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Onion Marmalade with Bacon for #SundaySupper

Holiday party season is upon us, folks!!!

I know that you probably have a few holiday celebrations to partake in over the next few weeks. I know that I inevitably have a handful myself! When it comes to holiday parties, drinks and appetizers seem to reign supreme. Thankfully, the Sunday Supper crew decided to take on those two items today for our theme. Hooray! I have to admit – I could pretty much survive solely on appetizers and drinks. I mean, just the other weekend, Justin and I decided to go out to dinner and ONLY order appetizers and cocktails. It works, I tell you!

Anyway, when it comes to appetizers for a party, being able to prepare something in advance is always a plus in my book. I decided to try out a new recipe…one that involves onions…and bacon. Yum.

This onion marmalade with bacon is pretty simple to make, and it yields a pretty large batch. You can make it in advance and refrigerate it until it is time to bring it out for the party. AND, if you happen to be attending a party as a guest, you could get really fancy and fill a pretty jar up with the marmalade to present to the host or hostess as a gift…so they can enjoy it later!

I love the versatility of this marmalade. You can eat it cold or at room temperature…but I find I like it to be served warm. You can serve it on top of whatever works for you. Today, I decided to keep it simple with thinly sliced toasted baguette…spread with goat cheese. Yep. Goat cheese makes everything better. The tang of the cheese adds a nice contrast to the sweet and smoky combo of the marmalade.

This marmalade would also be KILLER on top of a burger. I know for a fact that it is on our list of to-dos to create some mini sliders topped with this marmalade (again – another appetizer option for a party! I told you it’s versatile). Ah, but that is for another day.

So…I suppose you would like to get the recipe for this concoction, wouldn’t you? Put on your onion slicing goggles and get cooking!

Onion Marmalade with Bacon

***adapted from Patio Daddio BBQ***


4 lbs yellow onions, halved and sliced to 1/4 inch thick

8-10 slices bacon

2 cups apple cider

1/4 cup sherry vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp Italian seasoning

1 tbsp kosher salt

2 tsp black pepper


1. Heat a large sauce pan over medium high heat. Pan fry the bacon strips until just crisp. Remove bacon strips from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towel to drain off excess grease. Leave the rendered fat from frying in the pan.

2. Add the sliced onions and the salt to the pan with the bacon fat. Reduce the heat temperature to medium and place a cover on the pan to soften the onions. Leave the lid on for about 15 minutes until the onions are soft.

3. Meanwhile, chop the cooked bacon into small bits. When the onions are done softening after 15 minutes, add the bacon and the remaining ingredients into the pot. Cook this mixture uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is almost completely cooked down. This process will take about an hour to complete, and the onions will begin to turn a deeper brown in color.

4. When the liquid is almost completely cooked down, reduce the heat to low. Continue cooking the onions until they turn to a rich medium brown color (about 10-20 minutes). If your marmalade starts to look dry, you are able to add water to the mix…1/4 cup at a time.

5. When the onion marmalade has reached the desired color, remove from heat and allow to cool. Serve atop crostini, hamburgers, or the like. Enjoy!



Make sure to check out all of the amazing recipes included in this week’s Sunday Supper!

Holiday Cocktails

Holiday Appetizers or Hors d’oeuvres



48 Comments on Onion Marmalade with Bacon for #SundaySupper

  1. Jen @JuanitasCocina
    December 16, 2012 at 11:14 am (1 year ago)

    We even put our onion marmalade on burgers! Now I need to make some!

    • Katie
      December 22, 2012 at 8:26 am (1 year ago)

      That is definitely one of the uses we’re going to implement for the marmalade!!!

  2. Arlene@FlourOnMyFace
    December 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm (1 year ago)

    Your recipe looks so good. I have been wanting to make onion marmalade since the beginning of the years when Vidalia onions are in season. I never did get around to making it though!

  3. Renee
    December 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm (1 year ago)

    I totally agree that this would be killer on a burger. Slathering it on a piece of bread works too. Sound so good.

  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    December 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm (1 year ago)

    Not only I´m another one who can live on appetizers, but goat cheese with onion marmalade is amazing! I love this idea!

    • Katie
      December 22, 2012 at 8:27 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Paula! Anything with goat cheese is usually something I want in my life…

  5. Tara
    December 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm (1 year ago)

    Amazing, love it!! I so love appetizers and this looks great!!

  6. The Wimpy Vegetarian
    December 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh, I love onion marmalade!! Thanks for sharing this!!!

  7. Liz
    Twitter: thatskinnychick
    December 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm (1 year ago)

    I have a friend who makes something similar every year for her cookie exchange party! It is SO yummy! I’m glad to have the recipe :)

  8. Heather @girlichef
    Twitter: girlichef
    December 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh my gosh, I bet this would be stellar on a burger – mmmm! And I’d love it just like this, too…salty, sweet onions…goat cheese…bread…aaagggghhh. Deeelicious.

  9. Tammi @ Momma's Meals
    December 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm (1 year ago)

    What a great picky food!! Spread and enjoy! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Bea
    December 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm (1 year ago)

    This is fantastic!!! Love onion and bacon- delicious ;)

  11. Lane @ Supper for a Steal
    December 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm (1 year ago)

    Mmm I bet a burger would be delicious! Really you can’t go wrong with onion jam.

    • Cindys Recipes
      December 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm (1 year ago)

      Great combo, Katie! ummm bacon!

      • Katie
        December 22, 2012 at 8:27 am (1 year ago)

        Everything is better with bacon, am I right!??!

  12. Laura Hunter | Small Wallet Big Appetite
    December 17, 2012 at 2:22 am (1 year ago)

    Oh dear I don’t know what to do with myself because I don’t just love this recipe, I want it now! I am trying to convince myself that I need to wait until I get to the US for our trip to see my parents. Seeing as how we leave in 12 hours. :)

  13. Lauren
    December 17, 2012 at 10:19 am (1 year ago)

    That looks delicious and “wintery” – I will have to try to make it.

  14. Megan
    December 17, 2012 at 10:36 am (1 year ago)

    UM YES PLEASE! This would be delicious with kielbasa or on a burger. YUMMY

    • Katie
      December 22, 2012 at 8:28 am (1 year ago)

      Oooh I hadn’t thought about kielbasa….

  15. Conni Smith
    December 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh my! This looks SO good! Definitely saving this recipe for future reference!

  16. Soni
    December 18, 2012 at 9:38 am (1 year ago)

    Wow, this is something I’ve never tried and cannot wait to!Looks lovely and with the bacon in there, yumm…:)

  17. Nancy @ gottagetbaked
    December 19, 2012 at 1:28 am (1 year ago)

    Ok, I need to make this and make sure I always have a vat of it in my fridge for whenever the mood strikes me. This looks divine! Happy holidays!

    • Katie
      December 22, 2012 at 8:32 am (1 year ago)

      Mmmm. A vat of onion marmalade at all times. I like that thought.

  18. Susan
    December 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm (1 year ago)

    This might be just the BEST onion dip ever! Seriously, I adore everything about it.

  19. Carole
    December 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about onions! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Wishing you very happy Holidays!

    • Katie
      December 22, 2012 at 8:35 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks for the heads up Carole!!!

  20. Hezzi-D
    December 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm (1 year ago)

    You can sign me up for anythign with bacon! This looks awesome.


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