Friday, December 5, 2014

Slow Roasted Tomato Turkey Bacon Jam

Who wants breakfast in a jar!  Or even a new jam option that's savoury instead of sweet?  I newly discovered this dish - and although it takes a few hours to prepare - you can make a massive amount at once, store it in mini mason jars and keep them for awhile (or they even make super fun gifts - perfect for any foodie).

Slow Roasted Tomato Turkey Bacon Jam

Prep Time - 10 mins
Cook Time - 4 Hours
Total Time - 4 Hours 10 mins

10 roma tomatoes (cut in half lengthwise)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 pack turkey bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces)
1 small red onion (about 1 cup, diced)
3 tbsp. crushed garlic
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup brewed coffee
1/2 cup agave nectar (or maple syrup)
2 thai red chili peppers chopped finely
1/4 cup fresh basil chopped finely
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 225 degrees - and place cut tomatoes (skin down) on baking sheet.  Drizzle tomatoes with the olive oil - and bake for 2 hours.  You will want the slow roasted tomatoes to come out juicy, but slightly caramelized. 

While tomatoes are cooking in the oven, in a saucepan cook your turkey bacon on medium heat, until bacon is crispy and set aside.  You shouldn't have too much leftover oil (as it is turkey bacon) and you will want to save the tiny bit of oil that's left after you finish cooking your turkey bacon , to sauté your onions.

Once your tomatoes are done cooking, you can move on to the next step.

Add the onions to the left over turkey juices and cook until tender (about 5-7 minutes).  Then add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.

Add the apple cider mixture to your onions and garlic (which will help deglaze your pan).

Then add all additional ingredients (coffee, agave nectar, thai chilies, basil, cooked tomatoes and salt and pepper).  Reduce heat from medium to low, and simmer for 1-2 hours to receive a syrup like consistency.

Once you achieve the consistency you want, pour into food blender to smooth out desired texture.  Its now ready to be served, or can be stored in mason jars for future use.

Wondering where to use this?  Try with your favorite grilled cheese sandwich, smoked sausage, or on your toast in the morning with a fried egg on top.

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