Saturday, October 06, 2012


makes one serving

1 (10 inch) tortilla
1/2 cup cheese such and cheddar and/or jack, shredded
2 tablespoons bacon jam (recipe below)
2 tablespoons guacamole
1 egg
1 teaspoon bacon jam vinaigrette (recipe below)

Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam (makes 1-2 cups)
 1 pound thick smoked bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup coffee (brewed)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup bourbon
2 chipotle chilis in adobo, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin
pepper to taste

Cook the bacon in a large sauce pan an over medium heat until the fat has rendered and the bacon starts to get crispy and set aside, reserving 1 tablespoon of the grease in the pan. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute. Add the vinegar and deglaze the pan. Add the coffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, bacon, chipotle chilies, cumin and pepper, reduce the heat and simmer until reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 1-2 hours. Process the jam in a food processor to smooth it out a bit but not too much as you want to have the texture of the bacon. If you do not finish it all in one sitting, store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

Bacon Jam Vinaigrette (makes 1/2 cup)
3 tablespoons bacon jam
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Mix everything well.

Place the tortilla in the pan, sprinkle half of the cheese over half of the tortilla, top with the bacon jam and guacamole and the remaining cheese. Fold the tortilla in half coving the filling and cook until the quesadilla is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side. Fry the egg and serve on top of the quesadilla with a drizzle of bacon jam vinaigrette.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Kevin Lynch, Closet Cooking, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 6, 2012

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