Caramelized Onion Spread

Onion Tomato Jam

For onion lovers!!!  This takes the bite out of onions, and results in a sweetish, melty, multi-purpose onion spread.  Since this recipe does take a long time to cook down, I make a large batch at a time and then use it in all kinds of things- pizza, soup, sandwiches, mixed into dips, on veggies… sky’s the limit!  The picture above has two of my favorite spreads on brie- caramelized onions (left) and tomato jam (right- recipe coming soon).


2 tbsp olive oil
3 lbs onions (I usually use white or yellow onions), thinly sliced
1 tbsp salt
3-5 tbsp wine of choice (water if you do not want to add wine)


1.  Heat olive oil on medium in a large, heavy bottomed pot (I use a Le Creuset dutch oven).  Add the onions and salt and mix.

2.  Cook, uncovered, for approximately 1 hour.  Stir the onions periodically, but not too often.  You want them to be in contact with the bottom so that they actually brown.  When you see bits of brown sticking to the bottom, add 1 tbsp of the wine.  Use the liquid to loosen the brown parts stuck to the bottom and mix it into the onions.   Let the onions cook again until you see bits of brown sticking to the bottom again.  Add the wine to loosen and repeat these steps as often as needed until the onions are done.  I consider them done when they are very soft and look melted together and jam-like.

3.  Store in fridge until ready to use. This makes a little less than 1 lb of caramelized onion spread.


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