The Simple Plate

Onion Jam

Onion Jam is probably not the first thing you think about when you’re trying to decide what to top your burger, your steak, your brussel sprouts, your hot dogs, or your potatoes with, but it definitely should be. Don’t let the word jam startle you, this condiment is a multi-faceted relish that tastes absolutely delicious on just about anything. It’s sweet and vinegary all at the same time and a real delight for the taste buds. It’s perfect to set out with a steak dinner or even for burgers and hot dogs at the family cookout. It’s something I discovered I adored while I was brainstorming for something to serve with a london broil I was serving to guests, and the phrase “onion jam” just appeared to me because I had about 4 pounds of sweet onions in my fridge and just really needed to start using them. So was the birth of the onion jam. It’s refined sugar free, as it uses coconut sugar (one of my pantry staples). Coconut sugar is low glycemic, meaning it doesn’t cause huge blood sugar spikes; and since I get sick from refined sugars and the spikes in insulin cause my migraines, I rely on this ingredient often to sweeten dishes. You can find it in most supermarkets, such as Wal-Mart and Ingles, and any Health food store. I hope you give this recipe a try and serve it along at your dinner tables this holiday season (and all year round!).


4 sweet onions, finely diced

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 clove minced garlic

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup coconut sugar

Oil for cooking

How To:

1. Finely dice your onion and garlic while a pot heats on medium high with a bit of oil in it.

2. Once the oil is heated, cook your onions and garlic until they begin to brown and the onions are translucent. Roughly 8-10 min.

3. Add the vinegar, spices, and coconut sugar and cook on medium high until the liquid has reduced, the sugar cooks down, and the mixture has turned into a thick, jam like consistency. About 15 min.

4. Allow to cool, store in an airtight jar or container.

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