Let’s say you get snatched out of your life and put on Hell’s Kitchen. Nevermind all the Ramsay abuse. If it were episode one, and you had a kitchen full of ingredients and 30 minutes to create your signature dish to impress Chef Ramsay, what would it be?
Remember, 30 minutes. I hope your dish doesn’t require a crock pot.
Just in case it comes up, please no spoilers about who won such and such season. I haven’t watched season 4 yet, and others may not have watched prior seasons.
I would go for something simple, straightforward, and a cuisine he might not be intimately familiar with, but one that I have a strong working knowledge of: chicken paprikash or beef pörkölt (goulash) with galuska (spaetzle).
Canned tomatoes (they are better), carrots, limes, onions, garlic, dates, pine nuts, cumin, salt and tobasco cooked in another pot, finished off with bits of meat of your own choice cooked separately. All served over rice.
Omg, great idea!! He’d have to love it or hate it.
Love it, I’m sure–who DOESN’T love chicken fried steak. (By the way, love to see a recipe of yours!)
For my signature dish, I actually make a well-loved chili (by friends and family) but would NEVER attempt to serve it to Gordon. I’m sure the words “that looks like a dog’s dinner” would come into play.
Just how many unusual ingredients are available? And are they prepped appropriately? If I can get fresh dandelion, and it’s pre-cleaned, then my grandmother’s dandelion salad would work. But if it’s the wrong time of year, or they don’t have it, or I have to clean it myself (which takes hours), then it’s a no-go.
I could also whip up my own sloppy joes in that time, if there’s green tomato relish available. I could make them without, but it just wouldn’t be right.
After thinking about it, there is one Hungarian dish I could think of finishing in the time period, which involves beef filet served with a sauce made of goose liver, mushrooms, peas, and bacon or smoked ham. It’s a little more upscale than my standard fare, but I think it would work well.
Just to be fair, everyone should answer as if they had 45 minutes from right now, and not thinking about it overnight, because the contestants on Hell’s Kitchen don’t get that. I assume they get no recipe books either, so it’s go now, what you know, right now.