Bacon Jam & Havarti Puffs for Food Network Canada’s June Cooking Club Challenge

This month’s Food Network Canada’s Cooking Club Challenge was inspired by Top Chef Canada and President’s Choice.  There was an online vote and 5 President’s Choice products were chosen and our entry had to include at least one of the selected ingredients.  I’ve incorporated two of the picks into my original recipe (PC Butter Puff Pastry & PC 100% Pure Maple Syrup) and also used another great new PC product, their PC Naturally Smoked Bacon – Double Smoked Dry Cured Thick Cut.

Bacon Jam has been haunting my dreams for months now.  I came upon a recipe online which inspired me to do another search and lo and behold, Bacon Jam is everywhere!  Knowing how much we love sweet & salty in our house, I was certain that if I could balance the two just so that it would a hit.  It has since been dubbed ‘Brown Gold’ by my husband :)  My version of Bacon Jam is sweeter than most and has less heat than many.

If you have a jar of Bacon Jam in your fridge, you can whip up these insanely good treats in no time flat, thanks to PC Butter Puff Pastry!  Use the rest of your jam on baguette, burgers, and spoons :)

My Bacon Jam & Havarti Puffs
Makes 16 Puffs

1/2 package (1 sheet) PC Butter Puff Pastry
100g Havarti cheese, shredded.
1/3 cup of Bacon Jam  (recipe below)

Using a thawed roll of puff pastry (follow steps on package), unroll and cut into 16 even square portions.  Lightly press each square into a mini-muffin pan.  In each tart put approximately 2 tsp of shredded havarti and 3/4 tsp of bacon jam.  Bake on middle rack of a preheated 400 degree oven for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve warm or room temperature.

My Bacon Jam

1 pound (500g pkg) PC Naturally Double Smoked Bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar (light)
1 cup freshly brewed coffee
1/4 cup PC 100% Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2-5 drops of Tabasco sauce (more or less to taste)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Using kitchen scissors, cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and put into large cold Dutch oven or large pot.   Over medium heat, cook bacon until a lot of the fat has rendered and the bacon is starting to brown.  Using slotted spoon, removed bacon to drain on some paper towel and pour off all but 1 tbsp or 2 of the bacon fat.  Add the onions and garlic and sauté in the bacon fat until it is translucent.  Add back to the Dutch oven the bacon and all other ingredients.  Bring to simmer and then lower heat and continue to simmer uncovered for an hour or until thick and jam-like, stirring occasionally.  Allow the jam to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to food processor.  Pulse the mixture 8-10 times or until it reaches your desired texture.  Put into a jar and allow to cool, then cover and refrigerate.

Wish me luck!

About Heather Nolan

Heather Nolan lives just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She loves her lil' family, her cats, traveling, and creating in the kitchen. Her iPhone is often confused for a conjoined twin.

Comments

  1. Wow! I can’t think of anything more decadent than bacon jam, Havarti and puff pastry. This is Top Chef Worthy! I am going to be sharing my recipe this week hopefully too. Nicely done!

  2. Thanks Suzie :) The Bacon Jam is definitely something that I will be making from time to time. It’s been fun thinking of tasty treats to make with it :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Do you know if this can be processed with a pressure canner?

  4. I have to be honest, I know nothing about canning :) My best guess would be yes… because you can buy similar products on the shelf.

  5. This sounds different!

  6. Bacon jam sounds awesome! I really like the idea of the puffs with havarti and it is another great use for puff pastry.

  7. this sounds utterly amazing! Like a dream really lol

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  8. haha. I have decided this is going to be one of my gives to my son! Bacon, bacon, bacon. Jan

  9. You had me at bacon!! Sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  10. I have never heard of this, I have to make this. I like your photo’s and steps A very clean blog. I like that

  11. BACON!!!!!!! awesome

  12. I have heard about bacon jam repeatedly on the Food Network but didn’t know how it was made. Thanks for the recipe – sounds yummy!

  13. I see that your Bacon jam recipe includes freshly brewed coffee. Nice. That’ll make it perfect for breakfast as its bacon and also something that’ll perk/wake you up. Bacon buzz.

  14. I would have never thought of bacon jam. I’m going to try it just out of curiousity. I love bacon..but in jam??

  15. I love bacon and will definitely be making this jam!

  16. amy lovell says:

    interesting! Never heard of bacon jam before!

  17. MrDisco says:

    i need this!!

  18. Todd Lovessweeps says:

    Bacon Jam? These are 2 of my favorite things combined into one – looks good !

  19. Bacon jam sounds amazing!!!

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