I have the most peculiar restaurant bad luck of having my
favorite items on the menu suddenly disappear.
It has always been this way. I
like something. I fall in love with
it. I keep coming back for more. Then suddenly, one cursed day, I go back to
find it gone. Into thin air. Without a trace. Uncanny.
myself not to like any particular dish in any restaurant too much. Or at least only profess my love for it in
the secret places of my heart, but betray no outward sign of excessive devotion
lest the cruel restaurant gods strike that favored dish from the menu once
jalapeño poppers. I could never have
enough of them back in the days of my first job when stress ran high and spicy
cheesy fried things had the ability to quell even the fiercest of financial industry jitters. Then, without warning nor worry
for my stress that needed sating, each of the places I would go for them, from
the rowdy American franchises to the kitschy cinema food stalls, stopped serving
it. Just. Like. That.
toy with your emotional cravings, you can just march into your own kitchen and build
your redemption on a mountain of melted cheese.
jalapeño popper. No hard and fast recipe
because it is really very simple, and can be adjusted to suit one’s tastes. But I’ve outline what you need below, in case
you want to follow me down this path.
- 2 slices of your favorite sandwich bread (I used French
- A smear of mustard (a grainy one, or one of those potent
English ones would be fantastic)
- A generous handful of grated mozzarella cheese
- Another generous handful of grated cheddar cheese
- Pickled jalapeño pepper slices (yes those ones in the jar)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- A good pat of butter
mustard. On top of the mustard pile on
some grated mozzarella cheese. Go on,
don’t be shy.
handle onto the cheese (I need to put more next time). Top this with
another shameless pile of grated cheddar.
Press your second slice of bread down over the whole mess.
milk until homogenous. Dip your cheese
and jalapeño sandwich into the egg mixture, turning it over a couple of times
and making sure the entire beast is coated.
carefully in the pan. Fry on each side until both are golden brown, pressing down slightly on the sandwich as you do. Some melted cheese may leak out and this is
absolutely OK. The cheese will form
crusty bits on the sides of your sandwich that will make it all the more delicious.
want – just remember to make is a good combination of flavor and melty-ness.
audacity. Not for the faint
of heart, be warned, but a (literally) shining example that you should never
let bad restaurant juju, or any bad juju for that matter, get in your way
(food-wise or otherwise).