That’s right. Just in time for sandwich month Jif’s 12th annual scholarship contest starts now through November 8th and promises some creative young sandwich artist the chance at a $25,000 college fund. This year Jif has added Almond and Cashew butters to their already impressive collection of peanut butters, hazelnut spreads and whipped peanut butter varieties, so collect your child’s favorite Jif recipe and prepare them for sandwich stardom.
Each recipe must contain at least two tablespoons of your child’s choice of Jif product. Sandwiches will be judged on creativity, taste, visual appeal, and ease of preparation. Ten semifinalists will be chosen for an online vote beginning January 2014 where five finalists will move to an event in New York City and the grand prize winner will be announced.
A young man from North Carolina took the grand prize last year with his savory mole sauce made from Jif’s Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread. Jacob’s Magnificent Mole Chicken Torta earned the proud ten year old a check for his future, and if your child is between 6 and 12 years of age and loves to create you can help them enter online. Check out my attached list to see a few of the previous award winning recipes, and enjoy.
Magnificent Mole Chicken Torte
3/4 cup pulled rotisserie chicken, heated
1 slice Monterey Jack cheese, halved
1 bolillo roll, sliced lengthwise
3 avocado slices
1/2 cup thinly sliced lettuce
1/8 cup chopped tomato
Dollop of sour cream (optional)
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons Jif® Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread
1/3 cup condensed tomato soup
Juice of half a lime (about 2 Tbsp.)
1/4 cup chopped green chili peppers
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
Generously spray a small sauce pot with cooking spray, and sauté minced onion and garlic over medium-high heat until tender. Stir in 2 tablespoons of Jif Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread, tomato soup, lime juice, cumin, cilantro and green chili peppers. Bring to a boil and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove sauce from heat. Toss half the sauce with pulled chicken, and place mixture on the bottom half of the roll. Top with cheese slices and place sandwich open-faced under a toaster oven or broiler for 2-3 minutes until cheese melts. Remove sandwich from oven, and place sliced avocado on top of melted cheese.
Then, add lettuce, tomatoes, a dollop of sour cream (optional), and the top half of roll. Use remaining sauce as extra sauce for the sandwich if desired, or to make another sandwich.
P-nutty BBQ Chicken Quesadilla
2 tablespoons Jif® Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar & Hickory BBQ Sauce
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/3 Cup of low fat shredded Mexican 4 cheese blend (divided)
1/3 Cup of pre-packaged oven roasted chicken chopped
1 tablespoon finely diced green onion
2 tablespoons frozen corn kernels
2 tablespoons tomato (chopped)
2 tablespoons cilantro (divided)
1/2 tablespoon butter
Start by mixing first three ingredients in a small bowl. Combine well. Place butter in large fry pan over medium high heat. Lay Tortilla out on to work surface. Spread 2 Tbsp. of sauce over entire surface of tortilla. Evenly sprinkle half of cheese on half of the tortilla. Add chicken, green onion, 1 Tsp. cilantro, corn kernels, & 2 Tbsp. tomato on top of cheese. Sprinkle on remaining cheese. Fold and lightly press tortilla together. Roll melted butter around pan. Place Quesadilla in hot pan and grill for approx. 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and allow to rest on cutting board for about 2 minutes. Cut in half and place two pieces on plate. Garnish with remaining Cilantro, tomato and dollops of sour cream. Note: You will have enough sauce left over to make another.
Wushu Chicken Tacos
1/8-inch thick slice fresh gingerroot, peeled and cut in half
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon chili paste with garlic, or to taste
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 1/4 teaspoons sesame oil
3 1/2 teaspoons water
1/2 cup diced rotisserie cooked chicken
1/4 cup asparagus pieces, about 1-inch long
1/4 cup yellow squash pieces, cut into half circles
2 fajita-size (6-inch) flour tortillas
2 lime wedges
CHOP ginger and garlic in a small food processor as finely as possible. Add remaining sauce ingredients and process until sauce is completely smooth. If sauce is too thick, add more water, a little at a time. If sauce is too thin, add more peanut butter. Toss about half the sauce with the chicken and put aside in a covered bowl.
BOIL about 1 inch water in large skillet; add asparagus. Cover skillet and turn off heat. In 1-2 minutes, lift off cover and remove asparagus using tongs.
PLACE squash pieces into microwave-safe bowl; add a little water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on HIGH about 2-3 minutes. Let cool slightly; carefully drain off water.
MICROWAVE tortillas on HIGH about 15 seconds, or until tortillas are warm and are pliable. Put chicken on tortillas, top with asparagus and squash; drizzle with additional peanut butter sauce. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
Crunchy Chinese Fortune Cookie Sandwich
4 slices of wheat bread
3 tablespoons Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon finely diced celery
1 tablespoon finely diced apple
CHINESE DIPPING SAUCE
1/4 cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
To make the dipping sauce, combine all ingredients in small saucepan and cook over low heat while stirring with a wire wisk. When the mixture starts to bubble and thicken, remove from heat and let cool.
While the dipping sauce is cooling, roll flat with a rolling pin the four slices of bread. Use a large circle shaped cookie cutter to cut out each slice of bread into a circle. Mix the 3 sandwich mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Place a tablespoon full of mix into the center of each circle shaped piece of bread. Fold the bread in half so the sandwich is now a half circle. Crimp the edges of the sandwich together with your fingers so the mix will not come out. Then, while holding the center of the sandwich, pull the sides of the sandwich down so the edges touch each other, forming a fortune cookie shape.
Cut extra apple and celery slices to eat with the Chinese dipping sauce.
To make fortunes for your fortune cookies, use a clean plastic lid from a tub of butter, yogurt, or sour cream. Cut small plastic strips, then write your fortune on them with a permanent marker. Tuck the edge of the fortune into the edge of your cookies to make them real fortune cookie sandwiches.
Once the dipping sauce is cool, serve the crunchy Chinese cookie sandwiches with their fortunes, and apple and celery slices on a plate with a cup of dipping sauce. Dip the sandwiches and the apple and celery slices into the sauce, and you have a great after school snack that was fun to make and eat!
2 slices cinnamon bread
2 Tbl. Jif® peanut butter
1 banana, sliced
Canned pineapple chunks (drained)
Canned mandarin oranges
Grated ginger (optional)
Pomegranate seeds (optional garnish)
1. Toast the two slices of cinnamon toast
2. Spread Jif® peanut butter on one slice of bread
3. Place banana slices, pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges on the other slices. Add grated ginger if desired
4. Put two sides of sandwich together and serve on a bed of lettuce
5. Decorate top of sandwich with pomegranate seeds and use additional oranges to decorate plate