If you're like me and love watching Gordon Ramsay do pretty much
anything, then you've been following along with MasterChef. I don't want
to give any spoilers here, but thought I'd show you ways to throw a
MasterChef finale party. With a few tips from Pinterest, you can
make it a great night! We had a low-key version with three
different five-ingredient mystery boxes and I'll feature one of
those recipes below.
A color theme of red and
yellow is pretty simple to create a basic tablescape. Think a
white cake with the MC logo and a candy bar for your guests in the
signature colors. Another fun twist to any party is to have the
guests be the entertainment. In honor of the show, have them do the
Whether it's through a mystery box of ingredients or encouraging
them to learn how to make something new, like sushi or souffle, it
should be an interesting night. The possibilities are endless. You
can make the party more upscale for adults or kid-friendly in honor
of Junior MasterChef starting in just a few weeks.
One of the biggest elements of MasterChef is the "mystery box"
challenge. The contestants receive a few surprise ingredients and
create recipes on the fly using other things in the pantry. The
main criteria is plating, taste, and use of ingredients.
My mystery box ended in a Asian Tofu Stir Fry.
Mystery box ingredients: tofu, walnuts, cayenne pepper, ginger,
orange juice. I have never cooked tofu before, so this was a
challenge. Other ingredients included Teriyaki marinade (store
bought), a splash of salt, raw broccoli slaw, 1 red pepper, thinly
sliced, 1 carrot sliced into thin discs, ¼ of an onion sliced
thinly, fettuccine noodles broken in half and cooked al dente, ¼
cup of powdered sugar.
Cook a half box of pasta noodles until al dente. Blanch 4 oz. of
walnuts in boiling water for 3 minutes, strain, and coat in a
mixture of powdered sugar, dash of salt, dash of cayenne pepper.
Bake for 10 minutes and then place in a bowl to the side.
Cut one block of tofu (extra-firm) into cubes. Marinate in a
mixture of marinade with a splash of fresh orange juice. I
marinated my tofu for a few hours, but an hour or so should work.
Using a wok with a splash of olive oil, cook all vegetables until
desired texture (I prefer mine more on the raw side, but feel free
to cook until your desired outcome). Remove and put to the side.
Add marinated tofu and cook for 1-2 minutes each side. Combine with
vegetables for another 1-2 minutes.
Place noodles in the bottom of a bowl and top with stir-fry
mixture. Mix a remaining one cup of store marinade with ¼ cup
orange juice, dash of cayenne pepper, and a few grates of fresh
ginger and "cook" over medium heat until it starts to bubble. Pour
over stir-fry dish. Garnish with cilantro, 1 orange slice, and
candied walnuts. Voila!
For never having cooked with tofu, I think I did pretty well and
all of the dishes of the night were so delicious. From a beautiful
shrimp appetizer to a melt-in-your-mouth dessert bruschetta, I was
impressed. Have you ever done a cooking party? We'd love for you to
share on our Pinterest
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