Most of us have seen these cooking competition shows like “Chopped” or “Hell’s Kitchen” or “Top Chef” where the contestants are given the basics of a meal and given an hour to create a meal. Well, a few of us had strayed off topic in a different thread, and thought it might be fun to try it here on DC.
For our little version of “Chopped”, I wouldn’t make it a competition and you won’t get sent home (unless you put up something like a liver smoothie). The whole idea would be to see how creative we can get with food.
Now you don’t have to actually create a recipe with the ingredients, just put together something you think would be good using them. Heck, you could use the ingredients from your last meal to see if we could recreate it as your challenge. Assume you only need to make one meal for one person, and it may or may not include a dessert. It should be as balanced as possible, and of course D friendly as much as possible.
What I’m thinking is that each week (if it turns out to be fun) you all can take turns and present a “mystery box” in which you have 4 or 5 ingredients we need to use in a meal, and the rest of us have to figure out how to use them. I’m not going to monitor/moderate the thread, so after I’m done, it’s your turn.
Now, to add a twist and keep things interesting, we can put a limit on things. For example, if I say you have apples in your box, you could make apple pie. But if I said you have ONE apple in your box, you wouldn’t have enough for a whole pie obviously, so it may be a baked apple or apple sauce (and hint hint, apples aren’t just for dessert).
So, some simple ground rules (which we can always add to).
A fully stocked pantry is a given, so you’re free to use spices, water, milk, lemon or lime juice, broth, flour, sugar, bread crumbs, vinegar,….you get the idea.
It should contain some form of protein (beef, chicken, fish, etc.)
We should be able to make it in the home kitchen (or grill).
They should be ingredients we can all get (no Hungarian sheep lips).
For example, if someone put out a “box” with: chicken wings, fresh spinach, bacon, feta cheese, and a banana, I might do Grilled chicken wings with buffalo sauce, a spinach salad with a hot bacon dressing sprinkled with feta, then just peel and cut the banana in half and throw it on the grill for a grilled banana dessert. Get it?
So I’ll start. Get ready…open your boxes. You have:
1 chicken breast (with bone and skin)
1 ear of corn
1 can of black beans
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