Summer Showdown: Recipes From Star Winners

Food Network Star winners including Guy Fieri, Melissa d'Arabian and Jeff Mauro share their best summer recipes, from refreshing cocktails to seasonal salads to juicy steaks and burgers.
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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Guy's Grilled Tequila Lime Flank Steak

Guy Fieri makes a tequila-spiked marinade for flank steak, reserving the extra to boil down for a tasty sauce. He serves the juicy meat with warm tortillas so everyone can wrap it up, fajita style.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Tequila Garlic Lime Flank Steak

Melissa's Spicy Grilled Corn

Melissa d'Arabian gives her corn on the cob a kick by coating it with butter mixed with smoked paprika and red pepper flakes before grilling in foil.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Grilled Corn

Jeff's Spiked French Vanilla Malted Milkshake

Jeff Mauro's decadent milkshake brings nostalgic flavors with a grown-up twist to your summer party. It's made with French vanilla ice cream, malted milk powder and a raspberry coulis spiked with raspberry liqueur. For the kids, just leave the liqueur out of the raspberry sauce.

Get the Recipe: Spiked French Vanilla Malted Milkshake

Aarti's Old-Fashioned Cheeseburger

The secret to Aarti Sequeira's super-flavorful burgers? "Making friends with your butcher or meat department folks at the supermarket!" she says. "What you're looking for is freshly ground beef, not the stuff that's been sitting on the shelves for weeks." For these juicy patties, Aarti uses half sirloin and half brisket coarsely ground together.

Get the Recipe: Old-Fashioned Cheeseburger

Guy's Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Get your summer party started with Guy's skewered shrimp wrapped in bacon with an easy chipotle barbecue sauce for dipping.

Get the Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Prawns with Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Aarti's Street Corn Salad

According to Aarti, "One of the most beloved street foods in India is also one of the simplest: corn on the cob, slow roasted over hot coals, over which you squeeze juicy lime wedges and sprinkle salt, cayenne pepper and whatever else the wallah has up his sleeve." Inspired by this favorite street snack, Aarti created a salad incorporating all of the flavors.

Get the Recipe: Indian Street Corn Salad

Melissa's Grilled Potato Salad

Melissa takes a classic picnic side to the next level by grilling red potatoes and sweet potatoes to infuse them with smoky flavor. Then they're tossed with a tangy bacon-green onion vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Potato Salad

Justin's Dutch Timidity

Justin Warner's simple four-ingredient cocktail is a citrusy refresher for a summer day. Creme de violette gives it a pretty purplish hue.

Get the Recipe: Dutch Timidity

Guy's Jerked Chicken Kebabs

Guy marinates chicken breast in a mixture of spices, peppers, soy sauce and orange juice for a couple of hours before grilling his kebabs. He serves the juicy chunks of chicken with a fresh mango salsa.

Get the Recipe: Jerked Chicken Kabobs

Melissa's Fish Skewers

Use firm white fish like cod, haddock or halibut for Melissa's kebabs, layering the pieces of fish with zucchini, yellow squash and cherry tomatoes. Her bright chimichurri sauce laced with fresh basil and parsley is a cinch to whip up in the food processor.

Get the Recipe: Fish Skewers with Basil Chimichurri

Jeff's Chicago-Style Hot Dog With Homemade Relish

Jeff's hometown pride shines through in his classic Chicago dog topped with bread-and-butter relish and hand-cut fries with celery salt. "Eat on the towel-lined trunk of a car," he advises.

Get the Recipe: Chicago-Style Hot Dog with Homemade Relish

Aarti's Pulled Pork With Mango BBQ Sauce

To make her tender pulled pork, Aarti coats a boneless pork shoulder with a simple rub of brown sugar, paprika and salt and slow cooks it for 3 hours. Mango and fresh ginger give her tangy barbecue sauce a slight Indian accent.

Get the Recipe: Pulled Pork with Mango BBQ Sauce

Jeff's Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Jeff looks to the islands for his pulled pork, serving it on Hawaiian sweet rolls (or potato rolls) with a topping of Grilled Pineapple Relish.

Get the Recipe: Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Grilled Pineapple Relish

Aarti's Bacon Jalapeno Pop 'Ems

Try Aarti's oven-baked appetizers instead of fried jalapeno poppers. She fills the halved peppers with light cream cheese, scallions and apples, then wraps each bite with a bit of bacon.

Get the Recipe: Bacon-Apple-Jalapeno Pop 'Ems

Guy's Double Apple Mojito

Guy's fruit-focused spin on the classic mojito adds apple juice plus red and green apple slices to the minty refresher.

Get the Recipe: Double Apple Mojito

Aarti's Pistachio Pops

Aarti's creamy pops are an easy frozen treat inspired by pistachio kulfi, India's answer to ice cream.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Pistachio Pops

Aarti's Chicken Kebabs With Peach Chutney

Aarti uses boneless, skinless chicken thighs in her kebabs, marinating them for up to 8 hours before they hit the grill. Her peach chutney is a tasty way to take advantage of fresh summer peaches.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Kebabs with No-Cook Peach Chutney

Guy's Chipotle-Mango BBQ Chicken

Guy makes a batch of chipotle-mango barbecue sauce and uses half to marinate his chicken drumsticks and thighs. He simmers down the other half, using it to baste the chicken as it grills and as a sauce on the side.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle-Mango BBQ Chicken

Jeff's Veggie Mini Burger Pita

For vegetarians and omnivores alike, Jeff's hearty veggie burgers made with cannellini beans and quinoa are a satisfying main dish. Serve up the spiced patties in whole-wheat pitas with his tangy cucumber-yogurt sauce.

Get the Recipe: Veggie Mini Burger Pita with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Jeff's Blackened Shrimp Wrap

The Sandwich King works smoky grilled shrimp into easy-to-eat wraps with avocado, bacon and Cajun remoulade sauce.

Get the Recipe: Blackened Shrimp Wrap with BBQ Bacon and Cajun Remoulade

Jeff's Chinese BBQ Chicken Sliders

Jeff makes Asian-inspired barbecued chicken with hoisin, honey, soy, five-spice powder, crushed red pepper and sesame oil. He serves it up sandwich style (of course!) in slider rolls for a fun party appetizer.

Get the Recipe: Sweet and Sour BBQ Chicken Sliders with Pickled Chinese Cabbage and Carrots

Justin's Grilled Squid With Chamomayo

Always thinking outside the box, Justin infuses his mayonnaise dipping sauce with chamomile flowers: "You can get them from any place that sells loose-leaf tea, or rip open a couple of tea bags," he says. It's a surprisingly delicious accompaniment to tender grilled squid.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Squid with Chamomayo

Justin's Hamburger Kiev

Get your napkins ready for this one! Inspired by traditional chicken Kiev, Justin's hamburger has a juicy surprise in the middle — a pat of butter spiced up with coriander.

Get the Recipe: Hamburguesa Estilo Kiev (Mexican Hamburger Kiev)

Justin's "Pescabrat" Hot Dog

Justin uses a mix of scallops and skinless salmon or cod to make these tasty seafood dogs. You don't need to bother with casings — he simply wraps them tightly with plastic wrap and cooks them in boiling water. After they've cooled, unwrap the pescabrats and finish them off on the grill.

Get the Recipe: Pescabrat

Melissa's Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs

Melissa braises pork ribs for an hour and a half until they're fall-off-the-bone tender.

Get the Recipe: Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs

Melissa's Mustard-Glazed Mushroom Burger

These burgers get an extra hit of flavor from the simple mustard, soy sauce and sugar glaze that Melissa brushes on the patties halfway through cooking. She tops them off with sauteed cremini or baby bella mushrooms and Swiss cheese.

Get the Recipe: Mustard-Glazed Mushroom Burger

Melissa's Pineapple-Raspberry Rum Refresher

Melissa's fruity cooler combines muddled raspberries with pineapple juice, coconut water, mint and light rum. For a nonalcoholic refresher, omit the rum and top with 1 ounce of sparkling water.

Get the Recipe: Pineapple-Raspberry Rum Refresher

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