Friday, July 29, 2011

Bacon Jam- Review of Not Quite Nigella Recipe

     I saw this recipe and Wow!  I just had to try it.   The recipe was wonderful!  If you are a bacon lover, then you have to try Nigella's recipe.  She has a real winner here.  It is the perfect amount of sweet and savory.

     I made substitutions to the recipe and it was still delicious.  First, I subbed out the coffee with a cocoa/water mixture. Second, I used rice vinegar rather than apple cider vinegar, which is good if you are on the Feingold Diet.  We have some sensitivities to apple so I tried to avoid it when I can.

     Check out the original Not Quite Nigella's Bacon Jam recipe here!  She is a great photographer and her pictures of the food are like smell-o-vision.

     Here is the recipe with the alterations.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of smoked bacon (if you use regular bacon then add 1/4 tsp liquid smoke)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • Hot sauce (optional - I didn't use any)
  • 1 tsp of quality cocoa mixed with 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (I used maple agave)
  • Black pepper to taste 
  • extra water
Directions:
  1. Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces.  
  2. In a skillet, fry the bacon pieces until they are lightly browned and beginning to crisp. 
  3. Remove the bacon from the skillet.
  4. Fry the onion and garlic in the rendered bacon fat.  Cook until just translucent.  
  5. Transfer the onion, garlic, and bacon into a cast iron skillet.
  6. Add brown sugar, hot sauce if adding, cocoa water, vinegar, maple syrup, and pepper.  Stir.
  7. Simmer for 2 hours.  However, you need to add 1/4 cup of water every 30 minutes and stir.
  8. After the 2 hours, let cool.  
  9. Pulse in a food processor or blender.  Decide if you like it chunky or smoother.  
  10. Store in a jar and refrigerate.
I ate this smeared on bread, but it is also good as a spread on a turkey sandwich.  YUM! YUM!

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