Long before refrigerators were invented, Olive Oil was already being used to protect and preserve foodstuffs from oxidation and microorganisms, thus retaining almost all their vitamins, proteins and nutrients. The natural antioxidant content of Olive Oils from Spain is widely acknowledged and, besides being extremely beneficial for our health, they are ideal for using in the preservation of food. Amongst the many virtues of Olive Oil from Spain, its high oleic acid and vitamin E content is particularly useful, helping to slow the ageing process of cell membranes, lowering blood pressure and protecting the condition of our arteries and heart.
Today, we’re going to show you how to make this delicious onion marmalade. This is a kitchen staple, an all-purpose ingredient that lends a tasty touch to every dish. There should always be a jar in your larder; it offers a quick snack solution for drinks with friends, it can jazz up a meat dish, give a new twist to a rice dish or simply be used to make the perfect tortilla.
It goes especially well with goat’s cheese and foie gras and serves as a base for many sauces. All in all, this marmalade can be used in an infinite variety of ways in the kitchen and below we’re going to give you a few tips to keep in the “good ideas” section of your recipe book.
It’s very important to slice the onion correctly so that you’re left with a firm consistency, a delicate texture and a pleasing visual aspect.
The ‘confit’ technique simply refers to cooking and preserving food in Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain, simmering it for just over an hour at an extremely low heat. It is easy to prepare although it takes time, just like all the great pleasures in life. It is advisable to make a large amount, as it loses a great deal of volume and weight in the cooking process. What’s more, it can be frozen or vacuum-packed. A little tip: the worst enemies of preserves are bacteria, fungi and germs, which may materialise if your jars are not properly sterilised, so pay particular attention to this.
Besides being a real kitchen staple, this marmalade also has important health benefits. Onions are an excellent diuretic for cleansing the body and the regular consumption of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain which is 100% juice from pressed olives, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%. As a powerful antioxidant and source of vitamin E, it protects the heart and arteries. That’s why this marmalade is not only delicious but healthy too!
There will be days when having this wonder ingredient in your larder will put a huge smile on your face.
Below are some ideas for quick and delicious recipes you can make with onion marmalade:
- Toast some slices of bread, spread with a spoonful of onion marmalade and top with a slice of goat’s cheese. Brown in the oven and, before serving, drizzle with balsamic vinegar for a delicious snack. What a tasty morsel!
The goat’s cheese can be swapped for anchovies, or nuts and raisins, or grilled vegetables such as aubergine, asparagus, tomato, etc… let your imagination and taste lead the way.
- You could make some quick sweet pasties by adding a little cane sugar, sliced apple and ground cinnamon to the marmalade.
- It makes an excellent accompaniment to some meats, such as pork tenderloin, or fish, such as salmon.
- Use as an ingredient in sauces.
- If you’re too tired to spend much time cooking after work, you can make a delicious tortilla.
- Roast some potatoes, cut them in half and add some onion marmalade, fried bacon bits and camembert cheese to make a wonderful snack.