What to Watch: Springtime Favorites with The Kitchen and a Special Guest Mentor on All-Star Academy

This weekend on Food Network, tune in for fresh recipes and competition fun.
By: Rosanna Talarico

Photo by: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Anders Krusberg, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This weekend on Food Network, tune in for fresh recipes and competition fun. On Saturday, join Ree Drummond as she shares her best tips on what foods to cook ahead and freeze for future quick-fix meals. Don’t miss her lineup of the perfect recipes for frozen meatballs, chicken and tomato sauce. Next, the cast of The Kitchen is celebrating Passover with fried matzo brei and are showing off their favorite springtime recipes. On Sunday, watch Southern at Heart for a comfort dinner you don’t want to miss, featuring a Kale “Caesar” Salad, Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta and a Chocolate and Espresso Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Icing for a special birthday celebration.

On Sunday night, tune in for the exciting games and challenges that will keep you on the edge of your seat, starting with a new episode of Guy’s Grocery Games at 8|7c. All-Star Academy is up next, with a twist — the mentors become the judges and special guest Robert Irvine will be standing in for the mentors. See which home cooks are sent to the elimination round through a blind taste test. Last, but certainly not least, watch Cutthroat Kitchen to see Alton Brown’s creative and entertaining obstacles for this week’s participants.

While the family works cattle, Ree Drummond's filling the freezer with delicious components that are ready to turn into meals at any moment's notice. There are All-Purpose Meatballs, fabulous in a variety of incredible speedy sauces; Perfect Grilled Chicken, ready to star in delicious meals like a Chicken and Apricot Panini; and Chicken Taco Meat, the key to easy meals and a big batch of spicy Arrabbiata Sauce.

Saturday 10a|9c

Katie Lee shows us an innovative recipe using leftover holiday ham, and Sunny Anderson has a delicious "one-pan plan" chicken dinner. We celebrate Passover with fried matzo brei and show you how to make some no-guilt holiday desserts. Plus, tips on how to shop for the best knife you need.

Saturday 11a|10c

To celebrate the birthday of her fiance, Darrick, Damaris hosts a dinner for Darrick, his sister and her husband. Elevating the flavors of spinach and artichoke dip, Damaris makes a to-die-for Spinach and Artichoke Pasta, then lightens up the meal with her Hail Kale Caesar Salad. And it's not a birthday party without cake: Damaris' Chocolate and Espresso Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Icing is a sophisticated, decadent sweet. The whole meal is perfect when you're looking to impress your future in-laws — or anybody else!

Sunday 12|11c

Four chefs compete in a heated battle to make the ultimate hot sandwich, incorporating a mishmash of munchies from the market's sample tables. Next, chefs are less than thrilled about making an international dish with five ingredients or fewer. Then, the finalists experience their own highs and lows trying to turn high-priced rack of lamb and low-priced pork rinds into their best dish. The winner takes the real high road — a Shopping Spree worth up to $20,000.

Sunday 8|7c

Food Network star Robert Irvine steps in to fill the mentors' shoes, coaching and guiding the home cooks as they are challenged to cook with canned meats. Then, the mentors become the judges, doing a blind taste test to determine which home cooks will compete in the elimination round.

Sunday 9|8c

In a special springtime episode, two chefs have to make an egg salad sandwich on a picnic blanket they wear around their necks. Then, one chef has to herd "sheep" while making a lamb dinner. Finally, one chef has to harvest their carrot cake ingredients out of a carrot garden.

Sunday 10|9c
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