, mince, chunk or sliver, whatever you like, just never cut off the root. If you cut the onion in half, be sure it halves the root as well. That's it! Pure and simply.

Grazie per la ricetta marmellata di cipolle. Vado a farlo. Il mio regalo per te Stacey, è ora è possibile tagliare le cipolle per sempre "completamente liberi" strappare abbracci. Karen

translation:
Thank you for the Confiturra. I am off to make it. My gift to you Stacey, is now you can cut onions forever "completely tear free" Hugs. Karen

Dana said...

Once again, I wish I was your neighbor. What a great gift. I'm intimidated by the canning process too - one of the things on my list to do in my new life. I tried a friend's ugly onion goggles for a large onion chopping job and was amazed at how well they worked. No tears until the 5th onion!

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

Wow Stacey! Looks lovely. Bet the rosemary takes it to a new level. Busy making jams....but can't wait to try this one. What a great idea for a cheese sandwich!!!

Joanne said...

Onion jam sounds like something I need to become addicted to.

Oui, Chef said...

Oohhh...this could be part of our holiday gift giving this year, a nice change from the blueberry jam I normally make.

Michele said...

Help!!!! I have made this confit of onions but it is too salty any ideas to remedy this? Michele

Stacey Snacks said...

Michele,
I hope you used kosher salt and NOT regular Morton's iodized salt! Not sure why it is too salty, but add some brown sugar or more honey to the jam and see if that helps.

Stacey