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Week 6 Bacon Week Winner – “Bacon Jam”

16 Comments | Written on October 18, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

Take a moment and contemplate this:

Bacon Jam

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!

BACON JAM  (click here to view and print recipe) 

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

Directions:

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.” 

“The best advice I can give to others is to just go for it! I have been entering contests for two years now– I never thought I could win contests, and to date, I have won quite a few!”
See everybody, just go for it!  You never know when one of your creative inspirations could bring home the $250 or $5,000 prize.  Don’t forget to check out the Pumpkin Contest this week! 

 

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