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Bacon-and-Sweet Onion Jam

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Hands-on time 35 mins
Total time 1 hr, 15 mins
Yield

Makes 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 4 uncooked thick applewood-smoked bacon slices, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 medium-size sweet onions, chopped
  • 4 large shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

How to Make It

  1. Cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet.

  2. Add butter to drippings, and stir until butter melts. Increase heat to medium; add onions, and sauté 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Add shallots, vinegar, sugar, and kosher salt, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves.

  3. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 to 25 minutes or until onions are very tender and brown. Remove from heat; stir in chives, thyme, and bacon. Cool completely (about 20 minutes), or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days.