What exactly is snack jam?
How did I come to make the amazingly delicious snack jam? Pull up a chair, and I shall tell you a tale. It all started when I harvested my onions last fall, and then I realized that my onions just weren't going to keep. Therefore, I needed to find ways to use up my onions as well as a few of my other garden vegetables.
As a result, I dehydrated some of my green onions, but I still had too many onions left over. After some brainstorming, I eventually decided that an onion jam was going to be the way to go, because I can use it in a number a dishes that I make. While I was making the onion jam, it occurred to me that it was probably the base ingredient which is mixed with sour cream to make french onion dip. A few moments later, I felt inspired to basically try to make a candied jalapeño popper in a jar. My thinking was that I could just make it into some dip later by mixing it with some sour cream or cream cheese. And boy was I right!
What's the best way to serve it?
In my experience, I found the most delicious way to eat this particular snack jam was to mix with cream cheese and serve with crackers. I modeled the tasty treat after a jalapeño popper in my mind, so you could really use any kind of chips or crackers and it would be wonderful. You can even spoon it onto some freshly toasted garlic bread that's been covered in cheese. Not that I have done this myself, or anything. But don't be limited by my options, you can creatively use this jam, or many other jams, in your main dishes. Add it to ground beef and mold into patties for a delicious hamburger. Consider adding a spoonful to your taco fixings for the extra push off the cliff. Your possibilities are endless!
The Recipe for Snack Jam
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 cups onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 cups Anaheim pepper, roasted, peeled, and coarsely chopped
- 1 tart green apple, coarsely chopped or shredded
- 1 cup tomatoes, peeled
- 1 cup bacon, coarsely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ground black pepper to taste
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- Chop bacon into small chunks, cook, drain, and set aside.
- Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.
- Stir sugar into vegetable oil with a wooden spoon, stirring constantly until mixture is a light caramel-color, about 10 minutes. Mixture will be very hot.
- Stir onion, pepper, apple, tomato, butter, salt, and black pepper into sugar mixture. vegetables and apple will immediately start to caramelize. Stir frequently over medium heat until sugar has dissolved and vegetables and apple are browned, and then add in the cooked and drained bacon about halfway through the process, takes about 15 minutes.
- Pour red wine vinegar into mixture and simmer until mixture has a jam consistency, about 30 minutes. Let cool to serve.
- Mix with cream cheese or sour cream and serve with crackers, toasted garlic bread, or chips
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