What to Watch: Holiday Specials, New Episodes from Your Favorite Shows
Can't wait to start the holidays? This weekend, Food Network has all new episodes including exciting holiday specials to get you in the spirit — you won't want to walk away from your television set.
Paula, Trisha and Jeff have new episodes showing their individual take on the holidays. Giada teams up with HGTV's Sabrina Soto to renovate a deserving family's kitchen and family room. In a special episode of Barefoot Contessa, Ina and her husband Jeffrey take a trip back to Brooklyn. On The Best Thing I Ever Made, watch Food Network chefs create holiday treats that are perfect for gift-giving. Plus there are new episodes of Rachael Ray's Week in a Day, Sandra's Restaurant Remakes and Guy's Big Bite.
When Paula and her longtime friends, sisters Amy and Suzette, get together in the kitchen, it's a fun-filled day of cooking and catching up on old times. Paula makes Crawfish, Bacon and Mushroom Stuffed Beef Tenderloin. Amy and Suzette make an Eggplant Rice Dressing. For dessert, Paula reinvents the classic fruitcake as a bread pudding and serves it up with whiskey sauce. It's a Southern meal worthy of the holiday, all wrapped up in love and memories.
A holiday cookie swap is an annual tradition in the Yearwood family home. Trisha is joined in the kitchen by her dear friend Lisa and her two daughters to help her get ready for the event. Together they make sweet tea before moving on to baking the cookies. Trisha makes Snickerdoodles, Bess London's Pecan Tassies and Iced Sugar Cookies for everyone to enjoy.
One lucky family gets surprised with an entire makeover of their kitchen and family room in this holiday special. Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis and HGTV's Sabrina Soto team up to help remodel the family's dated and dysfunctional spaces. The must-see result is impressive: a well-equipped, magazine-worthy kitchen that will last the family a long time.
Join Ina and Jeffrey as they journey back to Brooklyn for a walk down memory lane. The day begins with a fantastic breakfast before the couple heads to Brooklyn. They visit places both familiar and new, and make some culinary stops, including a visit to Franny's Pizzeria. The day ends with a nightcap back in East Hampton. Get to know where it all began for Ina Garten in this Food Network special.
Rachael has five Italian comfort dishes up her sleeve to help you forget about your stress this week. She prepares a Braciole with Sausage Sunday Gravy, Cheesy Rice Cake Stuffed With Herbs and Greens, Potted Beef and Celery Root With Celery Gremolata, Cannelloni or Stuffed Shells With Veal and Sweet Sausage, and Eggplant and Zucchini Roll Ups.
In this episode, Sandra Lee shows how easy it is to make homemade versions of famous recipes. She begins with a caviar-covered pizza called the Ultimate "Should Be a $1000" Pizza, based on the one from Nino's Bellissima. Then she remakes one of Wolfgang Puck's dishes, Shanghai Lobster. For dessert it's a snack-cake remake. But if that isn't enough, she makes a cocktail called the Fire Breathing Dragon for a finishing touch.
Guy takes flavor cues from the Mediterranean in coming up with his surf and turf menu in this new episode. He makes grilled T-Bone Lamb Chops served with Homemade Olive Tapenade and Fresh Mint for his turf portion. For the surf portion he demonstrates a special technique for cooking tender octopus for a Charred Octopus and White Bean Salad.
For most people, the focus of the holiday dinner table is a classic roast, but for Jeff Mauro it's all about pushing the traditional into sandwich territory. In this episode, he heads to his grandma's house to create a brunch sandwich using her special sausage bread. Jeff also makes roast beef with a side of jus for dipping and a family favorite, Spaghetti and Broccoli Aglio Olio.
The best holiday treats are the kind you can eat. You have no excuse not to indulge when there are treats created by Food Network's Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarti Sequeira and Jacques Torres. Some recipes to look out for include Coconut Toffee, Linzer Heart Sandwich Cookies and Chocolate Covered Cereal.