My son turned eleven today and it is actually his golden birthday. I cannot tell you how excited he has been, well, for about one week now. It was almost a countdown as if he were going on vacation to an exotic island! I has asked him what special meal he would want, if he could have anything, for his birthday. As I was thinking he would come back with something like hot dogs, or pizza, he quickly fired off Belgium waffles. Belgium waffles, I asked? Indeed he had his mind set on Belgium waffles.
So his festivities started on Saturday afternoon. A movie with his friends, and pizza, and an ice cream cake back at the house. Let’s just say it was noisy, but did he ever have a blast. The following day was the Belgium waffle party with family. Grandma and grandpa came by, along with my sister-n-law and nephews, and our cousins and their kids, along with our fisherman buddy, Bill. We did miss out on my brother and sister-n-law and our niece and nephew as they were sparking fevers, but it was a good time to be had.
As I began prepping everything for the early dinner festivities, I knew I had to make kid friendly food, but also something to please the adults, and hence, I made chicken and waffles, along with bacon, sausages, and hashbrowns. As many, if not all of my family has never experienced chicken and waffles, I knew they would simply fall in love with it, as it was everything about being savory and sweet. But I wanted a bit more spark to that sweet and savory, and I wanted just a tad bit of heat. This is when I thought of making a jalapeno butter.
This butter was pretty awesome and super simple to throw together.
Let’s get started.
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large clove of garlic, minced
- 2 jalapeno peppers, seeds and stem removed, minced
- pinch of salt
Now it doesn’t get any easier than this.
Take all of your ingredients and add them to a small mixing bowl. Use a form and mix everything together.
Take a sheet of plastic wrap and add the butter to the middle. Fold the plastic wrap over the butter, and take both ends and begin swinging them to completely tighten the butter, forming it into a sealed log.
Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour to set up. When you are ready to serve, unroll the jalapeno butter and place on a serving dish.
The addition of the jalapeno butter was everything that this chicken and waffles needed. The subtle spice, along with the garlic, really brightened up the entire dish, making these chicken and waffles a hit at the birthday party.
As both of my kids told me later in the day, it was the best meal ever. I’ll take that any day of the week! Happy Birthday Jaeden. I love you.