8 Sweet and Savory Jam Recipes

Bacon Jam
Photo: Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

Jam is one of our favorite spreads, and it's oh so versatile — from simple seasonal fruit and sugar to sweet-and-meaty bacon jam. Not only is it heavenly on warm toast in the morning, but it also pairs beautifully with cheese, and adds a punch of flavor to cookies and other desserts. In this collection, we call out some of our favorite jam recipes, from triple ginger nectarine jam to pear jam with green cardamom to savory bacon jam, a dynamite addition to grilled cheese and crostini. Tempted? Read on for those recipes, and more jelly, marmalade, and jam recipes we love.

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Valencia Orange Marmalade

Valencia Orange Marmalade

This delicious marmalade takes three days to make, but the end-result is worth it: a batch of perfectly balanced sweet, bitter and tart marmalade.

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Triple Ginger Nectarine Jam

Triple Ginger Nectarine Jam

This jam uses three different types of ginger: dried, candied and fresh.

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Blue-Barb Jam

Blue-Barb Jam

Instead of strawberries, fresh blueberries are paired with rhubarb in this incredibly simple and delicious sweet-tart jam.

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Pear Jam with Green Cardamom

Pear Jam with Green Cardamom
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Rachel Saunders has developed hundreds of recipes over the years simply by flavoring her jams with different herbs and spices. To vary the pear jam here, for example, add a split vanilla bean or a cinnamon stick in place of the cardamom.

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Fig Jam

Fig Jam
© Frances Janisch

A variation of this jam calls for substituting white port for a portion of the water and adding a sprig of rosemary.

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Grilled Ham and Cheese with Strawberry-Red-Wine Jam

Day 20: Grilled Ham and Cheese with Strawberry-Red-Wine Jam
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The secret to Chris Kronner's delectable sandwiches is the jam spiked with Pinot Noir. Kronner got the idea when he was helping Elisabeth Prueitt test jam recipes while they drank wine.

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Doughnut Holes with Raspberry Jam

Doughnut holes

Ginevra Iverson serves her light, crisp, sugared doughnut holes with sweet-tart raspberry jam.

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Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam
Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

Brightened by apple cider vinegar and tomatoes, our bacon jam adds sweet, tart and smoky flavors to countless dishes. We like this condiment spread on toast and served with an egg, layered into a grilled cheese sandwich or spooned on goat-cheese topped crostini.

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