Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam

This jam pairs perfectly with a chunk of brie and homemade ciabatta!

A couple of weekends ago mum and I ventured out to the latest designer-like grocery outlet that has been the talk of the town of late. Granted everything in store looked amazing with so many interesting items from all over the world but the prices were more than shocking. 

You can't go wrong with roasted garlic + onions + balsamic vinegar.

The Stonewall Kitchen’s Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam caught my eye and although I was very tempted to purchase it on the spot I decided to be prudent and figured that I could probably replicate this jam at home for a fraction of the price. And I did!

To be honest it wasn't so much the Onion Jam that caught my attention rather it was the promise of a jar full of roasted garlic goodness! I love garlic so much that I could probably have roasted/steamed/pickled garlic at any time of the day. Gross, I know. 


Roasting garlic is so easy and satisfying!

Anyway that aside, this jam/chutney/spread – whatever you want to call it, is fabulous! Pair it with slices of meat as part of a sandwich, serve it on a cheese board or use it as a pizza topping. A really versatile, sweet-savoury jam that has got me hooked!

The balance of flavours of onions, balsamic vinegar and roasted garlic is a wondrous thing however I would have preferred if the taste of the roasted garlic would be more prevalent and in the future will probably increase the number of garlic heads from two to about four. This however is totally up to you and you're a bit of a garlic freak like I am then a couple additional garlic heads won't go amiss!




Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam

Adapted from Panini Happy

Makes enough for 1 jar

Ingredients

3 onions, chopped roughly
2 garlic heads, roasted (More if you prefer a bigger garlic hit)
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp brown sugar
6 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
Pinch of salt

Method

Roasted Garlic
  1. To roast garlic, peel outer layer of garlic skin, whilst ensuring that the cloves remain stuck to one another. Using a sharp knife, cut off 1/4 inch of the top of the cloves, exposing the flesh of each clove.
  2. Place each head on a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle salt over it and wrap up. 
  3. Place in an oven at 200C and roast for 35-45 minutes, or until garlic feels mushy to the touch.
  4. Remove and cool before popping each clove out of their skins.
Jam
  1. Heat a large pan and add olive oil.  Add the onions, cover and leave to cook for 15-20 minutes, until soft. Stir occasionally to prevent onions from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  2. Add the sugar and continue to stir occasionally until onions turn golden.
  3. Add 1/4 cup water, stir and leave to cook for 20 minutes until onions take on a darker colour.
  4. Add the remaining water, balsamic vinegar and smashed roasted garlic cloves.
  5. Cook uncovered until liquid has been absorbed.
  6. Transfer to container once cooled.
  7. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Longer if canning method was used.

38 comments:

  1. I'm an onion freak hahaha so I bet I would also love this recipe!

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  2. Oh wow, this would be perfect for me! I adore garlic, and what an interesting mix with brown sugar!

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  3. Woah... nv tried Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam before. This is unique!

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    1. Yes definitely! It really is amazing!

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  4. Oh my gosh, my dad would love this!

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  5. Wow this sounds amazing! I love onion and really really love roasted garlic. I could eat it with everything. Sounds like it would be delicious with some crusty bread and cheese, yum!

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    1. We're definitely on the same wavelength! :) Pairs perfectly with bread and cheese!

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  6. This does look like a great thing to have in the fridge on hand. I can think of many tasty ways I would use it, so glad you posted this. Unique and tasty-saving this recipe. Have a great evening Nish!

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    1. I hope you like it as much as I do Tina :)

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  7. I'm a HUGE garlic fan, onion fan and jam fan so this recipe is a must! It looks and sounds absolutely wonderful!

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    1. I'm starting to think that with all garlic and onion fans around, a fan club is the next step :)

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  8. What a great looking dip! I bet it would taste amazing! I can already imagine the flavour just popping on my tongue! Worth replicating myself perhaps!

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  9. This chutney will be a wonderful side to be eaten with rice and the rest prepared for the day. I like the idea of making the same type of chutneys bc they are so handy esp when you need that extra taste.

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    1. Very true Nava. I love the versatility of jams and chutneys :)

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  10. mmm This sounds seriously heavenly!! I love making jams but have never done a savory one!

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    1. I've got a weird fascination with all savoury jams at the moment and they're so unexpectedly yummy!

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  11. Awesome! Garlic and Onions- both are favourites. It can't get better than this!!!! Great post Nish!

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  12. Oh man I love garlic too! I use it as often as I can so that my hands will smell like it for the whole day haha....does that sound weird?? This looks delicious, I'll definitely have to try this recipe!

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    1. Hahaha that's sorta quirky - but yes, gotta love them garlic!! :)

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  13. Onion jam???????
    First time I c this...really cannot imagine how is taste....

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    1. Trust me, it's really good :)

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  14. Hi Nish, what a lovely presentation and your photos are stunning!!! This looks interesting, I'm gonna give it a try! Hope you have a wonderful day =))

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment! I hope you like it :)

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  15. This looks delicious and easy to make - I love almost anything with roasted garlic!! I'll have to pin this one for gifts, as well. Food gifts are always a win. :)

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    1. Very true Heather! Nothing quite like a food gift :)

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  16. Beautiful photos+ interesting concept + delicious ingredients = a winning recipe! This sounds wonderful with bread as appetizers .

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  17. Your photographs are AMAZING! Great blog!

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  18. This sounds awesome and looks very similar to an onion marmalade I've made the other day.

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  19. This is such an awesome idea, my husband loves onions and garlic so definately making this, thanks for sharing :)

    http://eatandtheneatsomemore.blogspot.com

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  20. This is good, have saved for another day, thanks.

    You are welcome to join in my food blogger event THE SOUP KITCHEN, here all bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon.

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  21. I am wondering how it would can. I pressure can everything. what do you think?

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