Today was a day to return to the leftovers from Canadian Thanksgiving. Everything we haven't already use (except for the cranberry sauce) has long been in the freezer. Along with many other items this has been clogging up the freezer. Now I must resist the urge to do any more Iron Chef theme nights unless they have an episode where the theme ingredient is gravy or stuffing.
So it was that I thawed out the leftover mashed potatoes and made mashed potato pizza. This gave me a chance to give my brand new pizza peel and pizza stone in their inaugural night.
I topped some pizza dough with the mashed potato, some browned bacon, and lightly steamed broccoli. Then I topped it all with shredded Grafton Cheddar and slid it onto the new pizza stone, cooking it for about 10 or 12 minutes on the new pizza stone at 450 degrees.
Here I am returning to my Italian roots with what is potentially the world's least Italian pizza ever made.
My great nonna would roll over in her grave if she saw this pizza.
Methinks you are being to hard on Iron Chef America. Certainly not as good as the original, but sequels and copies rarely are.
One of the biggest pluses for the original is that the chefs were chefs and chefs and not personalities. To me it is telling that only Morimoto was a made for TV type and he is the one that was able to translate the success of the Japenese program into a stage in America.
I'll have to respectfully disagree with your assessment of Iron Chef America. Maybe I should watch some more episodes and give it a second (or third, or fourth) chance.
It could be the large percentage of Bobby Flay that turns me off. His one appearance on the Japanese version brought the quality level of that entire show down.
And, sorry, Alton Brown is no Chairman Kaga.
Despite Bobby Flay's annoying personna, the man can design a nice recipe.
I have to wonder if you are watching the same Iron Chef as I did. Alton fills two roles, neither of which is that of Chairman Kaga. The parts of Kenji Fukui and Yukio Hattorri are I beleive satisfactorily filled by Mr. Brown.
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