Onion Marmalade

To be specific, roast beef sandwiches with melt-in-your-mouth onion marmalade. This recipe is really simple but it has to cook for a while, so allow yourself time.

Purple onion

It calls for purple onions. I love purple onions. What a pretty color.

Onion Marmalade
1 C coarsely chopped yellow onion
1 C coarsely chopped purple onion
3 green onions, chopped
2 T vegetable oil
1/4 C sugar
2 T cider vinegar
1 t Worchestershire sauce
1/4 t salt
1/8 pepper
Dash of ground cloves

4 - 6" French rolls or sub rolls, split lengthwise and toasted
3/4 lb of thin sliced roast beef


These pretty things are about to gently cook down soft, coated in a gorgeous brown glaze.

Saute onions in oil in a large saucepan over medium heat for an hour or until very tender, stirring occasionally.


At this point your kids will come to the kitchen, noses pinched, and ask you what the heck that smell is and want assurances that it isn't their dinner. You tell them the onions start out strong, but they mellow and soften and all that bitterness cooks out. They look at you with much skepticism.

Stir in sugar and next 5 ingredients. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 25-30 minutes or until liquid evaporates.


This carmelized onion marmalade is amazing with any type of beef. I toast the rolls, layer on some good roast beef, and top with dollops of marmalade. I don't have a photo of the sandwiches because we were too busy eating them.

This recipe makes enough for 4 servings, and I suggest you double the recipe because you will want more and it stores well.

From The Complete Do Ahead Cookbook (Southern Living).

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The Urban Cowboy said...

That looks delicious! I had my doubts, but I'm going to try it.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Looks amazing but not a huge fan of onions! Have a wonderful week.

Amy said...

Cowboy - You will thank me for this dude.

Frau - I'm not either! You might like this because the onions get soft and sweet as they cook down.

2 Little Irish Boys said...

I am a fan of onions and I actually like the smell of them while they are cooking. Course, it seems like the smell is around for days at which point I become sick of the smell!!
Great recipe I am gonna try it!

Rachel said...

I LOVE red onions! LOVE.

You're getting so good at this recipe thing ;-) ;-)

That sounds delicious, Amy!

Wendy said...

That looks mouthwatering.....although onions tend not to like me very much....I just might have to try it!

Momo Fali said...

Yum! That is a must try, though I'm certain my kids won't come anywhere near it.

Mamasooz said...

I've got company coming this week -- sounds delish.

designHER Momma said...

this looks heavenly. I have no doubts that onions are the way to go. I've bookmaked accordingly.

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