The concept of a savory jelly was one I never really understood. Wasn’t a jelly something that went with peanut butter? And the biggest problem with that is I don’t like peanut butter.

But once, at a party, I tried a pepper jelly and I was intrigued.


Recipe: Maple Bacon Pepper Jelly



And then I came across this recipe and then this one. They each had things I liked and things I didn’t. But they were both missing one thing, in my opinion.


Specifically peppadew peppers.

So I did some tweaking, combining and came up with this yummy recipe.

INGREDIENTS - 1 lb. of bacon - 1 onion - 1 Tbsp. of minced garlic - 1/2 cup of maple syrup - 3/4 cup of brewed coffee - 10 oz. jar of peppadew peppers (I used all but about 4 of them) DIRECTIONS - Cook the bacon in a pan - Remove the bacon, drain on a paper towel - Pour off all but about 1 tsp of oil from bacon - Saute onions till clear - Add in garlic, syrup, coffee and peppers saute for about 10 minutes - Remove from stove - Crumble bacon and add to mixture - Place all in a blender of food processor. I chopped everything smaller but didn't emulsify it. - Cook in a sauce pan on simmer for about 2 hours - Place in a jar and refrigerate - Can be rewarmed to serve

I served it over crusty bread with a scoop of goat cheese. And this morning, I had it with my egg – yum.


If you would like to see other recipe with maple syrup there is:

Mason Jar Maple Martini

Maple Bacon Cheese Cups

Maple Roasted Tomato Orzo Salad

Thanks so much for reading.


March 27, 2013 — Laura Putnam