Thanksgiving flavors are iconic. Even just saying the word Thanksgiving gets me excited for stuffing, sweet potatoes, and a sick amount of pie (notice how I didn't say turkey because I actually hate turkey.)
How un-American of me!
Anyway, I'm always looking for new recipes, dishes, and flavors to throw into my typical Turkey Day lineup, and this year I wanted to really switch things up. I happened to get my hands on some bacon jam from the awesome guys behind TBJ Gourmet, and after one taste, I knew I had to incorporate their jam into my feast. I love the Classic Bacon Jam, it's sweet and savory, with just a hint of smokiness – everything I love about bacon! I knew this jam would pair deliciously with some fresh rosemary, and maybe even a touch of maple syrup.
Now you may be thinking...maple syrup? YES. As a kid, I used to pour a pool of syrup in my dish and soak pieces of bacon in it. I would make the biggest mess, dripping syrup down my arms and face as I savored every last bite of this delicious pairing.
I adapted this recipe for Rosemary Bacon Jam Bars from the 10th Kitchen. Feel free to change up the herbs...sage or thyme would also be delicious if you're not fond of the flavor of rosemary.
Rosemary Bacon Jam Bars
- 6 oz ounces bacon jam
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup toasted & finely chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup pastry flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1/3 cup toasted & chopped pine nuts
- 2 tbsp maple sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 stick cold salted butter, cubed
- 1 egg
Preheat your oven to 375º and line an 8x8 baking pan with tin foil, and grease the foil. Make sure you leave some overhand to easily lift the bars out of the pan. Pour the bacon jam and the maple syrup into a small bowl with the walnuts. Set aside. Combine all of the dry ingredients, including the pine nuts until thoroughly distributed. Work the cubes of butter and the egg into the dry ingredients using either your hands or a pastry cutter. (I find using hands to be much simpler.) The dough will be crumbly! Press 2/3 of it into the bottom of the pan. Spread the bacon jam mixture evenly on top of the dough, and top it off with large crumbs of the remaining 1/3 of dough. It shouldn't be completely covering the bacon spread, just enough to look like a crumble! Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the jam is set and the crumbs on top are a beautiful light shade of golden brown. Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before lifting out and cutting into squares.
In addition to switching up the spices, you can omit the nuts as well! Or, add in 12 oz. of bacon jam and omit the maple syrup (and maybe throw in some chipotle, cayenne, or other spice!) for a completely different flavor. There's really a lot you can do with bacon jams – make it salty, make it sweet, make it spicy!
My name is Alexandra Jade, but you can call me Alex, or Trin. I am a Food Studies major at New York University, and a freelance photographer, journalist, and social media pro on the side. I run the instagram account @twobrunchgirls.