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Savory Sherry Bacon Spread

Updated: Aug 5, 2023

Indulge in the delectable "Savory Sherry Bacon Spread" - a luscious combination of caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and a touch of sherry wine. This velvety, rich spread boasts a harmonious balance of sweet and savory notes, heightened by the hint of Dijon mustard. Serve it on gourmet burgers, artisanal sandwiches, or as a mouthwatering glaze for roasted meats. This versatile spread is a perfect companion for charcuterie boards or as a unique twist on classic brunch fare. Experience the premier flavor of this delightful creation, showcased at the "Eat Like a Lady" brunch.



Vibe: For a delightful cooking experience while making the "Savory Sherry Bacon Spread," I recommend playing the song "Bacon" by Nick Jonas. This upbeat and fun song is a perfect match for the playful and savory nature of the dish. The catchy tune and lyrics will keep you in high spirits as you chop onions, sizzle bacon, and blend the ingredients together. It's sure to add an extra layer of enjoyment to your cooking process and set the tone for a delicious meal ahead!


Booze: To complement the rich and savory flavors of the "Savory Sherry Bacon Spread," I recommend pairing it with a medium-bodied red wine, such as a Merlot or a Grenache. These wines have enough body and depth to stand up to the bold flavors of the bacon and sherry, while their moderate tannins won't overpower the dish. The wine's fruity notes and subtle spiciness will harmonize beautifully with the caramelized onions and Dijon mustard, creating a well-balanced and enjoyable pairing. Cheers to a delightful culinary experience!


Set the Scene: Pair the "Savory Sherry Bacon Spread" recipe with a reflective and comforting journaling self-care activity. After preparing the spread, find a quiet and cozy space, and start a "Gratitude Journal." Write down all the things you are grateful for in your life, big or small. Reflect on the delicious meal you just created and the joy it brings you. Savor the moment and take note of the positive emotions this activity has sparked. This practice will help you appreciate the simple pleasures in life and enhance your overall sense of well-being.


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (450g) bacon, diced

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup sherry wine

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • Pinch of salt (adjust to taste)


Directions:

  1. In a large skillet or frying pan, cook the diced bacon over medium heat until it becomes crispy and releases its fat. Remove the bacon from the pan using a slotted spoon and place it on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess grease. Set the bacon aside.

  2. In the same pan with the bacon fat, add the finely chopped onions and cook over medium-low heat until they become caramelized and soft. This should take about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the minced garlic to the pan with the onions and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.

  4. Pour in the sherry wine, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, black pepper, and a pinch of salt. Stir everything together and bring the mixture to a simmer.

  5. Add the cooked bacon back into the pan and mix well to combine all the ingredients.

  6. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer gently for about 30-40 minutes or until the liquid has thickened, and the flavors have melded together. Stir occasionally to prevent burning or sticking.

  7. Once the jam has reached the desired consistency, remove the pan from the heat, stir in the molasses, and allow it to cool slightly.

  8. Transfer the sherry bacon jam to a food processor or blender and pulse a few times until you achieve your desired texture. Some people prefer a chunkier jam, while others like it smoother.

  9. Taste the jam and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt or pepper if needed.

  10. Transfer the jam to clean, sterilized jars and let it cool completely before sealing with lids.


Storage: The sherry bacon jam can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks, but it's so delicious that it probably won't last that long! Enjoy!

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