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Sub Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 02:37 PM
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Have you had bacon marmalade yet?
Amazing and addictive, you will find so many uses for this.

1.5# thick-cut apple wood smoked bacon, cut into 1/4" x 1/4" pieces
1 large Vidalia (or other sweet) onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 C white wine
1/2 C sugar
2 T molasses
.25 C black coffee
.25 C maple syrup
.25 t allspice
.5 t smoked paprika
large pinch ground gloves
small pinch ground nutmeg
salt
lots of freshly ground pepper


In a dutch oven over medium heat, saute the bacon to crisp. Don't be tempted to turn the heat up lest your bacon crumble into tiny bits. Remove to a paper towel and set aside.

Pour off all but 2 T bacon grease. Turn the heat to medium low and add the onions, cooking slow to almost caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add the garlic and cook to soft but not browned.

Turn the heat to high, add the wine and deglaze the pan. Reduce 3-5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients (except the bacon) and stir to fully mixed.

Add bacon, bring to a boil, then reduce to slow simmer for 60-90 minutes, until thick and sticky.

This will thicken more as it cools.

Keeps in the fridge 2 weeks (good luck on that) or freezes for 6 months.


I have used this as a filling for a smoked chocolate cake with bourbon caramel cream cheese frosting.

I have used this as the 'sauce' on a whole wheat crust, bacon marmalade, gorgonzola and fresh arugula pizza.

I have used this on the bun of a hotdog.


Have fun with it.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 03:39 PM
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1. I have to say, that sounds just incredible....(and yes, incredibly..unique!).
I am surprised it hasn't shown up featured as one of the go-to foods at the NC State Fair (maybe spread on some deep fried turkey legs!)

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Sub Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 04:14 PM
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2. Thanks. It's been really fun playing with the recipe.
Maple bacon with bourbon instead of the coffee.

Hickory smoked bacon with cayenne.


The important part is to treat it like a precious child, especially in the last hour. It burns really easily.

Also, depending on what you're using it for and your own personal preference, you can pulse this in a food processor for a finer consistency.

Oh, and microwave for 15 seconds makes it spreadable after it's been refrigerated.

:hi:
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 04:32 PM
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3. OMG- Spreadable bacon? If the marmalade is anything like spreadable bacon...
...well, it would just be too good to be true!

Everything is better with bacon!

:hi:
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Sub Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 09:03 PM
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4. Skip, it's good to see you.
Yes, spreadable bacon. With an ethereal smoky sweet undertone that really needs to be tried.

Plan on doing nothing more on the day you make this. It will take the better part of the day.



Then plan on looking for small jars to pack it into to give to your very best favorite foodie friends.

They'll be more than just jealous. They'll mob you for the recipe.

Have fun with this. It's really a fun and OMFG delicious way to spread good food tidings during this Holiday season.

:cheers:
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Irishonly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:19 PM
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5. It sounds wonderful
My family will love it I think. My blood sugar would do terrible things to me but I am sure going to try it.
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