This idea came to me when Jessie from Sosnicki Organics posted that she was bringing sweet onions to market one Saturday recently. Yes! This is similar to a recipe I do for balsamic onion compote, where I use duck fat for richness. The sweet onions in this recipe add a different flavour, as does the bacon fat. Perfect on a grilled cheese with aged cheddar!
Sweet Onion Marmalade
3 tbs melted butter
3 tbs bacon fat
10 cups sweet onions (walla walla or similar variety), chopped
1.5 cups honey
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups white sugar
3 cups balsamic
1 cup port
3 tbs pepper
2 tbs salt
1 tbs smoked paprika
Splash of rice wine vinegar
- Cook 1 lb of bacon to render the fat, and set aside bacon, chop.
- Add butter and onions to a large non stick pan with the bacon fat and cook the onions until they brown, on medium-high heat.
- Add remainder of ingredients, except the vinegar, reduce to medium temperature and cook until viscous, string often so it does not burn.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar.