Tonight was another Iron Chef. The secret ingredient was Bacon (prosciutto or panchetta was also allowed) but since Bacon isn’t a great dessert item they (last month winners) choose Chocolate as well. I made my Penne Rustica (it has smoked prosciutto in it).
It’s been one of our family favorites for years now. I made one HUGE mistake. I made enough for the kids to have for their dinner as well. So I mixed it all up and served them just before we left, but then the pasta sat in the sauce for over half an hour before everyone else got some and most of the creamy sauce was absorbed. If I had only mixed a bit for the kids and waited to mix the rest until right before there would have been more sauce and I think it would have gone over better.
There was a bacon dip, a chicken stuffed with bacon, bacon wrapped asparagus, bacon rice (two different dishes), salad with bacon and then chocolate pie, mud pie, cream puffs, my BEST EVER chocolate Ice Cream as well as an eclair dish that I forgot to get a picture of!
The winner was a bacon pasta dish that was VERY similar to mine, but had a lot more sauce left… GRRRRR I think I might have had it but for that one mistake!
Since we’re moving next month this was our last one to attend. I’m sad, and totally going to miss it. So wherever we end up moving I’m totally going to start one! I’ve LOVED it! Thanks everyone, I can’t wait to get the cookbook at the end of the year!