Have you met Hunter Zampa yet? Chef Hunter is the youngest chef to win Teen Chopped. Hunter won a $40,000 culinary scholarship. He was also on Cooking with Kids starring Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray. This past Super Bowl Sunday, Hunter stopped by our kitchen to cook up some delicious recipes he had made special for the occasion.
The first recipe Hunter came up with was Mascarpone Tartlets with mini chocolate chips and Butterscotch Caramel sauce on top.
Mini Chocolate Chip Mascarpone Tartlets With Butterscotch Caramel Sauce
- 8 ounces Mascarpone cheese
- 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips
- 1 large pouch chocolate cookies
- 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
1. Combine Mascarpone cheese and heavy cream.
2. Add sugar, salt, and vanilla and whip until soft peaks form.
3. Fold in chocolate chips.
1. For crust, process cookies with the butter.
2. In mini cupcake tins, spray the bottoms with nonstick spray, and layer crust on the bottom, and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
3. Let cool completely, and top crust with Mascarpone mixture.
4. Combine all sauce in small pot over medium heat, and let the mixture come to a boil.
5. Serve tartlets with the sauce drizzled over the top.
Next up, Chef Hunter created a twist to the traditional meatballs that are served at many Super Bowl parties. Using a local Connecticut sauce from Sweet Sunshine, he created Spanish meatballs. Another twist was using Tortilla chips instead of bread crumbs.
Spanish Meatballs with Sweet Sunshine Sauce
- 10 oz. ground pork
- 6 oz. ground beef
- 1 large bag tortilla chips, ground (use this instead of bread crumbs)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup chopped Cilantro
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 can Chipotle peppers in Adobo, pureed
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 cup Mild Sweet Sunshine Sauce
1. Warm Mild Sweet Sunshine Sauce to serve.
2. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
3. Form the mixture into small, 2 inch wide balls.
4. Lay on a nonstick sheet pan, and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until meatballs have an internal temperature of 165 degrees.