If you are looking for a delicious and unique spread to add to your breakfast, sandwiches, or burgers, you might want to try making tomato bacon jam. This versatile condiment offers a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, thanks to the combination of ripe tomatoes, smoky bacon, caramelized onions, and a touch of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Here is a simple recipe that you can customize to your taste.

— Ingredients :

▢2 pounds Roma tomatoes*, about 10 tomatoes

▢1 pound thick-cut bacon, about 10 slices, cut into pieces

▢1 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)

▢½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

▢1 cup light brown sugar, packed

▢1 teaspoon kosher salt

▢1 teaspoon ground mustard

▢1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

— Directions :

Blanching Tomatoes:

Bring a pot of water to a boil. To a large bowl, add cold water and plenty of ice for an ice bath.

Thoroughly wash your tomatoes. Remove the core from the tops of the tomatoes and use a very sharp knife to cut a shallow “x” at the bottom of each tomato.

Blanch the tomatoes in the boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Then, immediately place them in the prepared ice water for about a minute.

After the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, transfer them to a cutting board. Peel the skins using either your hands or a paring knife.

Seed and dice the tomatoes. You will have about 3 cups of diced tomatoes.

Tomato Bacon Jam:

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, fry the bacon pieces for 6-8 minutes, or until crispy. Once the bacon is crispy, remove from heat and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease. To the bacon grease, add the chopped onion and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until softened.

Once the onion is cooked, add the crumbled bacon, tomatoes, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, salt, ground mustard, and apple cider vinegar.

Mix together and bring to a gentle boil.

Continue to boil for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture thickens with very little liquid remaining.

Remove from heat and serve warm or cold.

— Notes:

  1. You can use any type of tomato for this recipe, but cherry or grape tomatoes work particularly well as they tend to be sweeter and less watery than larger tomatoes.
  2. If you want a spicier jam, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a chopped jalapeño pepper to the skillet with the onion and garlic.
  3. This recipe makes about 2 cups of jam, but you can easily double or triple the ingredients if you want to make a larger batch.

— Nutrition Facts:

One serving (2 tablespoons) of tomato bacon jam contains approximately:

70 calories

3.5 grams of fat

8 grams of carbohydrates

4 grams of sugar

2 grams of protein

While tomato bacon jam is not exactly a health food, it can be enjoyed in moderation as a flavorful addition to your meals. You can use it as a topping for eggs, toast, or grilled cheese sandwiches, or as a condiment for burgers, hot dogs, or grilled meats. It also makes a great gift or party favor when packed in small jars with a label and ribbon. So go ahead and give this delicious recipe a try!


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