DC Chopped Challenge-Week 3

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-07-22 15:06:38 -0500
Started 2012-06-30 16:45:11 -0500

Ok, let's stir things up a bit.

You know the rules:
You must use everything in your basket and have access to the pantry and frige.
You will be judged on your creativity, taste and presentation of your dish.
You have 30 minutes (but who's counting)

Please open your basket:

Inside you will find…
White Quinoia
Whole Rainbow Trout
Canned Pineapple slices
Dry Nori Sheets

Chef's ready? Go!

24 replies

Nana_anna 2012-07-20 13:47:44 -0500 Report

Let me try this, is definately new for me. But I grew up using those Nori sheets, as I have a Japenese Step Mom :) I know exactly what to do. It doesn't take that long to make sushi. I also grew up in Colorado, so I know about the Rainbow trout to.

First, off my idea is simple: But it does require time in the kitchen:

Prep Time: For the Qunoia, Cook Time: 30 minutes

•½ cup white quinoa
•1¼ cups chicken stock
•2 Tbsp finely minced onion
•2 Tbsp butter
•Kosher salt, to taste

1.Rinse the uncooked quinoa in a mesh strainer under cold water for a minute.
2.In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over low heat then add the minced onion and cook for a few minutes or until the onion is translucent.
3.Add the stock, salt to taste and bring to a boil. Slowly stir in the quinoa andlower heat to a very low simmer.
4.Cover tightly and cook for about 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. The tiny germ will uncoil from the quinoa seed when it is fully cooked.
5.Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for five minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve right away.
Makes four side-dish portions.

Nori sheets:
1. Place one nori sheet, shiny side down, on a clean, dry surface. Add to it any rice, with a veggie like carrots, and red bell peppers. Ingredients are only put on half of the nori sheet so they end up the in the middle of the roll. Put one slice of celery on each sheet; let the celery strip stick out each end of the sheet. You can use two slices of celery if you wish, it’s tasty and crunchy but will help with rolling. Roll each sheet very tightly, starting with half of nori sheet that has ingredients. Moisten the end of the nori sheet with water or lemon so it will stick to form your Nori Roll. Allow to dry for a few minutes (about 5 minutes will work), then cut in 1” or 1 ½” pieces using a sharp or serrated knife. Stand each piece on the cut so you can see the ingredients.

Rainbow Trout: Cook last.
Prep Time: 40 minutes:
Cleaned, de skin, and filet, (I chop of the head)
Season whole fish, inside and out. Salt and pepper.
Cooking, baked or fried, Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven, using
a broil pan.

For dessert I will attempt a Pine apple upside down cake sugar free.
This can be done the day before or before you cook this meal.

Pineapple topping (put on bottom of buttered 9x9 pan)
Stir together
4 Tbsp melted butter and 1/2 cup Splenda and Xylitol mixture, spoon onto bottom of pan
Place sliced pineapple on top of the sweet butter mixture.(we used almost the entire pineapple!)

Cake batter:
cream together:
1/3 c soft butter
1/2 cup granulated Splenda (I cut back a bit on the Splenda and mixed in a couple Tbsp Xylitol too)
1 egg
then add:
1 c milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp maple flavor
In separate bowl, stir together:
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Pour dry into wet ingredients and mix.
Pour batter on top of pineapple

Bake at 350 for 40 mins
Let sit for 15 mins, pop upside down on plate, and serve!

GabbyPA 2012-07-22 11:57:52 -0500 Report

YUM! I love suhsi, and now you have me wondering if we could use quinoa instead of rice for that? Have you ever tried it that way? And I was thinking of Colorado when I put the trout in there. The best trout I have eaten was there. I picked it up fresh, grilled it in a cabin we were staying at just outside the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estees Park. Love that place!!

Nana_anna 2012-07-22 15:06:38 -0500 Report

Oh how I love Estees Park! The lakes all around Colorado are filled with Rainbow fish! We often went to the ones near Aspen, one other place, I think, Big Bear Lake! Where is was a camping site. I am not sure where that was. But we would go there about every weekend. We would fish and grill them! I am sure you can use quinoa rice to. I am going to see about getting that. Brown rice to.

re1ndeer 2012-07-07 15:49:57 -0500 Report

Gabby, did you know that Jimmuel did a week four of this challenge?

GabbyPA 2012-07-10 21:49:23 -0500 Report

Oh, no I didn't. I have to get over there and check it out. Let me find my apron and my chef hat....

Nick1962 2012-07-02 11:46:08 -0500 Report

You’re killing me here Gabby. Three out of four things I don’t use. I forgot, wasn’t there a rule where we could chop people because of what they put in their baskets? ; )

I kind of went the same direction as re1ndeer but simpler

Fillet of Trout in a Nori wrap in parchment
Almond toasted Quinoa
Pan roasted summer vegetables
Tropical pineapple sorbet.

Start the sorbet by draining the canned pineapple (reserving the juice for someone who can have it), and I may even rinse/soak the pineapple in cold water to try to reduce some of the sugars. Place the pineapple in a blender or food processor and puree to an applesauce consistency, adding coconut milk to help with blending. Finish with 1 tbs. lime juice and place in metal bowl in the freezer. Mix with rubber spatula every 15 minutes by scraping down the frozen sides until set.

Fillet the trout (skin off) and throw the bones and guts in the garden. Lay out one nori sheet and brush with oil. Place 3-4 very thinly sliced lemon slices (seeds removed) in the center of the sheet diagonally. Dry the trout fillets and spread the top with 1 tbs. soft butter that has been blended with ½ tsp. dill weed. Lay trout fillet butter side down on top of lemon slices and wrap nori around the fillet. Turn fillet/nori over and place on parchment sheet ends down, and seal parchment around fillet by rolling edges together leaving a loose tent. Cook on a cookie sheet in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

In a dry non-stick skillet, gently toast half the quinoa over medium low heat until lightly golden brown. This can be done under a broiler, but either way it has to be watched closely. Remove from pan, and set with remaining untoasted quinoa. Using the same pan, toast about ¼ cup slivered almonds and set aside. Cook quinoa in vegetable broth until moisture is absorbed. During the last few minutes, add ¼ cup finely diced tomato, the toasted almonds, and season if needed.

For the vegetables, large dice about 4 plum tomatoes, 1 green zucchini squash, and add about ½ cup frozen petite corn. Heat 2 tbs. oil in skillet (use that one you toasted the quinoa in – why make more dishes), add 1 tbs. minced garlic and sauté until zucchini is tender. Last, toss in 1 tbs. chopped fresh Italian parsley and plate.

Carefully remove parchment package from oven and slit to release steam. Gently remove trout/nori and add to plated vegetables and quinoa.

There, i cooked, now you do the dishes.

GabbyPA 2012-07-02 21:08:55 -0500 Report

You did a great job. The trick is to use things we are not familiar with. LOL. You passed the test. You have a great prowess in the kitchen my friend.

re1ndeer 2012-07-02 13:58:48 -0500 Report

For someone who doesn't use many of these ingredients, this meal sounds quite tasty.

Nick1962 2012-07-02 14:16:55 -0500 Report

It's mainly from my camping days. The rice and veg I could do on the campstove in 2 skillets, but had to do the trout in foil by the camfire (only had a 2 burner stove) - it gets too dry if you try to grill it I think.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-01 01:07:42 -0500 Report

Can't do this one as I hate fish, Quinoia and dry nori sheets! But, would throw the pineapple on the BBQ and then once grilled eat them with chicken and salad.

RAYT721 2012-07-01 02:00:36 -0500 Report

Let's donate the food to a hunger center and we'll go out to eat. :)

GabbyPA 2012-07-07 11:54:30 -0500 Report

Oh, come on Ray, it's not an atkins bar, but there is some good stuff in there. You are a great cook, why not add a recipe here?

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-01 02:40:37 -0500 Report

I'm with you there:)

swlinda 2012-07-02 13:12:49 -0500 Report

Sounds like a wonderful idea. What are dry non sheets anyway? Don't think we have those in Kentucky.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-02 19:58:49 -0500 Report

Nori (a.k.a. laver) is a paper like, edible, toasted seaweed used in most kinds of sushi. The nori is actually the part that holds the sushi together.

I don't eat sushi, hate seafood except fried shrimp and lobster. Not all recipes will be for everyone here:)

re1ndeer 2012-06-30 20:21:50 -0500 Report

I really had to think on this one. I'm going with an Asian theme here. so here goes.

Ingredients for main meal :

Whole rainbow trout, fillet into two pieces (skin off or on optional) remove any bones
2 T. rice vinegar
1 1/2 t. white miso paste
1 1/2 t. reduced sodium soy sauce
1 t. grated ginger
1/2 t. sesame oil
pinch red chili flakes
1 sheet dry Nori, cut in half (cut into strips)

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Rinse fillets and pat dry, with paper towel.

In a bowl, whisk together, rice vinegar, miso, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and chili flakes.

Place fillets on parchment paper. Brush with miso mixture. Then top with 1/2 Nori sheet strips. Fold parchment into a packet.

Place fish packets on baking sheet and cook 20 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before opening. Serve.
Serve with your favorite vegies. (ex. broccoli)

Ingredients for dessert :

1 cup quinoa
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
Pineapple drained, and slices, crushed
2T. cornstarch
1/4 t. cinnamon
1 (6oz.) container plain non-fat yogurt
1/2 t. vanilla
2 T. finely chopped walnuts
8 strawberries
1 cup water

Put quinoa and water in a heavy saucepan, bring to boil over medium high heat, cook until water is absorbed or 15 minutes. Add milk and sugar, cook for 5 minutes after it comes to a boil. Add pineapple and cinnamon, cook until thick about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl blend cornstarch and 2 T. water to make a thickner.
Stir in cornstarch mixture and cook for a couple of minutes or until thick. Transfer to a bowl…cool.
Fold in yogurt and vanilla into the pineapple mixture. Chill. Serve in dessert glasses, top with strawberries and walnuts.

Nick1962 2012-07-02 11:46:58 -0500 Report

Nice! And you're asking me for ideas? i think that should be the other way around.

re1ndeer 2012-07-02 12:11:04 -0500 Report

Nick1962, I just took my normal fish recipe and added the nori strips to it. For the Quinoa, this is a basic rice pudding recipe, I just converted to it.

Nick1962 2012-07-02 13:42:10 -0500 Report

Don't know when I'll get to NM (one day for the baloon rally), but expect company around dinner time.

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