Peanut butter sandwich contest & P-Nutty bbq chicken quesadilla recipe

Jif offers a chance to share your child’s favorite peanut butter sandwich for fame and a little fortune.

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2012—For some of us peanut butter is a daily requirement. If you have a child who likes to make sandwiches and loves peanut butter, this competition may be just the thing.

Starting July 26, kids across the country will have the chance to achieve sandwich stardom by entering the 11th Annual Jif® Most Creative Sandwich Contest, and one talented young chef will earn a $25,000 college fund. Four runner-ups get $2,500 college fund and the remaining five get a Jif gift basket worth $50.00.

Coming up with a new recipe would be a fun way to engage your child in the kitchen, even if it’s not chosen as a winner. Check the Jif site for lots of tasty ideas you might not have tried yet and prior year’s winning recipes. A quick search yields sides—broccoli florets with sesame peanut sauce, snacks—cranberry chutney & peanut butter roll-ups, soups—curried tomato-peanut soup,  —to dessert—banana-topped peanut butter pudding parfaits. Most are fairly fast and easy to put together.

Additional details:

For the first time this year, entrants can incorporate NEW Jif Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread and Jif Mocha Cappuccino Flavored Hazelnut Spread into their creative recipes.

From July 26, 2012 through October 11, 2012, parents can help their children submit their recipe online at by completing the contest entry form.

Sandwiches will be judged on the following criteria: creativity, likely taste, visual appeal and ease of preparation.

Each original sandwich recipe submitted must contain at least two tablespoons of Jif Peanut Butter or Jif Hazelnut Spread.

Entries must be submitted online by 11:59 a.m. on October 11, 2012.

Ten semi-finalists will be chosen in November 2012 and will participate in a nationwide online vote beginning January 2012. Five finalists will then be determined to attend an event in New York City, where the contest grand prize winner will be announced.

Last year, Mallory Russell, 8, of Hilton Head, SC, created her winning recipe the “P-Nutty BBQ Chicken Quesadilla,” which combined Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter with Mexican, Thai and American BBQ flavors. Here’s her recipe:

P-Nutty BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

 (Serves 1)

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

1 large tortilla


MIX together peanut butter, barbecue sauce and lime juice in small bowl.

SPREAD peanut butter mixture over tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese over half the tortilla. Layer with chicken, green onion, corn, 1 teaspoon cilantro and 2 tablespoons tomatoes.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Fold and lightly press tortilla together.

COAT 10-inch skillet with no-stick cooking spray. Heat over medium high heat.

Place filled quesadilla in hot skillet. Cook about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet. Allow to rest 2 minutes. Cut in half. Garnish with sour cream, remaining tomato and cilantro.


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Linda Mensinga was editor of Culinary Trends for 15 years, now a contributing writer. Researching restaurants and hotels, she interviews the best and brightest chefs, not necessarily the most famous, to learn their secrets and recipes. Their talent and dedication never cease to inspire her. 

Mrs. Mensinga is happily food obsessed and fortunate enough to be married to a chef. 

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