Balsamic onion jam

This is a fantastic addition to a weekend brunch or BBQ – try it on fried eggs, sausages, bacon or spread some on a cheese sandwich for a taste sensation…

Fresh from the garden: onions, thyme

Recipe source: Melissa, kitchen specialist at Bondi PS


  • Chopping board & knife
  • Large frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measures – tablespoon
  • Serving bowls

  • 1kg brown onions
  • A sprig of thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Flaked salt
  • Soft brown sugar
  • Aged balsamic vinegar

What to do:

  • Peel and chop the onion into thin slices.
  • Heat 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the frying pan and when hot, slide in the onion slices and sprinkle on a pinch of salt.
  • Wash & shake the thyme sprig dry. Strip off the leaves, discarding the stalks, and sprinkle them onto the onions.
  • Gently cook on a medium heat, stirring or tossing occasionally until very soft for about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle on a tablespoon each of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and toss to mix. Continue to cook gently, turning the heat down if needed.
  • When the onions have mostly absorbed the mixture, add another tablespoon of each and toss again.
  • Keep going in this way until the onions are thick, slippery and dark in colour. This might take up to 30 minutes.
  • Taste to check seasoning and tenderness and when ready, spoon into serving bowls.

Notes: What is a condiment? Where does balsamic vinegar come from? What is it made from?

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