Bobby Flay's and Giada De Laurentiis' Most-Star-Worthy Recipes

Food Network Star mentors Bobby and Giada prove their superstardom with these tried-and-true recipes.

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Bobby's Shrimp and Grits

Bobby builds layer upon layer of flavor in his quick-fix dinner by sauteing the shrimp right in the rendered fat of the bacon that will later be served with the seafood. As for the grits, he keeps them classic and creamy with a bit of butter and plenty of sharp cheddar.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Grits

Giada's Chia Seed Pudding

Featured in Food Network Magazine, Giada's good-for-you breakfast will reinvent your breakfast game. Simply prep the pudding with chia seeds and flavored almond milk before you go to bed, and wake up to a thick, creamy mixture. Giada finishes this pudding with a combination of bright berries and crunchy sliced almonds for a satisfying morning meal.

Get the Recipe: Chia Seed Pudding

Bobby's Banana Bread Waffles with Bananas Foster Sauce

You don't have to cook just waffle batter in your waffle iron. Bobby thinks beyond the ordinary breakfast plate and cooks slices of cinnamon-scented banana bread in the waffle iron until they're warm and toasty — and then makes them even more decadent with a creamy rum-spiked sauce. 

Get the Recipe: Banana Bread Waffles with Bananas Foster Sauce

Giada's Espresso Caramel Bars

It's all about the layers in these top-rated treats featuring a base of buttery cinnamon graham cracker and a gooey caramel filling. When it comes to the topping, finish the espresso-scented melted chocolate with a sprinkle of smoked sea salt to achieve that coveted balance of sweet and savory.

Get the Recipe: Espresso Caramel Bars

Bobby's Pizza Dough

Bobby opts for bread flour in his 5-star dough, explaining, "Using bread flour will give you a much crisper crust." But if you have only all-purpose flour on hand, that will work too; the result will be "a chewier crust," he notes.

Get the Recipe: Pizza Dough

Giada's Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

Giada reinvents the breading wheel by adding an extra flavor envelope to surround these chops. After dunking the meat in eggs and blanketing it in breadcrumbs, she coats it in Parmesan for next-level taste and texture.

Get the Recipe: Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

Bobby's Perfectly Grilled Steak

Bobby lets the natural flavor of the beef shine in his go-to recipe featured in Food Network Magazine. He seasons it simply and then grills it for only a few minutes to achieve tender, succulent results.

Get the Recipe: Perfectly Grilled Steak

Giada's Fettuccine Alfredo

The ultimate in decadent comfort food, Giada's Alfredo is made with only a handful of ingredients, including plenty of Parmesan cheese, which adds a welcome nutty bite to her rich, creamy sauce.

Get the Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo

Bobby's Sauteed Kale

Not just for your afternoon salads, kale stars in this light, fresh side dish. Bobby boosts the flavor of the greens by cooking them with garlic and splashing them with red wine vinegar just before serving.

Get the Recipe: Sauteed Kale

Giada's Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde

Just when you think you've already made every salmon preparation out there, Giada introduces this light, healthy dinner that can be on the table in less than 25 minutes. Her secret is a fuss-free topping, a fresh salsa verde featuring juicy orange segments, bright scallions and a pinch of red pepper flakes for subtle heat.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde

Bobby's Red Wine Sangria

It's best to let Bobby's cocktail chill for a full day before serving. This will help the flavors of the wine and fruit marry so each takes on the taste of the other.

Get the Recipe: Red Wine Sangria

Giada's Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Laced with two kinds of gooey cheese, Giada's big-batch pasta bake comes together with plenty of veggies, like red peppers, zucchini and onions, which turn tender and sweet after a quick roast in the oven. Follow Giada's lead and opt for prepared marinara sauce (the store-bought stuff is A-OK) to save prep time in the kitchen.

Get the Recipe: Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Bobby's Grilled Salmon with Sherry Vinegar-Honey Glaze and Spicy Tomato Relish

Bobby balances the smoky char of the grill with the sweetness of his honey-ancho chile glaze atop his light salmon. For a fresh finish, he serves the fish with a no-cook relish featuring juicy tomatoes and a classic vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Sherry Vinegar-Honey Glaze and Spicy Tomato Relish

Giada's Penne a la Carbonara

Using only six simple ingredients, Giada turns out a decadent pasta with crispy, salty pancetta and a creamy, cheesy sauce. 

Get the Recipe: Penne a la Carbonara

Bobby's Sparkling Bourbon Lemonade

Thirst-quenching and just sweet enough, Bobby's adults-only cocktail combines two kinds of citrus juice and a generous splash of bourbon with bubbly club soda for a refreshing summertime sipper.

Get the Recipe: Sparkling Bourbon Lemonade

Chocolate Brownie Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache and Strawberry Preserves

Chocolate lovers, rejoice. You've found your ultimate dessert. These rich brownie-inspired chocolate cookie sandwiches feature a filling of smooth white chocolate and fruity preserves. Bonus: Each sandwich is finished with a drizzle of white chocolate.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Brownie Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache and Strawberry Preserves

Bobby's Wild Mushroom and Cauliflower Lasagna

Bobby ditches the classic lasagna made with Bolognese and bechamel sauces in favor of this vegetarian version from Food Network Magazine, which features a tomato-garlic sauce and another creamy sauce made thick with pureed cauliflower. 

Get the Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Cauliflower Lasagna

Giada's Italian Sausage and Egg Bake

Ideal for both weekend-brunch entertaining and casual morning meals with your family, Giada's big-batch recipe turns traditional Italian flavors like sweet Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh and fragrant basil into a hearty breakfast casserole.

Get the Recipe: Italian Sausage and Egg Bake

Bobby's Zucchini Salad

Ready to eat in only 10 quick minutes, Bobby's no-cook salad lets seasonal zucchini shine alongside a sweet and savory honey-anchovy paste vinaigrette. For a salty, briny finish, opt for sliced Kalamata olives to round out the salad.

Get the Recipe: Zucchini Salad

Giada's Chicken Parmesan

Giada makes a homemade tomato-basil sauce to bake alongside her tender breaded chicken cutlets, but if you're pressed for time, feel free to swap in your favorite store-bought marinara.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Parmesan

Bobby's Spicy Guacamole

Just a single jalapeno is all it takes to transform everyday guacamole into a bold dip worthy of crispy chips.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Guacamole

Giada's Antipasto Salad

Aside from boiling the pasta, there's no cooking involved in Giada's quick-fix pasta salad — it's all about assembly instead. She tosses fusilli noodles with a mix of deli meats and cheeses, plus a garlicky vinaigrette for impressive results.

Get the Recipe: Antipasto Salad

Shredded Chicken and Tomatillo Tacos with Queso Fresco

Taco night gets a flavorful update, thanks to Bobby's quick-fix recipe featuring a filling of tomatillo-laced chicken. Bobby's trick for a speedy supper? Precooked rotisserie chicken.

Get the Recipe: Shredded Chicken and Tomatillo Tacos with Queso Fresco

Giada's Meatballs a la Pizzaiola

There's a surprise baked inside each of Giada's bite-size meatballs featured in Food Network Magazine: a hunk of gooey mozzarella cheese that gently oozes out when you bite into it.

Get the Recipe: Meatballs a la Pizzaiola

Bobby's Caramelized Onion Sweet Potato Salad

Golden sweet potatoes take the place of ordinary Idaho spuds in Bobby's lighter potato salad. Follow his lead and caramelize the onions slowly over medium heat to ensure they turn out soft and sweet.

Get the Recipe: Caramelized Onion Sweet Potato Salad

Chicken or Steak with Balsamic BBQ Sauce 

Once you make Giada's fuss-free barbecue sauce, laced with sweet brown sugar and Worcestershire for subtle tang, it's up to you to decide whether you want to use it on juicy chicken or tender beef.

Get the Recipe: Chicken or Steak with Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Bobby's Grilled Shrimp with Garlic

It doesn't take a lot of time to turn out a party-ready appetizer: Bobby's grilled shrimp, a bold take on the classic shellfish cocktail, features a garlicky topping spiked with ancho chili powder and is ready in just 15 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Garlic (Gambas al Ajillo)

Giada's Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil

This deceptively easy dinner can be on the table in just 25 minutes, thanks to quick-cooking shrimp. Giada waits until the pasta has been removed from the heat to add the arugula; the remaining warmth of the noodles will be just enough to gently wilt the greens.

Get the Recipe: Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil

Bobby's Vegetable Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

Topped with a tangy mixture of ketchup and balsamic, Bobby's turkey-based meatloaf from Food Network Magazine is studded with a duo of bell peppers and diced zucchini, promising extra moisture and flavor. 

Get the Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

Giada's Herbed Quinoa

It's all about the light flavors of fresh herbs in Giada's speedy quinoa. She opts for a mix of basil, parsley and thyme, which pairs well with the lemon zest in her good-for-you recipe.

Get the Recipe: Herbed Quinoa

Bobby's Louisiana Burger

Leave it to crunch master Bobby to crunchify his bayou-inspired burger, topped with tasso ham, a smear of mustardy mayo and a handful of potato chips.

Get the Recipe: Louisiana Burger

Giada's Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Not just for summertime carnivals, this go-to Italian sandwich is elevated with Giada's bold homemade sauce simmered with Marsala wine and a pinch of red pepper flakes. When it comes to serving, either tuck the thickened sauce with sausage, peppers and onions into chewy rolls, or spoon the dish into bowls.

Get the Recipe: Sausage, Peppers and Onions

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