Congratulations to the grand prize winner!
Frank Allen from Jacksonville, Florida
Frank became a finalist with his round two entry of Cheesy Couscous Cakes with Guajillo Chicken, Mango Salsa and Guacamole. Then he out-cooked his competitors in the Chopped-style cook off to win the $10,000 grand prize.
Watch the four finalists face off during the final round in New York City.
Crispy couscous, Sargento 4-Cheese Mexican Blend and black bean cakes topped with guajillo-pineapple marinated shredded chicken tenders and then drizzled with a cilantro-lime crema. On the side you have a sweet, spicy and savory mango-pineapple-jalapeno-bacon salsa fresca along with a cool and creamy roasted tomatillo-avocado guacamole. The dish is then garnished with lime wedges and a sprig of cilantro.
*Finalists will appear in a Chopped Open Your Basket vignette that will air on Food Network.
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Bacon-Kale Macaroni & Cheese
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2-1/2 cups whole milk
1/8 to 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 cups (2.5 oz.) stemmed and chopped kale
3 cups (20 oz.) Sargento Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar
1/2 cup (2 oz.) Sargento Artisan Blends Parmesan Cheese
8 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1 cup oyster crackers, crushed
Heat 3 Tbsp. butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add flour and stir until smooth.
Add milk, cayenne and 3/4 tsp. salt and cook, whisking constantly, until thick, about 4 minutes.
Add kale; stir until wilted.
Add cheeses; stir until melted. Add pasta and bacon; stir to coat.
Transfer to greased 2-quart broiler-proof baking dish.
Combine crackers and 1 Tbsp. butter. Sprinkle over pasta and broil until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.