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A Stunning Cheese Board with Bacon Jam

Mary Ann Dwyer
Creamy blue cheese, bacon jam, and a sweet candied walnuts make the perfect bite. Here's how to make a stunning cheese board.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Appetizer


  • Castello Havarti Creamy
  • Castello Extra Creamy Danish Blue
  • Castello Havarti Herbs and Spice
  • Candied walnuts
  • Mix of green and Kalamata olives
  • Black pepper dry salami sliced
  • Red seedless grapes
  • Assortment of crackers crostini, classic water crackers, sesame breadsticks
  • Folie a Deux wines I feature their Zinfandel and Chardonnay

Bacon Onion Jam:

  • 6 slices bacon diced
  • 5 cups about 2 lbs. Vidalia onions, peeled, sliced thin, and diced
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar


  • Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat.
  • Cook bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan. Set aside.
  • Add the onions to the fat in the pan. Cook until onions are translucent and lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add the bacon, mustard seeds, brown sugar, cider vinegar, red pepper flakes and balsamic vinegar. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and continue to cook until the liquid has reduced, about 45 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Spoon into jar and store in refrigerator.
  • Arrange cheeses and other items on cheese board. Serve with wine. Enjoy!