This January I posted a recipe contest and got a lot of recipes from my friends Sandy, Jerry, Ben, and Ajdin. My stuffy friends overwhelmed my kitchen staff with a ton of great recipes to make. I got through most of them and I am saving the recipes that are more "winter" based for next year being that it's May 7th today and I still haven't made it through all the recipes.
Here are the winners as judged by my expert team of judges.
Easiest preparation goes to Ben's party meatballs. **Editor's note** if you use pre-made frozen meatballs this meal is even easier. Drunk Fox also says this a great meal to enjoy with a beer, wine, something mixed from the bar. This was a crowd favorite at the house.
|You might notice there is not any dip visable for these party meatballs, that's because a certain fox who loves bar food (and shall remain nameless) could not get enough of the dip. Time to restock.|
|Stuffies waiting patiently for photo shoot to be over to devour this treat.|
Coolest named dish: Jake's special cranberry chicken wraps. Big Bear chose this recipe for the coolest name, probably because it has the word "special" in it and he loves feta cheese. Way to go Jake.
|Jake, you should open a restaurant focusing in healthy California cuisine.|
Honorable mention: Ben's chocolate peppermint cookies. These cookies were delicious. The only thing that I would recommend is that the recipe would make more. **Editor's note** this also wins in the honorable mention category because breaking the mints was beary therapeutic.
|These were great and didn't last long at the house. Humans and stuffies alike enjoyed this recipe.|
Little bears who live in cold climates seem to be dominating the recipe contest. But Sandy wins the the budget category with his Bacon wrapped port tenderloin. **Editors note** this is a budget meal because bacon and pork tenderloin are always on sale. This also wins the category for stickiest paws with the apple juice and brown sugar sauce.
|Kermit is very excited - good thing there was a bottle of wine to keep his steady.|
Regional Dish #2 also goes to Sandy for his spinach dip. Reindeer appreciates the vegetarianness of this meal and Drunk Fox always likes a good appetizer/bar bite. There were so many recipes to choose from we needed to add another category for regional dish.
|"Reindeer, would you like another wheat thin for this amazing dip?"|
Judges Favorite: The dish that won judges favorite was from....drumroll please....Chef Ben's pomegranate spinach salad with feta. Everyone loved this dish. Reindeer liked how you could make it vegetarian, drunk fox loved the chicken, and Little and Big Bear liked it because you could customize the salad to fit their needs (i.e. add smoked salmon or extra veggies or extra chicken).
|Everyone loves a good salad. Carnivores and vegetarians alike.|
The panel of judges thanks everyone for their submissions. If you are interested in the recipes I have attached all recipes from the 2016 contest here. Now, I must get to the post office to send off the prizes for our winners. Thanks again everyone!