My mother has a cocktail party coming up and she asked me to create some delicious cocktail treats and nibbles. For some reason, this recipe popped into my head right away. Probably because these days everywhere you look there’s BACON! All the festivals I went to this summer emphasized bacon in every single recipe possible. And what better to accompany bacon then cheese? Lots and lots of cheese! Can’t think of anything better. This sweet and salty bacon jam is so delicious that you’ll want to serve it on everything and the pastries are rich and delectable. I like to think of it as an interesting twist on a classic cheese board!
- Phyllo dough (found in freezer section)
- 1/4 cup grated Tre Stelle Parmigiano Reggiano
- 1/2 cup Tre Stelle Ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup Tre Stelle Feta cheese
- 2 tbsp sundried tomato tapenade
- 2 eggs
- 1 pound bacon, cut into pieces
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 3/4 cup brewed coffee
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1 chipotle pepper
Bacon jam: Make jam first, takes a while to reduce!
1. Fry the bacon pieces until crispy and put aside and remove fat
2. Fry the onion until translucent, around 4 minutes
3. Add the garlic and cook around 30 seconds or until fragrant
4. Add only the vinegar to the onion and garlic mixture to de-gunk the pan
5. Mix the remaining ingredients together and add them to the pan: bacon, coffee, brandy, brown sugar, maple syrup, and chipotle
6. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer the mixture until most of the liquid has disappeared, around 30 minutes
7. Pulse the jam in a food processor for 10 seconds or until the large chunks have disappeared. You still want some texture, so don’t go food processing crazy!
1. Preheat the oven to 325
2. Blend the three cheeses together
3. Add the eggs and sundried tomatoes
4. Read the instructions on the phyllo package to learn how to keep them moist and how to fold into triangles or bundles
5. Add 1tbsp of the mixture and fold as instructed, placing them on a greased baking sheet
6. Brush the tops of the phyllo with melted butter
7. Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the tops start to brown and crisp
Top with bacon jam and enjoy!