Top Recipes from Food Network Star

Get a taste of the most-memorable classic and creative dishes made by past finalists on Food Network Star.

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Linguini Bolognese with Pancetta, Beef, Tomato Sauce, Herbs and Parmesan 

Although Damaris was ultimately tasked with describing a pasta dish made by her rival Lovely, this hearty Bolognese sauce studded with pancetta and topped with Parmesan cheese is all her own. "It conjures up memories for me of happiness and time spent with my family," the Season 9 winner said.

Get the Recipe: Linguini Bolognese with Pancetta, Beef, Tomato Sauce, Herbs and Parmesan

Maple-Bacon Cheesecake

Thanks to this sweet and salty indulgence that sold for a whopping $180 at the Season 9 charity auction, Stacey earned automatic immunity from elimination in week seven.

Get the Recipe: Maple Bacon Cheesecake

Westwood Retro Burger

Season 9's Russell tempted the crowd's tastes at Burger Bash when he offered an over-the-top hamburger featuring five of his seven "culinary sins." He said that this between-the-bun creation was made with "salt, fat, sugar, bacon and, best of all, liquor."

Get the Recipe: Westwood Retro Burger

Melissa d'Arabian's Rustic Lemon-Onion Chicken

Melissa opted to prepare this all-in-one chicken dinner while filming her pilot in the finale episode of Season 5, and the results of the taping were so impressive that she was ultimately crowed Food Network Star.

Get the Recipe: Four-Step Lemon-Onion Chicken

Aarti Sequeira's Easy Tandoori Chicken

The secret to Season 6 winner Aarti's Indian-inspired chicken is a bold marinade featuring yogurt, paprika, garlic, ginger and cardamom seeds. The plain yogurt adds subtle tang and moisture to the meat, making it juicy and tender.

Get the Recipe: Aarti's Easy Tandoori Chicken

Jeff Mauro's Braciole Sandwich

This top-rated sandwich is what eventual Season 7 winner Jeff Mauro made in his pilot presentation. He stuffed flank steak with cheesy garlic breadcrumbs, cooked the meat until it was juicy and tender, then served it atop crusty rolls with crispy fried onions, creamy Burrata cheese and pickled peppers.

Get the Recipe: Pammie's Braciole Sandwich

Justin Warner's Fritto Misto

"It's a recipe for me to fry whatever I want," Season 8 winner Justin said of his Fritto Misto, which translates to "mixed fried" in Italian. He coated fresh bell peppers, string beans and zucchini in a tempura-style batter and deep-fried them until crispy. "GBD, man: golden brown and delicious," he added of his final dish.

Get the Recipe: Fritto Misto

Emily Ellyn's Sweet Apple Fontina Panini

To make her retro-rad sandwich, Team Alton's Emily layered thin apple slices with rosemary honey and fontina cheese on sweet brioche bread, dunked the panini in an egg batter and grilled them until the bread was toasted.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Apple Fontina Panini

Martie Duncan's Italian Rice Balls

Crispy on the outside and filled with a mixture of tender rice and cayenne-spiked ground meat, these golden-brown rice balls from Season 8 finalist Martie Duncan are best served alongside a classic marinara sauce, and they make crowd-pleasing party bites.

Get the Recipe: Italian Rice Balls

Linkie Marais' Ricotta Cannoli Cheesecake

This cheesecake was a slice of redemption for Linkie — a dressed-up dessert that proved her culinary chops after a disappointing offering earlier. She made a buttery crust out of crumbled cannoli shells, filled it with a ricotta-cream cheese mixture, then finished it with a sweet fresh orange juice glaze.

Get the Recipe: Ricotta Cannoli Cheesecake

Jyll Everman's Orange Liqueur Cupcakes

"Citrus and chocolate are my favorite combinations ever," Jyll said. She presented this beauty to Ina Garten and the selection committee, and while they questioned Jyll's performance, Ina admitted, "It's a well-executed cupcake — perfectly balanced between chocolate and orange."

Get the Recipe: Orange Liqueur Cupcakes

Susie Jimenez's Pork Meatball Taquitos

Season 7 runner-up Susie used lettuce cups instead of tortillas to house her easy-to-make meatballs, laced with soy sauce, fresh lemon juice and shallots. Drizzle each with a quick Dijon vinaigrette before serving to marry the bold, fresh flavors.

Get the Recipe: Pork Meatball Taquitos with Avocado Vinaigrette

Serena Palumbo's Spaghetti Western

Even the queen of Italian cuisine, Giada De Laurentiis, was wowed by Serena's made-over version of pasta with meat sauce. The finalist added classic Southwestern ingredients like black beans and cheddar cheese to a traditional Bolognese sauce, and Giada noted after tasting, "I love the idea of the chili with the spaghetti."

Get the Recipe: Spaghetti Western

Brianna Jenkins' Chile Chicken Skewers

Brianna won the camera challenge with these easy-to-eat kebabs, marinated in warm, fragrant herbs and grilled until juicy. She serves them inside warm tortillas spread with creamy goat cheese and tops each with a Fresno chile pepper and Manchego cheese.

Get the Recipe: Chile Chicken Skewers

Herb Mesa's Enchilado de Camarones

"Nice, really assertive flavors," Iron Chef Michael Symon said of Herb's "soulful" of tender shrimp, sauteed in a spiced red-wine tomato sauce and served over brown rice.

Get the Recipe: Enchilado de Camarones

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