Monday, September 29, 2014

Bacon Jam


This is a guest post from my friend, Lynn.  I'll be making this one later this evening but I wanted to get this recipe up asap.

Paleo Bacon Jam

I attended the Babes with Barbells competition at Crossfit Thunder, and expected to spend the day cheering on my CFC girls.  Well- I ended up pinky promising someone that I would compete next year-(clearly that was a loss of rational thought) and I discovered Bacon Jam.  I should have asked for the recipe, but I found one, and tweaked it paleo and made it mine. This is what I did:

1 lb. Uncured Bacon
2 T of reserved Bacon grease
1 Vidalia Onion
2 bunches green onions
3 T. Garlic - the kind in a jar or 4 cloves- chopped fine
1 tsp. Chili Powder
1/2 TSP. Smoked Paprika
1 c. Maple Syrup
1/4 c. Balsamic Vinegar

I cooked the bacon under the broiler until moderately crispy.  Drain off the rest of the grease using paper towels.
Using your food processor, chop up the onion and green onions.  In a frying pan (or the frying pan if that's how you did your bacon) combine the reserved grease and processed onions.  Cook on medium until they start to carmelize.  Add garlic and cook another minute or so.  Add the spices and syrup.  Cook another few minutes being sure to scrape the pan.  Add the vinegar.
Tear up the bacon into pea sized pieces and toss it into the pan.  Stir it up and cook for another few minutes. Turn off the stove top and drain if you have any standing grease.  Transfer to a container or jar and store in the refrigerator.

Heat up just the portion that you are using for a few seconds in the microwave.  Be creative.  This stuff is good on meats and veggies.  I think I could eat it by the spoonful.  :)