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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bacon Jammmmmmmmmmmmm!

Skillet Bacon Jam

Chef Dan recently had the opportunity to try a new condiment at the Elkhorn Inn, and it turned out to be one that we like so much we're ordering it for the Elkhorn Inn! It's called Skillet Bacon Jam, and it's made by the  Skillet Street Food - a modern American diner  in Seattle, Washington, that Josh Henderson started out of a vintage Airstream Trailer in 2007! Seattleites loved his glorified diner "comfort" food, and now Skillet is opening a "brick-and-mortar" restaurant in Seattle's Capitol Hill! And based on our small experience with his Bacon Jam, rightfully so! As odd as it may sound, Bacon Jam (now being called Bacon Spread) is really yummy, savory condiment, and very versatile: Chef Dan used it on cast iron-skillet-fried potatoes the other night, and it was excellent! (He served them with his Chicken with Cherries in a Wine Demi Glace Sauce, and the combination worked SO well!)

Chef Dan's Chicken with Cherries & Wine Demi Glace,
served with Pan-Fried Potatoes and Skillet Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam is savory, salty, sweet, smoky- and lends itself to a LOT of uses! We need to get more, so he can try it on hamburgers, and in a vinaigrette on a spinach salad, saute some scallops with it (doesn't that sound good?!), use it as a topping on a baked potato, potato soup, grilled veggies, or a BLT, slather it on a croissant or a waffle, or serve it with biscuits & gravy... There are a LOT of ways it can be used, and they all sound so good! It's made, according to Skillet, by taking a "big bunch of really, really good bacon, rendering it down, adding spices, onions, etc., letting it simmer for about 6 hours, giving it a quick puree, & then a blast-chill." And we love it at the Elkhorn Inn! (And we're not the only ones- it was the NUMBER ONE Hot New Product at the 2011 Fancy Food Show, and there's even a YouTube video about it from the Today Show!)

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