If I were you, I wouldn’t be reading any kind of bloggy introduction to a post with this title. I’d be skipping to the recipe.
I won’t bore you with one.
But first, please enjoy some food porn:
(makes about 2 cups)
1 pound nitrate / nitrate free bacon, roughly chopped (this is a good time to use the less expensive end cuts)
1 onion, diced
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
1/3 C maple syrup
3/4 C brewed coffee
- Preheat your oven to 300˚
- In a medium dutch oven, brown the bacon on medium low heat until it is nice and brown and has rendered it’s fat, about 20 minutes
- Remove the bacon from the pot with a slotted spoon and leave about 1 T fat in the pan. (Reserve the remainder for another use)
- Add the onion to the pot and saute until it is golden brown and softened, about 10 minutes.
- Add the maple syrup, coffee, apple cider vinegar and bacon.
- Bring to a simmer, cover, and place in the middle rack of your oven.
- Carefully check the contents of the dutch oven after one hour. How long the jam takes to cook depends on the liquid level you started out with and the airtight-ness of your dutch oven. It can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours. The finished result should be syrupy and thick. It will thicken a bit when cool.
- Transfer to a food processor and pulse 6-8 times or until it has reached an even consistency, not quite pureed, but without large chunks.
- Store in glass jars and refrigerate. It should keep for a good 2 weeks.
What to do with your magical bacon jam?
(You mean aside from eating it with a spoon?)
- Make BLT bites: Spoon a teaspoon or so of bacon jam onto an endive leaf or a gluten-free cracker, and top with a halved cherry tomato and baby arugula leaf.
- Spoon it onto some Grain-Free Everything Crackers for a simple afternoon snack.
- Warm it up and serve it on vanilla bean ice cream. Bacon for dessert!
- Fold it into scrambled eggs, or add it to an omelette or frittata.
- Top a burger with bacon jam and slices of tomato and avocado for an epic BLT burger.
- If you really want to impress your friends, add it to the charcuterie platter at your swanky cocktail party with other patés and spreads.
- Make a large batch and give it as gifts for those hard to shop for friends and family.