This Onion Bacon Jam appetizer is perfect for the holidays because it's so versatile. Sweet caramelized onions, smoky bacon, rich maple syrup, and spicy chipotle are simmered until the mixture becomes thick and jammy.
The ingredients that you'll need for this onion bacon jam appetizer are: onions, garlic, bacon, maple syrup, red wine, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon, cloves, chipotle powder, smoked paprika, cream cheese, Ritz crackers, and bleu cheese. You'll need about 40 minutes to make this recipe.
I was looking at information on Aruba - just because I think it would be a cool place to go someday and I came across a recipe called Zult.
The name doesn't sound romantic at all and actually once I started reading the recipe I decided that there was no way Zult and I could ever be friends but I could create a twist on that recipe.
I mean, it called for pigs' ears and that's not on my "wow I always wanted to eat that!" list.
I fried bacon then caramelized onions in the grease.
Toward the end I added some chopped garlic, too.
Once the onion was caramelized I added the bacon back in along with red wine, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and the spices and I tried to stay pretty close to the flavors called for in the Zult.
I simmered that for about 30 minutes, it may take a little longer for you or even a little less time. Just watch it carefully and stir once in awhile to keep it from sticking.
One the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is thick and jammy remove it from the heat and let it cool.
I spread the original Ritz crackers with cream cheese, topped with a spoonful of the caramelized onion bacon jam recipe then sprinkled it with bleu cheese.
The cream cheese helps to keep the cracker crisp and the salty bleu cheese balances out the sweet and spicy notes. It's one big bite of fantastic and it's super easy!
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- ½ pound bacon
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, , finely chopped
- ⅓ cup red wine
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon of salt, , or to taste (depends on how salty the bacon is)
- ⅛ teaspoon roasted cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 pinch chipotle powder, , or to taste
For Cracker Appetizers
- 8 ounces of cream cheese
- Original Ritz Crackers
- Onion Bacon Jam
- Bleu Cheese, , optional
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- Cut the bacon into small squares.
- Fry it until done -- do not over cook.
- Remove from pan but don't drain the grease.
- Set bacon aside.
- Add the onion and garlic to the pan.
- Cook over low heat until the onion is tender and transparent, stirring often.
- Add the bacon back into the pan.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Simmer, stirring often, for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
For Cracker Appetizers
- Spread each cracker with ½ tablespoon of cream cheese.
- Top with a spoonful of the onion bacon jam.
- Sprinkle with bleu cheese if desired.
Lisa A Shenk
Could a low carb option be to use sugar free maple syrup? I am on the Keto diet but I love bacon Jam.
Sure or maple flavoring!
How long would this keep in the fridge.
Everyone's always eaten it up within a day or so - but it will be fine for at least a week.
I realize this thread is quite old but maybe my comment will be seen... this recipe calls for roasted cinnamon, how do I make that? I'm really excited to try this!! Sounds yummy, also... the red wine, will Merlot work?
You can buy roasted cinnamon on Amazon (affiliate link) https://amzn.to/2sd9Hxk or you can just use regular cinnamon. 🙂
Love this recipe - such a great party appetizer! But, really, I was laughing and crying over your five years without a haircut. I'm approaching two years and I really need to just get on a plane and get it done. 😉 I have hair issues. I feel like this was mini-therapy.
I can almost taste it now! These sound so amazing!
Hi, Marye! What's not to love about this recipe?! Happy New Year to you. I enjoy reading your blog.
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
I love that you shared this! I keep forgetting to make it and now I'm craving it all over again!
Susan | LunaCafe
Inspired appetizer. Perfect for holiday parties.Can't wait to try it..
thanks! Let me know.
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
Ah, the Dorothy Hamil, I rocked one of those long ago. I am loving this onion bacon jam. It would be fanatic with Ritz crackers, an addition of mine.
🙂 It really is...
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
I have always wanted to try making onion bacon jam! I am so glad I saw this! Thanks for the recipe!
Let me know what you think, Michelle.
You totally have me with the world bacon! Oh my this jam sounds so good I would eat it with a spoon! 🙂
I have to admit... I did.
How fun! I foresee a large plate of these at our Holiday gatherings!
🙂 let me know what you think, Gwen
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
A half pound of bacon. Say no more!!!! I love this already. Would make an awesome gift too!
yes it would!
What a wonderful flavor combination! I can just taste that sweet, salty, smoky, savory goodness now.
🙂 so much flavor. I think this is my favorite appetizer.
Bacon and onions are two of my favorite things in life! What a wonderful holiday appetizer!
I have never made bacon jam. I really have to rectify that immediately. These look amazing.
It's so good. Love it on burgers!