We are going on our 8th year in my gourmet cooking club. We always do it potluck style, with the host setting the theme and making the main dish.
The format has gotten a bit stale, mostly in the picking of countries as the theme, so we have agreed to spice it up a bit.
I host next and had two theme ideas that are similar in concept.
Similar to Iron chef, we would all have one ingredient that we would have to use in our dishes.
My thoughts for that would be
Peaches(or other stone fruit), cinnamon, tomato, chocolate, or some sort of cheese
I feel like all of these (except maybe tomato) can easily translate to app, side, first course, main and dessert.
The more challenging theme would be iron chef meets chopped (or whatever)
Each person would have one common ingredient and two other ingredients (random) that they must use.
- Peaches, onions, basil (for app)
- Peaches, mint, milk (for side)
- Peaches, pork, leeks (main)
- Peaches, cinnamon, st. andre (dessert)
Any thoughts about these as themes?
Preference? Other suggestions for a main ingredient?
Love to hear feedback before i shock the group!