news year eve chopped competition
1. access to my pantry/fridge/freezer
2. $10 for a store-run to buy extra ingredients (all 3 couples piled into a van and ran to the store together)
3.@ 2 hours to make 3 courses----
a. appetizer to be judged at 20 minutes in
b. entree to be judged at 40 minutes after that
c. dessert to be judged 30 minutes after that
we were fairly flexible on timing for our first venture into competitive chef-ery.
plates were judged on presentation, creativity (use of pantry etc) and taste.
2 secret ingredients---marshmallows were revealed at the onset of the competition
french-fried onions were revealed about 1/2 way thru the entree course
Ace set us up a judges table and judging sheets
appetizer----chicken quesadillas with a nice queso sauce---presentation was very cute
**entree---Ben grilled GORGEOUS chicken breasts outside---honey mustard grilled mushrooms were added to the side as was a rice-a-roni BOXED side dish
dessert---homemade fudge with the marshmallows----cut in a circle---mmmmmmmmmmm
.....btw----team webb does not watch food competition shows----BIG learning curve for them! but they watched the other teams 'present' their dishes and were right there using the correct verbage.
appetizer----lettuce wrap with tuna salad with diced carrots (gotta know your judges!)
entree---grilled steak with a DIVINE sauce--- with a pumpkin mash casserole with the french fried onions on top
**dessert---missionary pie----really a peach dump cake----presented in individual dishes---with ice cream on top
....btw...team Hall had just won the Hall family 2011 cupcake wars and chopped competition earlier that week in Beaumont!
----interesting this one---leah is gluten-free----Joe is vegetarian (extra funny/interesting---Cannon is a self-proclaimed non-eater at this point, Jonas is no-egg/no-dairy and Porter nurses!)---so---do they cook to please the judges or to their own dietary restrictions?
**appetizer----tomato and basil bruschetta----to perfection---so good---the topping was all from fresh vegetables and herbs---SO GOOD
entree---oops----leah made apple & sausage risotto------BIG FAN----but her brown rice never softened---so they had nothing to show---Joe made some DELICIOUS zucchini, carrot vegetable blend ----big risk here---we arent 'funny' vegetable people (except ace)----but these were SO good.
dessert----gluten free brownie (made in a waffle maker----so clever) with homemade raspberry sorbet on top
what a fun evening---will add pictures in a bit---the winner of each round has the ** next to it
final winner----TEAM HALL---their near perfect dessert, the sauce on David's steak---pushed them over the edge----
three teams----three meals---three hours
this was fun--see you next year for round 2!
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