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Apple Bacon Jam or How to Make a Bacon Appetizer that Rocks the Party

by Angela Roberts on March 17, 2013

Apple bacon jam, served in a mason jar, or as the secret ingredient in a savory dish. Who knew?

I came upon this little treat quite by accident. It’s Part I of the Creative Cooking Club March Challenge. We were given four ingredients to make a dish and I wasn’t exactly thrilled,  I must admit. But every time I complain about an ingredient, I push through it and learn something new and exciting, and that’s why I take part in cooking challenges.  They stretch me and I get to share it with you, perhaps encourage you to try new notes in your own kitchen.

But when I heard what the four ingredients were, I couldn’t put them together in my head.

Three of the ingredients were granny smith apples, bacon and vinegar. I won’t tell you the 4th ingredient, as you will have to catch that on the next post, but it was that fourth ingredient that did me in, when trying to combine it with the other three. For weeks, I had no good ideas and then like a ton of bricks, it hit me.

Bacon jam made with apples. I looked at several recipes for bacon jam and vinegar was mentioned every time. All I had to do was incorporate apples which go well with bacon and voila, a new appetizer. All I needed to do was  figure out how to incorporate that fourth ingredient, and I did.

The first time I saw bacon jam was on Lorraine’s site, Not Quite Nigella.  I added the apples, and adapted the recipe to accommodate the challenge. Not paying attention, I only cooked it for 45 minutes instead of two hours, but it worked.

I’ve already tested it out on these fluffy biscuits, spread it on slices of hard cheese and incorporated it well into the challenge dish, which will be revealed tomorrow. You won’t believe where this apple bacon jam ended up.

applebaconjamIt will look like this before you take it to the food processor.

Apple Bacon Jam 2 by Angela Roberts

Come back tomorrow to see the amazing dish I made with the apple bacon jam.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Apple Bacon Jam or How to Make a Bacon Appetizer that Rocks the Party
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
Apple bacon jam, an amazing savory appetizer with a touch of sweetness, good for crostini, pairing with cheese, crackers, or adding to dishes for extra flavor.
  • 1 pound bacon, sliced into two inch slices
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, roughly chopped
  • 2 large shallots (or 1 medium sweet onion)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • ½ cup strong coffee (I used large shot of espresso)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more as your taste desires)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  1. In heavy bottomed pot or pan, fry bacon until crisp. Pour all but about a tablespoon of bacon grease out. Remove bacon.
  2. Add in apples, shallots or onions, garlic, cayenne pepper, vinegar, brown sugar and saute until apples are soft.
  3. Add bacon back in. Add maple syrup and cook down until it looks like a compote, about 45 minutes. I only cooked it very low heat for one hour.
  4. Pour off any bacon grease. Process in food processor, but not too much. Pulse it and check to see that you can visibly see the bacon, as shown in the picture. Store in refrigerator up to a week.
  5. Note: If when cooking the compote down, it becomes too dry, add in some water.


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa March 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Terrific! I bet it is quite addictive.




angela March 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Rosa, it’s very addictive.


Faith March 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

This is such a fun dish! What a great use for the challenge ingredients…I can’t wait to see what you made with it!


angela March 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Faith, I think you’ll love it.


Anna (Hidden Ponies) March 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Oooh, I can’t wait to see what you made with this, it sounds incredible! I’m imagining it somehow combined with melty Brie…


angela March 17, 2013 at 2:59 pm

The fourth ingredient was not cheese, but oh my how great would this be with melted brie.


Joan Nova March 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Looks delicious … can’t wait to see the challenge post.


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 18, 2013 at 5:56 am

Adding apple is a great idea! I’m really glad that it worked out too Angela :)


Meghan September 12, 2013 at 11:15 pm

I just made this for a gourmet club my husband and I are joining – our assignment, make an appetizer that highlights apple. This recipe is perfect and oh so divine! The challenge now will be to ensure that there is enough left for dinner tomorrow evening.


angela@spinachtiger September 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

Thank you Meghan and I think it’s perfect for this time of year too. Hope everyone enjoys it.


E November 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm

i just made this and it was fantastic! thank you for sharing. could it be preserved using water bath canning?


andrew alexander June 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

hi angela
what an awesome recipe! i cant wait to try it out tomorrow…i will be serving it with some breads as an amuse bouche at the school where i work. :)


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