To some, jerky is the quintessential snack. Looking beyond that — it can be used as an ingredient in certain dishes giving them a unique, new flavor.
Granted the nature of jerky somewhat limits the dishes, but with a little creativity – and daring, a whole new world of eating can open up.
With that thought in mind, went ‘net surfing’ for different ways jerky could be used as an ingredient. And rather than put all the recipes here, we’ve placed links to the pages, blogs, etc. where you can find the recipes.
As you might think, most were unique hot entrees (of sorts) with the tomato sauce one turning up more than once. Did find a salad or two which was a surprise. Would never have thought of that.
For those so inclined to try using their jerky for something other than snacking, we’ve listed a few of our favorites food finds below. When looking at these recipes, don’t be shy about adding your own touches or other ingredients if you are so inclined.
The next 4 recipes can be found here.
Cornbread with jerky – sounds good to us.
Biscuits with jerky gravy – we think sausage gravy is better the next day after the flavors blend. Jerky gravy might be the same.
Tomato sauce – saw this one frequently.
Beans with jerky – think they might be ranch beans??
Next recipe plus a few others can be found here
Curried fried rice with jerky – can be found at this link along with some other recipes including papaya salad w/jerky; charquican; spicy kimchi noodles.
These next recipes all sounded good too.
Salad with grated jerky – chef salad
Tomato sauce – we’d add onions too
Roasted Brussels sprouts – can anything make them taste good??
Omelet – add in some cheese, onions, peppers, etc. too
Oatmeal topping – have to wonder about this one
Any soup (or stew) – love soup and stew
Deviled egg garnish – think it would have to be finely grated for this one and maybe leave out the salt when preparing the deviled eggs
Get the recipes for the above – along with a couple of others (Bloody Mary) – at this link.
The following is my wife’s recipe for what she calls ‘No Name Soup’. It is an easy fix using leftovers if you have them. Otherwise use canned soup, black-eyed peas, macaroni, cabbage and sausage that’s been smoked. Replacing the smoked sausage with bite-sized pieces of jerky sticks (that have been soaked) would work just fine. It is delicious, by the way.
- 1 – 2 cans of Minnestroni or vegetarian vegetable soup
- 1 can water (no water if using Progresso soup)
- 1 can chicken or beef broth
- 1/2 can black-eyed peas (with liquid)
- 1/2 onion (sauteed in 1-2 TBSP olive oil)
- 1/4 head cabbage, coarsely chopped and pre-cooked
- 1 cup macaroni
- 1/4 cup tomatoes (canned or fresh)
- 1 -2 links cooked sausage (smoked is best)
- Salt, pepper to taste
- Sauté onion in olive oil till soft, add soup, water, broth – cover and bring to a low boil.
- Add in macaroni, cover. Reduce heat to a slow simmer and cook till macaroni is almost tender.
- Add in black-eyed peas, tomatoes, partially cooked cabbage, and cooked sausage – cover and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes. Give it a stir about every minute or so to mix it all up.
- Adjust seasoning to taste
For most of the recipes we found the jerky was either grated, chopped or soaked. And one recipe called specifically for ‘smoked’ jerky. Would think if smoked jerky weren’t available, maybe a teaspoon or so of liquid smoke in the recipe would help give the ‘smoked’ flavor. Just a thought.