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Just Five: Bacon Jam

August 6th 01:08pm, 2012

Bacon is the Marcia Brady of foods; truly “bacon, bacon, bacon” is all I hear about. I wish I could say I’m over it, but … I just can’t quit you, bacon. From breakfast sandwiches to pastas to “vegetable dishes,” I am guilty of prolonging the bacon craze all on my own. Bacon plus sweet is one of my favorite combinations, but bacon jam made with onions, vinegar and coffee? Hello nurse (and cardiologist)! It’s amazing on toast with a little tomato, as a base for dressing, or tossed into pasta with scallops and fresh basil. The fact is: Bacon is the most popular Brady, so we might as well embrace it.

Bacon Jam
Makes about 2 cups
Adapted by Dee Ryan from a recipe courtesy of The Delicious Life Blog

1 lb. sliced bacon (such as Nueske’s applewood-smoked bacon)
1 medium white onion, chopped
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup brewed coffee

• In a large pot or skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until cooked thoroughly but not yet crisp. Remove from the skillet and drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat and set the skillet over medium-low heat.
• Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes, or until translucent. Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar and coffee and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir the bacon pieces back into the skillet.
• If you have a slow cooker or Crock-Pot, remove the skillet from the heat, pour the mixture into the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours. If you do not have a slow cooker or Crock-Pot, reduce the heat of the stove and allow the mixture to simmer in the skillet on low for 1 to 1½ hours, stirring regularly. Note: Do not wander off; you need to babysit this one. Sugar can burn very quickly.
• Once the liquid begins to evaporate and the mixture turns syrupy, transfer the mixture to a food processor and pulse until it reaches a chunky, jam-like consistency.
• Let the jam cool to room temperature and store, covered, in the refrigerator. Eat within 2 weeks.

By Dee Ryan

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One Response to “Just Five: Bacon Jam”

  1. sarah Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    hi dee! can i tell you that the only thing i hear in my head right now in *that* voice is “bacon bacon bacon?” ha! thanks for the fun this morning!

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