If you asked me to list 10 of my favorite foods, there are 3 items that would always be on the list:
– caramelized onions
So you can understand my jubilation (a word I save only for the most special occasions) when I combine them together to create the ultimate spice – caramelized onions and bacon jam.
Last week I found a way to add this jam to almost everything I ate. So far I have used it:
As a burger topping – AMAZING!
With a cheese platter – it actually towered over the Cambozola!
To complete the perfect bacon / egg breakfast sandwich, I would wake up an hour early each morning just to eat
With fried chicken
On ham, rocket and Parmesan pizza – So Gourmet!
Served as an appetizer to Salt & Pepper Crackers and topped with baked figs and brie (they were so pretty I attached a photo below)
I was also guilty of sneaking a spoon out of the fridge (more often than I’d like to admit). I have not experimented with the world of canning, but I think this would be a great gift to bring to dinner parties or as part of a Christmas gift basket. The possibilities are really endless! Try this marmalade and let me know how you enjoy eating it. Have fun jamming!
- 2 cups bacon chopped (500 grams)
- 4 cups onion chopped into chunks approx 5 onions
- 3/4 cup brewed coffee
- 3 tbsp honey or other sweetener
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Cut the bacon into approx 1 cm wide pieces and fry on medium high heat until they begin to brown (approximately 10-15 minutes)
Remove the bacon from the pan and transfer to a paper towel, set aside. Keep the fat from the bacon in the pot and add the onions.
Cook the onions until they begin to soften (10 minutes or so)
Reduce the heat to low, add the coffee, honey, cumin and bacon and allow to simmer for 35-40 minutes or until the mixture has begun to thicken and become jam like in consistency
Once it has reached the desired consistency, stir in the balsamic vinegar
Transfer the mixture to a food processor and pulse 3-4 times so the bacon is broken down into smaller pieces, don’t over do it as the jam should be chunky rather then a paste/puree
Transfer to a airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks
* To garnish these crackers with jam, figs and brie:
Halve figs, lightly sprinkle with oil and place in the oven for 15 minutes at 175 degrees. After 15 minutes, sprinkle each fig with a slice of Brie and place in the oven for another 5 minutes or until the brie has melted. Remove from the oven and place each fig with the caramelized onion and bacon jam on a cracker.