I came across this recipe in the current issue of Everyday Food, and was intrigued.
Sweet and savory, a combination of bacon and brown sugar and maple syrup and cider vinegar and, well, you’ll see; this could be the perfect little gift from your kitchen. I will warn you, tho’ – a pound and a half of bacon will yield only two, half-pint, jars – so stock up on the pork products if you’re contemplating large scale gifting.
•1-1/2 lb bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
•2 medium yellow onions, diced small
•3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
•1/2 cup cider vinegar
•1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
•1/4 cup maple syrup – don’t even THINK about using the fake stuff!
•3/4 cup coffee
•I also added a sprinkling of granulated garlic to the bacon while it was cooking and a couple of dashes of Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Sauce to the mixture when I turned it into the slow cooker.
Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned – about twenty minutes.
Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined platter to drain.
Add the onion and garlic to the tablespoon of bacon fat in the pan and cook until the onion is translucent – about six minutes. Add the vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup and coffee and bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, for about two minutes.
Note: the recipe says to cook for 3-1/2 to 4 hours – but all was well and truly done in our Cuisinart slow cooker in about two hours – so I would recommend watching your pot until it looks right.
Transfer all to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
Serve with crusty bread or crackers, or you could save some time at breakfast and spread it on your English muffin, add a poached egg, pop a slice o’ cheese on top and call it a sammich!
Spreadable bacon; think of the possibilities!