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Bacon Jam

I first learned that bacon jam was a thing when I received a new cookbook in the mail from my aunt on the west coast.  (BEST. MAIL. EVER.) It obviously seemed like a brilliant concept and to be honest I was a little mad I didn’t think of it first, but I got past it and gave this recipe a try.   It’s incredibly rich and indulgent.  And sweet and spicy, and savoury and wonderful.  The mixture simmers aromatically for about 2 hours, cooking itself down into a sticky, sweet, spicy and rich jam like texture.  You can also use a hand held blender at the end to break it up further and make it even more jam-like.

Bacon Jam Ingredients

Bacon Jam Ingredients

Start by cooking up a pound of bacon, remove it to a paper towel lined plate, and drain off most of the grease.  Leave about 2 – 3 tbsp and then throw in onions and garlic, and allow to cook until soft and golden brown.  Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 2 hours.  Add 1/4 cup of water every half hour, or whenever it starts to burn a little or stick to the bottom of the pan.  Not surprisingly, your home is going to smell pretty unreal.

Cooking Bacon Jam

Cooking Bacon Jam

Blend the mixture slightly, so that it is spreadable but still has some texture.  Store it in a glass jar in the fridge and use it in any number of delicious ways.

Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam

Like on a grilled cheese sandwich! The one below also has herb and garlic cream cheese, roasted red pepper and old cheddar.  Serve this with Bread and Butter Pickles on the side for a sublime grilled cheese experience. 🙂

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam Recipe

1 lb bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 tbsp packed brown sugar
1 tsp hot sauce
1 cup brewed coffee
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp pepper

  1. In a deep pan, fry bacon in batches until lightly browned and beginning to crisp.  Remove bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.  Drain bacon fat from pan, leaving only about 2 tbsp.
  2. Add garlic and onions to the rendered bacon fat and fry over medium heat for 5 minutes or until translucent.  Return bacon to the pan and add all remaining ingredients.  Simmer uncovered for 2 hours, adding 1/4 cup water every 30 minutes.  Consistency should be thick and jam-like.
  3. Use immersion blender or food processor to pulse mixture for 2 to 3 seconds, leaving some texture.  Allow to cool.  Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.

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Refreshing Iced Coffee

Confession:  I don’t like coffee.  I’ve just never liked the taste of it.  One exception:  ground espresso beans in some sort of smore dessert from Murray Street restaurant.  That dessert gave me a glimpse into the world of coffee addiction….so good.  But it just doesn’t translate to liquid form for me, so I mostly ignore the stuff.  But Chris does not!  Within the past few years he has developed a full-blown coffee addiction, which I think is great because in an inexplicable turn of events, I LOVE the smell of coffee.  So I’m more than happy to share his adventures in home made iced coffee making; it looks and smells delightful.

Apparently, making good iced coffee is more than just making a regular pot of coffee and putting it in the fridge.  For some reason it just doesn’t work.  And pouring hot coffee over a bunch of ice just makes it watery.  So to start, get a big tupperware container and pour in a bunch of coffee grounds.

Prepping Coffee Grounds

Next, add some water and put it in the fridge to steep for 6- 8 hours, or longer if you want it to be really strong.  But not toooo long, or else it will get bitter.

Then scoop (or slowly dump) the mixture through a cheesecloth or paper towel lined fine mesh strainer.

Straining the mixture

Sit back and watch the delicious coffee mixture emerge.

Straining Close-Up

What’s left in the tupperware is kind of a coffee sludge – so to avoid having this in your coffee mixture, use a few layers of paper towels, and the finest strainer you can find. It might take a while to pass through, but it’ll be worth it!

Leftover Coffee Sludge

Transfer the coffee liquid to some sort of pitcher, and put it back in the fridge until you are ready to use, or it is adequately chilled.

Coffee Concentrate & Iced Coffee

To prepare, pour about half a cup of coffee over ice, and add milk, half and half or condensed milk, depending on how rich you want it.  Go sit on your deck/patio/balcony and enjoy!

Refreshing Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee Recipe

1/2 pound Ground Coffee (good, Rich Roast)
8 cups Cold Water
Half-and-half (healthy Splash Per Serving)
Sweetened Condensed Milk (2-3 Tablespoons Per Serving)
*Or if you aren’t in the mood for the decadence provided by the above two ingredients, just a splash of whatever milk you have in the fridge, no harm done.
*Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners, Syrups…all would be good choices for mixing into coffee mixture.

1.  In a large container, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight.

2.  Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth/paper and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.

3.  Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool. Use as needed.

4.  To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass 2/3 full with coffee liquid. Add healthy splash of half-and-half. Add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (can use plain sugar instead) and stir to combine. Taste and adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed.

From:  The Pioneer Woman  (As usual)

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