If your Dad is anything like mine, finding him a gift is nearly impossible. The man has everything and anything that he could possibly need and want. He owns every tool imaginable, has a stock pile of roughly 6 frying pans, insists on only wearing clothes that he’s owned since 1999 or his construction clothes, and is more of the “I’m always working” kind of guy than the “I like to relax and golf” type. So what do you buy a man who is impossible to buy for? Food and beer; the answer is always food and beer! So for this Fathers Day, I’ve come up with this delicious Beer Onion Drip Jam that is the perfect addition to any burger. It will seriously blow you away and judging by my husbands reaction… you may actually leave the Dad in your life speechless!
I came up with this idea after being inspired by Joanna Gaines’ Jalapeno Drip Jam recipe from her Magnolia Table cookbook. Originally I was just going to caramalize some onions and call it a day, but then I decided to take things one step further and create a Beer Onion Drip Jam. It was a bit time consuming to make, but well worth it in my opinion. After doing some research, I noticed that a lot of drip-jam recipes called for one or more cups of sugar. Since onions naturally turn sweet when cooked, I felt that it was best to cut the sugar in half and balance it out with the sharpness from some lemon juice. I also knew that I had to somehow incorporate beer into this recipe because my Dad is a big “beer guy”. The beer adds a bold flavour to the jam without it tasting overly “beerie”
I chose to make a very simple beef patty and topped my burger with pickles, homemade “special sauce” and the beer onion drip jam. It was a perfect balance between flavours and we pretty much demolished our burgers in less than 3 minutes. The jam itself is a bit time consuming to make but the good news is that it can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for a few days. Whenever your cooking with sugar, it’s important to remember that sugar burns quickly. Keep the heat low and give the mixture a stir now and then to ensure that nothing sticks or burns. The jam becomes perfectly sticky and sweet and the onions develop this beautiful caramel colour that makes me all sorts of happy.
So if you’re wanting to step up your burger game and make Dad something a little extra special for Fathers Day, make this Beer Onion Drip Jam. You will not be disappointed! Buon appetito!
Beer Onion Drip Jam
A sweet and sticky onion jam that makes for a perfect topping to any burger!
- 2 Medium Onions Sliced
- 1 tbsp Olive OIl
- 1 tsp Dried Thyme
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 3/4 cup Beer
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
Place a large frying pan over medium low heat. Add olive oil, butter, onions and dried thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Stir the onions occasionally and cook until they've softened and turned a light golden brown, 12-15 minutes.
Add brown sugar, lemon juice and beer. Turn heat down to low. and cook until the mixture has thickened and become sticky, 15-20 minutes. Make sure to stir the mixture often to reduce the chance of it burning. Avoid the urge to turn up the heat because the sugar will burn leaving you with a bitter taste.
Once the mixture has deepened in colour and become sticky and rich, remove it from the heat. Allow the jam to cool before serving. The Beer Onion Drip Jam can be stores in an air-tight jar for up to three days.