What to Watch: Thanksgiving Planning and the Premieres of Farmhouse Rules and On the Rocks
Get a head start on Thanksgiving this weekend with the help of Food Network. On Saturday, see Ree's plan for using up leftovers. Then let Trisha show you her no-fuss holiday menu. And later, see how Giada deals with her Turkey Day remainders. In the evening, watch expert bakers on Cupcake Wars create cupcakes that will lead to the perfect match on a singles' night.
On Sunday morning, Guy puts his own personal spin on Thanksgiving with a turkeyless menu. Then Damaris is inspired by the season's many vegetable offerings to create a comforting fall menu. After that is the premiere of Farmhouse Rules, where farm owner Nancy Fuller prepares a family-friendly fall-harvest feast. In the evening, watch all-new episodes of Guy's Grocery Games and Restaurant Express before the premiere of On the Rocks, where expert John Green helps struggling bar owners find the path to a successful business.
Today, Ree is creating divine dishes from Thanksgiving leftovers, including panini, spring rolls and turkey Tetrazzini casserole. And for the ultimate incentive for the kids to finish their chores, Ree transforms pumpkin pie filling into smoothies.
Trisha is switching up her traditional Thanksgiving this year and inviting her close friends to celebrate a stress-free meal. With the help of her sister, Beth, Trisha makes Turkey and Dressing Casserole, homemade Turkey Gravy, buttery Roasted Carrots and a Yearwood classic: Sweet Potato Pie. Instead of saying grace this year, Trisha will lead her friends in singing grace.
What do you do with all the Thanksgiving leftovers? Giada puts a fun twist on some of the traditional favorites. Her menu includes Thankful Shepherd's Pie, Cranberry BBQ Sauce Turkey Sliders with a celery-apple slaw and “Thanks” Benedict on Stuffing Cakes with Sage Hollandaise.
Love is in the air as four bakers battle for the chance to bring their cupcakes to one of Match.com's exclusive Stir Events in Los Angeles. To get there, they must first tackle a difficult taste challenge — to unite men's favorite foods, like cheeseburgers and jalapeno poppers, with women's favorites, like chamomile and chocolate-covered strawberries, for a cupcake match made in heaven. The winner will also take home a $10,000 prize.
Guy Fieri likes to shake up tradition around Thanksgiving time, and this year he's making an elegant meal without turkey. The menu includes a spice-rubbed duck breast, carrots roasted with cumin, garlicky roasted Brussels sprouts, and creamy celery root, fennel and apple salad. To wash it all down, Guy's got The Black Rose, a cocktail of red wine, whiskey, raspberry liqueur and more.
Fall in Kentucky means an abundance of root vegetables, which inspires Damaris to create a menu brimming with bright, comforting flavors. She's preparing a Veggie Pot Pie with Cornmeal Pie Crust, Black-Eyed Pea Fritters and Onion Jam for a perfectly alluring veggie menu to help Will impress his wife.
Nancy Fuller heads to her friend's sheep farm to pick up some fresh lamb for a fall feast! After the family is stuffed from an early dinner of Lamb Stew with Sherry and Mushrooms plus Roasted Russet Wedges with Balsamic Vinegar and Rosemary, they head to their local pumpkin patch to pick some pumpkins. Finally, Nancy makes a From Scratch Pumpkin Pie and Spiced Cider that the whole family enjoys around the first fire of the season!
It's a Frozen Food Feud for the first game, as the chefs race to gather ingredients for a seafood dish. In the second game, the chefs get Guy's Grocery List and must incorporate all the ingredients, including soy sauce, into their Mexican dish. The final two chefs can only cook what they can carry, as they gather ingredients without using their shopping carts. The most impressive breakfast dish advances one chef to Guy's Super Shopping Spree.
The Restaurant Express bus arrives in Los Angeles, where the contestants face their first group challenge. Inspired by Restaurant: Impossible, the teams will have 24 hours and $5,000 to revitalize two struggling restaurants. Robert and two visiting critics will dine at each location to determine who wins the round and who will be taken off the bus.
Bar expert John Green heads to The Oxford Inn in Royal Oak, Mich., to help struggling owners Bob and Mary get back on the path to success. After Bob's battle with cancer and a huge loss of business, they built an additional bar in their already shabby restaurant in hopes of attracting more clients, but luck hasn't been on their side.