Friday, September 23, 2011

Peanut Butter Jalapenos

Being in a Fantasy Football league this year and actually being an active participant (yes, I'm doing research, following blogs, etc), good football snacks have become a focus. This isn't much of anything, at least as far as an in depth recipe goes, but it's great as a snack or as an appetizer for a party or game. Especially if said football game is in Texas because where else would people think to combine jalapenos and peanut butter?
I first had these years ago, served by one of my Mom's very good friends and another Texas native and always had the recipe in the back of my mind as something fun to make for a football party with a match up against the Cowboys or Texans. They're crunchy and creamy, just like peanut butter and celery but with a little more spice and less stringy celery strands. For any naysayers, if you like Thai food, especially the peanut sauce, you will like this. Trust me. Plus it's vegetarian (and vegan!) and since it's 1/2 vegetable, it can make you feel like you're being healthy, even though the peanut butter is definitely not... though, hey, it's protein! And if you want to be more health conscious you can use some health food peanut butter and simply top with raisins for that sweetness... just like ants on a log, except this would be the spicy version.

Peanut Butter Jalapenos
Jalapenos- depending on how many you will be serving, party rule of thumb is 2 per person
Creamy Peanut Butter

Optional: chopped cilantro, raisins, currants, honey to drizzle over top

1. Cut of the stem and slice jalapeno in 2. Depending on spice tolerance you can leave the seeds, completely discard, or reserve a few to sprinkle over top. Scoop in peanut butter. If you want to be fancy you can pipe it in with an icing tip but not necessary. Top with any optional ingredients.

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