Who doesn’t love bacon?
Everyone loves bacon! Crisp, crunchy, salty, and juicy; bacon is a staple food group for many people. Margaret, the Country Café Manager and Head Cook, has been experimenting to find new and delicious ways to use bacon on the Café menu. One of her most recent recipes is for Bacon Onion Jam! This is a salty and sweet spread that Margaret uses on sandwiches, paninis, and more at the Café. It sounds very strange, but this is one of the most versatile recipes you can make at home. Margaret has graciously agreed to divulge the recipe.
Fry bacon over medium heat. When bacon is almost fully cooked, remove it from the pan, reserving the bacon fat. Add the finely chopped onions into the same pan with the bacon fat. Cook for five minutes until onions have caramelized. While the onions cook, loosely chop the cooked bacon. Place the chopped bacon back in the pan with the onions and stir to combine. Stir in balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Cook for 20 minutes and allow the liquid mixture to reduce and thicken. Remove from the pan. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
This recipe is simple to make and even more simple to use. Bacon onion jam is adaptable and can be used at any meal. For snacks, slice some cheese of your choice, grab a cracker, and top with the jam. A slice of crostini with cream cheese and bacon onion jam works for an appetizer. At lunchtime, substitute the jam for regular bacon on your BLT or put it inside a grilled cheese before you grill. Bacon is perfect at breakfast. Mix this jam in with your scrambled eggs and you’ve got a breakfast of champions. Want to use the jam at dinner? It’s a perfect topper for a cheeseburger. Bacon onion jam can be used in so many ways. The possibilities are endless.
If you’re not in the mood for cooking, you can pick up homemade bacon onion jam at Ashcombe in our refrigerated section.
Check out Margaret’s tutorial for this recipe on our YouTube channel.