Balsamic Onion and Garlic Confit Marmalade

Colicchio served this beloved marmalade with filet mignon when he was chef at New York’s Gramercy Tavern. It now appears in the roast turkey, avocado and bacon on ciabatta at his ’wichcraft sandwich shops. Slideshow: More Beef RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook 

Balsamic Onion & Garlic Confit Marmalade
Photo: © Chris Court
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
2 cups


garlic confit

  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

balsamic onions

  • 1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil

  • 4 medium onions, thinly sliced lengthwise (about 8 cups)

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar


make the garlic confit

  1. In a very small saucepan, submerge the garlic in the olive oil and cook over moderate heat until bubbles begin to appear. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the garlic is very soft, about 30 minutes.

meanwhile, make the balsamic onions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, about 20 minutes. Add the sugar and cook over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, until the onions look dry, about 10 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and dry, about 45 minutes.

  2. Stir the garlic confit with its oil into the onions and cook for 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make Ahead

The marmalade can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Serve With

Grilled rib eye steak.

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