We did a modified version of Chopped with an appetizer and entrée round. ALV and BS cooked the appetizer and DFH and I cooked the entrée. We provided the mystery ingredients for the appetizer and ALV and BS provided the mystery ingredients for the entrée. Neither of us knew what ingredients the other was bringing. Each round was 30 minutes and each couple had four minutes to come up with a plan for the ingredients. (No Google allowed), although we didn't end up sticking to the time limit.
Our mystery basket for their appetizer consisted of 1.pork necks. 2. Peach Mango preserves. 3. Red potatoes and 4. Wasabi soybeans
The final appetizer dish
1. Mahi Mahi
3. Manchego cheese
4. Pickled beets
6. Wasabi paste
We created cornflake and wasabi paste encrusted Mahi Mahi which we let marinade in buttermilk. We then created an arugula salad with pickled beets, carrots and Manchego cheese topped with a Dijon mustard vinaigrette. We also made a Manchego cheese sauce to add on top of the fish.
I was honestly impressed how both of the dishes turned out. We didn't vote on a winner since there were just two of us, but it was so fun seeing what each of us would come up with and it was the perfect activity to do on a snowy Saturday night. This is definitely something I want to try again. I would love to do it with more people and add additional courses, but it would be very time consuming with access to only one kitchen. We created our own rules and baskets, but this site has a great overview of planning your own Chopped Challenge.
It is another cold snowy day out there, everyone keep warm!