Sunday, June 10, 2012

Skillet Bacon Jam with Fennel and Black Pepper - @skilletstfood

skillet logo

Skillet Street Food is a fun local attraction in the Seattle Washington area.  They are famous for operating from airstream trailers that make stops throughout the region.   A new brick and mortar diner has been added, and they offer catering services, too.  Their success is greatly due to a special ability to take classic favorites, such as eggs, sandwiches, and burgers, add some special touches, and voila!  The ordinary becomes extraordinary!

Their signature item is bacon jam.  Diners love it so much that the Skillet crew wisely began to market this savory spread as a stand alone item.  Due to popular demand, they eventually branched out to internet marketing, and even wholesale distribution to specialty cooking shops.

fennel and black pepper

So, What exactly IS bacon jam?  Well, it has bacon as its base.  Once it is rendered down they add a special blend of seasonings and spices, then let it simmer for over six hours.  After it has cooked for a good, long time, they puree it, and then quickly chill it.  it forms a meaty, spreadable paste great for sauces, dressings, or just as it is on sandwiches, burgers, or toast.

If you like culinary adventures, check out these fan favorite recipes, like Skillet Backen Chicken with Mushroomss, or Pain Perdu (French Toast) with Bacon Jam with Chicory Coffee Syrup.

I recently sampled the fennel and black pepper bacon jam.  It has a smoky bacon flavor, but it is also tangy from apple cider vinegar, and a little sweet because of the brown sugar added.  The taste of onions, pepper, garlic mingle in and make this a truly one of a kind flavor experience.

The nutrition information is available on the website, if you have a hard time reading it here.

bacon jam nutrition

I decided to use my sample on a sandwich.  I lightly toasted some ciabatta bread, then used the bacon jam as a spread.

bacon jam spread

I layered on lettuce leaves , some sliced turkey breast, ripe tomato, fresh avocado, and some muenster cheese.

turkey sandwich with bacon jam

The finished product was quite good.  The bacon jam is a little bit strong, so I would caution that a first time user  try some first, and then add it to taste.

If you are not a resident of the Seattle area, you can obtain your own bacon jam by shopping the website.  Each variety is available in single unites, or, order some three packs, mixing and matching the original flavor, cured, or fennel and black pepper.  You might also want to try the new pumpkin sauces, also available in  three flavors: thai coconut, chipotle, and apple vinegar brown sugar.  These ship to the US or Canada.  Browse the store for prices, and check out the cute, "You Had Me at Bacon" tee shirts, too.

You can follow Skillet Street Food on Twitter, or Facebook.


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