Onion Bacon Jam with Bread ‘n Brie for #SundaySupper #FarmersMarket

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It’s almost the end of July and I can’t believe it. Where has the time gone?! There are so many things on my summer to-do-list that I haven’t crossed off:

– go to the beach (I’m still pasty white. I practically glow in the dark)
– eat ice cream every day (my waistline is glad this isn’t happening)
– visit the farmer’s market (well, I’ve gone once, which is hardly enough)
– bake a pie (and conquer my baking arch nemesis, pie crust, once and for all!)
– drink on patios (it’s just not the same drinking alone at home)
– barbecue (our grill is busted and we haven’t fixed it yet. This is beyond devastating)

At least the weather has been amazing. This is the nicest summer Vancouver has had in years. Usually it rains for most of June and July but we’ve had at least a month of continuous sun. People always make fun of Vancouverites for obsessing about the weather. It’s true – we can go on and on and on and on and on about it for hours. You would too in a city dubbed “Raincouver”, where the endless months of ceaseless rain make me want to slit my wrists.

But enough talk about the dreaded “R” word (if I say it, it will come).
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Sunday Supper this week is about celebrating local produce, like the fresh, locally grown and ethically raised vegetables and meat you can find at farmer’s markets. The Husband and I have really embraced the buy-local movement in the past few years. We buy almost all of our meat at our local butcher and can feel good that the animals are raised in the lower mainland, are organic, grass-fed and antibiotic free. We also try to purchase fruits and vegetables grown in B.C. I’ve been freezing fresh summer fruit like mad so that we can eat it year round.

I wanted to make something rustic and homey, because that’s the feeling that comes over me when I think “farmer’s market.” Whenever we go and wander through the stalls, we see people selling jam, bread and cheese. It’s the perfect meal, in my opinion, and gives me the opportunity to make something I’ve been dying to try: onion bacon jam!
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Onion Bacon Jam

500 grams bacon, diced
5 cups sweet yellow onions, diced (approximately 4 big onions)
1 cup chopped figs (optional)
5 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup hot coffee
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp all spice
3 tsp pepper (or to taste)
2 tsp salt (or to taste)
2 tsp dried thyme

Sautee the bacon until slightly crisp and then remove from the pot. On medium heat, cook the onions in the bacon grease until caramelized. Add the bacon, figs, garlic, coffee, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and light brown sugar. Stir together and let cook for about five minutes. Turn the heat to medium-low and add salt, pepper, thyme and all spice. Turn the heat to low if the jam is boiling – you want it to simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated and the jam is nice and thick. Taste as you go along and add salt and spices as needed to suit your taste.

This made about 5 cups of jam. I gave some away and stored the rest of it in canning jars in the fridge.
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I finally know what all the hype is about. Onion bacon jam is the bomb, people. This version is sweet, smoky, peppery, perfect. It’s so easy to make (I mean, I made it. I’m not always the sharpest crayon in the box) and I kinda just threw in whatever I had lying around my kitchen that I thought would work well together. This recipe is super forgiving and very adaptable. You don’t have figs because they’re crazy expensive (the sole reason why I never buy them – I only used them here because they were on sale) or they’re not in season? You can totally omit them or add another fruit, like apples or pears for that extra sweet note.
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Grab yourself some fresh baked bread and a slab of delicious cheese like brie. Brie tastes like thick butter, which is why I love it, obviously. Slather on this jam – you won’t regret it.

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Bite me. I’m delicious.

I made my own bread, using Jim Lahey’s no-knead baguette recipe. I have his book, My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work No-Knead Method, and I love it. You can find the recipe here on the Steamy Kitchen’s blog. I didn’t stretch it out into baguettes or stud the tops with vegetables. I just made a round of bread and baked it on my pizza stone. So easy, because I’m all about easy. You’re welcome.
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For more delicious ways to use your farmer market finds, be sure to visit all my friends participating in Sunday Supper this week:

Appetizers & Salads

Garlic Scape Dip from The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen
Onion Bacon Jam with Bread n’ Brie from Gotta Get Baked
Kale & Pepita Pesto from girlichef
Garden Quinoa Salad from The Urban Mrs
Grilled Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad from Pescetarian Journal
Watermelon-Feta Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle from The Weekend Gourmet

Soups & Sides

Watermelon Gazpacho from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Classic Gazpacho from Curious Cuisiniere
Pea Soup from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Pickled Garlic Scapes from kimchi MOM
Cheesy Zucchini Hodge Podge from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Succotash from Magnolia Days
3 Easy Japanese Spinach Recipes from NinjaBaking.com
Michigan-Made Meal with Seasoned Potato Chips from Foxes Love Lemons

Entrees

Summer Veggie Pizza from Country Girl In The Village
Tomato Pie from The Hand That Rocks The Ladle
Kitchen Sink Vegetable Curry from What Smells So Good?
Margherita Pizza from Growing Up Gabel
Cheesy Zucchini Fritters from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Three Sauces with Summer Herbs to Transform a Simple Grilled Dinner from Cook the Story
Vegetable Quesadillas from Cookin’ Mimi
Mushroom Scallion Risotto from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Lemony Summer Linguine with Grilled Vegetables from Neighborfood
Pasta alla Norma Nuda from Juanita’s Cocina
Arugula Pizza from Family Foodie

Desserts

Peach Cobbler from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Coconut Cherry Bars from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Lightened Up Peach and Blueberry Cobbler from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Cherry Brandy Cobbler from The Wimpy Vegetarian
Peach Maple Ice Cream from Pies and Plots
Cherry Clafoutis from Food Lust People Love
Roasted Figs with Caramel, Honey Ice Cream and Aged Balsamic from Crazy Foodie Stunts
Peach Ice Cream Paletas from Basic N Delicious
Gluten Free Sour Cherry Cake from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter today! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our#SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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76 thoughts on “Onion Bacon Jam with Bread ‘n Brie for #SundaySupper #FarmersMarket

  1. Have to laugh. David worked on a film in Vancouver and was amazed how people would celebrate sunshine! Anyway, I hope the sunny weather continues for you…Even if it doesn’t, with this winning jam and bread, you’re bringing your own sunshine wherever you go =)

    Appreciate the tip about no-knead bread…Shhh. Don’t tell but I love, love, love the easy way to deliciousness =)

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  3. You have rain, we have humidity. The weather is always a topic of conversation! I´ve been dying to make bacon jam too, not that I ever tasted it or anything, but the sweet and salty idea sounds so amazing. Nancy, I love this recipe! figs? coffee? this is perfect!

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  13. I could probably eat this every night this week. Good bread, cheese, and jam is one of my favorite meals. I tried a bacon jam a few years ago and loved it, but then totally forgot about it. Don’t you hate when that happens? Thanks for reminding me of this smoky, sweet treat! Also, I think Vancouver sent all their rain to Ohio cause we’ve had tons!!! Normally it’s all parched and 9,000 degrees this time of year, but right now it’s green, lush, and mid 70s. Seriously, last night I needed a sweatshirt at the fair. WHAT IS HAPPENING?? I’m at least glad to know someone else is enjoying a sunny summer. Next year, let’s trade back. 🙂

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  16. Your jam looks amazing with homemade bread and brie…if you’re serving this, you may find me lurking on your patio, ready to nosh and share a cocktail!

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  18. Nancy, you have won my heart with this one. Caramelized onions, bacon, figs, COFFEE, brown sugar and cider vinegar. I can taste it now. The jam of my dreams.

  19. Sounds amazing. I could do some serious jammage and just eat this by the spoonfuls! 😀 Simple is always better and I’m always looking for shortcuts. I love the no-knead bread and my kids could eat a whole loaf on their own. Speaking of shortcuts…can you just mail me a couple of jars of this jammy awesomeness?

  20. Your question where has the time gone? will be asked again when you start seeing Christmas decorations in department stores in about 3 weeks. Your jam looks delicious and I can already tell that the flavors complement each other well.

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  22. Dude, this was the SundaySupper I wanted to participate in.. I usually hit the farmer’s market every week. . and like you, I try to buy local as much as I can (which, since we moved to WA) is pretty frequent. Damn!!! Onion Bacon Jam with Bread n’ Brie??!! WHAT? this is like everything I love rolled up into jam and then a sandwich!! I LOVE this! and love that you put coffee in there. . wow I so want to taste this. . and when you do finally make pie crust, you will be like, “that was it?!!” I also thought it would be hard and difficult- for whatever reason- but it’s NOT!!

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  24. Your jam looks perfect…especially with a good hunk of bread! What a great way to celebrate these last few weeks of summer. And I just love the backdrop of your photos. Such lovely pops of color! Thank you for sharing!

  25. Ohhhh…Nancy. We’re food soulmates, I’m sure of it. Bacon jam has been all the rage in the Detroit area in the last few years, but I haven’t actually tried making it at home yet. The fact that you added figs and coffee? Makes perfect sense. Genius!

  26. This jam sounds wonderful. I bet it tastes delicious when it’s paired with the brie. I really want to slather it onto some bread and eat it like there’s no tomorrow. You are so hilarious! Are you really so white that you glow in the dark??! Hahaha. Your summer to do list looks pretty similar to mine. My #1 on the list is to go to the beach. I crave it so badly!

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  28. I have always wanted to try bacon jam, and now I want to even more. It looks fab! Glad to hear your summer is nice, ours has been a little cool and rainy, but hopefully it will get nicer. I have been going to the market much more than last year, which makes me happy. And you have to make a pie – they are my favorite dessert. I have foolproof pie crust on my blog. I can’t wait to make my favorite peach blackberry pie this summer. It’s a tradition for my mom and me. The recipe is on my blog if you need some inspiration.

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  30. I love you for making this because I didn’t get to for preserving the harvest. mmmm. . .bacon and onion jam. . .mmmm. . bacon. Oh and do we really need a side by side comparison on who is paler because I think I have you beat.

  31. Oooh Onion Bacon Jam!!!Sounds fantastic Nancy and the fact that your served with homemade bread and Brie, I can only imagine how delicious it must have tasted 🙂 Love that its adaptable and super easy!!I’ve never made jams from scratch but you might have inspired me 🙂
    ps-love the new look of your site too!!!

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