Thursday, December 15, 2016


1 1/2 pounds thick cut bacon
I posted this photo on my Facebook page and as with most photos of bacon, I got a lot of requests to know what I was cooking.  So, I'm posting this short blog post to give you the recipe for some awesome bacon jam.  Even my friend in South Africa wanted to know what was I doing.  So here you are.

Bacon Jam

1 1/2 pounds thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large sweet yellow onion
1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Creole mustard (or whole grain with a few drops of Tabasco)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar (see note)

In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. (you can either leave all the drippings, or take out all but 2 tablespoons---I left them for flavor---it's a holiday, OK??)
Add the onion and garlic if using, and saute until the onions are softened, about 3 minutes.  
Add the syrup, balsamic vinegar, mustard and Worcestershire and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes (this will depend on the surface area of your pan---if it's a 12 inch pan, this will take about 25 minutes, smaller, will take about 40) until the mixture has thickened and is jam-like.
Taste and add sherry vinegar to taste---this will depend on your maple syrup---no maple syrup in containers shaped like women, please--that's NOT maple syrup.
Cool the jam, put into a food processor and pulse on and off for a more jam like consistency. Refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 month.  Delicious on burgers, sandwiches, and a cheese platter.

Beautiful and delicious!
Ciao for now.

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