Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Chopped at Home
During our trip, a favorite thing was getting to watch cable at night in the hotel rooms! Not having cable at home, this is a treat and the channel my children enjoyed the most was the Food Network! They love watching Chopped and especially Chopped Jr.
After arriving home, I came up with a little at-home version that we played together one afternoon. Samuel and I were the judges and the girls were the contestants. We didn't eliminate anyone, but let them keep creating through the rounds.
I tried to think of mystery ingredients that were not too obscure and that we already had on hand, plus something that we would actually all eat!
Appetizer Round Mystery Ingredients:
Sliced Co-Jack Cheese
Rachel mixed diced apple with hummus and made toasted garlic bread with cheese garnish on top. Emily made a salad with french bread croutons that she grilled on a hot skillet. She served this with hummus and carrot sticks and another piece of french bread with apple on top. She put the cheese in her salad.
Samuel and I agreed that Rachel won this round! The apple and hummus mixed together were delicious and creative.
Entree Round Mystery Ingredients:
Cooked, Diced Chicken
Rachel made BBQ Chicken Salad, Cheese Quesadilla and cinnamon peaches. Emily made BBQ chicken, a grilled peach and a peach crisp - tortilla with peaches, sugar and cinnamon inside. Emily's peach crisp was really delicious so we allowed her to win this round even though it was not an entree and more of a dessert.
Dessert Round Mystery Ingredients:
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Rachel crushed up the andes mints and pressed them into the sides of her ice cream sandwich. She made a rice krispie treat with chocolate sauce, marshmallows, cereal and sprinkles on the side. Emily kept her ice cream sandwich simple but made a sauce for the top with rice krispies, melted mints and sprinkles that she drizzled over the top and froze. She dipped her forks in water and then sugar to make them extra special for eating with.
We declared both girls tied in winning the game and we all had so much fun!
I was so impressed with both the girls creativity and not caving under the pressure of being timed!