How to Host Your Own Chopped Party

My sisters, mom and I love the show Chopped on the Food Network. If you're not familiar with the show, they start with four chef contestants. They give them some wacky ingredients and tell them to make an appetizer in 30 minutes. After the appetizer round, the food is judged by food critics and one chef is eliminated. This process continued with the entrée and dessert round until one chef is named the winner. 

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One day while at my husband's family's house, we decided to do our own version of Chopped. It was so fun! The judges gave us four ingredients to make an appetizer: baby watermelon, peanut butter, sesame covered cashews and bacon. Two of us were competing and we had two commentators/judges. We were allowed to use anything in the kitchen as well as these ingredients just like on Chopped but we were a bit more flexible on the time limit. This is what I ended up creating:

Fruity salad with watermelon and berries and a lite peach/peanut butter dressing.  Plus bacon wrap ups.
 I won this round, but it wasn't because of my salad, it was these pretties: 

Bacon Wrap Ups!

Recipe for Bacon Wrap Ups:

12 slices of bacon, cooked but not crispy
12 cherry tomatoes, washed and dried
1 brick of cream cheese, slightly softened
5 finely chopped sesame covered cashews


1. Start with a cherry tomato. Completely cover the tomato with cream cheese. 
2. Pour the finely chopped sesame covered cashews (or anything small and crunchy) in a small shallow dish. Roll the cream cheese covered tomatoes in the chopped cashews to get a good covering.
3. Take a slice of bacon and roll the tomato up. Secure with a toothpick through the bacon and tomato.
4. Repeat!
5. Enjoy!
To play your own game of Chopped at home you need: two willing "chefs" and two willing judges. You'll also need a sense of humor and a kitchen, preferably one that's well stocked.

What would you make with those ingredients?


Jingle said...

Those sounds super yummy!

Becky said...

How fun Jamie! And those look delicious!!

Ashleigh@Sincerely said...

Oh my gosh, that sounds delicious. I've had the bacon wrapped around water chestnuts but this sounds even better.

Tracy said...

That sounds like so much fun. As I don't care to cook and don't have the creativity in the kitchen, I would love to be a judge.

Your dishes look and sound so tasty.

Tammy said...

How fun - I love to cook but I'm not sure I could come up with something on the fly like that. Your dishes sound fantastic! :)

chris said...

Yum! What a fun thing to do with friends. :)

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

I bet those bacon wrap ups are delicious. What's not to love about them? I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day :)

Justine said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love Chopped! Thats awesome you had a party like that! New Follower! :)

AsylumTanya said...

Thanks a lot! Now my mouth is watering all over my keyboard! ;)

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

This sounds like a fun night in...


Thanks for stopping by and linking up to Creative Juice!

sarah said...

What a fun idea to do with friends! Love it!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment :)

Heidi said...

yummy! you girls are onto something every single day huh? Love the spirit

AllieMakes! said...

Oh my, this looks SO good! Great friendly idea!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Mindie Hilton said...

You sure know your way to a girls heart. I am guessing by the name you figured I would have some bacon recipes but did you know I have 150 cream cheese recipes on my blog too!
Thanks for linking up. The party was a huge sucess for the first one with over 300 links. I have a special give away planned for next weeks linkers so I hope you will join us again.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

That looks like such a fun idea!! Thanks for stopping by to add this to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!

Ashley Van Etten said...

this sounds and looks like it was a good time. Congrats on winning!! =D What a fabulous party idea!

Ashlee Marie said...

Love it! I used to be part of an iron chef dinner group and I miss it! I'm featuring this tonight on Topsy Turvy Tuesday's, thanks for linking up!

michele said...

yum! this wrapup reminds me of one i have done with grapes rolled in creamcheese then pistachios--soooo good.

you might like my giveaway here:

i'd love for you to follow!


Jami said...

What a fun party idea! Would love for you to stop by and share it at the Tuesday To Do Party!


Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

hi, I featured this recipe on our blog party this week! come on over and grab an "I've been featured" button if you'd like.

Mindie Hilton said...

Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring you on Friday morning in my feature post for the linky party. Check it out and grab a featured button if you like.

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