Last month, while at my friend’s wedding, I had the pleasure of sharing an inn suite with my friend H and her Hubby. I’ve known both of them since college (we all lived in the same dorm freshman year), and we used to be neighbors in Beantown before they moved to the Windy City. Anyway, it was wonderful to spend and extended amount of time with them after what seems like years apart: I’d forgotten how much I laugh when I’m with them.
What does this have to do with hapalainio burgers, you ask? What is a hapalainio? Well, it’s actually a jalapeno. The night before the wedding in June, M and I stopped at a gas station to pick up some snacks for the weekend. We ended up with some Lay’s Kettle Cooked Jalapeno Chips. The second we got back to our room and whipped them out of the bag, H’s Hub started calling them “hapalainio chips” apparently because there’s an SNL skit in which George Bush (played by Will Ferrell) refers to jalapeno poppers as “hapalainio poppers”. Also, H’s Hub is hilarious…so it all makes sense…right.
Anyway, we laughed and laughed about the chips for the rest of the weekend…or at least until I got back from the wedding reception and ate the remainder of the bag…which was more than half full I believe. That’s what Bacardi and good times will do to you.
So, when M had a hankering for a spicy burger we decided to whip up some of our very own Hapalainio Cheddar Burgers.
1lb ground beef
2 Jalapeno peppers
1 cup cheddar cheese (we used Cabot Seriously Sharp)