Sunday, February 5, 2012

Jalapeno Fudge

Because I took my Sunday nap and then spent the afternoon helping my little girl sew a Betsy Ross flag for a book report, my Super Bowl menu is super lacking.  So is my enthusiasm for this game, so I guess that fits.
I decided to be somewhat American though, so I whipped up some Jalapeno Fudge.  My mom made something similar when I was a kid.  We called it Jalapeno Cheese squares, but fudge sounds more decadent and these babies are rich.
Let's dive in.
Today, I had 2 assistant chefs!   So nice to have helpers in the kitchen.  They scatter like cockroaches in the light when I ask them to help clean up the mess though.  They are my children, no doubt.

So, here are the ingredients---
1 pound Monterrey Jack cheese
1 pound cheddar
1/2 cup chopped jalapenos
1 can chopped green chiles
2 eggs
1 cup flour
12 oz. evaporated milk
Food processor or cheese grater
9 x 13 pan

See the Dr. Pepper?  That is crucial.
That is for you.  Grab one and have a drink before you get started.  You won't be sorry.
Ok, now,   jalapenos.  I used some hot jalapenos and some Buc-ees Candied Jalapenos.  They are sweet, but not so spicy.

So, some of you are probably wondering, what is Buc-ees?  Well,
it is a convenience store with Buc-ee the Beaver as its logo and mascot.  It is on I-45 in Madisonville, Texas. There are others, but this is the only one I have traveled by.   There are billboards counting down the miles to it all the way down 45.   It is not quite like the billboard campaign announcing South of the Border on I-95, but they took their cues from that.  Buc-ees has all kinds of canned goodies, the most extensive soda and icee fountains I have ever seen.  And get this, clean bathrooms with no waiting.  There are about 50 seats in the ladies room.  They have real doors on them and they have hand sanitizer inside each and every stall.  They have an employee who works exclusively in the restroom to keep it up to their standards of cleanliness.  My uncle once said, "Buc-ees, it is a convenience store. I don't get it."  He is no longer in the stage of life of taking young children to public restrooms.  He doesn't get it.  And there I do again.  I have sunk to a new low with this aside...toilet talk in the middle of a recipe.  Sorry about that.

This is a close up of the jalapenos from Buc-ees.  They are a little bit darker in color than the regular jalapenos.

Chop, chop, chop.  

Next, get out your cheese and drop it in the food processor.  It will take you approximately 18 seconds to grate 2 pounds of cheese.  It is a beautiful thing.   

While you grate away, have your fearless assistants mix 2 eggs, 1 cup flour and 12 ounces of evaporated milk. This too will take about 18 seconds.  Mix your cheese, chiles, and jalapenos in the 9 x 13.  I didn't grease mine. Why you ask??  2 pounds of cheese have plenty of lubrication on their own.  I don't think these are going to stick to anything, except arteries.  

Now, dump the liquid over the top of all that cheese.  

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.  
While they bake, if you are lucky, your daughter will decide to make chicken quesadillas for the whole family and you won't have to make dinner.  
When it is done, it looks like this. 

These are very rich.  Where I could eat the whole pan of Butterscotch Bars, I can only eat one or two of these.  My husband gave them a thumbs down.  He said it is nothing but cheese casserole and he is very anti-casserole.  Oh well, in life and Super Bowl, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.  I am sure I have some cheese loving friends who will help me out with this. 


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