Caramelized Onion Spread

By Mgeorge3

With summer comes grilling burgers, and one of my favorite burger toppings is caramelized onions. However they take so long to make properly and require standing near the hot stove while they cook.  This caramelized Onion Spread is a flavorful alternative, that is handy and ready to use when ever you want.  Its sweet, and the spices give it a slightly Indian flavor that I find irresistible. It is a wonderful way to add flare to a grilled  burger, or over a juicy pork chop. This spread is also wonderful on a cold ham sandwich.

When I was a kid, I hated onions. I mean despised them, anything I knew had onions immediately became gross and inedible. I don’t know when it happened but at some point I started to not hate them. Then I came to love onions, and they’re a staple in nearly every meal we make. Much as I love onions I just can’t chop them, my eyes water so much I’m afraid I’ll loose a finger.  So my husband usually cuts up all the onions for our meals, and this spread is no exception. There are so many onions and just being in the kitchen was more than my eyes could handle. If you don’t have an onion chopping husband, use whatever method works best to keep your eyes clear.

This is another forgiving recipe and can be adjusted to what you like or what you have on hand. When making this spread, I like to use mostly Walla Walla onions, with one red onion mixed in. The vinegars can also be mixed for what you have on hand or what you like to use, so long as you have a total of 6 ounces. The cover photo is a bowl with all the spices that are used, and while it seems like a lot it gives an amazing flavor to the onions.  After the onions have simmered and cooked down for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, the mixture will be thick and dark. You should be able to pull your spoon through the mixture, and have it hold for a few seconds before filling back in.  Once cooked, process in a water bath for 15 minutes.


Caramelized Onion Spread
3 lbs onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
12 oz dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 lemon, juiced (about 1/3 cup)
2 ounces balsamic vinegar
3 ounces red wine vinegar
1 ounce apple cider vinegar
1) Peel the onions, cut in half then thinly slice them being sure to separate them as you go. Place onions in large pot over medium high heat, drizzle with the olive oil to begin cooking.
2) Once onions are coated in oil, sprinkle with brown sugar, and spices; stir to coat.
3) Pour lemon juice and vinegars over seasoned onions, stir. Everything will look a little soupy at first, that’s alright.
4) Set heat to low and simmer for 2 1/2 – 3 hours until onions have cooked down and mixture is thick. It will thicken some as it cools.
5) For canning; process in clean jars in water bath for 15 minutes. Or will keep in refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

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One thought on “Caramelized Onion Spread

  1. The carmelized onion spread sounds delicious! I really liked the photos, especially the plate of spices.

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