Sometimes simple is the most surprising. You know, like stuffing a jalapeño with 1/2 a mini Baby Ruth and throwing it on the grill. Who on earth ever thought of that? I’m not quite sure who came up with the dish but I had a couple as an appetizer at my folks’ house in Fredericksburg, Texas. Yes, chalk up one more Texas surprise from my trip down south.
The picture above actually does the dish justice. If you know what a grilled jalapeño tastes like and if you’ve ever had a Baby Ruth, you can imagine the dish. The slightly crunchy, smoky jalapeño envelopes the gooey caramel peanut crunch of the Baby Ruth. Heck, the whole thing is a bit of an assault on the senses. The sweetness of the candy is the first flavor to hit your tongue but eventually gives way to the tang of the pepper and, if the cook missed a few veins of capsaicin, the spice. The ones we had were just spicy enough to register on the palate but not over power the dish. Delicious and really, really interesting culinary fodder for conversation.
I also got to enjoy a proper bubble tea while we were there. The stuff my folks made was loads better than what I tried to make a few months ago.
Yeah, it’s a creative kitchen there in Fredericksburg. It’s no wonder that when I was a little kid and people asked what my favorite food was I said ‘artichokes.’