“Chopped” challenge, part 1

It’s a “Chopped” challenge weekend for the BF and I. So exciting! The rules of our challenge is that we buy each other the mystery basket ingredients to make an appetizer, main dish, and dessert, and we will buy our own supplemental ingredients that we feel will compliment the mystery basket items. Last night, my BF went first!

ROUND 1: Appetizer: 30 minutes
The basket items were: Greek cream cheese, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and fresh green beans.
The dish: Okinawan sweet potato with Greek cream cheese dip and green bean fries. No other supplemental ingredients were used, except seasoning.

Judge review: The dish was very good. The dip was very tasty and the cream cheese really worked well with the sweet potatoes, and the green beans. Presentation was creative! Loved the colors!

ROUND 2: Entrée: 30 minutes
The basket items were: shoe string fries, spinach and feta chicken sausage, ground turkey, and polenta.
The dish: “The Polenta Bird.” Polenta with ground turkey and sausage mix, topped with shoe string fries. No other supplemental ingredients were used, except seasoning.

Judge review: The polenta wasn’t the greatest. Some were undercooked. However, the ground turkey and sausage mix was excellent. Both paired so well together. I couldn’t tell that the sausage was a sausage. It tasted just like ground turkey. It was yummy! The shoe string fries topping went well with the entire dish!

ROUND 3: Dessert: 30 minutes
The basket items were: cinnamon rolls and strawberries.
The dish: Cinnabons drizzled with icing, topped with strawberry jello cream cheese compote, and strawberries. Two supplemental items were used: Greek cream cheese (from the appetizer round) and strawberry jello.

Judge review: The cinnabons were a little dry, but the icing was delish, especially with the strawberries! The strawberry jello cream cheese compote was a kick because of the Greek yogurt. It was good, though!

And there you have it! Tonight is my turn. Stayed tuned for part two!

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