Thursday, May 6, 2010

Red Onion Jam with sausages and pseudo-mash

I has a hankerin' fer sausages.

That's how I felt last night. A sudden chilly wind was blowing through the city streets and the phrase going through my head was 'sausages and mash, sausages and mash. And onions'.

A quick pickup of lamb and rosemary sausages from the butcher, together with some red onions from the greengrocer, and dinner was almost there.  Well, almost. The onion jam I decided to make does take some time on the stove, so instead of mash, I stuck some gratin potatoes in the oven to pass the time. The gratin was so good, dripping with cream and cheese.

Here is the recipe for the tangy yet sweet red onion jam.

Onion Jam
makes 1 1/2 cups

80g butter
4 large red onions, halved then sliced thinly
pinch of salt
185ml (3/4 cup) red wine vinegar
100g (1/2 cup) brown sugar, firmly packed

1.  Place the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Heat until the butter starts to foam.
2.  Add red onions and salt and cook, stirring, for 15 minutes or until onions are soft.
3.  Add red wine vinegar and brown sugar.  Stir until sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil. 
4.  Simmer over low heat for 25-30 minutes, until the mixture thickens.
5.  Remove from the heat and serve immediately.  The onion jam will keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days - cool to room temperature before storing.

Ingredients - just 4
So many adjectives to describe this delicious, jammy accompaniment
Served with lamb sausages and potato gratin


  1. Red onion jam! What a wonderful idea for a sausage sizzle! Lovely pictures :) Learnt lots of tips from billy's workshop? :p

  2. Give us the recipe to the gratin!! It looks so cheesy and crunchy! I'm hungry now!!

  3. I hope one day this winter to walk past a girl in the street muttering "sausages and mash" under her breath as she rushes home through the wintery weather.

    Perfect winter grub!

  4. I totally agree, there's little more comforting than a plate of sausages and potatoes (hey mash or gratin, I'm not picking favourites :P ). It's like a big hug and onion jam gives it a gorgeous sweetness.

  5. Oh yummo! We're having sausages tonight coincidentally :)

  6. YUM! I will be making this for my dad as he LOVES sausages and mash...this will make it that little bit more special.

  7. I love serving onion jam on burgers. I have made it using balsamic vinegar too and it made a darker coloured more caramelised jam. I might try it with red wine vinegar next time.

  8. Light box? ;)
    Best comfort food, bangers and mash! (Or in your case bangers and gratin and onion jam hehe). Especially now it's getting cooler.

  9. bangers and mash. it 'is' comfort food. the onion jam is genius! you have me craving for potato, sausages and onions now!

  10. Perfect timing! I'm not much of a sausage person myself but I did today, out of the blue, buy some kangaroo sausages. And I adore caramelised onions, and have one red onion in the kitchen... hello, tomorrow night's dinner! Thanks! :)

  11. Yeap. Just pass me some sausages or a good potato mash with it.

  12. Got to go to butchers tomorrow for some sausages...damn I'm so suggestive!

  13. Belle, that red onion jam looks to die for!

  14. Yummm this would be perfect to accompany any meaty goodness! but craving sausages now haha

  15. *Shivers* The weather in Sydney suddenly turned very cold last week, didn't it?

    The onion jam looks great. Now I want some to go with the duck sausages I bought from the Farmer's Market yesterday!

  16. I tried red onion jam once, and fell in love. Your looks just as good so really grateful you shared the recipe.

  17. Mmmmm ... sausages. Had them for dinner last night. Loving the look of your onion jam. The photo's are not bad either ;)

  18. Mmm - I'm a fan of Christine Manfield's onion jam that you can pick up from delis - but making your own is a great special touch. *Yoink* bookmarking this recipe for the next bbq!

  19. hi Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - yes, Billy's workshop was most 'enlightening'!

    hi Maria@TheGourmetChallenge - I'd give you the recipe for gratin if I had one! It's just boiled potato (sliced) in a small baking dish with some pizza cheese and cream layered on top. It is very yum :)

    hi Conor @ HoldtheBeef - you'd be surprised how often that happens to me - the muttering under the breath, that is.

    hi Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - oh yes, who doesn't like mash? It's good with pumpkin and sweet potato, too.

    hi BuBbles - it's sausage weather for sure. Hope you got some good snags ;)

    hi [Rhiannon][Wretchdz] - you're right - the onions are pretty special when cooked this way.

    hi Mark @ Cafe Campana - balsamic vinegar would be so good and rich in the onion jam. I will give it a go, too.

    hi Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! - hehe, very observant! It's actually a white plastic bag!

    hi Amy @ Cookbookmaniac - we all like to be comforted, don't we? I think we can lash out in winter and have snags and mash as often as we like!

    hi Hannah - hey, good timing! I've never had roo sausages before, must keep an eye out for them.

    hi penny aka jeroxie - here you go, sausages and mash. And some onion jam ;)

    hi YaYa - hehe, I can be persuasive, too!

    hi Cass - thank you so much!

    hi FFichiban - it must be the weather, I'd normally have sausages in summer (bbq'ed) but lately... give me snags!

    hi foodwink - it's great how there are so many more flavours in sausages now. Duck would be lovely, very 'luxurious'!

    hi Trissa - you're welcome, any time!

    hi john@heneedsfood - thanks for noticing the photos! I'm trying but can't make mine look as good as yours.

    hi Forager - ooh, I didn't know Christine Manfield had onion jam. It would be good, but can imagine it might be a bit expensive?