CHOPPED: The Swamprat Edition (with results now)
Aug. 28, 2010 2:22 pm
Updated: Nov. 15, 2010 7:19 am
Well my daughter that is willing to try just about anything & everything we place before her, who just happened to be away at camp when we did CHOPPED:The Swamp Edition, is home and has been chomping at the bit to get her chance at getting CHOPPED. Well
we finally got home from a few days away and I decided it was time for CHOPPED: The Swamprat Edition.
Today's contestant is Chef Caty. She is 12 years old and has a culinary imagination that has been growing since she was a young child. We did have to reign in some of her creativity by instituting the rule, "You make it. You eat it." after an attempt at tabasco
bread that went awry and used up too much of my precious elixir of culinary life. She has bold ideas but can she produce bold flavors ?
The judges today are her mother (who will grin & bear it without telling the truth), her sister (who will kill the meal no matter what it tastes like) and her brother (who won't eat any of it but will proceed to give her 500 stars anyway - kind of like
Paula Abdul used to on American Idol). I will be your host and will have the pleasure of letting our eldest swamprat know whether she has been CHOPPED or not at the end of the meal.
So what are today's mystery ingredients ? They are as follows: Boneless Chicken Thighs, Green Beans, Saltine Crackers, Cashew Nuts & Raspberry Peach Champagne Jam. Chef Caty has access to a considerably better stocked swamp kitchen than I had during my
challenge earlier this month. She has as much time as she needs but we are hungry and she can call on a sous chef for emergency help.
Stay tuned for an update. In the meantime, why don't you tell us what you would do with these ingredients.
So Chef Caty took a look at the ingredients and got very excited when she saw the cashews and she was somewhat perplexed by the Raspberry Peach Champagne Jam. That didn't stop her from starting a sauce using the jam, dijon mustard, lemon juice & minced
shallots. She also started boiling the beans. She would eventually mix in lemon juice, cilantro & yellow tomatoes with the green beans (could have used some more salt). The saltines & cashews were tossed into the cuisinart and crushed. The chicken breasts
were double dipped into an egg wash & the cashew cracker mixture before being lightly fried and then transferred to a pan that was then thrown into a 350 degree oven. As a second side dish, Chef Caty made some rice which she mixed in sun dried tomatoes, diced
red tomatoes & green onions (needed some salt). When the chicken had crisped in the oven, Chef Caty served the chicken over a bed of rice & drizzled some of the raspberry peach champagne jam mustard sauce over the chicken thigh.
The judges were pleased. Her brother gave her 7 stars out of a possible 5 stars. Her sister wasn't wild about the rice but loved the chicken & beans and gave her 4 stars. Her mother was her toughest critic and called her out on the lack of seasoning
in the beans & the rice but she too loved the chicken & sauce to the tune of 3 1/2 stars. I agreed with my wife about the lack of seasoning and wished the cashews had been worked into one of the side dishes but to be completely honest, I could have gone swimming
in the sauce she made it was that good (and I am not being parentally biased.)
Chef Caty survived CHOPPED: The Swamprat Edition and she lives on to battle another day. Stay tuned next time when my wife goes to the Asian Market to find something alive & unpronounceable or when my second Swamprat takes her swing at getting CHOPPED.
Chef Caty and her CHOPPED entree
The Finshed Dish