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onion, diced into small pieces
garlic, diced into small pieces
1 - 2
olive or vegetable oil
whole peeled tomatoes, strained and chopped
red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, destemmed and chopped
fresh thyme, or more to taste
Saute onion and garlic until tender and caramelized in a tablespoon or two of oil.
Add brown sugar to caramelized onions and garlic, and cook a couple of minutes until well integrated. Add tomatoes, roast bell peppers, paprika, bay leaf and fresh thyme.
Simmer about 1 hour. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add balsamic vinegar at the end. (This will balance the sugar.)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place bacon strips on a baking sheet in the oven until it is crispy all over. Drain on paper towels, and dice into small pieces; fold into ketchup.
Keeps well in a refrigerated container for about three weeks.
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