If you love bacon, now you have a way to put it on everything with this delicious sweet-salty apple bacon jam.
You might remember, if you’re a regular reader, that I shared a delicious appetizer last year that involved a version of bacon jam (scallops with cranberry bacon jam – if you missed it then you should definitely take a look it’s so good). Even if you missed it, knowing that, you might wonder why I’m now sharing this apple bacon jam.
Well, bacon jam is just one of the best things around, so I figured any excuse, such as Appleweek, was a good one to play around with it. Plus, this apple bacon jam is good enough that it deserves it’s own post.
What is bacon jam?
Bacon jam is essentially bacon and onion cooked down and sweetened, thinned out and flavored with for example vinegar.
Typically you start by rendering down the bacon so that fat comes out and it’s starting to brown, along with some onion and garlic added and cooked further. Add a little sugar, water and either vinegar or some form of spirit and cook until the liquid disappears. Drain off the excess fat and pop in a jar or other container ready to use. Some people choose to blend it up a bit to be smoother, but I quite like it chunky.
This apple bacon jam follows the same basic method but also adds in some apple and a little cinnamon for a slightly more fall flavor.
I’m not sure when I first came across bacon jam but as soon as I had tried it, I knew I needed to try making it. Both my husband and I instantly loved the cranberry version I made last year so I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to make another version.
Actually of course I do – that’ll be the little one who is toddling about all over these days.
In any event, we both instantly loved this apple bacon jam, as did my elder son when he tried it on my caramelized apple and bacon jam crostini. It has all the delicious flavor from the ‘original’ version, but with lovely soft chunks of apple mixed in there too.
As I’ve just mentioned, this apple bacon jam is great on top of crostini but it has so many more uses. You could use it in sandwiches as it goes really well with a range of cheeses or even with ham, or put some out with a cheese board. Basically, find any excuse to use it, it won’t be hard. Plus, once you’ve tried it yourself, why not make some more to give a jar as a gift? It’s definitely the sort of present that will win friends.
Apple bacon jam
- 7 oz smoked bacon 200g
- 1/4 onion large, or 1/2 small
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 oz apple 55g
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp brandy
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp molasses
- Slice the bacon and fry in a small/medium skillet over a medium-high heat until the fat is starting to render, stirring regularly, around 10 minutes.
- Finely chop the onion and garlic, peel and finely dice the apple, and add all to the pan. Cook, stirring regularly until the onions have softened and gone translucent and the bacon is crisping, another roughly 10 minutes.
- Add the cinnamon, water, brandy, sugar and molasses and stir in well. Once it boils, reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for around 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is nicely sticky.
- Remove the bacon-apple mixture from the pan, draining off the excess fat as you do so, to a sealable jar or similar. Allow it to cool and store in the fridge until needed,
Try these other tasty condiments:
Monday: Appetizers and Drinks
Apple Cider Margaritas by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cheddar Pinwheels by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Pie Martini by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline’s Cooking
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Tuesday: Main Dishes and Sides
Apple Cider Bread by I Say Nomato
Apple-Glazed Pork Chops with Raisins by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Apple Streusel Muffins by Family Around The Table
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries by Feeding Big
Chopped Apple Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fall Apples Become Yummy Applesauce for the Year by Crafty Mama in ME
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Scalloped Apples Casserole by Red Cottage Chronicles
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm
Wednesday: Sweet Treats
Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
Apple Dumplings by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Brown Butter Apples by Cricket’s Confections
Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Nana’s Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table
Thursday: Apple Projects
Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Suncatchers by Crafty Mama in ME
Caramel Apple in a Jar by Family Around The Table
Knit Apple Hat by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Friday: Anything Apple Goes
1 Minute Caramel Apple Dip by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Brown Betty by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Bundt Cake With Cider Caramel by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Apple Fritters by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline’s Cooking
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Individual Apple Crisp by Family Around The Table
Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Slow Cooker Apple Butter by The Crumby Cupcake
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