Fig Bacon Jam

I love figs, especially at Christmas.  Here is  a decadent, jam that is perfect for pork entrees or as an appetizer.  My Husband eats it alone on crackers.  Enjoy!  Let me know if you served and how you used it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb fresh figs , chopped in quarters
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pepper
  • Salt if needed

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat a deep skillet over medium heat. Fry bacon in batches slightly browned, but not crispy.  Remove the bacon and set aside. Reserve some of the bacon grease, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the pot.
  2. Add the onion and garlic to bacon grease and sauté until the onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the figs and all the remaining ingredients, except the cooked bacon. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn down the heat to maintain a low simmer for about 45 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
  3. Allow the jam to cool slightly. Then transfer to a food processor.  Blitz briefly to  break down any large pieces.  It should still have a bit of texture.
  4. Rough chop the bacon and add to the jam, stirring to incorporate.

 

Serving Suggestions: 
As a sauce with pork
Top a crostini with goat cheese and a dollop of the jam for the perfect appetizer!

Will store up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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