Whether you call it Bacon Jam, Bacon Onion Relish, or Devil's Delight, this sweet,
salty, bacon-y spread is outstandingly good. Crisp salty bacon is simmered for hours
with onions, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a couple of secret ingredients to create
a soft, spreadable jam that's divine on toast or crostini, fresh vegetables, pita
bread, new potatoes... the list goes on and on!
1 1/2 pounds bacon
2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup boiled cider
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
2 dried bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Slice the bacon into 1-inch slices and cook in a large skillet until well
browned. Drain the fat and reserve the bacon.
Place the cooked bacon and all other ingredients into a 2 quart or larger
crock pot. Cover and cook over high heat for 3 to 4 hours.
Remove the cooked jam from the crock pot, fish out the bay leaves, and carefully
transfer to a food processor or blender. Pulse until the consistency is to your
liking, a soft spreadable jam. You can leave the bacon in larger bits or pulse
until very small, your choice.
If you find the jam too liquid for your taste, transfer to a small saucepan
and cook over medium heat until the liquid has evaporated and the jam is thick
and syrupy. Adjust the seasonings and serve warm.
Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Warm in the microwave before serving.
Hands-on time: 20 mins. to 25 mins.
Total time: 4 hrs 20 mins. to 4 hrs 40 mins.
Yield: 2 cups jam
Recipe and photo credit: King Arthur Flour - kingarthurflour.com