Back in college, I had three main food groups – Eggo (waffles), Choco(late) , and Baco(n). Let’s be clear…I was NOT a good cook in college. My life’s motto was, “How is Maddy going to use her toaster oven today?”, which resulted in a lot of quesadillas, broiled hot dogs, dino nuggets, and Eggo waffles. It was by FAR my favorite kitchen appliance.
Now, I occasionally eat weird foodie whole grain waffles with fruit, antioxidant-filled dark chocolate, and last, but most certainly not least, a lot of bacon. Good ol’, thick cut, salty, fatty bacon. Balance, right? Or something like that…
So, when I was brainstorming potential burger toppings, I wanted to try and make homemade bacon jam. I’ve seen it on charcuterie boards in restaurants and thought it couldn’t be THAT hard, so I went at it! The process took a while, but it was incredibly rewarding. What resulted was this delicious, savory jam that I couldn’t wait to try on everything. We ate it on burgers that night which was DELISH – and I had some leftover and my mind started turning for the perfect appetizer combination that would wow a crowd. Bacon and Brie! Classic combination!
I used a variation of this recipe to create the jam. Check it out below and let me know what you all think!
- 1 lb thick cut bacon
- 2 tsp. butter
- 2 yellow onions, finely chopped
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. dry thyme
- 3 tbsp. brown sugar
- 3 tbsp. sherry vinegar
- 2 tbsp. bourbon
- 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- ⅓ cup of water
- 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 medium wheel of brie
- 1 sleeve of savory crackers (I chose cracked pepper flavor)
- Using a cast iron pan, cook the bacon strips until crispy, then set aside. You may need to do this in 2-3 sets because you don't want to overcrowd the pan.
- Drain excess bacon grease into a bowl.
- Chop your bacon into small pieces.
- Put two tsp. of bacon grease back into pan and add butter. Saute onions over medium heat until translucent - about 7 minutes.
- Add salt, thyme, brown sugar, sherry vinegar, bourbon, pepper, and cayenne pepper to pan and stir until combined.
- Add water and bacon. Stir consistently until mixture results in a "jammy" texture and a red/brown color - about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
- To heat the brie: Wrap in aluminum foil and bake for about 8-10 minutes (around 375 degrees). Preheat jam before serving. You'll have plenty of extra jam with this recipe.
- Serve with crackers and enjoy!