The food that I enjoyed most as a South African experiencing my very first Labor Day was turkey sliders with tomato jam. The jam can be paired with any meat. Your taste buds will thank you.

Tomato Jam

Cooking time: About an hour

Ingredients for the:

1 pound of plum tomatoes, cored and chopped

1 tbs of olive oil

1 tbs red wine vinegar

1⁄4 cup plus 1 tbs firmly packed light brown sugar

1⁄2 tsp ground cumin

1⁄2 tsp ancho chile powder

1⁄4 tsp cayenne pepper

1⁄4 tsp ground ginger

1⁄4 tsp ground allspice


1. Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.

2. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have dissolved.

3. What remains should be a thick jam-like consistency. This takes about 1 hour.

4. Cool before serving.

turkey sliders recipe
Turkey sliders are easy to make and sure to please at your next event. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus

Turkey Sliders

1 pound ground turkey

1 grated onion

2 tbs Dijon mustard

1 egg

1⁄2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs

1 tsp Cumin

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat grill pan over medium-high heat. Grate onion.

2. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, onion, Dijon mustard, egg, panko, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix to combine.

3. Mold the mixture into patties.

4. Grill the patties for 3 minutes per side.

These sliders are perfect for any group gathering.