British Food Favourite – Onion Chutney



It’s British Food Fortnight and we think British food is worth celebrating! Held every year at the same time as harvest festival, British Food Fortnight is the biggest national celebration of British food and drink.

Since its beginnings in 2002, British Food Fortnight has become an opportunity to promote the benefits of buying and eating a huge variety of different foods that have been grown and produced to the highest of standards.

Did you know, for instance that Britain produces more types of cheese than France?  And what could be more British than cheese and homemade chutney, especially at Christmas?

Onion Chutney

This Autumn has meant the usual glut of homegrown vegetables. Last year’s plum chutney went down a storm for Christmas presents (or so my friends tell me!) but this year, it’s onions galore.


This recipe is based on a few minutes research and the actual contents of my cupboard, so it is an amalgamation of several recipes, but I think that’s how the best discoveries are made…

  • 1.5 kg onions, peeled and finely sliced
  • 200ml red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • half a chilli
  • 300g muscovado or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • pinch of salt & pinch of paprika



  • Fry the onions in vegetable or olive oil for about 5 minutes until soft but not brown.
  • Add in 4 tablespoons of the sugar and cook the onions until brown- ie caramelised.
  • Add the rest of the sugar, the vinegars, garlic, chilli, mustard, salt and paprika.
  • Simmer for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  • Spoon into sterilised jars (I found this made 6 jam jar sized portions).
  • Lids on and leave to cool.

Now for the hard part- leave for around three months before eating!

Onion chutney 8.jpgAfter chopping and peeling nearly 20 onions, I was ready to cry, but the sight (and smell) of these six jars of beautiful tasty onion chutney cheered me up! Now to decide which of my friends will be lucky this Christmas?

If you are feeling inspired, our British Food Pinterest page is brimming with popular food ideas and recipes.



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