Hello Mischief Makers! Sorry for the late post. While Josh and David were out on the open ocean enjoying a cruise and pretending to be Rose and Jack from the movie Titanic (hopefully their cruise won’t end the same as the movie – we don’t need Josh dressed as an old woman throwing a big o’ diamond off the boat), I was holding down the fort at Mischief Central and I have a doozie for you.
Recently, the Ray and I attended a Sangeria Party in Atlanta and while there we ate brunch at Marlow’s Tavern. Great food and bloody marys. At Marlow’s they serve a house-made, sweet-tasting ketchup. It turns out to be tomato-bacon jam. What?! I know! My little mischief mind went a whirling. When I came home and did my research, I was amazed at the fact that this pretty common. There were tons of recipes but all listed the same ingredients and amounts, so apparently a good thing does travel fast. But it would be Kitchen Mischief without a twist. I decided to add a little shredded Granny Smith apple for tartness and natural sweetness. After making the recipe, I found it a little sweet so the recipe below as been altered to make it less sweet – if you want sweet, I will put the amount I used in parentheses. Let’s get this tomato-bacon party started.
1/2 lb smoked bacon
2 lbs ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
2/3 cup sugar (1 cup if you like sweet)
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cook the bacon – if you enjoy the splatter of grease all over you and your stove, cook the bacon in the pan until browned and crisp. If you would like to save yourself from splatter burns, place the bacon on a sheet pan and bake at 375 until browned and crisp. Either way you choose, place the bacon on a paper towel to drain excess grease.
Combine remaining ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce the heat to medium. Crumble bacon into mixture. Simmer for 1 hour or until very thick.
Marlow’s in Atlanta purees their jam into a tomato sauce, I rather have some texture so I blended my with a hand-blender, but you can use a blender or food processor.
What can you do with it?
I made a chicken burger (actually, I made burger-sized portions of this great meatball recipe) and used it as the condiment. It was awesome. But you could put it on Josh’s devil burger to relieve the heat or dip your grilled cheese in it. Heck, use it as ketchup for your fries.
Jam doesn’t have to be made with berries and such…I even saw a recipe for bacon jam. I love bacon but I may need to save up my Lipitor to try that one. 😉
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