Sunday, January 4, 2009

Iron Chef Pizza Throwdown

The Iron Chef Pizza Throwdown, held on Friday, January 2, was a fierce competition filled with secret ingredients, smack talk, cooking, eating, and more eating. Competitors could spend no more than $15.00 and could include 5 or fewer toppings on their pizza. I am happy to say that every pizza creation was delicious - even the unique ones. First, here are the runners up:

Stormy's "Things I Like Thrown Together on One Pizza" - olive tampenade, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and diced prosciutto. This was a delicious blend of a bunch of things I like. In hindsight, I should have spread the goat cheese on first and then added the olive tampenade. It was a little salty, but delicious!

Courtney's "Veggie Delight" or, as an alternate title "Things Her Family Won't Eat on Pizza" - black olives, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onion. A healthy, delicious veggie pizza. The peppers had just the right crunch and the tomatoes were fresh. Yum!

Scott's "Man Pizza" - barbecue sauce, potatoes, seasoned steak, bacon, sauteed red onion. This meat and potatoes version of a classic pizza was a perfect combination. Using the barbecue sauce instead of traditional pizza sauce took this pie over the top!

Noah's "Firehouse Pizza" - Canadian bacon, spicy pepperoni, ground red pepper flakes, and red onion (I think). I loved this pizza! It was super hot and spicy, just like me! ;)

The winner for Most Unique Pizza! Chauncey's "Sauerkraut and Brats Pizza" - brewmasters mustard, sauerkraut, bratwurst, and apples. No one wanted to like this pizza. We all watched with trepidation as it was assembled, and I believe at least one of the judges had to work herself up for the tasting. The apples were added after the pizza was cooked, and Chef Chauncey indicated that the apples should be just enough sweet to cut the tanginess of the sauerkraut. He was right! Even those of us who don't like sauerkraut liked the pie. Definitely Most Unique.

And the Winner for Best Pizza! Tiffany's "Chicken Cordon Bleu." I know it had chicken and some kind of special sauce. This pizza was GOOD - a clear winner. If she really likes us, she'll post the recipe as a comment. If she really loves us, she'll make it again!

Overall, a great time was had by all! Here's more evidence of the frivolity.

What shall the next throwdown be? Tacos? Nachos? Enchiladas? Whatever we choose, you have to ask yourself, Are you ready for a throwdown?


Courtney S. said...

I have to say that both the baby and I LOVED this event! The pizza was delicious and the company was even better. Thanks for a wonderful wrap up to my holiday break! We definitely need to do this again and I promise, I will cook next time.

StormyHickman said...

Yes! You should def cook next time! You'll probably be so pregnant that you'll eat anything. I LOVED that part of the baby-growing thing!

T. Rutherford said...

And the winning recipe is:

Basic Pizza Ingredients:
pizza crust (from my brother-in-law's pizza shop, but Bertolli would work, too)
Buitoni brand alfredo sauce (1/2 the container)
2-3 cups of mozzarella cheese

The Special Toppings:
one slice of ham, deli-sliced at a three, diced
pre-cooked packaged chicken slices (usually used on salads)
1/4 of a large red onion. thinly sliced
garlic infused olive oil to brush on the crust
And the big secret: Rondele brand garlic and herb cheese spread! Use about three tablespoons and break it up with your fingers so it can be infused throughout the pizza.

I'm ready for the next throwdown! Bring it!

Erin S said...

I vote for enchiladas for the next throwdown...and I'm pretty sure I'll win.

Thanks for letting me judge this throwndown. It was a true honor and a highlight of my christmas break. :)

April said...

Enchilada throwdown? I like the sound of that! I like the sound of any throwdown...maybe it's because it's lunch time and I'm hungry!

I definitely want to participate in the next Iron Chef competition!