Chopped- at home with the kids.
Mar. 3, 2011 7:30 pm
Updated: Mar. 8, 2011 5:22 pm
My family loves the show “Chopped” on the Food Network. Tonight, since we didn’t have any activities right after school, I thought it would be fun if we played Chopped at home. My two oldest sons (12 and 8) love to cook and my youngest (3) loves to help,
so they were up for the challenge.
Unlike the show, which gives each chef a basket whose contents must be used for a specific course, I bought quite a few ingredients at the store, which were allowed to be used in any course.
Their basket included:
I went heavy on the fruit and really light on the veggies. That wasn’t intentional, I was just grabbing things that sounded good at the time.
So… what did my little chefs create?
Ronald decided on a fruit salad of mango, strawberry and star fruit. Justin had the idea of reconstituting the dried figs by boiling them in the grape-berry punch. We then tossed in a diced plum and Ronald thought it would be a good idea to reduce the
sauce with some red wine. I had a bottle of sweet red, so that’s what we used. I was really proud when he suggested that. He cooks like his mama. We smoothed the glaze with my immersion blender.
The boys did all of the chopping and peeling, with the exception of the mango and the yucca root. It was tough to cut, so I took care of that. We boiled it until tender. Justin sautéed some green onions and garlic to mash with it and Ronald had the great
idea of thinning it out with some chicken stock (it really needed thinning). We added a little cream cheese for richness and plenty of salt and pepper.
Justin steamed the clams until they opened up for him, which the boys found thrilling. He also made a simple garlic butter sauce to accompany them.
Throughout all of this, Cody was stirring and tossing this and that into the nearest cooking vessel and sometimes onto the floor.
It was a huge success. My kitchen was trashed, but it was so much fun and the cleanup wasn't too bad, considering. The food was excellent- everyone cleaned their plates and Justin went back for seconds of our yucca root smash.
I can’t wait to do this again with them!