Bacon, need I say more? Maybe if you add the twist of jam. Lets just say this is better than butter, bacon jam. Seriously, better.than.butter! I’m pretty certain you could spread it on just about everything, or spoon it right into your mouth. It is crazy delicious. The truth is, this my New Year’s Resolution…bacon everyday.
Just joking, I wouldn’t, I couldn’t, okay I could but I won’t. Bacon isn’t my New Year’s Resolution and this is kind of a funny way to start thinking about the New Year I suppose, with bacon jam. But the reality is, there is nothing wrong with bacon. Real, quality, bacon. I’m not talking about the overly processed, paper-thin bacon or turkey bacon. Can someone please tell me where the bacon lies on the turkey? I’m talking, real, thick, wholesome, grass-fed, bacon.
I made this bacon jam for our Christmas celebrations. I mean I am still trying to win back my family, with food of course. The problem with making this bacon jam is that I have to keep the perfectly crisped bacon from the sneaky food hogs running around my house, snatching the precious bacon before it could even get into the simmering pot of goodness. Then, once the delicious jam is made, you have to keep said food hogs from spooning it into their mouths, leaving you very little to take to family gatherings. See the problems? ->SIGH<-
Should I tell you the biggest problem? That would be that I, the cook, had a hard time staying out of this. No, I don’t need to mention that and I would never do such a thing. ->COUGH<- My taste testing only got out of hand 256,099 times during the making of this jam.
It is so stinkin’ good that I am almost embarrassed to tell you how much I may have eaten. The reality is I made this bacon jam, and whipped up some goat cheese with a bit of maple syrup and broth. Put that on crackers + bacon jam and you won’t be able to stop. I was super excited to share this with my family, I even spooned it onto crackers and passed it out. The problem is that every time I spooned a cracker for someone else, I spooned one up for me. The hubs happened to be standing there helping me and well, we may have eaten it all, before anyone got more than their one cracker.
Apparently we need to have better food manners or food sharing manners I suppose. Can I just say we like good food? I know, lame excuse. So I am just sharing the recipe so you can make it yourself and not rely on this greedy family to be sharing any. So thoughtful right? Make it and don’t promise to take it anywhere because it probably won’t be leaving your house. Mmmm, bacon!
- 1 lb bacon
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- Bake bacon.
- In a small sauce pan, heat butter over low-medium heat.
- Add chopped onion and cook to caramelize.
- Once caramelized, add garlic and cook until fragrant about 1 minute.
- Add remaining ingredients, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup and crumbled bacon.
- Bring to a simmer and then remove from heat.
- Place in a food processor and blend until finely chopped (I left mine slightly chunky).
- Enjoy warm or cold.
- Store in the refrigerator.