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If you are searching for a condiment to perk up the flavor of plain grilled meat, onion marmalade may be just what you’re looking for. It’s the homeliest of condiments, but it’s awfully hard to look good when you’ve been caramelized and doused with balsamic vinegar. The shortcomings it’s appearance present are overcome by the flavor it imparts to plain grilled pork, lamb or beef. I personally think it is too strong for poultry, but I have a friend who insists it’s great with duck. At the risk of straining our relationship, I must tell you she’s wrong a lot. While the marmalade is easy to make, it requires better than an hour to cook, so you’ll have to plan your time accordingly. Once made, it will keep for three weeks if refrigerated. This recipe was develop by Tom Colicchio, the chef and restaurateur who heads the team of judges on Top Chef. You’ll like his recipe.

Balsamic Onion Marmalade

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 large onions, thinly sliced (about 8 cups)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar


1) Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until it slides easily across pan. Add onions, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, until onions are soft.
2) Add sugar and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, until onions appear dry.
3) Add vinegar and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, until onions are soft and dry. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store marmalade in refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks. Yield: 2 cups.

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