Wednesday, June 8, 2011

bacon jam

Bacon jam  is good ... real good stuff.  I had heard a lot about bacon jam about a year ago but, had yet to taste it.  When I saw that bacon jam sliders were on the menu for the sur la table street food cooking class I was in I knew the class was going to be rad.   So many good usable recipes.  One taste of this tangy spread and my mind was going wild with thoughts of what I could possibly spread it on.  It is that good.  It is so good that my friend who gave up meat could not resist trying it.  She did not regret her decision.  This bacon jam is so versatile it is like those gold platform wedges I have for the summer ... goes with almost everything.  Spread it on bread with goat cheese, add to grilled cheese, put on a warm biscuit, sliders, tomatoes ... I could go on and on.  Hot damn I want some bacon jam now.  Just try it.  You won't be mad you did.  It keeps in the refrigerator for 3 days but, seriously are you going to let bacon jam just sit there for 3 days?

I served this with the burrata and strawberry salad for appetizers at the lobster roll party.  My fun fun girlfriends liked the bacon jam.  Even my saucy daughter liked it.  Seriously who is she!

Bacon Jam
source: skillet's recipe presented at sur la table's street food class

1/2 pound good quality applewood smoked bacon, thick cut sliced into 1/4 inch strips
1/2 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into 1/4 " dice
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 shot espresso (2 ounces)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves

In a large, heavy pot or skillet cook the bacon over medium high heat until it's lightly browned and just starting to crisp (8-10 minutes). Remove bacon with slotted spoon.  Pour off all fat except 2 tablespoons.  Set bacon aside to cool.  

Add the onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until soft and translucent, 6-8 minutes.

Add brown sugar through cloves. Stir well to combine.

Add bacon back to pot/skillet, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until jam is dark brown and soft ~30-40 minutes.  Remove pot and let jam cool to room temperature.

Transfer jam to food processor and pulse jam until it reaches a chunky spreadable state.
Store in a glass jar. Enjoy!


Kitchen Belleicious said...

wow! i have never heard of bacon jam before and i'm from the south! we use bacon fir everything in everything totally impressed and totally intrigued. i have gotta gotta do this for my dad!

Leslie said...

BACON JAM? I am going to say it again...BACON JAM? oh good god that sounds like the best thing on Earth!
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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I love that you compared bacon jam to gold platform wedges. I totally get it ;)

That Girl said...

I have a friend who would be REALLY really into this.

Three-Cookies said...

I have never heard of bacon jam before. Looking at the recipe, it sounds really delicious. Now I want it! Thanks for the inspiration, it goes on my 'to try' list

Heather @ Sweet Sins said...

Ok I have to make a confession, although I have heard of the bacon in dessert and sweet stuff craze... I HAVE NEVER TRIED THE COMBO! I think I am sort of afraid that it will be gross because I am the person that does not like the maple syrup to touch the bacon on the breakfast plate... You have totally convinced me to try this though! I mean if even the little one loves it then something tells me I will like it too! I am excited to try this!!

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