Your favorite heavy-on-jalapeno recipes
Hey there. We are the lucky recipients of a HUGE (4+ lbs.) bag of jalapenos from our boss' garden. We are eager to burn through them before they turn. What's your favorite recipe that is heavy on the jalapenos? And on a related note, does anyone have experience with freezing jalapenos--do they thaw well? Does freezing significantly affect their taste and texture?
Thanks in advance, Chowhounders!
How about Cowboy Candy
3 cups sliced jalepenos (seeded and ribs removed, or leave in some seeds if more heat is desired)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes till thickened. Recipe may be doubled
Use as a relish, or a spread on sandwiches.
I have never made them but I thought of Jalapeño poppers - you can find a variety of recipes on line.
Periodically, I purchase different types of peppers, e.g., Italian Long Hots, Cherry Peppers and Jalapeno's, and roast them in Olive Oil with a sprinkle of Kosher Salt. I then keep them in a food storage container to have with cold cut sandwiches, sausage heroes, burgers or hot dogs. I also chop up the different peppers and make a relish of sorts to spread onto sandwiches or as a topping for burgers and dogs.
Jalapeno slices raw or flash fried in oil are great in Asian cooking too. Main dishes or soups to add a little heat.
I love to mince jalapenos and add to cornbread. (Grated cheese is good as a stir in for spicy cornbread as well).
Freezing will preserve on some level, but IMHO, you lose some of the fresh, sharp heat when you freeze.
You may consider chopping and salting:
I freeze jalapenos all the time.... have done for years, especially when they are plentiful from the garden. I double bag them in freezer bags and take out has many as I need for whatever it is I'm making. Just swipe them under warn running water and proceed.
My friend made a really tasty jalapeno cheese dip for a party last week. It was really delicious and there are lots of similar type recipes out there!
Personally I like to add jalapenos to almost everything - tacos, stews, stir fry, etc.