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Posted October 23, 2007 by Nick Lindauer in Makers
 
 

Review: Defcon Creator’s Double Super Secret Experiment # X-13 Habanero Horseradish


Defcon's Super Secret Experiment Horseradish

Ingredients: Here’s a riddle: The product is called “Habanero Horseradish”. One of the ingredients is horseradish. The other is not. (Actually, there is no ingredient list, but basically, its habanero and horseradish).

I believe it says in the Bible that the third Commandment stated “Defcon Creator Is Wing Sauce“, so I was more than excited when I got this in the mail from Nick. In fact, I opened it right away just to smell it. When I came-to from passing out I immediately took a huge spoonful. Man, what a kick in the rump. The balance is on the horseradish side, with a heavy kick from the red habanero. This is essentially grated horseradish with habanero. So the first culinary use I did with it was making some Bloody Marys. Yowza! What a touch! And around Wisconsin (State motto: “If It’s Not Bland, It’s Not Here!”) horseradish is used primarily for roast beef. So I decided to use it with Jambalaya.

Defcon's Super Secret Experiment Horseradish

I make my jambalaya from scratch, using beef, chicken, and Guillermo sausage, with red bell pepper rice. Now with all of those ingredients you would think the horseradish would drown itself out. Waaaaayyyy wrong. In fact, the blend really complimented to whole dish with a sharp, fresh tone I was expecting from the horseradish. So, satisfied with that, I added it to some pasta Alfredo the next day. This stuff really made the flavor of the cheeses ring out, and really improved the dish. Other foods I tried it on were scrambled eggs, a burger, and tacos (outstanding).

Defcon's Super Secret Experiment Horseradish

And what do you do if you have a cold/slight hangover? Mix a tablespoon of this in hot water, stir it up, and drink it like tea. No joke, your sinuses clear right the hell up.

This is fun stuff. So onto my Five Point Scale:
Appearance– Every time I look at this, the theme song from the movie “Terminator” pops in my head. Just gnarly, gnarly stuff.
Smell: 4- Every time I take a whiff of this I see a faint light at the end of a dark tunnel. So strong, wakes you up like hyper-coffee. I just love this, but I also love the smell of raw horseradish.
Taste: 4-I’m really impressed how this stuff lent itself to other flavors without over taking the dishes it was in. Great fresh flavor, lingering heat, clean finish. Strangely reminds me of white Burgundy.
Heat: 3.5-Surprisingly not as hot as I would expect from the Creator, but enough heat to satisfy this habbie-head.
Overall: 4-Even if it’s not a super-hot condiment from Defcon, it still is a great thing to reach for in the fridge. Great to experiment with, fun to eat, and just cool packaging. Remember, this is a Defcon product, so you’re not going to go wrong with this stuff.

Until next time, treat every meal like it was your last!

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