What to Watch: Halloween Tricks, Sweet Treats and a Triple G Rematch
Halloween is creeping around the corner, and this weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are sharing their recipes for some spooky and sweet treats and cozy comfort food favorites. On Saturday morning, join Ree Drummond on the ranch as she deep-fries cheesecake and whips up a bunch of decadent sweet treats. Down in Nashville, Trisha Yearwood is throwing a Mardi Gras-themed party and serving bite-sized versions of New Orleans classics. Then The Kitchen's co-hosts are making spooky Halloween-themed recipes and creating last-minute, DIY food costumes. After that, Ayesha Curry is throwing a decadent brunch for her closest friends, and Valerie Bertinelli is preparing a fall-themed feast.
On Sunday morning, Guy Fieri’s taking some risks with his fried chicken recipe, Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, are getting a lesson in pizza making, and Nancy Fuller’s grandchildren are baking cupcakes for the annual fairground competition. Then, Giada De Laurentiis is decorating her living room and kitchen like a haunted house, and Bobby Flay and Sunny Anderson are focusing on the sweeter side of brunch.
On Sunday night, Flavortown Market is hosting former finalists from Triple G tournaments to go head-to-head for a once-in-a-lifetime rematch and on the finale of Halloween Wars, the teams are making displays featuring a demonic wedding. Finish off the weekend at Worst Bakers Boot Camp where the recruits are baking 3D dog cakes.
It's sweet all the way with a bunch of mind-blowing crazy treats for Ree's latest blog post. There's Super S'mores Cupcakes and stunning Marbled Dipped Apples (pictured) that are a culinary work of art. Next, she's raising the bar with Deep-Fried Cheesecake Bites, then toasting the delicious line-up with a fizzy drink in amazing Hard Candy Shot Glasses.
Trisha throws an all-out New Orleans-themed party for her friends. Her menu for the festivities features Beignets, Mini Crab Cakes and Cajun Tartar, Beefy Po’ Boy Bites, and an Ode to NOLA Cocktail. And, of course, no Mardi Gras party is complete without a brass band parade!
The Kitchen celebrates Halloween with Jeff Mauro's eerie Pumpkin-Crust Halloween Pizza, hosts a cakewalk with Pumpkin Cake Graveyard as the prize and makes food party crafts that are frightfully delicious. Then Geoffrey Zakarian makes his Candy Corn Float (pictured) and the gang creates last minute DIY food costumes. Food Network Star Kids winner Amber Kelley tops off the party by sharing her sweet Halloween Candy Fondue.
As a mother of two, Ayesha doesn't get a lot of time alone, but her husband, Stephen, and the husbands of her close friends take all the kids for the day so the ladies can enjoy a decadent girls' brunch. They start with a light Bloody Mary topped with Brown Sugar Bacon, then prepare a Citrus Shrimp Salad, Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms and Spinach Feta Crescents together. To finish off the day of indulging, Ayesha surprises the girls with a twist on her chocolatey childhood favorite, Skillet S'mores.
Valerie is celebrating the season with her sister-in-law and nephew by creating a feast with fall's bounty. The autumn-themed menu includes Butternut Squash and Arugula Pizza on homemade pizza dough, Mini Caramel Apples, Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts (pictured) and Spiced Pumpkin Mochas.
Halloween is all about taking risks, right? Guy brings the fun to his kitchen by making Fried Chicken with Dill Salt and serving it with a Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Smoked Sweet Potato Salad, two risks that pay off in spades. Then, you can't have Halloween without sweets, so Guy's got a Bourbon-Maple-Pecan Sundae that's all treat and no trick!
It's a Barefoot backyard cooking adventure, as Ina's husband, Jeffrey, takes a pizza-making class in a fabulous food truck! He learns to make a Great White Pizza with charred red onions and garlic ricotta, while Ina prepares a platter of Arugula with Prosciutto and Burrata and then a Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake for dessert.
Dessert queen Elise Strachan does what she knows best, creating delicious, easy and buzzworthy treats that will get you baking and send your social media "likes" skyrocketing! She whips up a towering pancake cake that reveals a rainbow center, helps a business change up their everyday cupcakes with ingenious tricks, and creates a never-seen-before pie and ice cream mash-up called the Pie Scream Cone.
Nancy's grandchildren are gearing up for the annual cupcake competition at the fair. She and her husband, David, have been hosting it in memory of David's late father, and this will be the first year the grandkids are participating. Nancy prepares some sweet treats for the children, like Caramel-Dipped Local Apples with a toppings bar and homemade Pear and Plum Fruit Leather Rollups, then helps them create their own Barnyard Vanilla Cupcakes that are sure to bring home the blue ribbon!
Giada hosts a Halloween open house for neighborhood trick-or-treaters and their parents. She decorates the living room and kitchen to look like a haunted house and creates a spooky menu for her guests that includes Coconut Bones, Green Chicken Finger Sandwiches, Witches' Brooms (pictured) and Here's Looking at Boo Treats.
Bobby and Sunny tackle the sweet side of brunch with Creme Brulee French Toast with Drunken Strawberries, Sunny's Sambal and Pineapple-Glazed Bacon, Blueberry Pancake Bites and Sparkling Iced Espresso.
It's the ultimate grudge match when the top two finalists from the biggest Triple G tournaments return for a once-in-a-lifetime head-to-head rematch. First, it's French chef Stephane vs. maverick chef Chase in a Redemption Tournament redo. Next, Tournament of Champions finalists Crista and Phillip have to prepare a dish determined by refrigerator magnets. Finally, the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tournament rematch pits poke master Reno against Carl "The Cuban" in a crazy comfort food contest on a budget.
It's the horrifying finale of Halloween Wars! After taking down the competition one by one, the final two teams made up of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist and sugar artist go to battle one last time. The team that can best capture the scariest and most-demonic wedding ever imagined will be crowned Halloween Wars champion and win $50,000. Actress Bitsie Tulloch, from the hit series Grimm, joins as special guest judge.
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Only four recruits are left, and they're one week away from a chance at winning $25,000, so it's their last opportunity to impress Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. The chefs challenge their recruits to show their knowledge of pastries, and with the help of YouTube star Ashley Adams, the recruits learn to make eclairs decorated in an animal design. Afterwars, the recruits discover that they'll be baking 3-D dog cakes based on some perfect puppy muses.