Bacon Jam

Let’s kick this year off with… drum roll please…


Best part is, whatever “diet” you’re putting yourself through this January, this sucker will fit it. Strict Paleo, Whole 30, 21DSD, Whole Life…

I posted a picture of my bacon jam the other day on my personal Facebook page and Broccoli + Bacon Facebook page, and let me tell you- this picture got more “likes” than I think any picture has even gotten on my personal page that contains my face. I guess I get it… bacon jam vs. Julia’s face. I mean, I’d probably pick the bacon jam too.

Q: “So how do I eat bacon jam?”
A: With a spoon.

>I like to think that it’s the perfect pre workout boost. :D I could totally be making it up, but I mean, I’ve done it and it’s been superb.
>Smear it on paleo toast, paleo bagel, or paleo roll (Every Last Crumb will be your savior for these items)
>I had it on warm paleo waffles and it was off the chainz.
>Smear it on your lunch meat for a lettuce wrap sandwich>It’s MAGICAL warm.
>Dip carrots in it
>Eat it with a spoon for post workout
>Eat it along side eggs and sauerkraut in the AM to get your day started on the right foot
…Essentially it goes with everything.

This recipe is super simple and is totally as difficult or as easy as you want to make it. Want to take out the coffee and the chocolate? Sure, go for it. This recipe will still be delicious. You don’t want to wait an extra 30, 40, 50 minutes with this cooking on the stove? Then don’t have it sit there. The flavors might not be as complex, but it is still gunna be darn delicious.

The mix of sweet and spicy is great. I loovee that combination, so this for me this is spot on. You initially get the sweet sensation of the dates and the meaty flavor of the bacon, then you taste the spicy kick at the end. The flavor is complex due to the coffee and cocoa deepening the flavors, and having it all simmer for an hour at the end truly knocks this thing outta the pahk.

Makes: a little under a pint
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 45-60 minutes

1/2 Cup chopped yellow onion (about half a small/medium onion)
1 package bacon
1/2 Cup strong coffee (left over from your morning cup is perfect!)
2 chopped garlic cloves (or about 1 teaspoon crushed garlic)
12 pitted dates
1 Cup water
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Spanish hot paprika

1. Boil 1 cup of water in a sauce pan.
2. Once the water is boiling, add the dates and cover the pan and turn off the burner.
3. Chop the bacon and cook in a saute pan until cooked but not burnt- this took me nearly 15 minutes since it was the whole package of bacon.
4. Once the bacon is cooked, take it out using a slotted spoon or spatula and place the bacon on a paper towel lined plate.
5. Keep about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the pan. (You can store the rest in the fridge to replace oil for roasting vegetables or eggs).
6. On medium/low heat cook the onions in the grease. Mix everything couple of minutes.
7. After about 7-8 minutes, add the garlic and all of the spices, including the cocoa powder. (Add the garlic a few minutes earlier if you’re using chopped cloves). Mix everything to make sure that the onions are coated with the seasonings.
8. Use a fork to mash the dates on the inside of the pan.
9. Add the bacon and the onion mixture and coffee to the dates and mix thoroughly. It’s quickest and easiest to use an immersion blender for a few seconds. You could use a food processor, but that’s harder to clean, ha.
10. Put the saucepan on a very very low setting for about 45 minutes to an hour. Mix every 10 minutes or so.