As promised, I’m going to fill you in on how our little episode of Chopped went yesterday. It all turned out much better than I could have imagined. The part that really surprised me was that they all finished their dishes way ahead of the thirty minute time-frame. When we first started, we were thinking that we shouldn’t time it because we didn’t want there to be too much pressure, but it ended up not really mattering.
I put all the “baskets” together and then the three chefs threw some dice to determine the order. My sister went first and she chose a bag at random. She ended up with tomatillos, zucchini bread, Clementine Izze (sparkling fruit juice) and scallops. Out of all the cooks, I feel like she looked the most chef-like. She used a blender and one of those little grinder things. It was so much fun to watch her put those ingredients together. Her dish ended up being way too sweet (too much zucchini bread) but we all agreed that her dish had the best presentation.
My hubby went next. His bag had rainbow chard, cinnamon roll, Grapefruit Izze and shrimp. He looked like a professional! He was super calm and basically did a fabulous one-pot wonder. I kept reminding him to not forget ingredients, but he was completely under control. I think he finished with ten minutes to spare. We all agreed that his had the most balanced flavor.
(It’s crazy to me how we all sounded just like the Chopped judges. “There’s too much of this” or “I like how this ingredient did this” or “I can’t taste the fruit juice at all”.)
My sister-in-law went last. I think she probably had the hardest basket. She had to cook with beets, pumpkin bread, Blackberry Izze and beef tenderloin. She did a vegetable hash and charred the pumpkin bread and put it on top of the beef. The beef was undercooked, but at least it wasn’t blue. Despite that, I think I liked the flavor of hers the most. I really loved the pumpkin bread with the meat, even though that sounds really weird just thinking about it now.
Everyone agreed that it was a great time and I believe we are planning to do it again soon. I enjoyed judging and trying each dish, but I can honestly say that I wouldn’t enjoy the cooking aspect of it. I just don’t understand how ingredients work and how to use an ingredient in a different way. What I can say is that everything was perfectly edible. I was honestly slightly worried that things would taste awful.
I’m kicking myself now that I completely forgot to take pictures! How awful is that? I guess you will all just have to use your imaginations or have a little episode of Chopped on your own and try to throw a dish together using the four ingredients they had to use. If you do, I hope you have fun, and let me know how it goes!
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