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.
I introduce you to Bacon Jam.
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.
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….
The swap party is always a pot luck and it’s fun to see what everyone brings!
There were so many delicious things to eat…it was hard to choose…so I tried everything! :)
Then it was time to get down to business: Shopping!
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.
I will be sharing this one soon as well. :)
This morning I had pineapple Chobani yogurt with Nutella Granola and a chopped apple.
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).
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.
The winner of the OXO Good Grips LockTop Containers Giveaway (using Random.org) is:
Erin Y…please send me your contact information so I can get the containers out to you! :)
Bacon lover or do you not get all the hype?