Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time
30 Mins
Total Time
9 Hours 30 Mins
Makes 4 cups (serving size: 2 tbsp.)

You’ll give this gift with pride. The jam tastes rich and onion-mellow, with the perfect level of sweetness and a good bit of spice to add an extra layer of flavor. It doesn’t hurt that it’s ridiculously easy to make. Give in cute jars with a note suggesting tasty ways to use the jam: on burgers or grilled cheese sandwiches, as a topper for bruschetta or pizza, on a cheese board, with holiday roasts, or in a pasta toss. We call for spooning the jam into 4 (8-ounce) jars, but you can also opt for 8 (4-ounce) jars to spread the love a little further

We call to spoon the jam into 4 (8-ounce) jars, but you can also opt for 8 (4-ounce) jars to spread the love a little further.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together first 7 ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH until onions are deeply softened and mixture is slightly soupy, about 7 hours. Remove lid, and continue to cook until most of the standing liquid has evaporated, about 1 more hour. Turn off slow cooker, and stir in syrup and vinegar. Cool mixture 30 minutes. (If mixture still has standing liquid after 1 hour of uncovered cooking, strain into a medium saucepan, reserving onions, and add syrup to liquid in saucepan. Cook over high until reduced to about 1/4 cup, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir vinegar and reserved onions into reduced syrup mixture. Cool 30 minutes.)

Step 2

Transfer mixture to a food processor. Pulse until chunky but spreadable, about 10 times. Divide evenly among 4 (8-ounce) jars. Cover and store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

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