Pineapple Coconut Pepper-Studded Rice and a Tropical Pineapple Hot Fudge Sundae

by Heather on May 24, 2012

Last Friday I had a lifelong dream come true:  ice cream.  Delivered.  Right to my doorstep.

 

At 10am.

 

I’m living the life, y’all.  You don’t even know!

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program I was lucky enough to get to try the Häagen-Dazs® Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream.  OMG.

 

OH.

 

EM.

 

GEE.

 

Let me take this quick moment though to remind you guys not to let dry ice touch your skin.  Oh, I wore gloves to get the ice cream out of the box, but a small piece fell on the floor and I totally stepped on it.  OUCH.  Don’t do that…

I couldn’t decide what I wanted to make with the ice cream though!  I mean, obviously a dessert-y type thing would be in the cards (adoy – just wait til the end of the post!) but I couldn’t just stop there.  I felt like something savory would be a fabulous change-up with such a great product.  SOOOOOOOOOOOO…I made a delicious coconut-pineapple rice studded with jalapenos and red peppers.

 

Trust me, you want this.

But wait!  There’s more!  You can’t just have an ice cream party without ice cream dessert.  It’s not possible, nor should it be attempted.

I couldn’t decide what to do dessert-wise but finally decided to stick with a tropical spin on the classic sundae.  You guys know how obsessed we are with Hawaii and all things tropical…really, would you expect anything different?

 

Fully coconut-y, fully sweet and fully delicious.  Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go eat another gallon of this goodness.  Because OMG.

PINEAPPLE COCONUT PEPPER-STUDDED RICE

  • 1 cup white long-grain rice
  • 1 cup defrosted Häagen-Dazs® pineapple coconut ice cream (I defrosted mine in the fridge overnight)
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (remove all seeds if you don’t want a lot of heat)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil

In a small saucepan bring the rice, defrosted ice cream, salt and 2 cups of water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.  NOTE: depending on the humidity and where you live (i.e. I am at a higher altitude) you may need to add a little more water and continue cooking to make sure that the rice is thoroughly cooked.  Meanwhile saute the peppers in olive oil until tender.  When the rice is done gently fold in the peppers (this keeps the rice nice and white!) and adjust seasonings as needed.

 

TROPICAL PINEAPPLE COCONUT HOT FUDGE SUNDAE

  • 1 pint Häagen-Dazs® pineapple coconut ice cream
  • 4 slices pound cake
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

In a small saucepan heat the coconut milk and coconut oil together, stirring frequently, until steam starts to form.  Remove from heat and whisk in the chocolate chips until smooth and creamy.  In a glass layer the ice cream, pound cake, coconut hot fudge sauce, and repeat.  Devour!

 

(Also pictured: macadamia nut brittle, following this exact recipe but using dry-roasted macadamia nuts in lieu of peanuts).

 

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a stipend and coupons for free Häagen-Dazs® ice cream

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 24, 2012

Ice cream and rice?! Cool! This sounds awesome!

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2 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables May 24, 2012

Seriously never thought of using ice cream in a savory dish like that-totally a “Chopped” or “Iron Chef” move Heather, I love it! :)

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3 Lauren May 24, 2012

I’ve seen variations of this before but NOTHING that looked this good. I cannot wait to try this one day. I’m putting this in my recipe binder!

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4 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 24, 2012

WHAT. stop it. stop that right now. I’m trying to be good, Heather!

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5 Patricia - Grab a Plate May 24, 2012

Woa! I’m seriously impressed with your rice dish – what a great idea! When I have ice cream in front of me, I usually can’t think of anything else but a spoon!
Very cool (and dessert sounds amazing, too)!

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6 Kristina May 24, 2012

good LORD I am making both of these things. today. where is MY ice cream delivery? ;)

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7 Andrea May 24, 2012

Holy YUM! 1) your dessert photos are making me DROOL… 2) what a creative way to use icecream… in a savory dish?! never would have thought.

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8 Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin May 24, 2012

Such a unique and creative idea! I’m loving coconut milk these days, so this recipe sounds so tasty to me! Glad to have connected with you on Tasty Kitchen! :)

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9 Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch May 24, 2012

Oh my goodness..Divine! When I was pregnant I went through a pint of Haagen Daz strawberry ice cream every 2 days…This pineapple coconut ice cream looks divine and I love how you used it in the rice! Fabulous! Have a fantastic weekend!

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10 Janetha May 24, 2012

and i didn’t think ice cream could get any better. it just did.

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11 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 25, 2012

Oh wow, now I must find this flavor!

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12 Genevieve Gladysz July 30, 2012

I love that you used coconut milk & oil for your chocolate syrup! I am HUGE fan of coconut everything!

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