If you love bacon, now you have a way to put it on everything with this delicious sweet-salty apple bacon jam. It takes a little time, but is easy and so good!
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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.
How can you use this apple bacon jam?
We instantly loved this jam when we tried it as part of my caramelized apple and bacon jam crostini. It would be great on other crostini as well, such as with a simple goat cheese underneath.
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. I also used some bacon jam on my butternut squash pizza and this would be great for that as well. 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.
This apple bacon jam is packed with delicious flavor and has so many uses - make sure to try some soon!
Like bacon? Same here! Try these other tasty favorites:
- Bacon onion spaetzle (German noodle/pasta)
- Apple and bacon cornmeal scones
- Bacon corn pizza
- Plus get more side dishes in the archives.
Apple bacon jam
- 7 oz smoked bacon 200g
- ¼ onion large, or ½ small
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 oz apple 55g
- ¼ 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,
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Try these other apple ideas:
Main Dishes and Sides
Apple Cider Bread by I Say Nomato
Apple-Glazed Pork Chops with Raisins by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm
Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
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
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