Red onion and cranberry marmalade

Red onion marmalade is very handy to have in your fridge as it makes a fantastic snack. You can have it on a cracker with some cheese, on toast, in a sandwich, on mushrooms, on a tartlet, stuffed in a fillet of chicken, on a burger, or as a side with steak.

Since Christmas, I have made a few jars of this wonderful red onion marmalade with cranberries. This marmalade is amazing with cranberries but is also good without, so either way it works well, however, the cranberries give it something extra special! The red onions and the red wine well together and is simply delicious with cheese. You can use fresh cranberries or dried. I washed out empty jam jars and used them to store the savory marmalade. It is simple, relatively speedy and most of all…a very tasty snack!


Chop two or more red onions. Heat a small amount of oil in the pot. Add the onions. As the onions are cooking, pour half a bottle of red wine into the pot. Add the cranberries. If adding fresh cranberries, then add a little sugar. Dried cranberries are sweet enough on its own. Gently bring to the boil and leave it to simmer. Cook until fresh cranberries are popped, and the marmalade has thickened.

Portobello Mushrooms with red onions and melted cheese

 Preheat the oven to 200C. Place mushroom caps, gill side up, on baking tray with some olive oil drizzled over them for 25 minutes. When the mushrooms are ready, add the red onion marmalade and then place some swiss cheese, goats cheese, brie, or grated cheddar over the mushrooms and leave for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Ham and cheese sandwiches with red onion marmalade