Tuesday, April 5, 2011

80--- Caramelized Red Onion Relish

Do you wish that you could always enjoy the flavor of caramelized onions on every sandwich, burger or steak without the work? Voila! You can keep this relish in your refrigerator for 2 weeks.

I often get asked about the nutrition of onions. Honestly, onions really do not have any nutrients that make them stand out. Onions are, however, low in calories and they contain a lot of flavor. Therefore, by adding onions to a meal, salad, sandwich, etc. you can get a lot of bang for your calorie buck.

What's the difference between onions? Here's a little breakdown:

Yellow Onion: Very pungent flavor, typically used in cooked dishes such as stews, soups, and meat dishes. They have a high sulphur content, so they will make your eyes water more!

White Onion: Slightly more mild than a yellow onion, often used in Latin cooking

Red Onion: A mild, sweeter onion often used raw.

Caramelized Red Onion Relish
Makes ~2 cups

2 large red onions, sliced

1 cup red wine

2 Tbsp light brown sugar

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Place onion slices in a nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Saute for 3-4 minutes, until onions begin to soften. Add red wine and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a low boil and cook for 15-20 minutes, until sauce is reduced to ~1/2 cup and onions are cooked through. Increase heat to medium-high and stir in brown sugar. Stirring frequently, allow mixture to thicken for 5-10 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Place onions and sauce into a food processor and chop to desired consistency (I like mine chunky).

Place into a glass container and refrigerate. Serve on sandwiches, grilled meat or burgers!

Nutrition Info per 2 Tbsp: 35 calories, 0 g fat, 5 g carbohydrates


  1. Hello,

    This sounds delicious! Is this an original recipe? May I share with my canning group?


  2. Any ideas what I might be able to sub for the wine?

    1. Hmmm.Maybe try some pomegranate juice or cranberry juice? It would be a different flavor but I bet it would be delicious! Thanks for checking it out!