PB&J Jalapeno Poppers at Shelter"/>
It's only the third installment of The Weird Food Column, and already I've mentioned peanut butter and jelly twice. It's just been that kind of week. While the fried peanut-butter bonbons at Local 360 were skewed slightly on the odd side, the peanut-butter-and-jelly jalapeno poppers ($7) at Shelter in Ballard have claimed dual citizenship with the odd part of town.
Photo: Julien Perry
Owner Kevin Carlson created this unusual bar snack a couple of years before opening Shelter in November 2009 to satisfy his sweet tooth. He found the recipe in a Cuban cookbook, and left his own stamp on it by adding panko breadcrumbs and mixing cream cheese into the peanut butter before stuffing it into the peppers. Speaking of which, those aren't really jalapenos, they're Serrano peppers, which are milder. The result is a pleasant, crunchy, and sweet treat that is totally addictive. The peppers are very fresh and crisp, and the peanut butter and jelly combo makes these little pillows of weirdness taste just like a PB&J sandwich with jalapeno chips smashed in.