Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bacon and Habanero Marmalade

My friend from work, Ashley, gave me a couple of habanero peppers from her parent's garden. The habanero peppers were a beautiful bright orange and packed full of spicy flavor. Not only were they beautiful, they delicious- like nothing you can find at your usual grocery store. I truly believe that the best ingredients make the best food... and these peppers are just a testament to that thought. These peppers were so fresh, and matched perfectly with sweet and salty creation. The peppers seemed perfect for a flavorful bacon marmalade. It added an unexpected kick, while beautifully accompanying the flavors of the smoky bacon marmalade. 

Bacon Habanero Marmalade (makes about 1 cup)
5 strips Bacon
1 Onion
2 Habanero Pepper
2 clove Garlic
2 tbsp Sugar
2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1. In a frying pan, cook the bacon until crispy. 
2. Pour the oil from the bacon into a small saucepan or pot.
3. Cut the onion into short 1-inch strips. They should be very thin. 
4. Place the onion into the bacon oil and cook on medium-low heat until caramelized. 
5. Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds. Chop the peppers into very small pieces and add to the onion. 
6. Cut the bacon into a small dice and add to the onion and pepper once they are caramelized. 
7. Add the remaining ingredients, and allow to cook on medium-low heat until majority of the liquid has evaporated out. The remaining liquid should be a syrup-y consistency. 
8. Allow the marmalade to cool slightly before canning. 
9. Serve warm!

This marmalade is simple to make, and goes well on pretty much anything. I spread some on toast with avocado, I put some on top of grilled chicken, and i can only imagine that it would be amazing on a burger. Just remember, a little bit goes a long way. This marmalade is packed with flavor, and can be pretty spicy if you have too much at once.

If you are not a big fan of spicy food, you can omit the habanero pepper. You could also reduce the amount you add in. This marmalade creates a nice kick without being unbearable or overpowering. 

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