You’ve seen pepper jelly before—spread on crackers with a schmear of cream cheese. But this old-fashioned condiment could be the secret ingredient your dinner (or breakfast) has been missing.

By Recipes: Greg Luna; Photographer: Blaine Moats
Egg sandwich with pepper jelly

1. Sugar and Spice Egg Sandwich

Coax your egg sandwich out of its shell with arugula, cream cheese and, yep, pepper jelly.

Egg sandwich with pepper jelly

Sweet heat shopping tip Supermarket pepper jellies like Dickinson's skew pretty mild. For more zip (and whole rings of local peppers), try the wonderful Jalapeño Jam from Froehlich's in Three Oaks, Michigan (above). From $8.95 for 8 ounces. shopfroehlichs.com

2. Sticky, Kicky Chicken Wings with Cilantro Yogurt

The name says it all-serve these baked Cajun-spiced wings with plenty of napkins and a cold drink! Get the recipe.

3. Sweet and Smoky Skillet-Blistered Green Beans

This genius 5-ingredient weeknight side uses jalapeno jelly as an "instant" glaze and gets major flavor and crunch from smoked almonds. Get the recipe.

4. Spring Potato Salad

This lightly sweet potato salad is a great way to use up leftover Easter ham. Get the recipe.

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