Iron Chef Spark: Battle Eggplant Final Judging
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
For the final results round of "Fiance bought eggplant From Costco and there's more eggplant than I know what to do with - HELP" edition of Iron Chef Spark, we have the following dishes.
Dish #1: Grilled Eggplant with goat cheese tomato terrine, and red pepper/tomato sauce. Topped with goat cheese wrapped with pancetta.
Dish #2: Involtini de Melanzane (eggplant rolls) with goat cheese wrapped in pancetta and basil.
Dish #3: Ratatouille
The winners in the following category:
Grilled Eggplant and Red Pepper Terrine. The blind taste test judge gave it two awards of 'fancy'. A clear winner in this category. I would make this as an elegant and delicious main course dish when having vegetarian friends over for dinner.
MOST YUMS IN A SINGLE SERVING:
Involtini di Melanzane. This is the best appetizer/side dish I have ever made. The goat cheese, pancetta and basil blend together like you'd expect from a fine restaurant. The eggplant is low calorie and holds everything together. I will make this again, count on it!
Ratatouille. Delicious, filling, and takes like 5 minutes to put in a crockpot. Set it and forget it. It's a busy woman's best friend.
In conclusion: I'd like to give a warm and special thanks to MaestroMagro, Thinronna, and IrishLady for the suggestions. I've never made any of these three dishes before, and I had an absolute ball trying to make them 'Iron Chef home edition' style. It's great to explore new dishes because it gives you a base on which you can make other things. Or you know how to deal with impromptu situations. Vegetarian best friend is coming for dinner at the last minute - what do you do? Busy night? What can you do in a flash in the same amount of time it takes to order a pizza? Don't know what to make for dinner? Ask your spark friends! It worked for me!
Thanks for reading my "Iron Chef Spark" edition of "Battle Eggplant!"