I’ve been talking about this bacon jam so much that I’ve gotten a few requests for the recipe so here it is:
* Exported from MasterCook *
Bacon Jam Recipe
Recipe By :Gretchen50
Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
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1 1/2 pounds sliced bacon — cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces (note-I used 1lb.)
2 medium yellow onions — cut into smallish dice
3 cloves garlic — smashed and peeled
3/4 cup strongly brewed coffee
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar — or less to taste
1/4 cup maple syrup
In a large skillet over mediumish heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to paper towel-lined plates to drain.
Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings from the skillet and reserve for another use. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and cook until the onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the coffee, vinegar, brown sugar, and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the skillet, for 2 minutes. Add the bacon and stir to combine.
If making this on a stove top, reduce the heat to a bare simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid almost completely evaporates and turns syrupy, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
If making this in a slow-cooker, transfer the mixture to a 6-quart slow-cooker and cook on high, uncovered, until the liquid almost completely evaporates and turns syrupy, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Let the bacon concoction cool slightly before transferring it to a food processor and pulsing until coarsely chopped. Spoon the bacon lusciousness into individual jars or other resealable containers and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks. Transfer to a pan and rewarm gently over low heat prior to indulging.
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 527 Calories; trace Fat (0.6% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 136g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 52mg Sodium. Exchanges: 4 Vegetable; 7 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
Serving Ideas : Serve on top of Blue/Brie coated crostini
NOTES : Trader Joe’s is selling uncured applewood smoked bacon “ends and pieces” all wadded up in a package (for $2.99/lb.). It is a terrific buy and delicious–thick slices (you could lay them out) and quite lean. I only used 1lb. and it was plenty.
Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Of course since I made it and used it as suggested with the Saga Blue on Crostini, I’ve found numerous uses for it!
- Topped it on pimento cheese spread on crostini and run under the broiler for a few seconds.
- I’ve even stirred it into a mushroom sauce that I was pouring over roasted pork tenderloin!
- Heated slightly and drizzled over a just baked vegetable frittata
- Tossed blanched Green Beans with caramelized sliced onion added a dash of Cider Vinegar and tablespoon of bacon jam!
- Spread on toast with lettuce and sliced campari tomatoes
- Toast split bagel under broiler, spread bacon jam put back under broiler for a few seconds and top with favorite cream cheese blend like olive cream cheese!
- Add to olive or sun-dried tomato tapenade.
- Add some to more heated maple syrup and pour over waffles
Endless possibilities….off to the kitchen to make some more!
Eat Well…Be Well!