Alex's Day Off

Hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli
Tuesdays 10a|9c
Alex Guarnaschelli in Her Kitchen

Get Cooking with Alex Today.

Don't wait until your day off to try these dishes.

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  • Every once and awhile on Alex's day off, she gets the urge to indulge her sweet tooth. To start, Alex makes chocolate cupcakes with a layer of the decadent chocolate frosting just dropped on top. Plus, a chewy macaroon flavored with a little bit of tangy lemon. Every dessert party needs some fireworks, so Alex serves up a classic bananas foster -- it's dramatic and delicious. With a twist on coffee, Alex adds a frozen coffee granita to the menu to cut through all of the sweetness.

  • Alex digs back into her roots and brings to life some of her family's favorite comfort dishes. She takes a simple pork meatball and transforms it into "a crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside" masterpiece. She slathers it with her mom's signature marinara sauce. It's the perfect tomato sauce with hints of basil, carrot, and red pepper flakes. For a side, Alex stuffs an artichoke with all of her favorite flavors of Italian cooking - fennel, bread crumbs, cheese, and garlic. And for dessert, a chocolate crostada filled with an oozy dark chocolate center.

  • Alex digs back into her roots and brings to life some of her favorite comfort dishes from her childhood. Alex starts with lasagna filled with creamy mozzarella and salty parmesan, then topped with a meaty Bolognese sauce. Alex serves it with the perfect partner -- wilted escarole with a pinch of chili flakes. For dessert, a dark rum pudding sprinkled with roasted almonds.

  • The classic soup and sandwich partners will be completely transformed by professional Chef Alex Guarneschelli. Alex adds braised beef marrow, drops of egg yolk, and tiny veal meatballs into a delicious chicken broth. And for the perfect dunking partner, Alex tops crunchy toasts with olive oil and tangy goat cheese spread. For dessert, Alex melts white chocolate and stuffs it between two chocolate drop cookies.

About the Host

A frequent Chopped judge and a mentor on All-Star Academy, Alex also regularly competes on Iron Chef America.

About the Show

Alex Guarnaschelli, professional chef, working mom and passionate home cook, invites viewers to learn her down-to-earth recipes in Alex's Day Off. Alex shows how cooking her personal style of American, French and Italian fare can be elegant and approachable, with a side of sass. Viewers will enjoy mouthwatering dishes like Mussels on the Grill; Roasted Pork Loin with Brussels Sprouts, Shallots and Garlic; Bibb, Radish and Grape Salad with Bacon Dressing; and Homemade Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar and Hot Blueberry Jam.

More About Alex's Day Off

Alex Guarnaschelli, professional chef, working mom and passionate home cook, invites viewers to learn her down-to-earth recipes in Alex's Day Off. Alex shows how cooking her personal style of American, French and Italian fare can be elegant and approachable, with a side of sass. Viewers will enjoy mouthwatering dishes like Mussels on the Grill; Roasted Pork Loin with Brussels Sprouts, Shallots and Garlic; Bibb, Radish and Grape Salad with Bacon Dressing; and Homemade Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar and Hot Blueberry Jam.

Recipes from the Show