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Sep 19, 2008 04:23 AM

Got any flavor ideas for a Very Spicy gelato?

I got these extremely spicy organic Jalapeno pepper that I want to make gelatos with. I though by it's self it might be too plain. I'm stuck on what I can pair it with. I've tried curry gelto, it's okay. Any ideas?

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    I would make a sweet jalepeno jellt gelato. Chop it and mix it with a nice wine jelly, such as a good chrdonnay jelly, or a red wine jelly, and pour it into your gelato base. Maybe make a sour cream gelato base, or cream cheese or goat cheese gealto base for it.

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    1. re: Diana

      I had a mango salsa with jalapenos that was quite good, maybe a mango jalapeno gellatto? If I saw that on a menu somewhere, I would try it!

      1. re: CeeBee

        Oooh, how about spicy mango chutney gelato?

    2. Mix with V8 juice, or along those lines for a spicy tomatoey gelato?

      1. You might consider thinking about what cultures that embrace chile do when they incorporate spicy into their snacks, fruits, and desserts.

        One that comes immediately to mind is chile, mango and coconut - sometimes with a little salt or tamarind/tamarind salt. This combination is extremely popular in Southeast Asia as well as Mexico, and is a common snack or light meal that one can pick up from fruit hawkers and paletarias. The only problem in this case is that red chile is used because the flavor profile goes well with the other ingredients. I am assuming that your jalapenos are green?

        Jalapenos seem to mate well with limes - maybe a lime/jalapeno sorbet, or maybe infused into some vanilla or panna cotta gelato base?

        I did a yahoo on jalapeno desserts and came up with this as well - maybe it will offer a simple option to infuse your jalapenos into many potential recipes as well...

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          Along the same lines, maybe a mole-esque (the sauce not the rodent, can't find the flecha key) gelato. Or at least something with dark chocolate.

          1. re: yamalam

            I can vouch that this works extremely well from personal experience. Chocolate, cinnamon (barely enough cinnamon to taste,) and hot pepper. Hot pepper and chocolate are made for each other. It works really well in ice cream, I'd assume gelato will be great as well.

            1. re: gordeaux

              I agree with the dark chocolate/mango/cinnamon/chile combo, but I'm just wondering if the OP has mature red jalapenos or the green ones. The green flavor in the immature jalapenos would scare me away from that combo, but who knows?

            2. re: yamalam

              Glad you clarified - was imagining picking out fur and ground-up claws out of my teeth! ;-) The complexity of mo-leh might do the trick...

          2. I am all for the mango-jalapeno or chocolate-jalapeno combinations. I think they are safe bets, but cannot visualize the taste of mango-chocolate-jalapeno combination. There is too much going on, and it might be hard to balance the flavors. If you end up braving for this one, please report back.

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            1. re: emerilcantcook

              The never-fearing Trader Joe's has come out with a new product: Dried mangos dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with red chile powder. At first, I was thinking my taste buds would be going through gyrations and couldn't wait to get home and try them with my Malaysian-born and bred wife who loves all three of these major components, particularly the mangos and "chilli." I'm sad to say that the multiple orgasms didn't hit either of our tongues and the container sits half-empty after two weeks in our household. I think your tastes and foresight are on the nose. Keep it to one combination or the other...

            2. Thank you all for the great ideas. I tried the chocolate, cinnamon & pepper combination. It turn out great. It start off with a rich dark chocolate taste, then comes a hint of cinnamon; Just right before that bite of gelato melt away, the spiciness sinks in with a kick. I wish I can share this gelato with you all on the web.