I hope you all are having a wonderful day today! I wanted to stop by today and fill you in on some new recipes I have been experimenting with. I got the opportunity to try out and work with some Smuckers products and create some pairings with their yummy jams and jellies. All of my pairings require 5 ingredients or less and are quick and easy to put together.
To be completely honest, I am not a huge jam eater. I like it and all but it is just not the first thing I grab in the morning or any other hour. However, after I tried it in some different ways, especially in savory dishes, I absolutely loved the ease and convenience of using a jarred jam. It just made the recipes so simple and delicious.
So, whether you are a jam lover or not, I think you should all try out some of these Smuckers pairings and see what you think. I bet they may change your idea of using jams and jellies in YOUR kitchen as well.
I’m going to start off with the first thing that came to mind when I thought about cooking with Jam. Of course it was something sweet because that was the first thing your mind jumps to when you think of cooking with fruit.
I thought an awesome way to use the Smuckers Strawberry Jam would be to make a Grown Up Pop Tart. What can be more of an Adult flavour, than delicious and smooth Brie cheese. Paired with sweet strawberry jam and encased in crisp puff pastry, you really can’t go wrong!
Grown Up Pop Tarts:
Makes 8 pop tarts
- 1 pkg (two sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
- 1 cup Smuckers strawberry jam
- 12 ounces Brie cheese, sliced
- 1 egg, beaten
- Sugar for dusting
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. On a floured board, lay out your sheets of puff pastry, one on top of the other. Cut the pastry sheets in half lengthwise, so you get two long strips of pastry. Cut each strip into 4 pieces, so you will have 8 squares of pastry that are doubled up. Grab one square and separate it from the other sheet. Spread about 1 tbsp. jam on the sheet, leaving a bit of room around the edge to seal. Lay a piece or two of the brie on top and then top with the other sheet of pastry. Using a fork, seal the edges by pressing the fork into the pastry, then poke a few holes in the top so the air can escape when baking. Repeat with the remaining squares, until you have 12 pop tarts.
Lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and brush them lightly with the beaten egg. Sprinkle with a little bit of sugar and bake for 12-13 minutes until golden, puffed and crisp.
Let them cool a little before digging in as the filling will be super hot!
After the pop tarts, I wanted to be a bit more creative and make some kind of savory appetizer. Immediately I thought of my quick and easy sweet and sour meatballs. You just toss everything into the slow cooker and forget about it! I have been making these for years and they are perfect for a potluck, easy appetizer or even as a quick dinner served over some steamed rice. YUM.
Whenever I make these meatballs, I get so many compliments on them. I am almost embarrassed to tell people how easy they are. I guess my secret is really out now!
Sweet and Sour Meatballs:
Serves 8 for an appetizer or 4 for a main dish
- 1 jar Smuckers Grape Jelly
- 1 jar chili sauce
- 3 tbsp. whole grain Dijon mustard
- 1 package frozen fully cooked meatballs, defrosted
- Minced chives for garnish
Pour the grape jelly, chili sauce and Dijon into a pot over medium high heat. Stir until the jelly is melted and the sauce comes together. Once the sauce comes to a simmer, add the meatballs and continue cooking for 10-12 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with the minced chives.
Next up, I really wanted to step outside my comfort zone and make something savory that I had never tried before. I saw the Smuckers Wildberry Jam and thought, this would be perfect as a substitute for cranberry sauce.
So I decided to whip up some delicious Crispy Baked Berry Chicken. These have all the flavours of the holidays, without all the time and mess!
Crispy Baked Berry Chicken:
1/2 cup Smuckers Wildberry Jam
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 tbsp dried sage
Olive oil cooking spray
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Butterfly each chicken breast and then cut into two pieces. Pound each piece out so it is about 1/2 inch thick all over. Season with salt and pepper on both sides and then spread about 1/4 of the jam over each piece of chicken. Mix together the breadcrumbs and sage in a bowl and then evenly distribute the breadcrumbs over all the chicken. Give each piece of chicken a generous spritz of the olive oil spray, and then bake for 12-13 minutes or until cooked through. These come out super crunchy on top and juicy in the middle! They would be great served with some mashed potatoes and steamed veggies for a taste of the holidays all year round.
Okay so we have breakfast, an appetizer and dinner…what are we missing? Lunch! When I think of a quick and easy lunch, I always think of grilled cheese. You can whip one up in less than 5 minutes and they are so satisfying.
I thought it would be nice to switch it up a little and use sharp white cheddar and peach jam. The salty sharp cheddar and the sweet and mellow peach jam, make for a perfect combination!
Peach and Sharp White Cheddar Grilled Cheese:
Makes one sandwich
- 2 slices white bread (or whatever sliced bread you prefer)
- 2 tbsp. softened butter
- 2 tbsp. Smuckers Peach Jam
- Sliced sharp cheddar cheese
Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread, and then gently place them butter side down on a clean board. Spread one slice of the bread (non buttered side) with the peach jam and then top with the cheddar slices. Place the other slice of bread on top, butter side out. Place the sandwich into your preheated pan and allow the bread to brown on the first side, about 2-3 minutes. Flip over and then using your flipper, press down the top of the sandwich to compress it a bit. Once the other side has browned and the cheese is melty, remove from the pan and let cool for a moment or two, or all the cheese will come spilling out. Slice in half and serve hot!
Lastly I really wanted to make a yummy dessert that would be easy to make but also something you don’t see every day. I love tropical flavours, so that is why I went with this simple Tropical Shortcake.
It has all the elements of the classic Strawberry Shortcake, like cake, fruit and a fluffy whipped topping, but instead I am using Pineapple Jam, Coconut Whipped Cream and Toasted Coconut. Easy and SO delicious. You can take something as simple as this, to the next level by putting some effort into the presentation. Using a glass to cut the pound cake into rounds, makes the dish look even more beautiful and will make your family think you took hours to make them.
- 1 can very cold coconut milk (you can’t use light coconut milk!) **put the coconut milk in the fridge for about 8 hours or overnight before using**
- 1 tbsp. powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup Smuckers Pineapple Jam
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
- 1 golden or vanilla pound cake
Open the cold can of coconut milk and scoop the solid part into the bowl of your electric mixer, do not use the watery part. Add the powdered sugar to your bowl as well and then beat on high until the coconut milk looks like fluffy whipped cream, set aside for a moment. Slice the pound cake and then using a round cookie cutter or even a drinking glass, cut out rounds from the pound cake. You will want 12 rounds in total.
Set one round on a serving plate, and spread a little of the jam on the cake, follow with a little spoon of the coconut cream, then another round, more jam, more cream and the last round of cake. Top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and a sprinkling of toasted coconut. Enjoy!
Well I really hope this post helped to give you some new ideas of ways to pair Jams and Jellies with your favorite foods to make delicious dishes. If you try out one of my pairings, please comment below and let me know what you thought. I would also love to hear what you would pair with Smuckers jams!
Miss Delish asks:
What is your favorite flavour of Jam or Jelly?
How would you use it in a creative recipe?
Smucker’s Pairings are a simple, easy way to create delicious food combinations with jam and other ingredients, designed help you discover how flavours mingle together for mouth watering results. Each pairing has 5 ingredients or less, and is ready in less than 15 minutes. Because with a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good. For specific information on our jam flavours and varieties, please visit
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