Friday, August 5, 2011

The Jam that is not Pearl

So last month I was on holidays and my
super awesome boyfriend took me to see Soundgarden, and then to the Shuswap for the weekend with friends. There was bacon, boating, beer, gin slushies, karaoke, charades and Jesus swords. It truly was one of the best vacations I have ever had.

So I had been home for a few days, and was back to work on a split shift, so I had a couple of hours to kill, and what did I decide to do? Yep, make me some Bacon Jam. My dear friend Sarah the MasterBakker had made some and shared it with me so I figured I better try it out myself, since I am the bacon bitch and all....

It is very easy, tastes fucking amazing, and looks pretty in a jar. Here is the recipe and a few pics. Make it if you want and let me know how yours turned out.

1 lb good quality bacon, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbs coffee
3 tbs pancake syrup
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp grainy mustard

Chop bacon and cook - just till done, not too crispy.

Remove and drain off all but 2 tbs fat. Add onions & garlic, cook till soft.

Add bacon back in and all the other ingredients.

Cook about 30 minutes on low stirring occasionally, until jammy. Pretty easy. I used my ginormous cast iron pan, so the heat didn't go much past 3 the whole time.

Mine was cooked for a bit longer that I would have liked so it turned out kind of...firm and dark. I was pretty pissed at first because I was going for a soft spreadable jam, BUT I have since discovered that it is the perfect condiment on burgers and sandwiches. It has a toothsome texture that satisfies that want of something crunchy on a burger so it is a great replacement for lettuce or other crisp veggies...or in addition to :P

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