Eeeeverybody and their aunty are raving about bacon these days – bacon ice cream, bacon cakes, bacon jam….I mean…anything that you wouldn’t expect having bacon in it is being thrown at us and we are meant to believe it’s good an’allthat…so I’m gonna jump on the band wagon and try “jammin” it myself! Slaaap me if I don’t! Bacon Jam, here I come…Hah!
Think, think….bacon, right? Salty, meaty, fatty. Gonna need some acidity to cut through all that but don’t wanna be predictable and just use vinegar….how abooooout: Gooseberries! I have a punnet in the fridge that is going nowhere fast. I mean, have you ever tried to eat those buggers raw? Pop one in your mouth (will be better if you can get it in someone else’s unsuspecting mouth, at least you can have some proper fun!) and watch your face cringe…Gonna need some onions too, can’t have jam without onions, can we now! A bunch of giant spring onions will do the trick. It will add some sweetness and a tiny bit of heat. But then I want MORE heat, so a red chilli from my beloved pot will have to come in the mix too.
…then reduce the heat to low, cover and go make yourself busy for about 3 hours. It will need a bit of mixing towards the end, until it starts looking like this:Yes, I agree, it isn’t the prettiest of sights, but id does smell rather delicious..Mix until you are happy with the consistency. It has to be thick and sticky, it is a jam after all and has to be smooth and spreadable. Let it cool down and fill into sterilised jars. I’m using small ones as they will be easier to eat up, ones opened.
Hmmm, you know what? I think I’m sold…this is some reeeeal good stuff! The bacon taste is there, but it’s not overpowering. There is a lovely kick from the chilly and sweetness comes through from the muscovado and the maple syrup. On the next batch I’m gonna try balsamic vinegar instead of cider though, I think it may deepen the taste even further..
That jam will be an absolute treat as a base on a burger, or with crumbled mature cheddar on top…although it’s as good as it gets all by itself!
I should have used bigger jars to save me popping yet another one every few hours….:-) Yummmm