Week 6 Bacon Week Winner – “Bacon Jam”
Take a moment and contemplate this:
That’s right, it’s jam…made with BACON. Essentially a sweet, smokey, savory spread that opens up infinite pork possibilities.
At first the idea of a bacon jam might sound a bit jarring. (Pun not intended, but totally acknowledged as I type…)
All I can say is, you have to give it a try! Besides on a slice of toasted baguette, it can be added to grilled cheese, burgers or baked potatoes. Bacon jam is definitely a hot food trend as it has even popped up on Top Chef.
Our latest weekly winner, Julie Merriman, has captured magic in a jar with her winning recipe. Take a look at the recipe and then read all about this passionate home cook!
1 lb Good Quality Smoked Bacon – Cut Into Lardons
1 Large Onion – Small Diced
1 Large Red Bell Pepper- Small Diced
5 cloves Garlic, minced
1 cup Brewed Coffee
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
3 Tbsp Packed Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp Garlic Chili Sauce
1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp Ground Allspice
1 Tbsp Ground Cardamom
1/4 tsp Smoked Spanish Paprika
In a large skillet, cook bacon until browned and crispy, stirring often. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate; set aside. Discard all but 2 tablespoons fat from the skillet; add the onion, red pepper, and garlic and cook over medium heat until caramelized, 10 to 12 minutes. Return the bacon to the pan and add all remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to a low simmer. Simmer over low heat stirring occasionally to prevent sticking for about 2 hours or until it has a thick, jam-like consistency and deep rich brown color. Cool slightly. Transfer to food processor and pulse for several seconds to finely chop and blend the jam. Serve with toasted baguette slices.
Julie says, “I created this recipe for this contest - I wanted to do something very different with bacon. I had a recipe for an onion marmalade that I loved, so I decided to add some bacon, make a few changes and voila – I like it even better than the original recipe! I think this recipe stood out first and foremost due to curiosity. The judges had to be curious as to what exactly is “Bacon Jam.”
16 Responses to “Week 6 Bacon Week Winner – “Bacon Jam””