Eating Savoury Recipes

Treats | That’s My Jam: Flavour-Packed Bacon Jam

Hellooo lovers of good food, today I want to present you a most unusual concoction, which might sound gross at first glance: Bacon Jam. You might think ‘Salty bacon and sweet jam? Never gonna taste good!’ But this is not a maniac writing these lines, trust me. When you’re finished combining this unusual combination of ingredients, you’ll never want to spread anything else on cheese and bread. Okay, that’s maybe a bit too much, but it’s damn delicious, trust me.

This recipe has been on my cooking bucket list for a little while, just because it sounds like a crazy idea. And I’m all for crazy ideas when it comes to cooking! Although sometimes making something crazy can backfire – just last Saturday I spent 5 hours in the kitchen making a Ramen soup. Well, it didn’t end so well, let me tell you. Which doesn’t mean that I will abandon my love for Japanese food! It’s just that I’m a bit proud of my cooking abilities, so I don’t take defeat so well. Not my best trait I guess. On a happier note, the day after I managed to cook genuine spaetzle, with cheese and bacon and onions…just thinking about them makes my mouth water again!

The Recipe

  • 500 g of smoked bacon
  • 30 g of butter
  • 5 small onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. of smoked paprika powder
  • ½ tsp. of chili flakes
  • ½ tsp. of mustard powder
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • ½ tsp. of cinnamon
  • 200 ml of whiskey
  • 150 ml of strong coffee
  • 70 ml of balsamic vinegar
  • 60 ml of maple syrup
  • Sea salt and pepper

  1. First things first. Start by slicing up the onions and the garlic. Then finely chop the piece of ginger. In a large and heavy pan, brown the bacon slices at middle heat for about 3 minutes. After that, take the bacon out of the pan and remove the remaining bacon fat.
  2. Now add the butter and let it melt. Then add onions, garlic, brown sugar, spices and a pinch of salt. Braise everything for 6 minutes. In a next step, add the bacon again and mix well with the other ingredients. Then add the whiskey and allow it to reduce for 3 minutes.
  3. Subsequently, add the rest of the ingredients and let everything simmer for at least 1 hour. Stir occasionally and add the lid after half an hour. At last, remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for a while. Remove a part of the liquid remaining fat.
  4. Now fill the mixture into a tall vessel and chop it with a blender. You can decide on the texture of your bacon jam! Serve it warm or cold and fill it into clean jars.

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Damn, now I call that the definition of umami! This bacon jam is so flavor-packed it works real well with something that keeps in the background. For example, mild cheese, toasted bread or plain crackers are perfect! I love that it’s both hearty, sweet and a bit spicy, a real rollercoaster of tastes (and emotions?). And, it would look great on an antipasti platter, right? Just like the soused tomatoes, or the feta cheese!

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