Meatball Sliders

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PREP TIME: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 12 sliders

These manly yet mini meatball subs will be the highlight of any game day spread!

1 lb ground beef
1 tsp red pepper flakes
¼ cup breadcrumbs
3 T grated parmesan cheese
2 T flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 large eggs
1 garlic clove, minced
3 T olive oil
¼ cup onion, diced
12 oz. Jam Jar Marinara Sauce
12 dinner rolls
1 cup shaved mozzarella
12 large basil leaves

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Combine beef through garlic with ½ tsp each of salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix together well and then roll into about 12 golf ball sized portions.

Heat 2 T oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions until softened, about 2 minutes and transfer to a plate. Heat the remaining oil and add the meatballs, turning until browned all over and cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Pour the marinara sauce in the pan and add the onion. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Split each dinner roll and arrange bottoms on a baking sheet. Top with basil leaf, meatball patty, Jam Jar marinara sauce, shaved mozzarella slices, and top bun. Bake until cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes.

Categories : Appetizers

Jam Jar Marinara Sauce

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PREP TIME: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 cups

A robust marinara sauce for pastas, subs or even just a spoon.

1 T olive oil
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes, chopped
2 T tomato paste
2 T flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf

Heat oil in a large skillet. Sauté the onion over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute.

Add the wine to the pan and bring to high heat, scraping up the brown bits. Continue to cook until liquid has evaporated to 2 tablespoons, about 3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, parsley, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, pepper flakes. Add the bay leaf to the sauce, cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving and adjust seasoning as needed.

Categories : Entrees

Sweet Shiraz BBQ Chicken Pizza

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PREP TIME: 45 minutes
SERVINGS: One 12″ pizza

A sweet, tangy and downright delicious pizza

1 pound store-bought pizza dough
All-purpose flour
½ cup + 2 T Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz BBQ Sauce
1 skinless boneless chicken breast
2 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
½ cup red onion, sliced thin
1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack Cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup chopped cilantro

Place pizza stone on middle rack in oven and preheat to 500°F for at least 20 minutes to heat pizza stone.

In a medium skillet, heat some oil over medium heat. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper, and sauté about 4 minutes on each side until chicken is cooked through. When cool, slice into thin pieces and toss in a few tablespoons of Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz BBQ sauce.

Spread flour on a working surface and roll out dough to desired thickness and shape. Sprinkle flour on preheated pizza stone and transfer dough.

Spread remaining Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz BBQ sauce over dough evenly. Top with Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, then red onions, bacon and chicken. Top pizza evenly with mozzarella cheese.

Bake in oven for 8-12 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and top with chopped cilantro.

Categories : Entrees

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz Sliders

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PREP TIME: 35 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 sliders

Step up your slider game with these sweet and smoky Jam Jar sliders.

2 cups of Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ lbs of lean ground beef
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly group pepper
1 medium tomato, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups of arugula
1 tablespoon of olive oil
4 slider buns
4 slices of cheddar
4 strips of cooked bacon (optional)

In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine the wine and brown sugar for the glaze. Cook until reduced, about 25 minutes. Let stand to cool.

In a large bowl, mix beef, salt, pepper, and a quarter of the red wine reduction. Form 4 slider-size burger patties.

Cut buns in half and drizzle with olive oil. Grill the sliders to desired doneness on medium-high heat and toast buns. Top patties with cheese and transfer to buns. Drizzle remaining red wine glaze over patties, top with tomato, arugula, bacon (optional) and top buns.

Categories : Appetizers, Entrees