Tomato Bacon Jam

tomato bacon jam in a silver bowl on platter with bread

Not sure what to bring to the dinner party? Whip up some of Sweet Daddy D’s Tomato Bacon Jam and grab a box of crackers.  It will be the talk of the party so be prepared to share the recipe.

Just simmer your favorite ripe tomatoes with some smoked bacon and sweet onions. Add in some sweet and savory flavors with brown sugar, lemon and cider vinegar.  Reduce it down until it slightly thickens and you’ve got a world-class appetizer or a super-charged condiment.  The whole thing will be done in an hour, including peeling the tomatoes and prepping all the ingredients.  It’s not only a great appetizer but add it to your favorite sandwich or a burger and its a game changer. And wait until you taste what it can do for a hot dog!

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Tomato Bacon Jam
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Tomato Bacon Jam-not only is this a fabulous appetizer that you'll be proud to serve your guests or bring to any party, its also a terrific condiment that brightens up any sandwich or burger. Sweet, smoky flavors round out the intensity of the tomatoes and onions in this super delicious condiment fit for a special occasion or just a family cookout! Try some on your favorite sandwich, burger or hot dog or just spread some on a cracker or toast-unbelievably flavorful.
Servings Prep Time
2 Cups 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
35 Minutes 21
Servings Prep Time
2 Cups 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
35 Minutes 21
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Tomato Bacon Jam-not only is this a fabulous appetizer that you'll be proud to serve your guests or bring to any party, its also a terrific condiment that brightens up any sandwich or burger. Sweet, smoky flavors round out the intensity of the tomatoes and onions in this super delicious condiment fit for a special occasion or just a family cookout! Try some on your favorite sandwich, burger or hot dog or just spread some on a cracker or toast-unbelievably flavorful.
Servings Prep Time
2 Cups 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
35 Minutes 21
Servings Prep Time
2 Cups 20 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
35 Minutes 21
Here's What You Need
Here's What You Do
  1. Bring about 8 cups of water to a heavy boil.
  2. Make a crosshatch on the stem end of each tomato with a sharp knife and immerse in the boiling water for about 1 to 2 minutes after it returns to a boil. Remove to a bowl of ice and water to stop the cooking for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the peeling and cut out the stem core, then rough chop the tomatoes.
  4. Place the chopped tomatoes in a bowl to accumulate the liquid.
  5. Chop the onions, zest and squeeze the lemon and measure the remaining ingredients.
  6. Slice the bacon crossways into small strips, about ⅛ to ¼ inch.
  7. Starting in a cold cast iron frying pan, fry the bacon over medium heat until the fat has been rendered, stirring often so that it does not scorch. About 5 minutes.
  8. Leaving the bacon in the pan and the heat at medium, add the onions and saute until beginning to caramelize. Make sure to stir often so the onions do not scorch. About 15 minutes.
  9. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar and brown sugar and stir well.
  10. Increase the heat to high and add the tomatoes, juice from the tomatoes and a pinch of kosher salt and stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  11. Bring the mixture to a high simmer, then reduce the heat to medium.
  12. Stir often and smash some of the bigger tomato pieces as you go.
  13. Continue on a low simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, uncovered, until the liquid has mostly evaporated and the mixture is beginning to thicken.
  14. Remove from the heat and allow to cool about 10 to 15 minutes. The mixture will thicken some more as it cools.
  15. This can be served cold or warm over crackers or toast and makes a wonderful condiment for sandwiches, burgers or hotdogs.
  16. Yields about 2 cups.
Recipe Notes

Ripe tomatoes are the key to this recipe, although the variety does not matter so much.  Roma tomatoes are very good in this and are available most of the year. Plum tomatoes are also good, as are Creole Tomatoes when they are available. Use your favorite!

It's important to use a moderate to low heat for most of this recipe, Drawing the sugars out slowly and reducing the tomatoes gradually intensifies the flavors.

Nutrition Facts
Tomato Bacon Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 21 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0001g
Cholesterol 0.2mg 0%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Potassium 13mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 0.5g 1%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cajun Thousand Island Dressing

cajun thousand island dressing with bacon bits poured over lettuce and tomatoes

It doesn’t get any better than homemade salad dressing and it doesn’t get any easier than this. Take a new look at the classic Thousand Island dressing…everybody loves it and they will love it even more when you give it a Cajun twist. Of course its great on all sorts of salads, but its also fantastic on sandwiches and burgers or just as a dipping sauce.

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Cajun Thousand Island Dressing
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Wake up your salad with the Cajun cousin of this classic dressing. This creamy dressing has a slight kick and is so good you'll want to use it as a dipping sauce and on sandwiches and burgers. Its just that good.
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
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Cajun Thousand Island Dressing
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Wake up your salad with the Cajun cousin of this classic dressing. This creamy dressing has a slight kick and is so good you'll want to use it as a dipping sauce and on sandwiches and burgers. Its just that good.
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
Here's What You Need
Here's What You Do
  1. MIx all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and set in the refrigerator for one hour up to overnight.
Recipe Notes

This can get kind of spicy. First, the Creole seasoning may contain cayenne pepper and raw garlic will have its own kind of heat, so give it a taste before you add the white pepper, the cayenne pepper or the garlic to make sure it's to your liking. Of course, if you like it spicy, go for it!

This recipe yields about 1 cup of dressing and is easy to increase.  I am using 1 tablespoon per serving.

You can serve this right away but its better to let the flavors all come together-at least an hour, four hours is better and overnight is best!

Nutrition Facts
Cajun Thousand Island Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.005g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.004g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Potassium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0.03g 0%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 0.1%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cranberry Relish Recipe

Cranberry Relish in glass bowl with nutcracker

Cranberry Relish is that missing ingredient that brings the Holiday Turkey or Ham to life. Add a little to your fork when eating the turkey, it has that WOW factor. Leftovers-spoon a little on your turkey sandwich, you’ll never have it another way.

Cranberry Relish in a glass bowl
Sweet Daddy D's Cranberry Relish
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Cranberry Relish...tart and sweet at the same time. Add a little crunch with Louisiana Pecans and you have a traditional Holiday treat.
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
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Cranberry Relish...tart and sweet at the same time. Add a little crunch with Louisiana Pecans and you have a traditional Holiday treat.
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
Servings Prep Time
64 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Minutes 26
Here's What You Need
Here's What You Do
  1. Rinse the cranberries and remove any that don’t look good.
  2. Peel one orange and remove the seeds and as much of the membranes as possible.
  3. Juice one orange and add enough cold water to make 1 cup
  4. Zest the orange and the lemon
  5. Peel, core and chop the apple into small pieces, ¼ to ½ inch.
  6. Add the cranberries, sugar and orange juice/water to a sauce pan and place over medium high heat.
  7. Bring to a boil and add the orange and lemon zest, orange pulp, apples and a pinch of salt.
  8. Adjust heat to maintain a heavy simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often.
  9. Remove from the heat and allow to coo for about 30 minutes.
  10. Add the pecans and mix well.
  11. Place in the refrigerator and chill.
Recipe Notes

This recipe yields approximately 4 cups (64 tablespoons) of cranberry relish.

Resist the temptation to cook this more than 15 minutes. It will set up once it is allowed to cool.

Try Louisiana Pecans, they are delicious.  Walnuts are also a good substitute, or leave the nuts out all together.

You want the apples a little chunky so they add a nice dimension to the texture.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Daddy D's Cranberry Relish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4g
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 0.2g 0%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.