Meet Your New Best Friend: Easy Bacon Onion Jam
Guys, it's been a seriously hot minute. Where have I been? What on earth have I been eating? A busy, busy bee, this little brown-eyed blonde has been a working girl, as in...working in an actual office, where the luxury of writing a blog post on any given random afternoon just isn't feasible. Oh, and the idea of coming home around 6PM and fixing dinner and writing a blog post annnnd enjoying time with my husband...well, that idea hasn't crossed my mind. Not even once.
My eating habits have also changed quite a bit. So aside from my honeymoon (more on that on another day) a visit from friends, and a few date nights here and there, I've been consuming some pretty lackluster meals. Think: Grilled chicken breasts and roasted veggies...5 nights out of the week. Oh, throw in those delectable kale and fruit protein smoothies every morning too. Deeeelish. All in the name of looking and feeling good. Because there's no better time than now.
Okay, let's get to the good stuff. Like those times when I totally splurge and whip up something pretty fantastic or the infrequent visits to a killer local restaurant when I "let my hair down" and order the most decadent thing on the menu. Yeah, this is way more fun.
I also found a wee bit of time to get "caught up" on my blog but still feel like there is way, way more catching up to do. I mean, I still have my wedding and honeymoon to report on! One of these days. But until then....
Bacon Onion Jam.
My goodness, this stuff is lethal. Hell, it ought to be illegal. Made it last weekend during one of those splurge moments in time and boy, was it so worth it. The specific recipe I made it for? Well, that's coming right at ya in a jiffy. But even on its own, spread on some French Brioche or on a water cracker with some Brie, this stuff is heavenly.
You can thank me later.
Bacon Onion Jam
1 cup bacon, chopped
2 cups sweet onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup coffee
1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1) On medium-high heat, fry the bacon until crispy. Then, remove from the pan and place on a paper-towel lined plate.
2) Add the chopped onions to the pan and cook on medium heat until they're softened (about 15 minutes). Reduce the heat to low and add the sugar, Dijon mustard, and coffee. Stir until combined. Add the bacon back to the pan and fold into the mixture.
3) Let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes, or until it has a jam-like texture. Then, stir in the Balsamic.
4) Transfer the jam to a food processor and pulse 3 times.
5) Serve with crackers, charcuterie, or bread.
***Store any leftovers in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.