Saturday, March 13, 2010

Onion Thyme Jam - not just for cheese and crackers!

I've made this jam for quite a few years, with many variations - but this is really simple and has multiple uses. This year I had some fresh garlic so I added a little of that towards the end of the cooking. Tonight I'm mixing it with ricotta cheese and a couple eggs and baking it to make an onion tart. I have also used it to make a quick French Onion Soup - short cut to caramelizing onions, just add to beef broth and then top with a crouton and swiss cheese. But of course on top of cheese on a cracker is delicious!

Onion Thyme Jam makes about 3 pints

4 tablespoons olive oil
about 6 onions, diced (this is the pain in the arse part - but don't use a processor, it will have a better texture by hand)
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup sherry vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
1/2 cup brandy
1/3 cup honey
7 sprigs fresh thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Heat oil in a large skillet add onions and cook until soft and golden, about 15 min. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on low stirring occasionally until it's a dark brown. Remove the sprigs and scrape off the leaves into the jam. Pour into clean pint jars and boil in a water bath for 15 min. Let cool and store in a dark place. Refrigerate any excess.


  1. Oh YUM! I love thyme!
    Onion jam is really useful isn't it? I put some in recipes when I don't feel like choppeing and cooking an onion.

  2. You are so right! Or on top of a burger - the list is endless! Thanks

  3. Thank you for posting this. I just used this as a base and adapted it to make a rosemary marsala onion jam.

  4. Just wrote up what we did, thought you might be interested.

  5. Thanks! Looks good! Love the marsala. Just read your egg bloodspot info - was always wondering about that, as it happens all the time with the eggs I get.

  6. Six onions is how many cups?
    This looks lovely.

  7. great blog! been on a canning kick myself, and the latin market near me has brown onions for 99 cents for 8 POUNDS! googled "onion jam", and there you were : ) adorable kid, btw

  8. I really like your site.. keep up the good work! Do you
    know what the theme is by the way?

    1. I had a friends daughter re-do the design so I don't know the theme - if you are referring to that... Thanks for the encouragement! I haven't been blogging that much lately but there is plenty of stuff posted!