Sunday, April 14, 2013

Easy Bacon-Red Onion-Cherry Balsamic Jam

The other day, a friend made balsamic strawberry jam, and her luscious
descriptions and photos sent me over the moon.  I knew I had to try it.

But it wasn't strawberry season in middle Tennessee. I was still determined
to make a balsamic concoction, so I began poking around in my kitchen.
As I gathered crusty bread and fresh tomatoes, I began to crave a
bacon-tomato lettuce sandwich. Instead of dressing it with mayonnaise,
I decided to make a savory jam, something with a balsamic hint.

I found a plump red onion, apple-smoked bacon, and a new bottle of cherry balsamic vinegar.

Would it work? I wasn't sure; but if it didn't, I could always open a jar of Duke's Mayonnaise, right?
I started chopping and stirring. It took a bit of experimenting to find the
"Goldlilocks Zone," that
perfect balance of sweet and savory. At first, the jam was too tart. I added a touch of Dijon, Tabasco, and Bandwidth's homemade Worcestershire






Bacon-Red Onion Cherry Balsamic Jam

Quantity: 8 ounces

1/2 cup cooked, chopped applewood smoked bacon
bacon drippings
1 large red onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Tabasco, 4 drops (optional)
1/8 teaspoon onion salt
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 to 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (I used Acetum's Cherry Balsamic)
2 four-ounce Ball jars

Prepare bacon. (I bake mine and pour the drippings into a heavy copper saucepan.)
Put saucepan on a low flame and add onions. Simmer until the onions are tender,
about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir often. In another bowl, add Dijon mustard, sugar, lemon juice, and water.
Whisk. Add salt, pepper, onion salt, and Tabasco. Pour mustard mixture into the
saucepan and stir. Reduce the liquid, about 20 minutes over a low flame.
Add balsamic vinegar and simmer another 15 minutes or so, until the jam thickens.
Stir frequently. Remove pot from flame. Pour into 2 4-ounce sterilized jars and add jam.
Place sterilized caps and rings on jar. Refrigerate after opening.

Adapted from a recipe at Fine Cooking.

You can find the Printable Recipe and others HERE.


contribution at Stone Gable.

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  1. Your jam sounds delicious! I bet it would be wonderful with a slice of pork tenderloin on a roll or biscuit too! LOVE your cheery kitchen towel and photos :)

  2. I bet that is yummy - thanks for sharing the recipe. That sandwich looks so good.
    Have a great week.

  3. its my turn to swoon, this flavor combo is calling me... i so want to slather it on crostini with a bit of goat cheese and sip a gin and tonic on a warm spring eve... and the photos are gorgeous! who knew a vegetable could make me salivate... excellent recipe there, as i said, time for a family cookbook~

  4. It is lunchtime here and I just opened your post! Your photos are mouth-watering. I will definitely be trying this recipe as it looks wonderful! Thank you!

  5. Sounds delicious! Your pictures are gorgeous as well :)

  6. Oh my gosh, this sounds wonderful. Gorgeous images, too!

  7. Oh wow yum, this sounds so delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  8. I have been wanting to try strawberry in my bacon jam, so this version sounds good to me also! My sweet tooth has been kicking in lately! This looks easy and divine

  9. Sounds mmmm good and put on that luscious sandwich... Oh my!! Your photos are wonderful.

  10. Michael,
    I have to make this jam ASAP! I like your cute pics.

  11. Can't wait to try this! I recently found your blog and LOVE it!

  12. So yummy! Btw your photos are really nice. Great post!