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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.

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!"
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    Great ideas and beautiful photography as well as the plate presentation!
    3806 days ago
    I give all the credit to the wonderfully talented people on the Culinary Artists spark team. I never would have thought of making these dishes without them inspiring me!
    3811 days ago
    I had never thought about making ratatouille in a crockpot. I think I'm much more likely to make it now. I'm completely impressed and hope I can find some eggplant at the farmer's market tomorrow.
    3815 days ago
    YAAAYYYYY! This has been so fun! Your Iron Chef Spark edition of Battle Eggplant has been just outstanding! Thank you for including all of us! Have a wonderful trip! Picture that eggplant emoicon here_____and this one is for you! emoticon
    3817 days ago
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