I was catching up on my "Top Chef" episodes late last night, watching the "Improv" episode that aired April 23rd. This one was interesting because they took the contestants to a comedy club and set them up for their next challenge.
The comics on stage started asking the audience for colors, emotions and foods. Whatever the audience yelled out was fated to become one of the beleaguered contestant's food challenge. Here's some of the combos the audience fed the comics, the comics fed the chefs and finally what the chefs fed the judging panel:
Orange Turned On Asparagus
Green Perplexed Tofu
Yellow Love Vanilla
Purple Depressed Bacon
Magenta Drunk Polish Sausage (since when is drunk an emotion?)
Now, "Orange Turned On Asparagus" sounds pretty appetizing to me and "Magenta Drunk Polish Sausage" seems the easiest dish of the bunch (toss a couple of pickled beets and a grilled brat on a bun!) but the one that really got me revved up was "Purple Depressed Bacon"
Here's my recipe, the Tiny Food way!
PURPLE DEPRESSED BACON BRUSCHETTA
Inspired by "Top Chef" episode "Improv Series"
1 head of purple cabbage, shredded
3 large carrots, julienned thin
1 Gala apple, cored and cut into thin strips
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1/3 to 1/2 jar of Marie Callendar's Hot Bacon Dressing, slightly heated
Toss this all in a mixing bowl and put aside.
1 pound of applewood smoked bacon, cut in half and cooked crisp, put a bacon iron on to keep bacon flat.
8 - 16 ozs of Brie - depends on how much cheese you want.
1 baguette, sliced into bruschetta style slices then brushed with olive oil and toasted/broiled in the oven.
Spread the Brie on the baguette slices, top with 2 of the half slices of bacon, then spoon on a tablespoon or so of the slaw mixture. Serve with my recipe for The Classic Martini.
Now, what's the depressing part of this recipe? Well, I like cabbage but it doesn't like me so everyone around me will get really depressed within half an hour of eating these with me - if you know what I mean! I could clear a room! That's pretty depressing!
Hey, maybe this would also have fit into the episode where they had recipes relating to the elements! This one could have been "air", hot air that is, teehee!
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