WHAT HAPPENED WHEN DINNER LAST NIGHT WAS "CHOPPED"
Mercifully, there was no time limit. Also, I didn't have to clean up.
- •This is what I found on the counter when I walked in the door (at 8:15, but I'm not mad)
- •Here's the note a bit closer
- •The ingredients are:Cucumber, tomatoes, lemon, chorizo, and rotisserie chicken.
- •Water, get to boiling.It's looking like pasta (I have plenty in the Chopped pantry) a choice that would no doubt get me eliminated in the entree round for lack of creativity. (A smaller pot of water gets going to peel the tomatoes.)
- •Get over here, lemonI'm turning half of you into a cocktail.
- •Somehow, my most challenging ingredient is the cucumber.Doesn't fit into my pasta plan. Solution: toss with sliced red onion, sugar, salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar -- all pantry ingredients.
- •Core 'em & Score 'em...
- •And into the water they go.
- •Your turn, corn!I found this great trick in the deep recesses of the Internet for shucking corn. Microwave whole ears on high for 3 minutes. (Sidebar: I have no idea what power setting my microwave is on, let alone how to adjust it. I'm assuming high?)
- •After 3 minutes...Cut off the bottom inch of the ear, and the corn slips out (silk-free)
- •Dice chorizo & skin the chickenBoth go into the pan to render (plus I'm stealing some of that magical seasoning from the outside of the bird that would otherwise be tossed.)
- •Then shred the rest of the chickenBye bones.
- •Pasta: inI have half a bag of these yummy little overpriced rings. 10 minute cook time.
- •Chrorizo out, chicken skin trashed, corn and peeled/diced tomato in.Once the corn started to caramelize, I deglazed with the juice of the other half of the lemon.
- •Enter chorizo, pasta water, parsley (pantry ingredient) and salt
- •Tossed in the chicken and the pastaPhotos are blurry because Chopped is very stressful.
- •Made it rain with Parmigiano-Reggiano of Hurricane Rita proportions
- •And dinner was servedNot the prettiest, but it was dank. And HAAY leftovers.