As you may have noticed, as of late I am obsessed with jam and jelly making. Has it ever occurred to you that jam and jelly need not necessarily be sweet? No? Well, it has occurred to me. Trust me on this one! Savory jelly is mind-blowing! Here is a savory (yet semi-sweet) jam recipe that will surprise and delight even the most jaded of foodies.
This recipe for caramelized onion and roasted garlic jam is easy enough to execute and results in a truly unique experience for your toungue. A little bit sweet, but mostly savory, it’s perfect served with a stinky cheese plate and salty meats.
Serve it at cocktail hour with crackers, smoked meats, and cheese (stinky, soft, or cream varieties work best) and red wine. Win!
I gave you the full play-by-play with step-by-step photography on my Blackberry Basil Jam recipe, so this time I’m going to share my Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic Jam recipe after the jump…
This recipe makes about 32 ounces of jam, give or take based on the size of your onions and garlic.
Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic Jam Ingredients:
2 heads garlic
1 tea vegetable oil
3 red onions, chopped
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoons white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 cups sugar
3 tbls powdered pectin
Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic Jam Instructions:
I used my Ball® FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker, which is awesome, but you can also use your stove.
Peel and slice your onions into very thin strips.
Cut the tops of the garlic heads. Brush with oil, wrap in tin foil, and roast in the oven for 35-45 minutes at 400.
Heat the butter on medium high heat in a non-stick pan over the stove. Adjust to low heat and add the onions. Cook for 20-40 minutes until onions caramelize.
Remove the garlic from the oven and squeeze the pulp from the heads into a bowl.
Add the caramelized onions to the bowl.
Add balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, ground mustard, salt, white pepper, ginger, and cloves.
Start setting up the jam by sprinkling the pectin powder on the bottom of your jam and jelly maker (or follow the stove instructions on your particular brand of pectin).
Add the onion-garlic mixture.
If using the jam maker, turn it on set to the jam setting. It will mix for four minutes until it beeps, then add the sugar. If not using the jam maker, follow the instructions on your pectin for when to add the sugar. This is usually right at the beginning.
Let the jam maker run and it will do all your stirring for you. If you are using the stove you just have to stand and stir.
When your jelly is done, skim the foam off the top and preserve by either placing in the fridge or freezing. Remember, the jelly won’t be “jelled” right off the stove/jam maker, it will need to set. Newbies to jam making sometimes get confused and think it will be perfectly done right off the stove, but it needs to cool first.