If I Were In Charge of the Chopped Baskets...

We are big fans of the Food Network show, Chopped. Remember the Chopped Challenge I did as part of my 40th birthday celebration? We still talk about it. One of these days, we'll do it again since it was totally awesome. In the meantime, I've become obsessed with thinking about what basket combinations I'd put together if I were in charge. I've thought of a brilliant (if I do say so myself) idea for Chopped baskets.

Rhyming foods.

My idea was that all four items in each of the three baskets will rhyme. Seriously, isn't that a great idea?! All I needed to do was come up with 3 sets of 4 rhymes.  Shouldn't be too hard.  I started brainstorming my list. At first, it was easy.  I came up with dozens of pairs. These are some of my favorites:

  • mint jelly / pork belly
  • melba toast / pot roast
  • quail egg / turkey leg
  • swiss chard / lard
  • English peas / cottage cheese
  • tortellinis / cocktail weenies
  • pork loins / candy coins
  • sweet potato / green tomato
  • mustard / custard
  • brie / tea 

But I hit a stumbling block. I couldn't think of a third (or fourth) item to go with any of those. I just kept coming up with more pairs. For two weeks, new pairs kept popping into my head. I could not think of a third thing no matter how hard I tried. I put my list away and stopped trying. A week later, I thought of my first trio, then another, then another. Now we're getting somewhere. Here's two of the trios:

  • sirloin steak / chocolate shake / lemon cake  
  • wheat bread / Big Red / goat's head

Still, there have to be four items for a Chopped basket. Three won't cut it.  I kept thinking and thinking and eventually came up with two sets of four. Then I googled "rhymes with _____" to find a fourth item to go with one of my trios.

I present to you... my Chopped Baskets!

  • Basket One, the Appetizer Round 
canned ham
raspberry jam
purple yam
longneck clam
  • Basket Two, the Entree Round
  • Basket Three, the Dessert Round
chicken thigh
pumpkin pie
cracked rye
masala chai

 Something tells me the contestants (and judges) won't be particularly happy about any of them.


  1. LOL!!! I love it!!!!! I am not sure they could create a dessert with that last basket though! LOL!!!

  2. That is hilarious!! And I can't even imagine what kind of dishes they'd come up with for any round! :)

  3. I've never seen this show or even heard of it! But your list made me LOL. It was so creative. Love the pairs at the top. Hee. But I'm not so sure I would want to eat anything from your chopped baskets however clever they are!

  4. Love that this is what you think of ;) LOL Great lists... that dessert one though? Makes me kinda sick!! ;) LOL


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