Stuffed mushroom

$10 appetizer challenge

This past weekend, I drove down to DC with my aunts and cousin so that we could take an acrylic landscape workshop. I have always loved a variety of art forms and the expression they allow you.

While that was the point of our trip, one of the highlights was the $10 appetizer challenge we had on Saturday night. This is something my cousin had done with her friends before and it sounded like a lot of fun. What I loved about this is it’s like recreating Ready, Steady, Cook at home.

The Challenge
Spend only $10 and create an appetizer. No peeking at recipes allowed.

The Rules
– If you spend more than $10, a point gets deducted from your final score
– No corn or rice products could be used
– No beef or pork
– Points from 1 – 5 (with 5 being the best) awarded for presentation, taste, and originality

By far, the most challenging part was sticking to a $10 budget at Whole Foods (that was the closest place to my mom’s apartment), but it certainly did force us to be creative. It was also a little difficult to manage five people cooking in the kitchen at once, but this was a lot of fun. Once everything was ready, we also added a wine tasting to our evening.

Here are the dishes we ended up creating:

Stuffed mushroom
The winning appetizer.

Rosemary mashed potato stuffed mushrooms with mozzarella and fried green tomatoes. This was my cousins creation. She managed to spend only $7 and win the challenge. It was delicious and something I would make.


Mussels with sweet potatoes
Mussels in a white wine sauce with sweet potato french fries.

Mussels in a white wine sauce with sweet potato french fries were made by my mom. Also very tasty.


seafood quiche
Mini seafood quiches.

Mini seafood quiches were made by one of my aunts. If I remember correctly, she filled phyllo dough with crab meat, Swiss cheese and egg.


Pan-seared scallop with mango-peach salad.

Scallops with a mango-peach salad were cooked by my other aunt. The scallops were perfect and the salad was good.


Avocado tomatillo chicken
I think I need to work on my plating skills.

Chicken in a avocado-tomatillo sauce is what I chose to make. While I was walking the aisles of Whole Foods, I couldn’t think of what to make, so once I saw avocados this is what I went for. I promise you, it tastes better than it looks. My sauce was a little thicker than I wanted and I think I should have cooked it with the chicken of laid the chicken on top. I also went $1.45 over budget.

4 thoughts on “$10 appetizer challenge

    1. It really is a lot of fun. I was so glad when my cousin suggested. I’ve always loved shows like Chopped or Ready, Steady, Cook that make you think on your feet when cooking.

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