Many people loved to cook, and if they love to cook, chances are they love to show off and cook for friends. Cook offs are a great way for everyone to share their cooking skills and actually try the foods right from the kitchen of friends or family. Themed cook offs are a great way to share some quality time with friends and family. The bonding that is offered through a dining experience can be rewarding emotionally, but also gives a real treat to the taste buds as everyone offers up their own take on a classic dish. Deciding on a theme can be one of the most difficult tasks associated with a cook off. While the main dish will likely be the subject of judging and talking, the side dishes also play a role in completing the cook off experience, which makes careful planning of the event a must. Here are three ideas for some great cook off themes:
Tailgate Saturday or Sunday
Tailgate parties offer up a variety of food, but these events really serve to show case the individual talents of every person involved. Plus, having the event complete with college football or NFL football game day really emphasizes the experience. Main course ideas can consist of hamburgers, hotdogs, and different barbeque ideas, and side dishes can include pasta salad, salads, fried potatoes and much much more. Setting up a few categories is a great way to really get the competitive juices flowing.
Traditional Thanksgiving Cook Off
Ever want to make a turkey on a day other than Thanksgiving? This is the chance for you and your friends to settle the score concerning who makes the best Thanksgiving meal. At any time during the year, everyone makes a traditional holiday meal. Plus, all the trimmings become part of the contest. That means mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and several different cranberry themed sauces all get to be part of the experience. However, this is one cook off theme that can generate a lot of food, so be sure the competitors are up to the challenge. For a tie breaker or just for fun, toss in a best pumpkin pie or apple pie round at the end, everyone will be thankful for this contest.
Just about everyone cooks red sauce or pasta sauce differently, and just about everyone thinks theirs is the best. Having everyone cook up a bowl of their own pasta and sauce will bring the champion out in everyone. Plus, adding on traditional staples of pasta night, like garlic bread or bread sticks, really helps keep everyone in the game. The big plus to an Italian night or pasta night is that just about everyone enjoys eating pasta, and even the kids can get involved in the tasting process.