Top Moments of Chopped After Hours: Family Affair

Judges Geoffrey Zakarian, Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan take on the appetizer basket from the Family Affair episode.

Episode: Family Affair
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Photo By: Todd Plitt ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Todd Plitt ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Todd Plitt ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Todd Plitt ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Todd Plitt ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Todd Plitt ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P.

Incompatible Ingredients

Using the appetizer basket ingredients from the Family Affair episode of Chopped, judges Geoffrey Zakarian, Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan are cooking with a pork roll, pizza dough, baby eggplant and Chinese spaghetti sauce. "This is a clash of ingredients," says Marc. After making Ted Allen smell the Chinese spaghetti sauce, Marc dares him to take a swig of it, but Ted refuses.

The Basket Points to Pizza

Marc decides to go the obvious route and make a pizza, but because of the 20-minute time constraint, he's grilling his and finishing it in the oven. "It's going to have almost a baba ganoush holding it together," Marc says, explaining his Middle Eastern-inspired direction to Ted.

Clever Thinking, Risk Aversion

"I think using it for a pizza in a 20-minute round is not a very smart idea," Maneet tells Ted of the pizza dough in the basket. So she's deep-frying chunks of the dough, as well as batter-frying both the baby eggplant and the pork roll for a spicy Indian-Chinese dish.

Risk Taker, Rule Breaker

"So you think you got time to bake that?" Ted asks Geoffrey, who's cooked the pork roll, eggplant and Chinese spaghetti sauce together for a calzone filling. "Yup, because I break the rules," retorts Geoffrey. "I chose something that was challenging, unlike two of my competitors," Geoffrey says after Marc ribs him for just standing around waiting for his calzone to bake.

A Bet, a Dare and an Appeal

"One hundred bucks to any of you who will taste that Chinese spaghetti sauce and then describe the flavor," Ted announces to the judges. Maneet is the only one to try the sauce, and she later appeals to her cohorts: "What is the first thing we tell all the people who are competing over here? To taste their ingredients." But Geoffrey and Marc still won't give it a try.

Delivering Miracles

"There's so much depth of flavor there," says Geoffrey upon tasting Maneet's dish. "I would have never thought of using Chinese spaghetti sauce in an aioli," says Maneet upon tasting Marc's pizza. "I made a calzone for four," says Geoffrey, presenting his dish, which Marc promptly takes a giant piece of. "The pizza dough is completely cooked," Maneet commends him, which means Geoffrey's risk paid off. "We have come to expect miracles from you," Ted tells the judges of all their dishes.

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