6 Ways to Use Spicy Peach Jam

6 Ways to Use Spicy Peach Jam

If you're anything like us here at Raven's Nest, you love trying out new and unique recipes. One of our favorite flavor combinations is to blend something sweet with a little "heat." And that is exactly what you will find with our Peach Habanero jam, or for those with a slightly bolder palette, our Hot Peach Jam. Our peach jams perfectly balance the sweetness of peaches with a heat that is bursting with flavor, and that makes these jams customer favorites year after year. And our jams aren't simply jams. No! They are the perfect way to transform an everyday pantry staple into truly delicious and unique recipes!

Why Use Spicy Peach Jam?

The allure of spicy peach jam lies in its versatility. It's a culinary chameleon, seamlessly integrating into breakfast dishes, cocktails, savory entrees, and even desserts, proving that its use extends far beyond your basic cheese and crackers. It's this unexpected twist of "sweet with a little heat," that makes Raven's Nest Peach Habanero Jam (and our Hot Peach Jam) a go-to for everything from BBQ, cocktails, party appetizers and more!

Let’s Make Some Recipes!

In this blog post, we dive into five creative ways to weave the spicy-sweet magic of our peach jams into your regular recipe rotation. From transforming a classic cocktail with a sweet + heat kick to introducing a new dimension to your cheeseboard, these ideas are designed to inspire and challenge you to explore the boundaries of flavor. Whether you're planning a casual family dinner, a festive gathering, or simply looking to spice up your meals, these recipes promise to have guests coming back for seconds and begging for the recipe, every time!

Let's dive in!

Hot Peach Margarita: A Bold Twist on a Classic Favorite

Indulge in this updated version of the classic margarita with our Hot Peach Margarita, blending the sun-drenched sweetness of peaches with the bold kick of jalapeños. This cocktail not only pays homage to traditional margarita origins but innovates with a modern, spicy peach jam that adds depth and excitement to every sip.

Here's a quick mix for this unforgettable cocktail:

  • 2 TBSP Raven’s Nest Hot Peach Jam
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz agave syrup
  • Kosher salt for glass rim
  • Lime and jalapenos for garnish

Shake all ingredients except salt over ice until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled, salt-rimmed margarita glass. Garnish with lime and slice jalapeno for an added zing.

Variations for Every Taste: Experiment with your choice of tequila, from the smoothness of a Blanco to the smoky nuances of a Mezcal, tailoring the drink to your preference. For those who love a story, dive into the fascinating history of jalapeños, which have been spicing up dishes since the Aztec times.

Pulled Pork Sliders with Bourbon Peach Habanero BBQ Sauce

Elevate your comfort food game with these savory pulled pork sliders, smothered in a homemade Bourbon Peach Habanero BBQ Sauce that's as rich in history as it is in flavor. Perfecting pulled pork starts with selecting the right cut—typically, a shoulder cut, known for its fat marbling that melts away during slow cooking, ensuring each bite is succulently tender.

For the BBQ sauce:

  • 1 cup Raven’s Peach Habanero Jam
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce

Cook all sauce ingredients until reduced by a third. Brush the sauce over warmed pulled pork and serve on toasted slider buns topped with peachy coleslaw.

From Slow Cooker to Smoker: Whether you're using a traditional smoker or a convenient slow cooker, we guide you through achieving that fall-apart tenderness. Plus, explore other culinary landscapes with our versatile BBQ sauce, perfect as a glaze or a spicy condiment to elevate your dishes.

Peach Mint Julep

Imagine yourself on a sunlit porch with a Peach Mint Julep in hand or as the signature cocktail at a Derby party. This refreshing cocktail marries the elegance of the South with the zestful twist of spicy peach jam. 

  • 1/8 ripe peach diced
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Peach Habanero Jam
  • 1 1/2 oz rye bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Crushed ice

Muddle the peach, mint leaves, and jam at the bottom of a glass before filling with crushed ice. Add the bourbon and lemon juice, stir, and indulge.

A Drink for Every Palate: For those preferring non-alcoholic options, substitute the bourbon with unsweetened iced tea, ensuring everyone can enjoy the refreshment of a Peach Mint Julep, no matter the occasion.

Asian Meatballs with Peach Habanero Glaze

For Meatballs: 

  • 1 lb ground sirloin 
  • 1 ½ t grated ginger root 
  • 1 T grated garlic, about 2 large cloves 
  • 2 T fresh grated flat leaf parsley (plus more for garnish) 
  • 2 T chopped scallions 
  • 2 T chopped cilantro 
  • 1 ½ t fresh chopped mint 
  • ¼ C white onion, chopped 
  • 1 t kosher salt 
  • ¼ t black pepper

For Slaw: 

  • 1 C orange pepper, sliced into long strips 
  • 1 C yellow pepper, sliced into long strips 
  • ¼ red onion, cut into thin slices 
  • 1 heaping T chopped jalapeño 
  • 2 cups regular green cabbage thinly sliced (keep in separate bowl)
  •  Large handful of fresh basil leaves, gently torn 
  • ½ t kosher salt, 
  • 1/8 t black pepper 
  • 2 T light oil such as vegetable, sunflower, or avocado oil 
  • 4 small wedges of fresh lime

For Glaze: 

  • ¾ C Raven’s Nest Peach Habanero (or Hot Peach) Jam 
  • 3 t rice wine vinegar

Spicy Peach Glazed Chicken Wings

Transform your chicken wings into a conversation starter with our Spicy Peach Glaze. Achieving the perfect crispiness is an art form, from the marinating process to finding the ideal oven temperature. We delve into these culinary secrets, ensuring your wings are a hit at any gathering.

  • 1 cup Raven's Nest Hot Peach Jam
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix the jam with soy sauce, garlic, and olive oil, and brush over chicken wings before baking. Serve garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

A Symphony of Flavors: Beyond chicken wings, our peach habanero jam works wonders as a glaze for various dishes. Explore alternative jams for varying heat levels and sweetness, like our raspberry jalapeno jam, and pair your spicy wings with complementary sides like a cool cucumber salad or a rich blue cheese dip for a balanced taste experience.

Cheeseboard with a Sweet and Spicy Twist

Add a unique touch to your charcuterie by offering a dollop of Peach Habanero jam alongside an assortment of fine cheeses, especially blue cheese or aged cheddar. The sweet heat pairs exquisitely with the creamy textures and sharp flavors.

Wrapping It Up

Add these spicy peach jam recipes to your list of favorites, and watch how the combination of spicy-sweet flavors becomes the highlight of your dishes. Whether you're cheering on your favorite team or hosting an intimate dinner, a jar of Raven's Nest Peach Habanero Jam or Hot Peach Jam is all you need to make a bold, flavorful statement. 

Remember, the heart of great cooking is experimentation and joy. We hope these recipes have inspired you to explore the spirited side of peach jam in ways you might not have thought of before.

Stay tuned for more delicious recipes and unique jams and tips by following us on our culinary adventures. Bon appétit!

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