Friday, February 14, 2014

Bacon Tomato Jam

3-5 T bacon grease
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 cup mixed sweet/spicy peppers, diced
1 head garlic, minced
1 c fresh tomato, diced
1 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes
Pinch dried cumin
Pinch chipotle or ancho chile powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté all ingredients over low heat in bacon grease until tender, adding garlic and tomato the last 10-20 minutes. I used Anaheim and guajillo chiles.  Could easily go hot and spicy with jalapeños or your favorite hot chiles. Reduce until desired consistency. Season to your liking.

I used it as a base to a spectacular pizza...

Sometimes I just have to generate my own romance. I smoked/baked this pie on a cast iron griddle (smoked, using bamboo skewers in a little cast iron skillet). Sour dough multi grain crust (it sat in the fridge all week), BACON TOMATO JAM, aged provolone, garlicky greens, mushrooms, toasted fennel seed, red pepper flakes and Gorgonzola. And bacon...

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