CHOPPED!

Chopped!

Are you hosting a party and need a fun idea?  Try CHOPPED!  It was the theme of my youngest son’s end of summer party with his friends.  We split the 8 boys into two teams and charged them with developing 2 dishes:  an appetizer and a dessert.  We fed them dinner in between the competitive sessions.  Here’s how it worked:

4 secret ingredients were given to each team.  They had 10 minutes to plan and brainstorm with their team and 30 minutes to prepare the dish.  I had designated specific areas in the kitchen for each team to plan and prep.

Round 1 ingredients: Sundried tomatoes, cream cheese, pickles and ramen noodles

Round 1 ingredients: Sundried tomatoes, cream cheese, pickles and ramen noodles

Round 2 ingredients: Crescent rolls, fresh apricots, dolce de leche, fresh mint

Round 2 ingredients: Crescent rolls, fresh apricots, dolce de leche, fresh mint

 

There was also a ‘pantry’ area of ingredients the teams could freely use in their recipes.  When the 30 minutes ended, we had the boys present their finished dish to the judges.  There were 4 judges who rated each dish on a 3-point scale for creativity, taste, and presentation. Everyone had a lot of fun and the final dishes were really creative for this group of rising 7th grade boys!

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I do think adults would enjoy this party, too.  Maybe a few guests could volunteer to be the judges.  Please let me know if you do host a Chopped! party, too…. I’d love to hear your ideas!

This is the second group's dessert: a chocolate filled crescent roll with a fresh apricot garnished with whipped cream and mint

This is the second group’s dessert: a chocolate filled crescent roll with a fresh apricot garnished with whipped cream and mint

Dessert

I didn’t snap any photos of the first round appetizers but did get the two desserts! Here is one: a crescent roll filled with apricot and a creamy layered chocolate cup

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