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Jan 8, 2010 02:02 PM

Seattle meets the NYT, take two

the story of Bacon Jam .....come to think of it, a day like today would be perfect for bacon jam. If only I could figure out where the Skillet wagon was hiding. . .if only it was still in Columbia City on Saturday afternoons. . . sigh. . .

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  1. An interesting recipe from Not Quite Nigella

    Bacon Jam

    An Original Recipe by Not Quite Nigella

    * 500grams/1 pound smoked bacon (or use regular bacon and liquid smoke)
    * 4 cloves garlic, chopped
    * 1 medium brown onion sliced
    * 3 tablespoons brown sugar
    * Tabasco sauce (according to taste)
    * 1 cup coffee
    * 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    * 1/4 cup maple syrup
    * Black pepper to taste
    * extra water

    1. In a non stick pan, fry the bacon in batches until lightly browned and beginning to crisp. Using a pair of scissors cut into 1 inch pieces.

    2. Fry the onion and garlic in the rendered bacon fat on medium heat until translucent.

    bacon jam cooking

    After 5 minutes of cooking

    3. Transfer the bacon, onion and garlic into a heavy based cast iron pot and add the rest of the ingredients except for the water. Simmer for 2 hours adding 1/4 of a cup of water every 25-30 minutes or so and stirring.

    bacon jam cooking 1 hour

    After 30 minutes-1 hour of cooking

    bacon jam cooking 2 hours

    After 2 hours of cooking

    4. When ready, cool for about 15-20 minutes and then place in a food processor. Pulse for 2-3 seconds so that you leave some texture to the “jam” or of course you could keep whizzing and make it a smoother and more paste like.

      1. re: FoodDee

        I tried to bring a tub to our east coast fam for the holidays, but it was confiscated by TSA! I hope they enjoyed the spoils of my efforts to get the dang stuff in the middle of winter!

        1. re: bluedog67

          I am so sorry that your food was confiscated! :-( I tried to bring a tub of Trader Joe's hummus on a plane and that was a no-no too. (I knew about liquid etc ... I didn't think hummus counted - but it is a "gel" according to them) I gave them my best cute - bewildered face and they scanned it with their magic wand and let me take it.)

          Now I always pack a small insulated bag with gel bags that will easily fit in my check ins.