Iron Chef Nights

One of my favorite shows is the original Iron Chef. I love watching the Iron Chefs, like Chen Kenichi, Hiroyuki Sakai and Morimoto, express their creativity though food.  The Iron Chefs, and many of their challengers, took secret ingredients -- ranging from cilantro to wagyu beef -- to create amazing dishes.  This show provides part of the motivation for me to try my hand at making one-of-a-kind dishes, although those dishes rarely, if ever, rise to the level of what was prepared and presented by the Iron Chefs.

Nevertheless, my love of cooking propels me to challenge myself to be an Iron Chef.  Every once in a while, I pick an ingredient and try to come up with three dishes that feature the ingredient.  While I may consult recipes for some basic guidance in developing the dish, I try not to use them during the cooking process in order to truly pressure myself into making dishes that, for better or worse, I can call my own.

I call the events my "Iron Chef Night."  Some of those nights are lost to time, because I did them before I actively maintained this blog.  I intend to include all future Iron Chef Nights, with recipes for all of the dishes.   Here are the Iron Chef Nights that I have done so far ...

IRON CHEF NIGHT -- Corn
     Chilled Corn Soup with Tarragon and Sun Dried Tomatoes
     Blue Crab and Corn Salad
     Grilled Corn and Tomato Salsa

IRON CHEF NIGHT -- Mussels
     Asian-Style Mussel Crostini
     Grilled Octopus and Mussel Salad within an Herb Salad
     Easy Mussels with Fingerling Potato "Frites"

IRON CHEF NIGHT -- Beef Bone Marrow
     Beef Bone Marrow Crostini with Cilantro Salad
     Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Bone Marrow and Taleggio Cheese
     Grass-Fed N.Y. Strip Steak with Roasted Bone Marrow and
           Reunion Pink Peppercorns

IRON CHEF NIGHT -- Mushrooms
     Basque-Style Creamy Mushroom Soup
     Wild Mushroom Risotto
     Steamed Halibut with Mushrooms

IRON CHEF NIGHT -- Vidalia Onions
     Shrimp and Vidalia Onions in White Wine Marinade
     Caramelized Vidalia Onion and Roasted Garlic Bisque
     Soft Shell Crab with Tomato Onion Salsa
     Avocado Onion Salad

IRON CHEF NIGHT -- Radish Sprouts
     Watermelon Sald with Cilantro, Radish Sprouts and Feta
     Mexican Avocado Spread Flatbread with Radish Sprouts
     Sesame-Marinated Salmon with Radish Sprout Broth

Check back every once in a while, as I continue to post new Iron Chef events.  Until then, ALLEZ CUISINE and 

ENJOY!
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