This is an out of the box condiment that goes well with many different dishes that can be served on a tray of appetizers. It’s a little sweet and a little savory. And best of all, it’s easy to make!
This tomato bacon jam cooks down quickly and will work well with either canned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes.
How to Make Tomato Bacon Jam
Making this Tomato Bacon Jam is actually quite easy and it will definitely impress your friends. I served this jam with pretzels but you can serve yours as a condiment. Make a large batch so you will always have some at the ready in your fridge.
- Take your bacon and make it crispy. You will want it crispy enough so that it is able to easily crumble. Set aside.
- In the leftover bacon grease, fry your onions until desired doneness. I like mine to be a bit caramelized.
- Once onions are darkened, add in tomatoes and crumbled bacon. Add in the spices, sugar and vinegar.
- Bring to a simmer and let reduce for about half an hour.
- Taste the tomato bacon jam and adjust seasoning if needed.
Variations and Substitutions
Not a fan of bacon? There are ways to make this dish vegetarian and vegan.
If you do want to make this a vegan recipe, instead of frying the bacon in your pan, substitute for some olive oil. Heat the olive in your pan until it’s nice and hot and then add in your aromatics – the garlic and onion. Let the garlic and onion fry for about 2 minutes and then add in your tomato, spices and sugar. Cook down, reduce and taste. Add in more acid or sugar to your liking.
Now, if you want more meat in this recipe, there’s a variation for that as well. Simply crumble more bacon into the jam as it’s cooking. I would recommend trimming off the visible fat however, since it will become soft in the jam as it cooks. No one wants to eat a wet piece of bacon fat.
Another way to add in more flavor to this jam is to add broth to the jam as it’s reducing. It will add time to the reduction time, but it will add another layer of savory flavor. I recommend using a low-sodium chicken broth, since chicken isn’t as heavy in flavor as beef. You could also use a pork broth since it will compliment the flavor of the bacon.
What to Serve with Tomato Bacon Jam
Stumped as to what serve this jam with? The good new is that it pairs with anything that needs a splash of acid. Mix up your standard beer cheese by adding this tomato jam to the mix.