Whenever I catch the start of an Iron Chef episode (which usually happens around midnight, when I should be going to bed), there are certain secret ingredients that I hope to see, like fresh strawberries, that will make me stay up for another hour to watch the results.
Then there are the ingredients that will almost definitely make me turn off the TV and go to bed, not out of anger or frustration (well maybe just a little), but because I don’t find it beneficial for me to stay up to watch someone prepare mackerel five ways.
I mean, how many ways are there to make fish, really?
The ingredients that I hope to see when the magical metal lid is lifted in that cloud of dry ice are more along the lines of, well…fruit.
You get the idea.
Foods that so kindly lend themselves to savory and sweet as well. An Iron Chef episode with no sweet dishes is a sad time for me.
One secret ingredient that would float my culinary boat would be the strawberry.
I have yet to catch a Battle Strawberry on Iron Chef, but rest assured that it would be one for which I would deem appropriate to lose a little sleep. Beautiful, vibrant, delicious and sensual, strawberries are not to be taken lightly.
And they’re so versatile.
So with warmer weather just around the bend and berries on the brain, I have compiled this (probably less gourmet) Iron Chef menu with five different ways* for you to sink your teeth into a strawberry.
Orange Glazed Strawberry Scones from Le Petit Brioche
Warm Strawberry and Bacon Orzo Salad from How Sweet It Is
Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse from The Alchemist
Strawberry Mojitos from In Good Taste
Salmon with Strawberry Salsa from Annie’s Eats
Strawberry Sangria from In Good Taste