Several years ago on vacation, we did an impromptu cooking competition based on the Food Network show Chopped and the kids have been begging for another one ever since! We promised them that we would do it on Christmas break this year, and I was ready to avenge my loss from the vacation competition.
(We call it Chopped, but it’s really a little more like Chopped meets Iron Chef meets Guy’s Grocery Games.) We went to the grocery store on a Sunday morning before church – which, let’s be honest, was a really bad time because I’m pretty sure Jeremy and I were both planning our meals during the sermon – and the kids each picked out one ingredient for us to use, and then Jeremy and I picked one out for each other.
The kids picked radishes, a chocolate-coconut smoothie, cinnamon applesauce, flavored marshmallows, and olive tapenade. Jeremy picked out a smoked turkey leg for me, and I was really mean and bought him sauerkraut because I was afraid he was going to get me seafood (which all the kids hate).
We had to cook an appetizer, main dish, and dessert and use two of the ingredients in each course. We took a day to plan our menu, and then Jeremy and I went to the store to buy the rest of the ingredients we wanted.
Our time limit for cooking was two hours, and we needed every bit of it!
I made an appetizer of a mini-muffuletta and a ham and apple butter sandwich with a slice of pineapple (olives and applesauce), an entree of Turk-Stoda with Avocado-Lime Crema and Pickled Radishes (turkey leg and radishes), and Chocolate Ice Cream with a Cocoa Krispie Bowl and Spoon (marshmallows and smoothie).
Jeremy’s entries were an entree of Black Forest Ribeye with Chèvre Radish Butter over a bed of Applesauce-Bourbon Shells and Cheese (applesauce and radishes), an appetizer of Dragon Cakes with a Sweet Pepper Aioli (sauerkraut and olives), and Christmas Trees with Chocolate Custard (marshmallows and smoothie).
It was super fun and the kids loved it. I won, but hello, Jeremy needs to start cooking more because considering what he had to work with and the fact that the kitchen is my domain, his food was great! (He’s atually a great cook, just hasn’t done it for a long time and doesn’t have the patience to do day-in, day-out cooking – he’s more of a special occasion cook. ?)
We decided that next time we do it, we’ll do it more of an Iron Chef-style where we have to make multiple courses using one ingredient because while it was fun and everything we quite edible, it wasn’t necessarily the food we really wanted to eat when we were done.
Some day our kids will be old enough to want to participate as more than spectators… But at this point they are still working on learning how to cook so I think that’s a few years down the road. ?
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