Bangers & Mash with Cider Balsamic Onion Jam

We turned on our furnace today.

I put on wooly socks, which discouraged me from jamming on my flip-flops.

Also? It’s getting dark out already. It’s 6:30. My psyche is all shook up.

Onions and garlic are at their best right now. Fat, sticky cloves I’ll miss in the bleak midwinter, when my stash runs out. They make great sweet, vinegary jam you can keep in the door of your fridge to glop on grilled cheese, serve with roast chicken, or dollop alongside bangers and mash.

To make bangers & mash, roast fresh sausages in the oven or on the stovetop while you simmer cubed potatoes. Mash them with butter and a splash of milk, and if you really want to be authentic, make some gravy out of the sausage pan drippings (if there are any). Serve sausages atop mashed potatoes, with onion jam.

Cider Balsamic Onion Jam

a good drizzle of canola or olive oil
3-4 big onions, thinly sliced
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4-1/2 cup apple cider or juice
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

In a medium saucepan or heavy skillet, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until turning golden. Add the garlic, cider, thyme, brown sugar and balsamic and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until thick, golden and jam-like.

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October 02 2012 06:32 pm | pork and preserves

10 Responses to “Bangers & Mash with Cider Balsamic Onion Jam”

  1. Michelle on 02 Oct 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Oh my, that jam looks delicious and so easy to make. Can I process and store it?

  2. Laura on 02 Oct 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Oh but OH does that look good. And sound good. I am an onion-a-holic. I love garlic as seasoning but I love onions and onions. My favorite lunch is a fried egg (soft yolk) over fried/caramelized onions. Nothing more. I must make this.

  3. Nomadic Samuel on 03 Oct 2012 at 4:45 am #

    That jam looks delicious and appears to be something that would go well with a lot of dishes.

  4. Jan @ Family Bites on 03 Oct 2012 at 7:54 am #

    I want to eat that jam by the spoonful, or maybe even slathered on toast, and topped with cheese. I bet it would taste great on pretty much everything.

  5. CathyH on 03 Oct 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Yum! This is one of my favourite jams. I have a stash of garlic too, I may have to use some for this.

  6. molly on 03 Oct 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Pretty sure I can taste those onions through the screen. Impossible? No. Not, not at all.

  7. Barb on 03 Oct 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    That meal is inspiring! I want to order a plate please.

  8. Brigitte on 04 Oct 2012 at 11:07 am #

    I just made the onion jam….well !!!! SO DELICIOUS! It just might be my lunch!!!

  9. Laurie from Burnaby on 09 Oct 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Oh .. oh … oh
    Bangers and mash with onions!
    My favourite of all
    I would have it with peas and gravy yum yum yum
    Gravy in the potatoes, onions in the gravy, and those sausages …

  10. Johanna on 10 Oct 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Hey Julie,

    How long will the jam keep in the fridge?

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