Remember that Mexican cook-off I won recently? I was challenged by one of the guest judges. Rusty Chef Round 4 took place last month. Our theme this time was an interesting one: American.
Chef Paula from The Glorified Tomato went for a fancier, New-American style while I attempting putting a fun spin on classic American foods. Paula really knows her shit so I knew this was going to be a tough competition!
For my appetizer, I made buttermilk biscuit sliders with crumbled blue cheese, caramelized onions, and spicy mayo.
My main course was a smoked gouda mac and cheese with bacon, scallions, and smoked paprika.
I was hoping to attempt making ice cream from scratch for the first time, but that didn’t pan out. Instead, I made mini hazelnut ice cream sundaes with homemade caramel sauce, peanut butter chocolate halvah, popcorn, and peanuts.
Paula made a spinach salad with apples, walnuts and Belgian feta for her appetizer.
Her entrée was filet mignon with potatoes and asparagus with hollandaise sauce.
Inspired by New Orleans, her dessert was corn bread with strawberry sauce.
Paula won in the end. I was a little sad that I didn’t get to write my usual obnoxious “Iris wins again, yay!” But still very happy because a) I thought I did a great job and was much more creative with my dishes, instead of relying on recipes like past cook-offs, b) it was so fun, c) I get to be a guest judge next time…FINALLY.
Check out Katie’s post about the cook-off at The Glorified Tomato. Unfortunately our photos are the same because we only had one photographer, but it’s a great write-up!