Anyone a fan of bacon jam? I’m a bit late to the whole trend – apparently savoury jams have taken over from their sweet counterparts in the preserves popularity contest. But I’m jumping aboard the bandwagon. Better late than never, right? And let me assure you, if there’s a bandwagon you want to be on, it’s the bacon jam one.
I first tasted this unusual condiment at the Noosa Food & Wine Festival last year. There was a fun cook-off between some of Australia’s top food critics – John Lethlean, Simon Thomsen and the like – and the public was able to vote for their favourite dish. I tasted my way through most of the offerings, and was intrigued when I saw Matt Preston using bacon jam to top off a prawn dish. The smoky, salty, tangy jam contrasted beautifully with juicy prawns and fresh herbs; my vote was cast not long after.
What to serve with bacon jam? Well, first remember that a little bit goes a long way. It’s delicious spread on sourdough and eaten with scrambled or poached eggs. Try it on pizzas, burgers, cheese scones, or spread on crostini or crackers with brie. You can use it to stuff dates, or transport the humble cheese toastie to a whole other level. Enjoy!
Thermomix bacon jam
Prep time 5 minutes
Cooking time 1 hour 40 minutes
400g good-quality bacon, chopped into 2cm pieces
200g onion (about 1 large onion), quartered
100ml freshly brewed coffee
2tbsp balsamic vinegar
2tbsp brown sugar
2tbsp maple syrup
Here’s what you do
1. Cook bacon in a frying pan over medium heat, until crispy. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
2. Meanwhile, prepare onions and garlic. Place onion and garlic in TM bowl and chop for 5 seconds/speed 5. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat if necessary. Add bacon to TM bowl and cook for 10 minutes/90C/reverse/soft stir, with MC off.
3. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 60 minutes/100C/reverse/soft stir, with MC off. Scrape down sides of bowl and cook for a further 30 minutes/100C/reverse/soft stir, with MC off.
4. Chop for 5 seconds/speed 4. Transfer to 2 small jars and store in fridge. Jam will solidify once it has cooled.
>> Add ingredients like sultanas, currants, Worcestershire sauce, chilli flakes, paprika or cinnamon for different flavour variations.
>> Non-Thermomixers: Fry bacon until almost crispy, then add onion and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and cook on a low heat for 1 hour 30 minutes. Leave to cool slightly before blending or processing to desired consistency.