Recipe by Cheryl B
"This recipe can be used for spooning on Granny's old-fashion biscuits, or put a dollop on fluffy scrambled eggs. On a toasted slice of a crusty bread or good crackers it would be divine. Whatever you use this for, it will work beautifully, because everything is better with bacon!"
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bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
yellow onions, cut into very thin slivers
ground cayenne pepper
I had been reading about Bacon Jam on different websites (especially for gourmet hamburger topping) and found a site that sold it...but wanted to make my own and was thrilled when I saw this recipe! I reduced the recipe to 8 servings, used white balsamic vinegar (didn't have sherry vinegar), used powdered coffee (Starbucks Via) instead of brewed coffee and added water for substitute), also didn't read recipe directions at end and added ketchup with rest of ingredients and let it cook. Used an immersion blender while it was still warm and couldn't wait to taste it. WOW is all I have to say. Hubby & I are both thinking about all the different ways we can use this. It has a nice amount of sweetness, spice and bite (from cayenne) to go on just about anything. Next time I'm making the full recipe!!! Thank you so much, Cheryl! It's awesome!
I had never had bacon jam and kept seeing it on different programs and thought it was a delicious idea. Maybe it was because of my preconceived notion that the bacon would really shine through and the spread would be nice and smoky. It ended up tasting more like bacon sloppy joe mix, or barbecue sause and being REALLY sweet, and I didn't even add all of the ketchup. I don't think it's a bad recipe, I just think it's too sweet for my palate. Mine was also considerably greasy. I drained all of the bacon emptied all of the grease aside from probably a tablespoon or two, definitely nowhere near a half cup. The grease rose to the top and looks a mess, my hope is I can scoop a good amount of it off once its completely cooled in the fridge. Thanks for the recipe, it was fun to try.
WOW Just made this jam.Hasn't even cooled yet and I can't quit tasting it.The only thing I would change is brown bacon and degrease it well.The final product was quite greasy.I plan on pulling the grease off when it's cooled,If there's any left...lol IT'S A KEEPER IN MY HOUSE
I had a little grilled porterhouse steak left over from dinner last night, so I sliced it down, and spread the slider roll with the bacon jam. Unusual combination of ingredients, and the punch of flavor from the cayenne is spot on. Once refrigerated, it's a little difficult to spread, but a short reheat in the microwave brings it back to spreading consistency. This recipe may not be for everybody, but we enjoyed it. It's definitely "outside the box."
Made this yesterday, and while it is quite tasty it is also a little acidic. I would add the ketchup with all the other liquid ingredients so that the acidity cooks out rather than only letting it cook for 5 minutes.
My family has a big Family Cook-off every year, I tried this on the folks in my office; we tried it with everything from crackers to salmon. I asked them to choose between this and the Candied Bacon Pigs (also a yummy recipe) With their unanimous slobbering votes I took it to my cook-off where I won 1st place in appetizers. I pretty much followed the recipe, I used apple-wood bacon because I found some on sale and my store was out of sherry vinegar so I used Chianti Wine vinegar the 2nd time. This is going to be a new family fav!
So I thought I had plenty of time to make this, but I should have allowed about two hours. The house still smells wonderful and we can't wait to take this to a party tomorrow. I completely cooked the bacon and removed it to drain then fried the onion in bacon grease. The finished product doesn't feel greasy at all.
Good stuff, and I took the advice of a couple reviewers. I poured off almost all the bacon drippings - there was still enough fat to sautee the onions. I also added the ketchup with the rest of the liquids, but I may omit it all together next time. The recipe is veering close to a sweet BBQ sauce and I think it would allow the bacon to shine through a bit more.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/32 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 32
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 69
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