What to Watch: Christmas Brunches and a Special Restaurant: Impossible
This weekend on Food Network, the holiday parties are in full swing. On Saturday, watch Ree host a Christmas cocktail party for her friends and family. Then Trisha invites her band over for a special brunch, complete with a jam session. Later, Giada throws a Christmas brunch with the help of her aunt Raffy. In the evening, watch a special comedy-themed episode of Cupcake Wars.
Start off Sunday morning with a feast from Guy as he prepares grilled swordfish for a holiday meal, complete with healthy and seasonal sides. On Farmhouse Rules, Nancy and her husband are celebrating their wedding anniversary and he's planned a surprise hot air balloon ride. In the evening, watch all-new episodes of Guy's Grocery Games and Restaurant Express, followed by a special holiday edition of Restaurant: Impossible where Robert gives back to the hurricane-torn Jersey Shore.
Ree has invited a crowd of friends and family over to Drummond ranch for a festive holiday get-together that she's putting together in no time at all. There are a bunch of fabulous canapes, including beef tenderloin sandwiches, holiday roll-ups, shrimp pineapple skewers, tortellini skewers, Christmas queso, smoked sausage in barbecue sauce and, for a festive sweet treat, quick and easy peppermint fudge.
Following their annual tradition, Trisha invites the band over for brunch to celebrate the holidays together. They feast on Cordelia's Roast Beef, cheesy Asparagus Casserole, Blanche's addictive Miniature Cherry Muffins and party-starting Gingerbread Martinis. And, of course, it wouldn't be a band party without a holiday jam session!
Nothing is better on Christmas morning than an amazing, festive brunch. Giada De Laurentiis and her aunt Raffy create a menu that's savory, sweet and sure to please this holiday season, with dishes like breakfast lasagna, Triple Ginger Souffle, Todd's Scramble and Strawberry Santas.
Four bakers are going to have to bring the funny — and the tasty — if they want to be front and center at a celebrity-packed VIP party for Variety magazine's Power of Comedy benefit. Celebrity publicist Jennifer Styles serves as the guest judge.
Guy Fieri loves feeding friends and family at the holidays, and this year he's serving an elegant meal with a healthier spin: it's Guy's grilled swordfish, lean and meaty, topped with a fresh herb and preserved lemon gremolata. On the side, Guy's serving a wheat berry and butternut squash salad with mixed sweet peppers and currants in a roasted garlic vinaigrette. For dessert, individual dishes of Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream.
Nancy and her husband, David, are celebrating their wedding anniversary. She's surprising him with a scrumptious meal, and he's surprising her with a hot air balloon ride! They're having filet mignon sandwiches, kale and Brussels sprout salad, David's favorite carrot cake with pineapple cream cheese frosting and celebration Manhattans.
Guy first challenges the chefs to make a five-star dinner using only frozen food. Then, in No Carts Allowed, the chefs must hunt down as many healthy meal components for kids as they can hold in their arms. The pressure is on, as the final two chefs only have two minutes to shop because it's Closing Time; the chef who makes the most-delicious savory pie will go to the final $uper $hopping $pree.
The three remaining chefs are each given a food truck and are judged on their ability to serve specific groups of diners at three locations: a zoo, an upscale shopping center and a late-night bar. The winner gets a big advantage heading into the final challenge.
This is Chef Robert's biggest mission yet, as he and his team are heading to the Jersey Shore to transform not one, but two locations that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. With three days and $50,000 for the makeovers, Robert and his team will work to restore the LBI Pancake House to its former glory and give the dedicated first responders from the Ship Bottom Fire Company a much deserved thank-you.