137.0…Bacon Jam

Recently I had something at cooking class that was so good, it blew my mind. I knew I needed to make it for my swap party last night.

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I introduce you to Bacon Jam.

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Bacon Jam (Makes about 2 1/2 cups)

Recipe: Phillis Carey

1 pound thin very-smoky bacon

1 medium onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 cup freshly brewed coffee

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

2-5 drops of Tabasco (more or less to taste)

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1. Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and put into large cold Dutch oven or large pot. Over medium heat, cook bacon until a lot of the fat has rendered and the bacon is starting to brown. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to drain on paper towels and pour off all but 1/4 cup of the bacon fat.

2. Add the onions and garlic to the remaining bacon fat and sauté until it is translucent, about 8 minutes. Add bacon back to the Dutch oven and all other ingredients. Bring to a simmer and then lower heat and continue to simmer uncovered for an hour or until thick and jam-like, stirring occasionally.

3. Allow the jam to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a food processor. Pulse the mixture 8-10 times or until it reaches your desired texture. Put into a jar and allow to cool, then cover and refrigerate. Keeps about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

*Carefully warm up mixture before serving.

Printable Recipe

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I served the bacon jam with toasted baguette slices. To make the baguette slices, simply slice the baguette, brush one side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

You need to try this. Someone last night said it reminded them of eating pancakes. I think by that she meant the taste of bacon in pancake syrup. :)

I also served Crab Salad Toast Cups as well. Recipe to come….

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The swap party is always a pot luck and it’s fun to see what everyone brings!

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There were so many delicious things to eat…it was hard to choose…so I tried everything! :)

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Then it was time to get down to business: Shopping!

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Everyone (including me) left with so many nice new things! Our closets are cleaned out and ready for all our newly “swapped” items! Another swap party success!

Before I forget…I made a special recipe for dessert.

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I will be sharing this one soon as well. :)

This morning I had pineapple Chobani yogurt with Nutella Granola and a chopped apple.

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I was out of berries so I thought I’d try an apple with my yogurt. Never done it before…it was actually pretty good!

I took the kids to school and then went to Zumba. Afterwards I ran a few errands including Target (stocked up on Chobani pineapple yogurt).

Lunch was a turkey sandwich with more Herb Dip and the last of the Black Bean, Chickpea and Corn Salad.

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I picked up the kids from school and came home. Tonight I will be choosing from the many leftovers from last night’s party for dinner. I also look forward to going to be early….last night was too late for this old lady.

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Bacon lover or do you not get all the hype?


  1. Hi Melissa,

    I'm going to wait patiently for you to post the recipe for whatever that dessert is. My husband would love it! He really enjoys icebox cake type of desserts.

  2. @Anna
    Good things come to those who wait. :)

  3. Hold the phone! Bacon jam??? Oh my goodness...that's wild! I think my husband would flip if I made that for him (in the best of ways). Just found your blog! xo

  4. Hi Melissa, can you tell me what the serving size for the black bean chickpea and corn salad is?


  5. I haven't made it in a long time and the original recipe doesn't say. I'd say it serves 4-6 people.


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