finally, the moment you all have been waiting for: the bacon jam recipe.
i was flipping through a martha stewart slow-cooker slideshow, filled with great recipes, when i came across this one. (and yes, i look at slideshows all about slow-cooker recipes. judge me all you want). easter seemed like a perfect opportunity to make it, and while i had high hopes, this recipe delivered on all fronts. since it's just a little sautéing and then slow-cooking, the pictures of this recipe are not great (and i forgot to take an ingredients picture, oops!), but whatever, it's bacon jam, we'll survive without the pretty pictures (but not without the bacon jam). ingredients are pretty basic, most of which you will have on hand: bacon, onion, garlic, maple syrup, fresh brewed coffee, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar.
first - sauté the bacon for about twenty minutes, set to the side and drain. and don't forget what we talked about before - simply cut your bacon into one-inch chunks using a scissor. most ingenious way to get about cutting up bacon.
second - sauté the diced onion and smashed garlic in some of the reserved bacon fat. after about six minutes, add in the other ingredients, bring to a boil, and let it cook for about two minutes. mix with reserved bacon in the pan, then transfer to the slow-cooker.
third - cook on high for 3.5 - 4 hours in the slow-cooker, without the top on. be amazed at how great your kitchen smells.
fourth - pulse mixture in a food processor until coarsely chopped, transfer to airtight containers; it keeps in the refrigerator for four weeks.
so what does one do with bacon jam? well, you can put it on a biscuit sandwich with avocado and egg and i'll tell you right now it will blow your mind. it's good enough to serve in restaurants i tell you, and we're convinced we should just stay at home all the time for brunch from here on out. you can put it on burgers, you could put it on thick bread, you could just top your scrambled eggs with some if you want to avoid carbs, maybe put a dollop on some grilled salmon or chicken. you should definitely put it in little jars to give to your friends as a gift, forever securing their loyalty. basically - the world is your oyster with bacon jam. make it as soon as you can and - i'm gonna be bold here - already go ahead and say: you're welcome.