This holiday season we will be attending a wine and cheese event given by Bill’s cousin. He is kind of a foodie so I decided to make a batch of Bacon Jam to bring along with a bottle of wine. I can’t imagine this not going well with cheese – or a cheeseburger or an english muffin or toast or your morning waffle or pancake. This stuff is gold.
It all begins with a trip to Pekarski Sausage in South Deerfield. They don’t have a website so I added a link to the reviews on Yelp. This is a wonderful family owned business that makes artisan smoked meats and sausages. We always have a stock in the freezer and somehow something makes it’s way into one of our meals on a weekly basis.
This is what I picked up – bacon, beautiful, lean bacon. One and a half pounds. I picked up a smoked Cornish Game Hen as well for dinner with sister Sue.
And cooked in a large skillet until the fat was rendered and it started to brown.
Meanwhile I diced two medium large yellow onions and smashed and peeled 4 cloves of garlic. The recipe called for three but they were small and who ever heard anyone say “Wow, too much garlic”. Never happens in this family.
And then it simmers slowly.
And simmers, filling the air with the complexity of all these ingredients.
It simmered through dinner and 6 rounds of Yahtzee with my sister.
It cooked for almost two hours until the liquid was reduced to a thick syrup consistency.
This made a little less than three cups. I filled two canning jars and one will be staying in the refrigerator for our holiday enjoyment and the other will travel as a gift to the host. The recipe can be found at Leite’s Culinaria – my go to for great recipes of all kinds.
Now onto the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies – don’t turn up your nose, they are spectacular!