This past holiday season I was really into making edible gifts. They don’t take up too much space, don’t break the bank, and are personal enough to say that you care. Sure, there are more traditional gifts like shortbread and gingerbread, but I wanted to give something that most people wouldn’t buy or make themselves. Bacon jam was the perfect answer. It’s a sweet, tangy, and full-flavoured jam that just makes everything a little bit better. This is probably my new go-to crowd pleasing condiment. It’s great for people who have a sweet-tooth or those who prefer more savoury flavours like me. Accompany it with some crackers and a small wedge of cheese and it’s the perfect little present.
A lot of recipes use a slow cooker but that will most definitely turn the final product into a mushy jam. It’s really not that time consuming to make it on the stovetop and will result in a much better outcome with different textures. AND the addition of coffee just makes it even that much better.
Bacon jam is a great addition to a cheese platter, but it’s also great as a condiment on burgers, grilled cheese, and even pizza. Or as embarrassing as it is to admit, eaten with a spoon.
- 1 lb bacon
- 1 large red onion, sliced
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 pinch smoked paprika
- 1/3 cup espresso or strong coffee
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- pepper to taste
- Cook bacon over moderate heat, making sure that it doesn't get crispy. Cut into small pieces. Drain off all but 2-3 tablespoons of bacon fat.
- Add onions and cook over moderate heat until translucent. Reduce heat and add the brown sugar. Continue cooking until onions are caramelized, about 30 minutes.
- Add bacon, espresso, balsamic vinegar, paprika and cook until the mixture thickens to a jam consistency. Season with pepper to taste.