Onion Marmalade with Bourbon and Sage

This girl just, gets it.

This is the kind of thing you can put on your stove when you find yourself with a few empty moments, and it will reward you with an utterly delicious topping that’ll jazz up just about anything you can imagine, from chicken to salmon to eggs to pasta dishes to burgers and sandwiches.  It could even make a nice homemade gift!  It takes about an hour or so on the stove but it doesn’t really need much attention.

I made pancakes and bacon for my kids’ dinner the night before, and there was quite a bit of glorious bacon fat left behind, so I poured it off into a little dish to use for anything I wanted to make extra-yummy.  This is the perfect application for that liquid gold!

About a teaspoon is all you need to add some gorgeous flavor to the marmalade and keep things from sticking.  Get that warmed up on the stove while you slice up some sweet onions.

I used one and a half large, sweet onions, and they yielded about a half cup of marmalade.  If I were making this as a gift, and wanted enough to fill a jelly jar, I’d probably double or triple these quantities.

Tumble the onions into the hot, smokey porkness and toss to coat.  Let them get a little soft on the heat.

Meanwhile, chop up some fresh sage…

…and add it to the pot along with two tablespoons of brown sugar, three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a couple glugs of bourbon, a few dashes of worcestershire sauce, and some salt and pepper.

That is pretty much it.  Go find something constructive to do for the next hour or so.

Enjoy the insane aromas… (who needs a scented candle?!)

Give it a little stir every once in a while…

…and this is what you’ll end up with.

It’s so unbelievably sweet, with a hint of smoky bacon, a warm, rich, complexity from the bourbon, and a homey earthiness from the sage.

I love it on a cheeseburger!  I do my burgers on a cast iron skillet, so they get a nice brown crust, and I melted some smoked cheddar over the onion marmalade.  It was out of this world!

Make this!

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