Daring Cooks: The Incredible, Edible Container

We had a great challenge this month, something I’ve been experimenting with a lot, myself. The edible container. Maybe it was in college when I encountered my first taco salad in a crunchy tortilla bowl. Heaven! The nutritious salad cancelled the negative effects of the fried tortilla shell. Come on, haven’t you ever eaten a brownie with a Diet Coke? Same thing!

But, seriously, the opportunities are endless.

Renata of Testado, Provado & Aprovado! was our Daring Cooks’ April 2011 hostess. Renata challenged us to think “outside the plate” and create our own edible containers! Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 17th to May 16th at The Daring Kitchen!

Renata was a great guide and showed us numerous edible container ideas, some I’ve seen (soup in bread) and some I haven’t (the noodle bowl). And the amazing crew of Daring Cooks have really gone all out with their creativity. I really love this group because the inspire me every month and encourage me to challenge myself and my imagination.

The key to us Daring Cooks was to come up with a SAVORY edible container. Dang it! Last summer I experimented with some healthy, high-fiber toast and came up with some AMAZING French Toast Cups with Orange Cream Cheese & Fresh Fruit. This is definitely a keeper and great for large number of guests.

But, it’s not savory.

Okay, I also had modified the french toast into a SAVORY container, with fresh thyme and chives and made a wonderful bowl for Beef Stroganoff.

Oh, yeah, ladle on the sauce, baby!

Then there the my Cowboy Breakfast Cups I came up with for Newman’s Own (pictured at the top) using a tortilla as my bowl. Great to make ahead and reheat for a breakfast-on-the-go.

Last summer I ditched the carbs and baked an egg in a tomato

Gorgeous and delicious!

I’ve been trying to eat Gluten-Free this past month, to save my spreading bottom and my unreliable stomach. So for the Daring Cook’s challenge, I made Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms. I love, Love, LOVE stuffing mushrooms. Mushroom caps make wonderful shells, whether you are making mini-pizzas or stuffing them with spinach and artichokes.

I also made some lovely Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers. My husband and I fought over the leftovers.

I’ve got some phyllo in the freezer, but I never got around to using it for THIS challenge. I’m sure I’ll find a use for it some other way! And, I didn’t get time to experiment with my idea for rice cups. Spring Break got in the way of that.

Well, so did taxes and volunteering in my 3 kids’ classes. I always have BIG IDEAS and little time to execute them all.

So, it’s YOUR turn to go get creative in YOUR kitchen.

And don’t wash your bowls – EAT THEM!

AND, don’t forget to vote at the Daring Kitchen for your favorite edible container! Trust me, there’s a lot to choose from!

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15 Responses to Daring Cooks: The Incredible, Edible Container

  1. Wow! Great pics! You're making me hungry 🙂

  2. Laura at #

    Your ideas look great! Really interesting!

  3. Audax at #

    Stunning photographs I LOVE that last pix with the yellow capsicum stuffed with spicy sausage superb. And the first photo is outstanding Cowboy Breakfast cups superb. An excellent posting on this challenge bravo to you.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  4. Monkeyshines in the Kitchen at #

    Wow! what a gorgeous array of creations! Love the idea of a savory french toast. And I agree that stuffed mushrooms are da bomb! could eat them every single day. And, like diet coke and a brownie, you can put anything inside since you're eating vegetables!

  5. Laura, These all look wonderful. I love stuffed peppers but the first photo and the stroganoff have my interest the most. What a great challenge this month.

  6. Mary at #

    Wonderful stuff (no pun intended)! That sweet French toast is calling my name! Love the peppers too–I haven't had those in a while, but will fix that as soon as I get home to my own kitchen.

  7. Rosemary & Garlic at #

    Those peppers are so pretty. Great edible ideas

  8. TaGa_Luto at #

    Gorgeous shots!!! Everything looks so delicious. I like the beef stroganoff and those stuffed mushrooms yum!

  9. Morgan at #

    I baked an egg in a potato recently and love the idea of baking one in a tomato!!

  10. Oh, loads of fantastic ideas! I especially love your peppers and the crab-stuffed mushrooms!
    Great post too – love your enthusiasm.
    I do the whole diet coke thing all the time so I can eat more cakes!

  11. WOW! you did an amazing job..your pictures are stunning..bookmarking this for sure

  12. Renata at #

    I'm so happy you enjoyed the challenge so much! I love your creativity, including the sweet ones (yum), and your tortilla bowl is indeed just like a cowboy hat! Amazing! Thank you so much for participating!

  13. Jenni at #

    Great job! You had so many great ideas for edible containers!

  14. Britt at #

    I love the idea of baking an egg in a tomato. Perfect healthy breakfast bite. Usually you make eggs unhealthy when trying to make them portable with a bacon cup or quiche dough.

  15. Merut at #

    I am so impressed! I can't believe you made all of these, and that they all turned out so beautifully! I am super jealous. I must say, the french toast is my favorite, but they all look so yummy. Which reminds me, I need to get on that challenge myself . . .

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