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Shallot and Red Wine Jam

In one mouthwatering roll around the tongue you get fruity, onion-y, sweet, and tangy. Shallots with honey, wine, balsamic vinegar, and aromatic vanilla beans, slowly cooked into a sticky compote–this intensely flavorful savory shallot and red wine jam almost takes your breath away.

Shallot and Red Wine Jam

On top of crostini, paired with goat cheese, the plum-colored tangle of allium becomes a fabulous cocktail nibble. Delicious with a glass of red wine. Since you didn’t use the entire bottle of wine to make your shallot jam, you might as well drink the rest along with the crostini. At least that’s how it went down with me… 
Shallot and Red Wine Jam on crostini with goat cheese

This recipe yields more jam than you need for a small party—put together something else yummy with what’s leftover. You will love sharp cheddar cheese melted with shallot and red wine jam as a quesadilla filling–O-M-G! To heck with the crostini–make quesadillas.

Shallot and Red Wine Jam closeup

Shallot and Red Wine Jam recipe notes:

  • Shallots are the sweeter cousins of onion and garlic. They come with similar papery skin covering two lobes, or cloves.
  • The hardest part of this simple recipe is cutting the shallots as thinly as possible—use a sharp chef’s knife.
  • Shallots keep a little texture when cooked; unlike onions, they don’t soften or truly caramelize.

shallots for Shallot and Red Wine Jam

  • Choose a fruity red wine, like Pinot Noir, Rioja, or Zinfandel.
  • Shallot and red wine jam pairs well with garlicky sautéed greens too. Hmmm–brain spinning—why not put garlicky greens in those quesadillas next time?
  • Recipe adapted from the Red Wine-Shallot Compote in Peter Berley’s Flexitarian Table.

Every month Becky of Vintage Mixer gathers a group of recipe-writing bloggers and a list of seasonal produce, to get our creative juices flowing. This month I chose shallots. “They’re my jam.” Does that slang make me sound crazy, old, or young?

Check out Becky’s 90+ recipes this month–recipes featuring seasonal veggies and fruits. Follow the bloggers below to see what we all created for April. We hope they inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook something seasonal and delicious.

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Papaya-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Cashew-Quinoa Cereal by Floating Kitchen

Easy Maple Mustard Chicken Drumsticks with Roasted Radishes and Asparagus by Simple Bites

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Rice Noodle Bowls: Bun Ga Nuong by Food For My Family

Rhubarb Ginger-Berry Bourbon Cooler by Climbing Grier Mountain

Marinated Beets with White Wine Vinegar by Project Domestication

Lemon Rosemary Shrimp and Broccoli Slaw by Cookin’ Canuck

Spring Vegetable Lemon Risotto by Flavor the Moments

Key Lime Pie by Foodie Crush


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***This recipe is an update of one I posted in August 2012, and migrated over from my old blog.


  • Like you, I don’t eat much meat but I must say that I think this chutney would be terrific on a steak! Reply · 30 August, 2012

  • Oh, I would definitely drink the rest of the wine while I enjoyed this crostini! This jam would be so incredible on a burger or over steak — I love it! Reply · 11 April, 2016

    • Ha! You got that about good on steak. At least I’ve heard. 😉 Reply · 11 April, 2016

  • Oh I love savory jams! I’ve made an onion jam before, but never with red wine and now I’m pretty much wondering what the heck else I’ve been doing wrong my whole life. Sounds fabulous! Reply · 11 April, 2016

    • Thanks Liz! Onion jam is next on my list! Reply · 11 April, 2016

  • This sounds absolutely divine! This would be delicious on a toasted sandwich. YUM! Reply · 12 April, 2016

    • Thank Aimee. I see a grilled cheese sammie with shallot and red wine jam in my near future–oh good idea! Reply · 13 April, 2016

  • Shallots are one of my favorite ingredients, and I love how this recipe brings them to the forefront. Reply · 15 April, 2016

  • cindy

    when do I add the 1 cup of water? Reply · 14 September, 2017

    • Cynthia, Thank you! Add the water along with the red wine and everything else. Reply · 15 September, 2017

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