Bacon Jam

Steve, our Market President loves anything bacon and who wouldn’t like a savory, chunky jam you can spread on a baguette.  Made with a fine selection of bacon from Pastured Perfect and Farmer Nick’s, and maple syrup from vendor AKF Foods, this is a perfect go to appetizer for the holidays. 

 Ingredients:

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  •  1 1/2 pounds sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 cups finely chopped shallots (from 3 large or 8 small shallots)

  • 4 small cloves garlic, chopped (about 1 tablespoon)

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 1/2 cup bourbon

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 1/3 cup sherry vinegar

  • 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar

Instructions:

1. Spread half of bacon in a single layer in a large skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned, 20 to 23 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Remove fat; clean pan. Repeat with remaining bacon, reserving browned bits and 1 tablespoon fat in pan.

2. Add shallots and garlic to pan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, ginger, and mustard and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Increase heat to high; add bourbon and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits. Add vinegar and brown sugar and return to a boil. Add reserved bacon; reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid reduces to a thick glaze, about 10 minutes.

3. Transfer mixture to a food processor and pulse until it has the consistency of a chunky jam. Refrigerate in an airtight container at least 1 hour and up to 4 weeks.

 

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Living