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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:

BEST PRESENTATION: emoticon
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: emoticon
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!

CHEF'S FAVORITE: emoticon
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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  • WINE4GIRL
    Great ideas and beautiful photography as well as the plate presentation!
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    3766 days ago
  • VHALKYRIE
    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!
    3770 days ago
  • SNOWHIT
    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.
    3774 days ago
  • THINRONNA
    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
    3776 days ago
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