It has been a long time since I blogged about the Polestar Iron Chef evenings. If you go back in the archives of this blog, you will see several entries describing past events and the winners. The whole point of these cooking contests is to help the young working students get skills beyond the barn that will apply to life. After all, we all have to eat! Let’s eat great food.
Here are some of the past secret ingredients: rosemary, lemon, basil, mint, sweet potato, molasses, bacon, coconut, banana and cinnamon, to name a few. The rules are simple: you come to dinner with your dish made, or nearly made, and you can bring whatever kind of dish you want. If we end up with a dinner of all desserts, well lucky us!
Erica was the winner of the last contest (molasses) and therefore she won the right to pick the next secret ingredient. She chose something in-season, grapefruit. I thought that it would be hard to have grapefruity savory dishes, but I was wrong. Gwen Bassetti (the most amazing foodie I know) made a pork tenderloin with grapefruit glaze and candied grapefruit rind in the gravy. The pork was from her farm in Goldendale, and it was delicious! My mom made a grapefruit, advocado and pomegranate salad, dad made some fancy smancy French drink. At the first sip, more than one person declared that it was very dangerous. I wont go over every single dish, but needless to say that there were 12 delicious dishes. That might be a record for us. I made grapefruit crème brulee! Yes, yet another crème brulee. I won the bacon contest with it (YUM!! ) a long time ago, and I have been feeling a crème brulee deficiency for weeks now.
Letty was the winner for this contest! She made a risotto with fresh grapefruit bits (perfectly cooked) and fresh seared scallops on top. The scallops were buttery and absolutely delicious. And Im sad that I didn’t get a beautiful photo of the dish, I was too busy eating!