Appetizer: Grilled Monterrey Jack Cheese Sandwich, Rye bread Entree: Pan seared Atlantic Farmed Salmon, Chef's Selection of Seasonal Greens, Hydrogenated Margarine Reduction (insert sarcasm: nice and healthy!) Dessert: Warmed Oven Baked Red Bean Honey Pancakes
On a side note, we had no salt or pepper or cooking oil. Just the ingredients and a tub of margarine. We had a non-stick pan, a spatula, and ONE dinner plate.
Here is our non-secret ingredient, Atlantic farmed salmon, previously frozen from Costco:
Other ingredients including Monterrey Jack cheese, seasonal greens, hydrogenated margarine, and dessert:
15 minutes have elapsed, and the rye bread has defrosted and buttered:
Here's our "kitchen stadium", sans aggressive Japanese camera men:
The grilled cheese on the..."grill"...before...
...and after! BAM! Nice and golden brown, baby!
Remember, you need a pre-heated pan on high heat to get some good sear marks:
..."10 seconds to go"...the final dish plated (look at the sear marks on the salmon, sealing in those farmed, antibiotic laden juices!):
...and the grand finale, warmed red bean honey filled pancake pastries:
All in all, it was a successful night as I won the first ever Iron Chef Korea challenge. I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I had writing it. And yes, it is directly related to teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. :-)