Sriracha Marmalade Wings

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Now that summer has drawn to a close and fall is near, so is football season. Nothing scream football like chicken wings, Sriracha Marmalade Wings. Sriracha Marmalade Wings 2

Never, ever would I have thought that Sriracha would be something I crave. Hot things were never a go-to flavor for me. That is until I married Tim. He love, love, loves spicy things. He uses Sriracha for ketchup, I don’t go that far but, I really like the flavor it brings to dishes. Continue reading “Sriracha Marmalade Wings”

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Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

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Sometimes in the blog world you need a little help from your friends. Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans was a recipe I found over at Simply Recipes.

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans
If you follow me you know I am the Food Service Director for a small town in Northern Illinois. School started this week. Can you say crazy busy??

So, I after visit to a local produce cart and purchased some really nice green beans, I needed a recipe. But, with my mind on school lunch, it was hard to focus on anything other than chicken nuggets, and school pizza. I really needed a recipe!


Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

My go to Pinterest led me to Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans from Simply Recipes. Simply delicious and simply simple.

Blanch the green beans, which takes only minutes, once the water boils…..oh hum!

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

Give the cooked beans a quick dip in some icy water to stop the cooking process. This method gives them a beautiful green color, and a crisp snap.

In a small bowl the “dressing” is 3 simple ingredients, orange marmalade, soy sauce, and Tim’s favorite Sriracha. Spicy ketchup. It adds a little kick to the recipe.

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

Drain the beans and toss with the sauce……lol, I’m a poet!!

Serve at room temperature. They are the perfect side for anything grilled, or would be a nice on a Crudite Platter. Fancy French word for veggie tray.

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

A big thanks to Simply Recipes for giving my over worked blog brain a rest so I could focus on the busy business of feeding the future leaders of the world a nutritious breakfast and lunch!

Have some green beans to use? Try Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans.

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans

Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans
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Ingredients
  • ¾ pound to 1 pound of green beans, snipped
  • Salt
  • ⅓ cup sweet orange marmalade
  • 1½ teaspoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha
Instructions
  1. Blanch beans in boiling water to which you added 2 teaspoons of salt. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the green beans are just tender.
  2. Place cooked beans into a bowl of ice water to quick cool them. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl mix the orange marmalade, soy sauce, and Sriracha
  4. You can adjust the spice to your taste.
  5. Add the orange sauce to the cooked green beans and toss to coat.
  6. Serve immediately.

 

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Jamaican Jerk Burgers

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Burger are a summertime staple……… Jamaican Jerk Burgers are one of my favorite.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

 


I found this original recipe on one of my favorite recipe web sites Epicurious. When I first had access to the internet I stumbled across this web site and it has kinda become my foodie bible.

If I am at a loss for inspiration, I can always find it here. I recommend this site for anyone who is out of ideas or needs a special recipe.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

Last year we traded our gas grill for a charcoal grill…….best idea ever!!! There is something that charcoaling gives, that you just can’t get from a gas grill.

The age-old debate over which grilling method is “better” is always a HOT topic.. While no studies prove that either is healthier, gas does burn cleaner. Charcoal grills emit more carbon monoxide, particulate matter and soot into the atmosphere, contributing to increased pollution and higher concentrations of ground-level ozone. But, from a taste perspective, on the other hand, the smokier, richer taste of food cooked on a charcoal grill is preferred by many…….us!!!!

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

These burger not only get a smoky flavor from the charcoal, but also from the jerk sauce. Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken. Modern recipes also apply jerk spice to ..well almost anything… Jerk seasoning principally relies upon two items: allspice (called “pimento” in Jamaica) and Scotch bonnet peppers. Other ingredients may include cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, and salt.

My recipe replaces the scotch bonnet with jalapeño, We like spice but not quite that much. Allspice, brown sugar, and scallions with soy make a marinade for the burgers. Reserved marinade makes a nice mop ( baste ) for the burgers as they cook….. keeps them super juicy.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

If you have something hot, you need something cool. Jamaican Slaw is the perfect topper for Jamaican Jerk Burgers. Cool and creamy.

Cabbage, multi colored peppers, and scallions are coated with a Miracle Whip…….I know I say this every time, but Miracle Whip is my preferred …….if you must, use mayo……orange juice, and for a little smokiness chipotle chilies……Chipotles are small jalapeños, that have been dried by a smoking process that gives them a dark color and a distinct smoky flavor.  They are canned in a red sauce that has a fantastic, smoky flavor as well. Only three ingredients make the prefect sauce for the slaw.

Toasted onion buns are the prefect vessel for the slaw topped burger. I toast mine in the toaster on the bagel setting…….only toasts one side…..great huh?

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

So, once cooked, place the burger on the bottom half of the bun, top with the creamy slaw, top with the top of the bun, and enjoy!!!!

Next time you want a juicy, creamy spicy burger….fire up the charcoal grill and make Jamaican Jerk Burgers !

Jamaican Jerk Burgers
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Burgers
  • 1 bunch green onions, coarsely chopped (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 medium jalapeño chilies, seeded, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • ½ cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 pounds ground beef (15% fat)
  • 6 onion hamburger buns, toasted
  • Slaw
  • 6 cups shredded green cabbage
  • ½ cup each red,orange,yellow peppers, julienne
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup miracle whip
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced canned chipotle chilies
Instructions
  1. Burgers
  2. Finely chop first 4 ingredients in processor. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients; process until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Set aside ¾ cup jerk sauce. Shape ground beef into six patties and place in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Pour ½ cup jerk sauce over patties and turn to coat; let stand 20 minutes.
  4. Grill to desired doneness, brushing occasionally with remaining jerk sauce, about 4 minutes per side for medium.
  5. Place burgers on bottom halves of toasted buns. Top with Jamaican slaw and top bun.
  6. Slaw
  7. cups shredded green cabbage
  8. /2 cup each red,orange,yellow peppers, julienne
  9. /2 cup green onions, chopped
  10. cup miracle whip
  11. tablespoons fresh orange juice
  12. tablespoon minced canned chipotle chilies
  13. Instructions
  14. In large bowl, whisk together miracle whip, orange juice, chipotle
  15. Add cabbage, peppers and green onions; toss to coat
  16. Let stand for 15 minutes.

 

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