Sweet and Savory Texas Toothpicks

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Deep fried, tempura breaded jalapeno spears are lovingly referred to as Texas toothpicks. Though they may not clean between your teeth, they will certainly burn through your sinuses and leave you coming back for more.

Traditionally done savory style, I decided to mix some sweet flavors into the breading and dipping sauce for one amazing sweet-hot combination. Some were skeptical of dipping a breaded jalapeno in something Nutella flavored, but let me tell you their minds soon changed- I ran out of the sweet styled ones faster than the savory ones! Give this recipe a try and let me know what other flavor combinations work for you.
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Step 1: What you'll need

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In addition to ~1 lb of jalapenos and a quantity of oil for frying, you'll need the following ingredients for a sweet or savory batter- feel free to adjust the spices to your liking, these are only guidelines that worked for me.

Tempura Batter Base:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cold beer or seltzer
Savory Batter:
  • Teaspoon chili powder
  • Teaspoon salt
  • Teaspoon black pepper
  • Teaspoon garlic powder
Sweet Batter:
  • Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Teaspoon sugar
  • Teaspoon cocoa powder
  • Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom (as desired) 
Dip (Savory or Sweet)
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped cilantro or Nutella

Step 2: Prepare the Jalapenos

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Choose your Jalapenos wisely- the more striations they have and the redder they are, the spicier they will be. If you wear contacts, I highly suggest a pair of exam gloves or something similar for this! You do NOT want to touch your eyes or any sensitive areas with jalapeno juice covered fingers.

  • Wash and dry thoroughly
  • Cut off stems
  • Remove seeds and membranes
  • Julianne (slice into small skewers lengthwise)
lamarwds4 years ago
Those do look good indeed.
ilpug4 years ago
I'm not much of a spicy-food eater, but these look amazing. must try them, even if it means oral immolation. this is a great Instructable with great presentation.