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Thursday, March 10, 2011

ridiculously delicious challenge round 3 - recipe re-do


Let me begin by thanking everyone who voted for me in round 2 of The Marx Foods Ridiculously Delicious Challenge because now I am in round 3. Round 3 is a non voting round so you will also be happy to know that I wont be pandering for votes. This round is different, in this round I need to pick a first choice and a second choice from the 15 entries that moved on and recreate my first choice. I chose Katie at the Kitchen Doors Dillicious - for two reasons 1) I had already made something like this before that was actually a guest post on Marx Foods and 2) I wanted to make it again. My second choice is Fettucini a la Carbonara from We Like to Cook because I just so happen to have some Guanciale in the fridge thats burnin' a hole in my cheese drawer and I know this isnt the best way to describe those grains of paradise but they are like spicy earth and I can imagine them in this eggy pasta delight. Since we are talking about all these choices I can pretty much guarantee that no one will pick mine, who is going to try to recreate the coconut threads?

Without further ado here is my take on this dish. The original used Dill Pollen and the Szechuan peppercorns so I did the same and added in Saffron. I steeped the peppercorns in warm olive oil with a few of the saffron threads to infuse the oil. I mixed sour cream with cream cheese and added in some more saffron that I let soak in a little warm water to bring out the color.

The cucumbers were loosely peeled and cored of their seeds and piped with the saffron cheese and sour cream filling then I spooned over some of the Szechuan and saffron oil and sprinkled on some dill pollen and some Himalayan pink salt then I squeezed lemon juice over the whole thing and scattered some feta chunks around just for flavor fun.

The results were amazing and I quote "these look great and they taste great and they are actually kind of filling" my twelve year old son said this so if he approves imagine what your refined and grown up taste buds are going to say.

If you want to see what he was talking about I will show you the plate he plowed through - I guess they would be a little filling if you ate six of them.

Update: got word from adult palates - Outstanding depth of flavor!

14 comments:

Danielle said...

Yum that looks good.

Mike said...

Very nice!

J said...

I voted for you on the second round. I hope you win the next rounds!

Btw, that looks good! I wish I can make my food look that good, even just for photography purposes!

katieatthekitchendoor said...

Wow, I love the olive-oil infusion! when I do these again I'm absolutely going to use your changes.

Vickie said...

Oh, my, my . . . these look incredible! What a fresh sounding recipe and such a great combination of flavors. Love the cheese, herbs and oil. Nice work!

Christina said...

Yay for advancing to round 3! :) I love your remake - the saffron adds such cool color! I love feta, so I think that was a nice touch too! Great entry!

Anna C said...

Congrats on making it to the next round! The cucumber bites look so refreshing and delicious. Love the ingredients used for the filling...nice touch with the infused oil.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Congratulations on making it to the next round Christo. That's fabulous news. Your cucumber bites look so sophisticated. A 5 star recipe for sure.
Sam

Rochelle said...

Grats for going on to the next round! Saffron and cream cheese/sour cream filling sounds delicious with the refreshing cucumber.

Christina of Form V Artisan said...

Cute!

Lizzy said...

Gorgeous presentation...and they sound delicious as well!!!

Bromography said...

Lovely finger food!

Tiffany said...

Super pretty!

Denise said...

I'm so sad you didn't make it to Round 4. I thought your fabulous cucumber creations were the most gorgeous of the reduxes! Congratulations on a job well done! I love your stuff, so I'll keep in touch.

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