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Football season is finally here!  Whether you're tailgating or gathered around a TV, that means it's time to get your game on!  But you don't want to spend your time in the kitchen, so we've got 5 quick and simple recipes for you.  Let our sweet and spicy pepper jellies add just the right amount of flavor to your game day favorites.  Peaches and habaneros pair with pork ribs, jalapeno, garlic and lime with grilled shrimp, smoky beef with jalapeno, habanero and red peppers....and even grilled peaches and goat cheese with peach habanero glaze for dessert!  Get your grill turned on because these take NO time!

Spicy Garlic Lime Shrimp Skewers

My friend Celeste, of Hot But Sweet Jalapeno Relish, used to come by my booth nearly every Saturday at Little Italy Mercato and tell me that she had grilled shrimp that weekend with a glaze of Jalapeno Garlic Lime, her favorite jelly and favorite pairing.  It was a while before I tried it.  I confess my favorite is Mango Ginger Habanero with grilled salmon, but I admit the shrimp rivals my salmon.  There is something perfect about the combination of jalapenos, lime, garlic and shrimp…try it!  It is the mildest of our jellies, so even your kids will love it!

Not Your Usual Hot Wings

This simple recipe will take your Teriyaki chicken wings to the next level with your favorite flavor of Mrs. G's hot pepper jelly. Perfect to prepare quickly for game day at the TV or to pack up for a tasty tailgate outing.  At our house, we have to add some freshly made lumpia or spring rolls, too!  Move over industrial sweet and sour sauce, make way for our fresh pepper jellies!  Just dip or drizzle with your favorite.

Spicy Grilled Peaches

Photo: Caleb Chancey

Don't forget the dessert!  Want to impress your friends with a gourmet dessert that couldn't get any easier?  Grilled peaches with goat cheese and pecans, adapted from a recipe by Chef Rob McDaniel at Spring House Restaurant is our choice.  Grilling the peaches brings out a luscious caramelization that pairs so well with the earthy creaminess of the goat cheese and crunchy pecans.  Brush some of our Peach Habanero jelly on them for the last moments of cooking.  Drooling yet?

Smoky Spicy Skewers

Mrs. G’s sweet and spicy Ja-Ha jelly combines perfectly with one of my go-to rubs from my friend Nydia at The Spanish Tin.   Her Smoky Spanish BBQ Rub is just the right amount of earthy, smoky rich flavor added to our spicy sweet jalapeno-habanero-red bell pepper jelly in this delicious glaze for tender steak skewers. The perfect combination!  These smoky-sweet skewers are quick and easy enough to get on the weeknight dinner table, “fancy-pants” enough to serve to company.  And they will think you spent much more time on it!  Your welcome!

Country Style Ribs with Peach Habanero Barbecue Sauce

Mary at Deep South Dish paired our Peach Habanero pepper jelly with some country style ribs OH MY!  Those southern chefs love their peaches and pork -- try it and transport yourself to a warm summer evening on a wraparound porch in Georgia, sipping sweet tea with a plate full of these mouth-watering ribs! Mary's cooking reminds me of my southern mama and the dishes I was raised on!  Check out her cookbooks and all of her recipes!  She is the real deal southern cook.

Game Day Spiced Nuts

Need some crowd-pleasing finger food?  Game Day Spiced Nuts is an easy way to keep them happy while you grill.  Hot smoked paprika pairs with our most savory, three pepper jelly, Ja-Ha jelly (or any flavor you like best) to glaze these mixed roasted nuts that only take a few minutes to bake in the oven.  Every time we sample these at an event, we are asked if we would package and sell them.  That easy, and that good!  Try them - they're addicting...just a little gooey, smoky, sweet and spicy!  Be sure to make a boatload...

I love football season...not because I love the game (although we are diehard Steeler fans) as much as because it gives me an excuse every Sunday for a few hours to sit on the couch and watch TV without guilt. Either way, on Game Day, I do not want to be in the kitchen.  I want to be watching the game.  If you are anything like me, you want some fast, easy recipes to feed your "crowd" (whether that's two or twenty).

Here are some of my favorites you can prepare in no time and get back to the couch.

Not Your Usual Hot Wings

Game Day Spiced Nuts

Mrs. G's over Cream Cheese

Jalapeno Garlic Lime Pulled Pork

You're welcome.

GAME ON!

 

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