What to Watch: Laila Ali Cooks With Paula, Jeff's Italian Sandwiches and Lance Bass Judges on Cupcake Wars
This weekend there is a bunch of new episodes on Food Network that are sure to give you some great entertaining ideas and glue you to your seat with exciting action.
On Saturday, watch all-new episodes from Paula, Ree and Giada. First, boxer Laila Ali joins Paula in the kitchen to make some hearty favorites. Then Ree is cooking fun finger foods for a cousin sleepover party at the lodge. Later, Giada is hosting a luncheon for a group of special ladies.
Start Sunday morning with Jeff and his Italian-inspired sandwiches. Follow it up with some competition in the evening, beginning with a "Fan Favorites" episode of Cupcake Wars judged by special guest Lance Bass. Afterward, it's Round 2 of Chopped All-Stars, where mega-chefs battle it out in the kitchen for a chance at competing in the grand finale. And finally, on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert helps a couple save their seafood restaurant and, in turn, save their family.
Paula and boxing superstar Laila Ali are cooking up some hearty favorites. First, Paula is making Quick Cloverleaf Rolls and Salt and Pepper Brussels Sprouts. Next, Laila is making Stewed Beef With Creamy Cheese Grits. And for something sweet, Paula is making Old Fashioned Soda Baked Apples and Spiced Hot Apple Cider. It's going to be a knockout meal, for sure!
Ree's putting together some snacks for a Drummond cousin sleepover at the lodge. She's making a finger food feast of Crispy Chicken Strips, Sweet Potato Fries, Honey Mustard and Kickin' Mayo dips, and fun Individual Fruit Pizzas. There's also Messy Sleepover Snacks and a prank played on an unsuspecting cowboy.
Giada is honoring three women who do amazing things for others. In their honor, she's hosting a luncheon with a light and fresh menu featuring Pan-Fried Salmon With Green Goddess Tzatziki, a Quinoa Salad With Roasted Eggplant and Apples, and Iced Tea With Berries, Melon and Mint.
In this episode, Jeff is creating sandwiches inspired by Italian food. After a lesson at Chicago's Ricobene's, Jeff makes The Comiskey, a breaded steak sandwich with a roasted red pepper sauce. He also cooks up a Grilled Artichoke Sub with fresh ricotta and a roasted garlic spread. And just to shake things up a bit, he makes Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup.
In this "Fan Favorites" episode, the four bakers have been handpicked by fans. They'll get to compete for a chance to serve their cupcake creations at a celebrity-packed charity gala hosted by guest judge 'N Sync's Lance Bass.
In Round 2 of the All-Stars tournament, chefs with considerable competitive prowess battle in the Chopped Kitchen. They'll have some interesting basket ingredients to deal with, including an appetizer basket with sea bass and cream soda, an entree basket with oxtail and labaneh, and a dessert basket with snack cakes. At stake is a spot in the grand finale and the chance to win $50,000 for charity.
Robert Irvine travels to Fishkill, N.Y., to help Joe and Dena White save their floundering restaurant, Joe Willy's Seafood House. Though Joe has experience in purchasing seafood, his skills as a head cook are lacking. And the stress of the failing business is taking a toll on Dena and the kids. Robert must help Joe and Dena save the restaurant to save their family.