Maestros of Spice — Chopped After Hours
After Hours: Hot Stuff 09:06
Things got spicy on tonight's episode of Chopped, with all of the baskets packing some heat — including dessert. While most would be hesitant to make something sweet from a basket full of fiery foods, the Chopped judges — Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan — handled it flawlessly, using some very out-of-the-box combinations after the episode ended. On an all-new Chopped After Hours, they try their hand at the dessert round with chile pepper honey, devil's food tres leches cake, pink lemons and canary melon.
"You've got to make sure you taste your ingredients before you cook with them," Marc says as he coughs from the heat of the chile pepper honey. When Ted points out that he can assure Marc the canary melon is not hot and will offer some relief, Marc doubts his assurance, saying, "Well, maybe — you know — in the Chopped basket they might have infused the hot in here somehow. They might have put, like, a syringe in here!"
Ted is immediately intrigued by Alex throwing two of the pink lemons into boiling water right as the clock starts. She says she is blanching them to make the skins less bitter because she is going to make candied zest. "And you can make candied zest within this tiny timeframe?" asks Ted. "No, but why not try? This is Chopped," Alex rejoins. Maneet is just as confident, though, as Ted calls her "the original maestro of spice." She's got a clear idea of what she's making — a honey tuille with lemon curd. While the girls are getting to work, Marc waits for Alex to get done with the ice cream machine, teasing her and Ted, "Alex, let me know when you're done with that machine so I can have Ted clean it out."
Click the play button on the video above to watch the entire After Hours episode and see the dishes Alex, Marc and Maneet created. Then browse behind-the-scenes images for an insider's look at the cooking.
Start a conversation with fellow fans and tell FN Dish in the comments below how you would have approached this basket: What would you make out of chile pepper honey, devil's food tres leches cake, pink lemons and canary melon?
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