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Throwdown IV - Voting OPEN!

Throwdown GeekThrowdown Geek Posts: 86
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
Voting is now open!

To vote send an email to throwdownvote@gmail.com with your forum name and the entry number you want to vote for. One vote per member.

Thanks to our 7 contestants.

Feel free to comment away now that all entries have been posted.

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  • Been raining everyday...seems like forever, and snow is now in the forecast for tomorrow. With that, I took a chance today and only got drizzled on. So here it is...
    My entry for IronEgg Throwdown 4:

    Egg, Tomato and Spinach Gratin, served on Brown Rice:

    The RAWs:
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    My starch is brown rice, the green veggie is spinach, the cheese is grated Swiss and the canned good is diced tomatoes.

    My first challenge was to get the fire going after a week of REALLY wet weather! Seemed to take an EXTRA long time, but once I had it going, I got the eggs on (I really need a different sauce pan for use on the Egg).
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    The eggs are quick, bring to a boil and take them off. The rice was going to be a different story. That went on just after the eggs went on and
    I might add...Along with more "dry" lump. I thnk the lump that was in the Egg may have taken on a lot of moistue! It just wasn't giving me a good fire.

    The base for the dish (atop the hard boiled eggs) is a sauce made of onion, garlic, celery, tomatoes, spinach, sweet vermouth, Thyme, salt and pepper. After the eggs had come to a boil and came off, ole # 9 took the place of the sauce pan and rice pan too, on the grid. First the onion, garlic and celery got a sauté .
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    Then tomatoes, chopped spinach, wine and Thyme got introduced to the veggies.
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    Once I had the Egg set up for the oven, with the plate setter, grid and raised rig, the rice and sauce got put back on!
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    With the rice up in the dome and the sauce simmering below, this cooked / reduced until the sauce was almost dry. It didn't really take all that long (maybe 20 to 25 minutes at most), I was surprised!

    With the rice still in the Egg steaming away, it was time to assemble the gratin.
    First a layer of eggs that had gotten quartered, salted and peppered. Then the sauce was added atop the eggs. And finely, grated Swiss cheese.
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    Once assembled, that went into the Egg (rice STILL steaming away) and baked for about 15 minutes.
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    Finely the rice was done and I moved the gratin higher in the dome....Thinking I could brown the cheese a bit.
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    Well...With all the opening of the Egg it never got hotter then just over 300 F. So, that browning never did happen before I was afraid the bottom was going to burn!
    No matter, browned or not, the gratin was REALLY good served atop a spoon of "perfect" rice.
  • In the spirit of the way the throwdown was intended this time, I thought I would use only ingredients that I had on hand - and not make a special trip to the grocery store - so it is truly a "thrown together" side dish.

    My entry is:

    Roasted Poblano peppers stuffed with a cilantro rice broccoli stuffing mixed with chipotle peppers and cheese served with melted cheddar cheese on top.

    Pic 1 - Ingredients - yes, I used Jasmine rice in a Mexican dish, cause it was the only rice I had on hand.

    Pic 2 - Roasting poblano peppers on the egg to blister skin so it could be removed

    Pic 3 - Rice cooking on the egg, letting the cheese melt in and the ingredients blend together - I used canned chicken broth here.

    Pic 4 - Peppers were peeled, cut open, seeds removed and stuffed with the rice. Egged for 30 minutes on the mini at 350 dome, on a foil covered pizza stone. Then melted cheddar cheese on top for 5 minutes.

    Pic 5 - Plated Roasted Poblano Peppers

    The qualifying items I used are as follows:

    GREEN VEGETABLE - Broccoli and green Poblano peppers
    CANNED GOOD - Chicken broth and Canned Chipotle peppers
    STARCH - Rice
    CHEESE- Mexican cheese and Cheddar Cheese

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  • My side dish is a variation of a long time favorite which was introduced to me right here on the BGE Forum by JM3 and fishlessman. The original recipe comes by way of Steven Raichlen. Because the scenario for this Throwdown mentioned a short window for preparation and cooking, I decided this recipe would be a good one, plus I could use all of the required items in this single side dish.

    Black Bean and Rice Poblano Boats

    The ingredients were:
    Kalijira rice (a tiny grain rice from Bangladesh which cooks in less than 10 minutes)
    Poblano peppers
    Green onions
    Meunster Enchilado cheese
    Canned black beans
    Pickled Jalapeno's
    The standard bean seasonings of Summer Savory and Oregano

    The cook was simple enough, I started the water and rice with the grate in the normal position, then after it came to a boil moved it higher in the Egg atop a griddle to simmer. Meanwhile I prepped the peppers, grated the cheese, chopped the onions and jalapeno’s, and drained and rinsed the beans. When the rice was done, it was combined with all the filling ingredients, and the dried herbs, then loaded into the poblano boats. They went on a 275° Egg with a raised direct set-up. Cook time was about 45 minutes.

    The ingredients are shown in the first picture, a collage shows the rice and peppers in various stages of cooking, and the final picture is the plated side dish. This one will be my entry photo.

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  • Scalloped Potatoes & Crumpled Goat Cheese with Brocolli Florets

    The raws including Goat Cheese...what a nice twang it added

    Getting close


    Pay no attentiontion to the cow in the background...had to to simplfy the cook.

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  • 002 The raws: pizza dough, mozzarella, Swiss chard and SPAM

    O07 assembled , pumpkin shaped spam, mozzarella stars surrounded by swiss chard

    005 chard on the egg

    017 on the egg

    3784 spam, mozzarella and swiss chard pizza

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  • This is my entry, I call it "colossal clams, shrimp & scallops casino with orzo mac n’cheese. Basically, it is clams casino with the added shrimp & scallops, scooped into a giant sea shell instead of a clam shell, & it’s propped up on the plate with orzo macaroni & cheese made with cheese in a can; there is also romano cheese in the casino mixture along with scallions & green peppers for the veggies:



    the raws:
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    on the egg:
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    on the plate:
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  • Hi,

    Here is my entry for Throwdown 4 -- the sides.

    The side I came up with is Improvised Scallop Potatoes. The starch is Yukon gold potatoes, the green vegetable is a green pepper. The cheese is Swiss (I would have preferred Gruyere yet that is what I had kicking around! The canned good is Campbell's Cream of Celery Soup. Also included is cooking onions along with some thyme and rosemary from the garden.

    The raws are in the picture "The Raws.jpg". I served the side along with some Rib eye steaks and some asparagus, cooked in foil with a Japanese vinaigrette. I included a picture with all raws -- see Raws and Friends.jpg.

    The picture "Improvised Scallop Potatoes.jpg" shows the final preparation of the side before it was introduced to the egg. "Everything on the Egg.jpg" shows all dishes being cooked. Note, the asparagus is in the tinfoil. Finally, "Dinner Plated.jpg" shows the plated final product.

    Oh, yeah ... it was awfully yummy.



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  • You had me!! until the canned cheese :sick:
    Beautiful presentation as well as great ingredients (EXCEPT the canned cheese :sick: )
  • Desert Oasis Woman wrote:
    You had me!! until the canned cheese :sick:
    Beautiful presentation as well as great ingredients (EXCEPT the canned cheese :sick: )

    Canned cheese and SPAM...what more could you ask for????
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 7,622
    LONEY on rye with cheeze whiz spread!
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,424
    Canned cheese and SPAM...what more could you ask for????

    A Trisket?
    Happy Trails
    ~thirdeye~

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  •  
    Congratulations to all the entrants that partisipated in this throw down! All the enties looked outstanding. They were all well thought out, well executed, beautifuly photographed and nicely presented. Great job all! Thanks for the effort and time put into your entries and the best of luck to you all.

    Gator

     
  • NoVA BillNoVA Bill Posts: 3,005
    Don't forget a TAB to was it all down with.
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Great job everybody! :laugh: :) All the entries look great! :) OK Eggers, time to vote and support everyones efforts here!! :laugh: ;)
  • :laugh: Nicely done! Love the "doubles" theme B)
  • Great comfort food ;) Could eat the tomatoes pan all by itself :blush: 'cause just love that sort of stuff :evil:
  • B) Eggspert pics! Looks so appetizing, would even consider picking out the black beans to eat some of your "side"!! (sorry, not a bean fan, but GREAT dish and presentation)
  • :woohoo: luscious, just luscious :woohoo:
  • despite the cute pumpkin shape, SPAM is still SPAM :whistle: Now if you had made the pizza pumpkin shaped :woohoo: ...
    Nice theme, but what do the stars stand for, metaphorically speaking ?????
  • B) another great "comfort food" plate. Nicely eggcecuted :)
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Throwdown Geek...What time does voting end??

    C'mon Eggheads!! Vote for our participants! :)
  • Little Chef wrote:
    Throwdown Geek...What time does voting end??

    C'mon Eggheads!! Vote for our participants! :)

    Voting Ends in about 30 mins and it's a dead heat for #1.
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