Maple-Bacon Marmalade

Caramelized onions, crispy bacon, orange juice and maple syrup create this addicting, versatile spread. Try it served over crackers, buttered toast rounds, sharp cheese, slices of hard-boiled egg or fluffy pancakes. It's also perfect on sandwiches, steaks and hamburgers, or tossed with potatoes, green beans and other vegetables.

12 oz. bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large sweet onion, chopped (3 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Cook bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat 12 to 15 minutes or until browned and crisp, stirring frequently. Remove bacon with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in skillet; discard remaining drippings.

2. Add oil to drippings in skillet; stir in onion to coat. Cover and cook over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes or until softened. Stir in sugar; cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently and adjusting heat to medium-low as necessary.

3. Return bacon to skillet; stir in all remaining ingredients. Simmer over low heat 15 minutes or until juices are slightly thickened and syrupy, stirring frequently. Store in refrigerator; serve warm.

About 2 cups

PER TABLESPOON: 35 calories, 2 g total fat (.5 g saturated fat), 1 g protein, 3.5 g carbohydrate, 5 mg cholesterol, 70 mg sodium, 0 g fiber


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