What to Watch: Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners and Classic Flavor Combos on Iron Chef Gauntlet

Get all the details on the upcoming premieres this weekend on Food Network.
By: Joel Raneri

Host Alton Brown with Co-Judge Ali Bouzari and Iron Chef Cat Cora during deliberations for the Secret Ingredient Showdown, as seen on Iron Chef Gauntlet, Season 1

Photo by: Eddy Chen

Eddy Chen

On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is solving your weeknight dinner woes with more of her 16-minute recipes like Pepperoni Chicken, Shrimp Tacos and Pork Chops with Wine and Garlic. Then, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are making recipes perfect for entertaining, and Valerie Bertinelli is making a meal inspired by her grandmother’s gnocchi. On Sunday afternoon, Giada De Laurentiis is making a trio of Italian sweets and Ayesha Curry is making grown-up versions of classic childhood recipes.

On Sunday evening, it’s the ultimate family food feud in Flavortown Market as two families battle for a chance at winning up to $20,000. Then, the remaining chefs on Iron Chef Gauntlet are making dishes using classic flavor combinations, and the chefs on Iron Chef Eats are taking you to their favorite pork-tastic and Italian eateries.

Pork Chops with Wine and Garlic

Pork Chops with Wine and Garlic

Pork Chops with Wine and Garlic

The Pioneer Woman: 16 Minute Dinners – Saturday, May 6 at 10a|9c

It's time for more of Ree's 16-minute meals. First up is speedy Shrimp Tacos with slaw and fixings, then Pork Chops with Wine and Garlic (pictured) comes with a side of zesty Lemony Green Beans. There's Pepperoni Chicken, unbeatable for dinner in a dash, and for a snappy solo supper, Crispy Grilled Cheese takes her to sandwich heaven.

Katie Lee makes Surf & Turf Skewers with Bourbon Teriyaki Sauce, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

The Kitchen: Celebrate Good Times – Saturday, May 6 at 11a|10c

The Kitchen is celebrating good times, and Katie Lee kicks off the party with Surf and Turf Skewers with Bourbon Teriyaki Sauce (pictured). Then the hosts share their summer food trend forecast, Food Network Star winner Tregaye Fraser stops by with two easy chicken recipes that are perfect for entertaining, Sunny Anderson makes a dessert pizza and Geoffrey Zakarian stirs up Key Lime Pie Fizz. Event planner Marcy Blum shares the latest party trends and Marcela Valladolid makes a DIY Photo Booth.

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

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yia thao

Valerie’s Home Cooking: Old World Meets New World – Saturday, May 6 at 12|11c

Valerie's old friends and the other four "Fab Five" birthday celebrants enjoy a favorite old world recipe from Valerie's Nonni: Gnocchi with Fresh Marinara Sauce. With that, Valerie adds some modern recipes: Easy Prime Rib with Fresh Horseradish Sauce, Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta (pictured) and a Mixed Fruit Tart.

Giada in Italyg

Giada in Italy: Sweet Masters – Sunday, May 7 at 12|11c

Florence, Italy is the city of masters: master chefs, master artists, master scientists, master visionaries. Giada learns the art of cannoli-making from a southern Italian pastry maker living in Florence, then heads to her home away from home to create a unique cannoli filling with chocolate amaretto, as well as a few other masterful desserts like Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches (pictured) and Spritzer Slushies.

Bratwurst with Spiral Apple Slaw

Bratwurst with Spiral Apple Slaw

Bratwurst with Spiral Apple Slaw

Ayesha’s Home Kitchen: Comfort Food – Sunday, May 7 at 12:30|11:30c

Ayesha is putting a grown-up twist on some childhood favorite foods for game night with her sister, cousin and childhood best friend. She swaps a plain old hot dog for a sophisticated Grilled Bratwurst with Brie and Spiral Apple Slaw (pictured), and she puts a colorful spin on french fries with her Rainbow Fries with Grainy Mustard Aioli. It's not a game night without some sweets, so Ayesha reinvents a campfire favorite with her S'mores Doughnuts and whips up Grown-Up Chocolate Malted Milkshakes to get the party going.

Guy’s Grocery Games: Family Food Feud – Sunday, May 7 at 8|7c

Two families are going head-to-head in the market in the ultimate Family Food Feud, worth up to $20,000. First, one member of each family must prepare their best pork dish using ingredients from a grocery list of Fieri family favorites. Next, the men in the families face off in a seafood dinner showdown, hindered by a tuna sandwich-sized budget. Then, it's sweet versus savory as the final two members of each family must use only seven items to make their family favorite.

Host Alton Brown during judging for the Secret Ingredient Showdown, as seen on Iron Chef Gauntlet, Season 1

Photo by: Zac Hahn

Zac Hahn

Iron Chef Gauntlet: Classic Combos – Sunday, May 7 at 9|8c

Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary is an important tenet for Iron Chefs, and the Chairman's Challenge assigns each competitor a classic one-two flavor combo. Alton Brown's tasting determines the top and bottom chefs, with the least successful joining the winner's chef of choice in round two. A deceptively simple Secret Ingredient that may ruffle feathers is revealed, then the two chefs make their most sophisticated culinary interpretation of the item. Judges Ali Bouzari and Iron Chef Cat Cora determine who stays and who goes.

Iron Chef Eats: Piggin’ Out – Sunday, May 7 at 11|10c

Favorite chefs from Iron Chef are giving the inside dish on where they go when they're craving porky deliciousness. For Iron Chef Mario Batali, it's the five-spice glazed pork belly sandwich at Num Pang in New York City, while Iron Chef winner Beau MacMillan is a big fan of The Publican in Chicago and their addictive spicy pork rinds. It's all about the muffaletta sandwich at Cochon Butcher in Nashville for Iron Chef winner Eric Greenspan. Then, in Los Angeles, Iron Chef winner Ed Lee raves about the Pork Toro and Larb Lanna at Thai restaurant Night + Market Song and Iron Chef winner Michael Psilakis loves the pork-laden Polpette pizza at Kettle Black.

Iron Chef Eats: Italian Favorites – Sunday, May 7 at 11:30|10:30c

The culinary masters from Iron Chef are sharing their favorite Italian eats. Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian loves the California-Italian inspired dishes at Spartina restaurant in Los Angeles, and Iron Chef Gauntlet competitor Stephanie Izard loves the wood-fired Diavolo and Vongole Bianco pizzas at Nostrana in Portland, Oregon. Iron Chef winner Lee Anne Wong finds pasta perfection at Domenica in New Orleans, while Iron Chef Bobby Flay swoons over the colorful plates of vegetables at Via Carota in New York City.

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