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If you were to ask me to list 10 of my favourite foods, 3 items that would always make the list are:

-Caramelized onions
-Crisp Bacon
-Jam

So you can understand my jubilation (a word I save for only the most special of occasions) when I combined them together to create the ultimate condiment – Caramelized Onion and Bacon Jam.

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Over the past week I have managed to find a way to add this jam to just about everything I have eaten. So far I have used it:

  • As a burger topping – AMAZING!
  • With a cheese platter – it actually outshone the cambozola!
  • To complete the perfect bacon and egg breakfast sandwich – I would wake up an hour earlier every morning just to eat this
  • With roasted chicken
  • On a prosciutto, rocket and parmesan pizza – So gourmet!
  • Served as an appetizer on Salt & Pepper Crackers and topped with baked figs and brie (they were so pretty I included a photo below)

I am also guilty of sneaking a spoonful out of the fridge (more often then I would like to admit). I have yet to experiment with the world of canning but I think this would make for a great gift to bring to friends for dinner parties or as part of a Christmas gift basket.  The options are truly endless!  Give this jam a try and let me know how you enjoy eating it.  Happy Jamming!

If you make this recipe let me know in the comment section below, I would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me (@everylastbite_) on Instagram, I love seeing your photos!

Caramelised Onion & Bacon Jam

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups bacon chopped (500 grams)
  • 4 cups onion chopped into chunks approx 5 onions
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 3 tbsp honey or other sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Cut the bacon into approx 1 cm wide pieces and fry on medium high heat until they begin to brown (approximately 10-15 minutes)
  • Remove the bacon from the pan and transfer to a paper towel, set aside. Keep the fat from the bacon in the pot and add the onions.
  • Cook the onions until they begin to soften (10 minutes or so)
  • Reduce the heat to low, add the coffee, honey, cumin and bacon and allow to simmer for 35-40 minutes or until the mixture has begun to thicken and become jam like in consistency
  • Once it has reached the desired consistency, stir in the balsamic vinegar
  • Transfer the mixture to a food processor and pulse 3-4 times so the bacon is broken down into smaller pieces, don't over do it as the jam should be chunky rather then a paste/puree
  • Transfer to a airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks

*To make these crackers topped with jam, figs and brie:
Cut figs in half, lightly drizzle with oil and place in the oven at 175 degrees for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes top each fig with a slice of brie and place back in the oven for another 5 minutes or until the brie has melted. Remove from the oven and place each fig on a cracker with the caramelized onion and bacon jam.