McNacks Mystery Challenge: Basket Number 1

Braised short ribs with puff pastry and blackberries

Last week we told you about a new concept that will be doing about once a month called “McNacks Mystery Challenge.” If you missed that post, click here for the details, or better yet, just watch this little video for the background and the unveiling of the first basket!

McNacks 1st Mystery Challenge is now complete!!! We had our good friend and loyal supporter, Kayla Taylor, bring over an amazing basket. We really had no idea what to expect, but she came through with a killer basket!

The first mystery challenge included the following five ingredients:

  • Blue cheese from Point Reyes
  • Puff pasty
  • Blackberries
  • Rutabaga
  • Short ribs

Denise felt like she was in good shape until saw the short ribs and heard Melissa going on about how she was so glad we didn’t have to cook these in just 30 minutes and all the amazing things she could do with the short ribs. (Denise has never cooked short ribs…the main ingredient..nice one)!

Melissa was trying to remember what that giant round thing was in the middle of the basket but tried to cover up her lack of knowledge by deflecting it onto Denise (as you will see when you watch the video,  Denise had no problem showcasing her ignorance).

After five short minutes of research (Melissa was done in about 3 and Denise needed 10, but rules are rules), this is what we decided we were going to make:

Denise:

Chipotle Beer Braised Short Ribs with Puff Pastry and Blackberry Sauce and a side of Roasted Rutabaga and Brussels Sprouts

Melissa:

Blackberry and Red Wine Braised Short Rib Pie with Blue Cheese and Roasted Rutabaga Puree. Melissa made a green vegetable too but hated it. She attempted a simple garlic sautéed broccoli rabe (rappini) but it was uber bitter and she hated it. Have to figure out a better way to cook that next time but luckily, it wasn’t part of the basket!!

2 comments

  1. This is a cool idea! Keep it up!

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