Guest Post by Esther Reisinger
Whenever I catch the start of an Iron Chef episode (which usually happens around midnight, when I should be going to bed), there are certain secret ingredients that I hope to see, ones that will make me stay up for another hour to watch the results. Then there are the ingredients that will almost definitely make me turn off the TV and go to bed, not out of anger or frustration (well maybe just a little), but because I don’t find it beneficial for me to stay up to watch someone prepare mackerel five ways. I mean, how many ways are there to make fish, really? Goodnight mackerel. Goodnight moon.
The ingredients that I hope to see when the magical metal lid is lifted in that cloud of dry ice are more along the lines of, well…fruit. Citrus. Berries. You get the idea. Foods that so kindly lend themselves to savory and sweet as well. An Iron Chef episode with no sweet dishes is a sad time for me.
One secret ingredient that would float my culinary boat would be the strawberry. I have yet to catch a Battle Strawberry on Iron Chef, but rest assured that it would be one for which I would deem appropriate to lose a little sleep. Beautiful, vibrant, delicious and sensual, strawberries are not to be taken lightly. And they’re so versatile.
So with warmer weather just around the bend and berries on the brain, I have compiled this (probably less gourmet) Iron Chef menu with five different ways* for you to sink your teeth into a strawberry.
Orange Glazed Strawberry Scones
Recipe and Photo Credit: Le Petit Brioche
Warm Strawberry Bacon Orzo Salad
Recipe and Photo Credit: How Sweet It Is
Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse
Recipe and Photo Credit: The Alchemist
Berry Smash Muffins
From In Good Taste
Salmon with Strawberry Salsa
Recipe & Photo: Our Life in Food, originally from Good Things Catered
Recipe and Photo Credit: My Adventures in Food
Esther Reisinger is a 20-something dining her way through Chicago and beyond. Her number one passion is exploring her city’s offerings as well as researching and discovering new food to create and experience in her own kitchen. Esther’s love for food is accompanied by a strong desire to travel the world and experience other cultures and cuisines. As a new home cook and budding foodie, she is excited to learn and share her discoveries with others on her own blog The Swell Quenelle.