red paper napkin with baguette slice on top with 3 apple slices and a dollop of onion jam with bacon in it; 2 slices baguette in background, 2 red apples in back left corner and jar of onion jam in front corner with small spoon in it

Onion Jam

Contributor: Christine Pittman

This Onion Jam has caramelized onions, bacon, and  the tang of vinegar to round it out. It’s sweet, salty, creamy, and delicious. You’re going to want to smear it on everything.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white wine, such as Riesling
  • 6 strips cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 tsp. cider vinegar


  1. Melt the butter in large skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, 5-7 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Stir in salt and brown sugar. Cover and cook until soft and gooey, 25-30 minutes.
  4. Add wine and bacon. Increase heat to high. Cook, stirring continuously, until thick, 3-4 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar. Taste. Add a pinch more salt if needed.
  6. Cool. Serve at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.