What to Watch: All-Star Gingerbread Build and the Premiere of Grocery Games’ Tournament of Champions

This week, tune in for All-Star Gingerbread Build and the premiere of Grocery Games’ Tournament of Champions.

Photo by: Greg Gayne ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Greg Gayne, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Now that you’ve had your fill of turkey, stuffing and your extended family's company, it’s time to move on to cookies, competition and new ideas from your favorite chefs. First up on Saturday morning is Ree Drummond’s menu of make-ahead dishes for a cocktail party, including Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and Caprese Skewers with balsamic drizzle. After that, Nancy Fuller hosts a feast for her farmer friends featuring Short Rib Stew and Savory Garlic Scones. Then, the co-hosts of The Kitchen are kicking off the holiday season with Porcini-Rubbed Roast Beef and DIY holiday wreaths. Next, Patricia Heaton cooks Bite-Size Chicken and Waffles and a signature cocktail for a surprise anniversary party she’s throwing for her husband. And finally, Valerie Bertinelli is surprising her friends with a party featuring a home-cooked meal for their birthdays. On Saturday night, Ron Ben-Israel and Jonathan Scott go head-to-head against Duff Goldman and Drew Scott on All-Star Gingerbread Build. Then, Duff Goldman, Damaris Phillips and Sherry Yard are on hand to crown a holiday cookie master on Christmas Cookie Challenge.

On Sunday morning, Guy Fieri’s fixing up recipes inspired by his trip to Spain, and Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a Christmas party for her extended family, with brand-new recipes like Chocolate Almond Cheesecake. After that, Damaris is having dinner under the stars with her friends, complete with Creamy Fall Lasagna, and Bobby Flay is hosting a Middle Eastern-inspired brunch. On Sunday night, don’t miss the premiere of Guy’s Grocery Games: Tournament of Champions and brand-new episodes of Holiday Baking Championship and Cutthroat Kitchen.

Ree is stocking the fridge with some make-ahead dishes for a cocktail party, including Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and a classic Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Salted Pita Wedges. For an elegant platter, she puts together Caprese Skewers with a balsamic drizzle, and finally mixes up fresh and fizzy Honeydew Spritzers.

Saturday 10a|9c

Nancy is hosting a dinner for the hardworking farmers of the Farm Bureau with a succulent meal of Devils on the Water, Short Rib Stew with Vegetables and Port, Savory Garlic Scones with Herb Cheese Spread, Hasty Pudding with vanilla-cinnamon whipped cream and Fancy Farmer's Cocktails.

Saturday 10:30a|9:30c

The Kitchen is decking the halls for the holidays, starting with Jeff Mauro's affordable and impressive Porcini-Rubbed Roast Beef and two potato sides. Actress Regina King stops by to help make Marcela Valladolid's Cheesecake with Pomegranate Sauce, and see how to switch up traditional party mix. Plus, there are DIY holiday wreaths made with household items, fresh design ideas for holiday parties and Geoffrey's crowd-pleasing Cranberry Lemonade Punch cocktail.

Saturday 11a|10c

Life is full of surprises, and Patricia Heaton's husband has no idea what's in store for him on their 25th wedding anniversary! With the help of their closest friends, Patty is making Bite-Size Chicken and Waffles, Deviled Eggs with Caviar and a Honey Fruit Salad before toasting with her custom drink, the Silver Fizz.

Saturday 12|11c

Valerie and her girlfriends always celebrate their birthdays at a restaurant, but now Valerie is surprising them with a home-cooked meal! On the menu are Greens with Crispy Polenta Croutons, an elegant Peppered Beef Tenderloin with horseradish panna cotta and a fresh take on a blueberry tart. She also gifts them with a take-home breakfast treat, Honey and Hazelnut Granola.

Saturday 12:30|11:30c

In this special one-hour competition hosted by Egypt Sherrod, HGTV and Food Network’s biggest stars join forces to create life-sized, edible gingerbread houses that will amaze and inspire! Stars Ron Ben-Israel and Jonathan Scott go head-to-head against Duff Goldman and Drew Scott in an epic holiday throwdown to see who can create the most festive and breathtaking gingerbread abode in just 72 hours.

Saturday 8|7c

Holiday cookies are more than mere sweets: They are gifts, mementos of childhood and most certainly made with pride. In this Christmas Cookie Challenge hosted by Jonathan Bennett, five confident and daring bakers compete to prove their holiday cookie-making skills. Tough-love judges Duff Goldman, Damaris Phillips and Sherry Yard are on hand to crown the holiday cookie master, who will go home with a $10,000 prize!

Saturday 9|8c

Join Guy on a flavor-packed trip down memory lane with dishes inspired by his trip to Spain, including Pork and Chicken Paella Verde and Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Chorizo and Manchego. Plus, Guy shares recipe tips and tricks from local pros that will have you cheering “Ole!"

Sunday 9:30a|8:30c

Giada hosts a party for her large extended family to celebrate Christmas, where everyone brings a wrapped gift to add to the grab bag and a dish to add to the table. The food is served family style and includes Roasted Fennel with Parmesan, Creamy Lobster Linguine, Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake and a Citrus Berry Spritz.

Sunday 11a|10c

To celebrate her friend Terra's engagement, Damaris Phillips invites some close friends over for a spectacular evening of dining under the stars. Damaris shares her best party-planning tips and presents a stunning make-ahead menu of Creamy Pumpkin Lasagna, Shaved Cauliflower Salad with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries, and Pear Bellinis.

Sunday 12|11c

Chef Bobby is entertaining with the bold and unexpected flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine, and his crowd-pleasing, family-style menu includes vanilla-cardamom French toast with roasted apples, an herbaceous Persian baked omelet, and spiced home fries with cilantro and red chiles.

Sunday 12:30|11:30c

Things get dicey when four returning GGG champions make an innovative appetizer whose details are dictated by four tumbling dice. Then, chefs must make an upscale lunch using Clearance Cart items that rate low on the gourmet scale. Finally, pigs fly when the two final chefs turn the ingredients for gingerbread cookies into a pork dinner. The winner earns an encore Shopping Spree and a spot in the tournament finale.

Sunday 8|7c

In this week's challenges, the six remaining bakers revel in the warm, taste bud-tingling flavor of ginger. They must make mini desserts highlighting candied ginger, and then create three different types of holiday cookies inspired by family traditions.

Sunday 9|8c

Two chefs roll around in a rickshaw while they make green papaya salad. One chef rides a mechanical bull while making a barbecue bacon cheeseburger. Finally, one chef has to bake a spice cake in a spice grinder.

Sunday 10|9c
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