My boys love Smucker’s jam, so keeping a good supply of it in our house is something that I consider essential. But while Zackary and Benjamin are content eating toast and jam day after day, I like to get a little more creative when I have Smucker’s in the house! That’s why I loved the idea of Smucker’s Pairings; easy combinations of Smucker’s jam and other food that let me think outside the box when using jam at home.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that Smucker’s jam is only suitable for breakfast, but I know that’s simply not true!
The first Smucker’s Pairings recipe I created was a scrumptious and easy appetizer: Prosciutto and Swiss Baguette Rounds. I simply sliced half of a multigrain baguette into rounds, spread each slice with Smucker’s Apricot Jam and topped the slices with prosciutto and Swiss cheese. Then I broiled the slices for about five minutes until the cheese was melted and bubbly. I served the rounds with some snacks when I had family over recently and they were the first item to disappear.
For my next Smucker’s Pairings recipe, I tried a main course dish: Spicy Orange Mustard Glazed Chicken. Half a cup of Smucker’s Orange Marmalade, two tablespoons of hot mustard and two minced garlic cloves are stirred together to form a delicious glaze that’s perfect for poultry. I used chicken thighs for our meal, which take between 15-20 minutes to cook on the barbeque. For speedier results just microwave the chicken in a bit of broth for about three minutes and then finish it on the barbeque! My boys and I had the chicken for dinner with a light salad and it made a wonderful summer meal.
I loved the results of my appetizer and main course, but Smucker’s is also just so good when used to create something sweet! With the hot weather we’ve been having, I thought a cool drink would make a perfect Smucker’s Pairings recipe. And the easy Blueberry Milkshakes I created didn’t disappoint! I put one cup of vanilla ice cream, half a cup of milk and two tablespoons of Smucker’s Blueberry Jam into the blender and blended until it was smooth and creamy. The boys devoured their milkshakes and the best part is that I can make all kinds of different milkshake flavours just by changing the type of jam I use!
Creating Smucker’s Pairings recipes was so much fun and yielded fabulous results. Not only were the recipes quick and easy to make, the results were delicious. In fact, my boys both enjoyed the glazed chicken so much that they’ve pronounced it their new favourite barbeque recipe! I can’t wait to see what other kinds of tasty recipes I can create with just a few minutes, a few ingredients and Smucker’s jam.
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