Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Jam

When I first saw this recipe, I knew it would be a winner.  And it is.  Apologies to Giada, however, because you know I put red pepper flakes or chili powder in just about anything.  But it really works here.  Leave the hot stuff out if you like, but……..  I’m just sayin’.

I used the jam to create some quick bites.  I spread it on some garlic-rubbed crostini and then topped it all with some garlic-herb boursin and a bit of chopped fresh thyme.  If you’re inclined to get real fancy, you might want to pipe the boursin on top so it looks real pretty.  Whatever.

Let your imagination run wild.  Smear some of this on a grilled chicken sandwich or burger.   Grilled fish?  It’s a great spread on a panini.  Or, my favorite – a perfect complement for southern ham biscuits.

Make a couple of jars of this to keep on hand during the busy holiday season.

Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Jam

Adapted from a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis

Yield:  About 1 ¼ cups

1 jar (8 ounces) sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped, oil reserved

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ medium sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Walla Walla), thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons sugar

¼ cup red wine vinegar

1 cup water

½ cup chicken broth

1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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Place a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of the reserved sun-dried tomato oil, olive oil, onion, and garlic.  Stir and cook until the onions are soft and beginning to brown at the edges, about 5 – 7 minutes.  Add the sugar, vinegar, water, chicken broth, thyme, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.  Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.  Remove the cover and continue simmering until most of the liquid is reduced and the mixture is the consistency of jam, about 15 minutes or so more.  When the mixture is the consistency you like, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

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