17 Uses for Jelly That Go Way Beyond Toast

October 07, 2020

17 Uses for Jelly That Go Way Beyond Toast - Lip Smackin' Good

Since I started Lip Smackin’ Good, friends and people I’ve met tend to be curious about the variety of jelly and jam flavors I offer. One of the most common things they ask is about uses for jellies, jams, and preserves that go beyond the typical.

Since you were a kid you’ve known about the good old PB & J sandwich, and of course jelly on toast. Then when you got older you probably discovered jelly could be applied with a little more of a gourmet flair, and served as a topping for Brie or goat cheese with crackers or pita chips.

These are all good in their own right, but there’s just so much more you can do with jelly and jams. So I’ve written up a list of 17 uses for jelly that range from sweet treats to savory meats and everything else in between. Enjoy these uses for cooking, entertaining or casual snacking—then let me know how you like it.

 

 

 

1: GRILLED JELLY ON BRIE WITH HAM AND SOURDOUGH

This is sort of like a reverse Monte Cristo sandwich or a fancied up-grilled cheese. Of course, you can switch out the ingredients to your liking. I like to use bacon instead of ham. It works great with sweet jellies, but if you like it spicy, try it with our Green Jalapeño Jelly. Don’t forget the butter.

2: JELLY ON CORNBREAD OR BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

It doesn’t get much more Southern than this. My grandmother used to make the very BEST buttermilk biscuits. Maybe there’s a new recipe for everyone coming soon!

3: CANDIED BACON

First you have to fry up your bacon. Then once you get it crispy, spread the jelly on top. My recommendations would be the Cinnamon Apple Jelly, or the Red Jalapeño Jelly. (I just heard my stomach rumble.) Next, bake at 350˚ F for about 5-8 minutes. You’ll want to look at it and check to see when the jelly becomes nice, thick, and sticky. After the bacon cools, it’ll harden into a candy coating.

4: JELLY AND YOGURT PARFAIT

Put a sweet jelly on the bottom, add yogurt, and then top with nuts.

5: JELLY AND ICE CREAM

This has to be one of my favorite things to do with ice cream. Spoon in some Blackberry Spread, or some Apple Cider Jelly.

6: SPICY PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH

Grape or strawberry is standard, but what if I told you that peanut butter could be spread with a different kind of jelly for a more savory treat? It’s actually really great with our spicier jellies.

7: SWEETEN A COCKTAIL BY ADDING JELLY

This works with so many cocktails. Whiskey pairs great with our Triple Ale Peach Chipotle Beer Jelly, berry jellies mix well with vodka, and apple and peach flavors are good with gin.

8: STUFFED FRENCH TOAST

First, choose a really soft, thick gourmet bread, and spread your jelly in between the slices. Soak the sandwich in eggs and milk, and pan-fry using lots of butter.

9: JELLY ON WAFFLES OR PANCAKES

Cooking trick: Add some water to the jelly and boil it down if you want to make your own syrup, then drizzle on top of waffles or pancakes.

10: JELLY CHICKEN BAKED GLAZE

Here’s an example: Place jelly in a pan, let simmer, and reduce until it gets nice and thick. Then pour it over chicken in a pan, with garlic and pepper. Bake and enjoy.

11: JELLY MEATBALLS

This recipe is a huge hit at tailgating parties. You of course don’t have to use grape. If you are going for sweet, a plum jam would work better in my opinion..

12: HOT JELLY PEPPER KIELBASA

Another great use for Jalapeño pepper jelly. Here’s how to make it: take a pound of kielbasa, and ¾ cup of hot pepper jelly.

  1. Preheat your oven to 375° F. Grease an 8x8 or a 10x10 square baking dish.

  2. Slice the kielbasa into 24 pieces.

  3. Place both ingredients in the dish, and stir until the kielbasa is coated.

  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes until heated and slightly caramelized. Be sure to stir a handful of times as it cooks.

  5. Serve hot with mini skewers or toothpicks.

13: JELLY JALAPEÑO POPPERS

This recipe for Jalapeño poppers uses a red pepper jelly with cream cheese, and is perfect for sharing.

14: JELLY THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Spoon jelly into the hollow of baked cookies, and then put them back into the oven. We recommend apple cider jelly for this, but any sweet flavor would be great.

15: ADD JELLY TO A BARBECUE SAUCE

Add a plum or grape jelly to a spicy barbecue sauce, like this example here.

16: USE JELLY AS A GLAZE FOR GRILLING MEATS

Make a glaze for grilling meats—the gaminess of any nice cut of beef, pork, or chicken pairs divinely with the flavors of our beer jellies. As a rule of thumb, pair the boldness of the jelly with the meat. For example, if you are doing ribs or beef, try Coffee Stout Beer Jelly. This pairing works great in a crock pot.

17: SPICY PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY HOT WINGS

We saved the most interest for last! Feeling a little more daring, and want to bring something to the tailgating party that will get people’s attention, try it out! It’s actually a pretty popular combo, and recipes for it have been floating around for a while.

Enjoy y'all!