Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bacon Onion Marmalade

How was everyone's Mother's Day weekend?!  Ours was busy busy, visiting moms, aunts and grandmas then threw in some graduation festivities as well!

So let's get to business, BACON Onion Marmalade.  Like I said in my last post it sounds weird but in reality its pretty delish!

I found this one day on Pinterest and was intrigued.  Cooking bacon and onions down to make a spread, who'd a thunk it?  Well whoever did is kind of a genius.  This stuff is not only yummy but is also very versatile!  It is a time consuming recipe but I'd say it's pretty worth it.

Bacon Onion Marmalade
- 4 slices thick cut bacon
- 4 lbs. yellow onions, halved and sliced to 1/4"
- 1 Tbsp. salt
- 2 c. apple cider
- 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 10 sprigs of fresh Thyme leaves, stripped from stem (about 2 Tbsp.)
- 2 tsp. black pepper

- Heat large pot or saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Cook bacon until it's crisp, remove and set aside.  Leave all the rendered fat in the pan.
- Add onions and salt to pan, reduce heat to medium, cover pan and cook till onions soften (about 15 min.).

- Once cooled, chop the bacon into fine pieces then add back to the pan plus the remaining ingredients.

- Cook uncovered until the liquid is almost completely reduced (about 1 hour).  Stir occasionally.

- Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until onions are a medium brown color, stirring frequently (about 10 min.), if it looks lie its drying out add 1/4 c. water at a time.

This doesn't look entirely appetizing but it tastes wonderful!

- Remove from heat, set aside and let cool.
- Enjoy!

Chris and I mainly use this on crackers with cheese but its also good as a sandwich spread or an additive to chicken!  We recently made pizza with it which was so yummy!  It can be used warm or cold, whichever you prefer.

This week is beyond hectic with meetings, birthdays, appointments and then its back to Wake Forest we go to see Andrea (Chris' sister) graduate!  Hopefully I can get one more recipe up before we leave, crockpot bourbon baked beans!


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