Looking for a spicy snack to heat up your New Year’s Eve party? Jalapeño Rings with Cumin Dip are not fancy schmancy but for your casual gathering of friends bringing in the new year they are perfect. Crispy and spicy, cooled off with a good dunk in cumin dip, the plate will be empty before you’re serving the second round of drinks.
It’s easy to prep the jalapeño rings and dip earlier in the day but it’s a must to make when guests have arrived, fresh, hot and crispy from the oil. They only take a couple minutes per side to cook and less time to be devoured. A few fingers all gooey with batter is well worth the little bit of mess. I like to dump all the rings in the batter bowl and give a good stir to coat well, then it’s just a matter of fishing out the rings and placing gently into the hot oil. Flip after a couple of minutes to get golden perfection on both sides, then let drain briefly on a paper towel line plate. Stack high with cumin dip on the side and pass around.
I find using plastic gloves to prep the jalapeño rings helps to avoid irritated hands and/or accidentally touching your eyes with juice from the jalapeño. Pushing out the center seeds is optional but recommended as more seeds means more heat. Without the seeds it’s a nice spicy heat that doesn’t leave your mouth feeling like it’s on fire.
I love these Jalapeño Rings with Cumin Dip because guests love to linger and chat over the plate as they dip and munch away. So although this party snack is not elaborate with expensive ingredients or days of labour, it is a dish that brings people together.
Recipe Source: Compelled To Cook