Instant Pot Bacon Jam Appetizer with Dried Figs

Let’s talk for a moment about our favorite ways to say sayonara to the year that was and to welcome the New Year. Something bubbly is always a good idea and this year instead of focusing on a lavish sit-down dinner, we are all about delightful bites and planning out a charcuterie board menu, brimming with different cheeses too. A charcuterie, antipasti, or cheese board are the perfect kind of things to pull together to snack on if you’re staying in and playing board games or if you’re hosting a dressy gathering and need something easy that’s also easy on the eyes! That’s where this bacon jam appetizer particularly shines.

Once we tasted Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon, we knew that it would make sweet music cooked down with our California Mission Dried Figs and we were right! This fig bacon jam is kind of addictive in the best possible way. Sure, you could eat the bacon jam appetizer as part of a starter or you could add it as a condiment on a sandwich (a sharp cheddar grilled cheese would be amazing!), but back to the charcuterie board menu. Curl a few slices of ham and turkey to tile on the board. Add crackers. Some different kinds of salami and figgy bacon jam and you are done.

If you’ve never made a bacon jam before, they typically cook low and slow for hours to ensure the onion and bacon are soft and jammy. We wanted to flip that script and save time using our electric pressure cooker—it takes around 40 minutes of mostly passive time for jam. Did we mention this fig bacon jam would make an incredible edible gift too? We found the recipe below easily tucks into 3 half pint glass jars.  Store the bacon jam in the refrigerator where it will keep for 2 to 4 weeks or you can freeze it for longer storage.

Instant Pot Bacon Jam Appetizer with Figs also makes incredible edible gifts!

Instant Pot Bacon Jam with Dried Figs

Course Cheese Plates

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) package Nueske's Applewood Smoked Bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 pound shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 10 ounces Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Figs, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Dash black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

Instructions

  1. Place the chopped bacon into the pot of your electric pressure cooker. Cook and stir for 5 minutes using the Saute feature, as it begins to release grease and cook a bit. Stir in the shallots, California Figs, salt, and pepper. Saute for an additional 3 minutes, stirring to combine.

  2. Cover and set the release valve to seal, cooking on high pressure for 10 minutes. Adjust the release valve to vent. Once the steam has fully escaped, open the pressure cooker and stir the fig bacon mixture.

  3. Repeat step 2 two more times, stirring after each batch—you will cook the bacon mixture a total of 30 minutes in the electric pressure cooker.

  4. Stir in the vinegar. Transfer the fig bacon mixture to a food processor and pulse until chunky for more of a relish or about 10 pulses for jam.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding with Figs

Today we have a wonderful recipe for you, Instant Pot Rice Pudding with California Figs! Grandma-made fantastic rice pudding. Sweet and so thick and creamy, you had to use a fork to eat it. She put in all kinds of different dried fruits, depending on what she had on hand, but we loved figs best.

Cooking dried figs in instant pot rice pudding adds extra sweetness to this comforting dessert.

Rice pudding is a nostalgic, good old-fashioned treat, comforting and delicious served either warm or cold. Decadent in flavor already, adding California Figs takes this dish completely over the top! To make it even easier, we’ve created this recipe specifically for an electric pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding is the easiest way to make this classic comforting dessert.

California Figs add a beautiful texture to every creamy bite of this rice pudding! They offer lovely bursts of flavor, and are rich in valuable minerals and vitamins. It is the best of both worlds – a luscious dessert and healthy component to balance it.

Have you heard everyone talking about electric pressure cookers or Instant Pots? Are you intrigued? This recipe may be nostalgic, but an instant pot is definitely not your grandmother’s pressure cooker. They have built-in safety features that make it a breeze to use and who doesn’t love that? And, if you’ve never made instant pot rice, you’ll be thrilled to see it’s ready in a snap.

Gluten Free Instant Pot Cookbook will be your trusty guide to making easy gluten-free meals in the instant pot.

How do we know? We wrote a cookbook about it that’s now out in stores. In The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook, we introduce you to how to use an Instant Pot with a comprehensive collection of gluten-free recipes designed for all kinds of electric pressure cookers. Our aim is to help those who cannot eat gluten make their own traditional favorite recipes in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. This book will help you safely and easily cook gluten-free dishes for your family and friends, creating nearly effortless and delicious meals everyone will love.

There are not a lot of books that specifically address the gluten-free Instant Pot community and this one fills that niche. With each recipe, you’ll find recommendations for brands we have found that are gluten-free and work well under pressure. With a wide variety of alternate grains to use in place of wheat or barley, you will find many new delicious options to add to your dinner table, including this recipe for classic Rice Pudding, perfect for a cozy night indoors.

Instant pot rice pudding is an easy way to make a dessert that's perfect in the winter months.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding with Figs

Course Dessert
Servings 6 servings
Calories 410 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and halved
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the figs with boiling water. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to plump. NOTE: If using juice or other liquid to plump the figs, you do not need to boil the liquid. Just cover and soak for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days in the refrigerator.

  2. To Make the Rice Pudding

  3. Combine rice, sugar, salt, and milk in the inner pot of your electric pressure cooker.

  4. Press sauté on your electric pressure cooker and bring contents to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, press cancel, then close and lock the lid, making sure the steam release knob is in the sealing position.

  5. Cook on low pressure for 15 minutes. When the rice is finished, allow a 10 minute natural pressure release. After 10 minutes, turn the knob to venting, releasing any remaining steam. When the float pin drops, unlock the lid and open it carefully. Press cancel.

  6. While the rice is cooling, whisk together the eggs, half and half and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.

  7. Carefully pour in the prepared egg/vanilla mixture into the pot with the rice. Stir to combine. Turn pressure cooker back to the Sauté function. Stir until the rice just begins to boil.

  8. When the rice is hot, drain the figs from their soaking liquid and stir in to the pot.

  9. Serve immediately or pour into a large serving dish to chill. Pudding will thicken as it cools, so you may want to add a little extra half and half if you plan on serving it cold.

Recipe and photos by Sara de Leeuw and Jane Bonacci

(Reprinted with permission from The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook by Jane Bonacci and Sara de Leeuw, published by Quarto Publishing Group, 2018.)