What to Watch: Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres and Marshmallow Desserts
Thanksgiving is over, but the holiday season is just getting started, and this weekend your favorite Food Network chefs are sharing recipes for some of their best party bites. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is cooking for a cocktail party, Trisha Yearwood is sharing her recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip and the co-hosts of The Kitchen are making snack mixes inspired by classic cocktails. Then, Ayesha Curry is hosting an Italian dinner party and Valerie Bertinelli has a recipe for Rosemary-Lemon Shortbread Cookies.
On Sunday, Guy Fieri is hosting taco night, Ina Garten is giving advice on throwing the perfect dinner party and Nancy Fuller is making a friend dinner in exchange for painting lessons. Then, Giada De Laurentiis is making snacks for a Christmas sing-a-long, and Bobby Flay is hosting brunch to celebrate the Preakness Stakes.
Sunday evening, four new chefs enter Flavortown, and their first challenge is making a savory lunch dish with the ingredients of a sweet carrot cake. Then it’s all about marshmallows on Holiday Baking Championship, and children and grandchildren join the grandmas on Clash of the Grandmas.
Ree is throwing a cocktail bash for the crew helping to open her store in town. There's a delicious line up of make-ahead portable canapes on the menu: juicy Asian Beef Skewers (pictured), retro Ham Salad in Endive Cups, simple Salami Roll-Ups, a no-cook crudite platter and divine Tiny Tomato Tarts. There are sweet treats too — decadent Black and White Brownies and chewy Caramel-Nut Truffles — plus a Pawhuska Prohibition Punch to toast the team.
Trisha prepares for a fun-filled day with fabulous friends by making Buffalo Chicken Dip and Chili Mac and Cheese (pictured). After fueling up, they head out for Orange-Peach Prosecco Cocktails on a party bike. Then, they go bowling and end the day with Marbled Chocolate Brownies.
The Kitchen is ringing in the holiday season with Jeff Mauro's merry cocktail, a festive meatball bar and new DIY Christmas tree decorating tricks. Then Geoffrey Zakarian turns store-bought Brie into a party-ready appetizer, while baker extraordinaire Elise Strachan joins the gang to make her Christmas Tree Surprise Cake and fragrant place cards that guests will love. Plus, get great ideas from the gift-giving guide for food lovers and learn how to turn favorite cocktails into party mixes (pictured).
Ayesha prepares a big Italian meal as she and her husband, Stephen, entertain his best friend from college, Bryant, and his wife Brittany, who also happen to be the godparents of the Currys’ daughter, Riley. She whips up Fresh Egg Pasta, the Ultimate Caesar Salad, and Steph's favorite, Chicken Parmesan (pictured) for the party. To finish off this classic Italian meal, they make a light and sweet Tiramisu and enjoy Italian Greyhounds together.
On one of the shortest days of the year, Valerie and her husband, Tom, are entertaining two of their good pals and heating up the fun with Valerie's Slow-Cooker Mulled Wine (pictured), Fried Chickpeas with Sage and Parmesan, and the very comforting Turkey Sausage with Fennel Sauerkraut. For dessert, they'll enjoy Rosemary-Lemon Shortbread Cookies.
Guy's hosting taco night, so he prepares an all-time favorite, Al Pastor Tacos with Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa (pictured). For dessert, he turns down the heat with Mexican Chocolate-Avocado Mousse with Mezcal Whipped Cream.
Ina is teaching Dinner Party 101 to her great friend, actress Debra Monk. The foolproof meal plan includes Roast Chicken with Bread and Arugula Salad, a stunning Easy Cheese Board (pictured) and, Tri-Berry Crumbles, as well as a table-setting tutorial.
Nancys good friend is teaching a canvas-and-cocktails class, so she's promised to teach Nancy to paint in exchange for drinks. Nancy goes all in with a full meal that includes Lemon and Oregano Chicken (pictured), Orzo Salad with Mustard Greens and Dried Cherries, Citrus Tart with Shortbread Almond Crust for dessert and, most importantly, Moscow Mules to get everyone's creative juices flowing.
Giada hosts a pre-Christmas party that focuses on the kids, but the grown-ups are invited too! Festivities focus around a kids' holiday sing-along and kid-friendly menu including Crispy Chicken Taquitos, Noodle Salad, Chocolate-Dipped Chips (pictured) and Apple Pie Soda a la mode.
Bobby is throwing a brunch party for the Preakness with Maryland-inspired dishes. The star of the menu is a Tempura-Fried Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich with Tartar Sauce Slaw and Crispy Old Bay Chips. Then he brings Southern style to the plate with Roasted Peaches with City Ham, Wild Arugula, Burrata and Sorghum Vinaigrette. He pours Black-Eyed Susan Spritzers for toasting and crosses the finish line with Banana Pudding (pictured).
Four chefs who turned their lives around with cooking battle it out for a chance at a life-changing shopping spree. First, they must flip the ingredients of sweet carrot cake into a lunch. Next, after bowling to determine which aisles they can shop, they must make a family favorite. Finally, the top two chefs make an inspirational dinner featuring items chosen by a roll of the dice.
Nothing says the holidays like a crisp fire on a snowy day, so in the Pre-Heat, the remaining six bakers are tested on how well they can make a dessert featuring toasted marshmallows. For the Main Heat, bakers get the chance to put a fresh spin on an old holiday classic by "blinging out" yule logs.
Three generations join forces in a special family edition, and first, the four grandmas must cook up a pot pie that reflects their heritage, with help from their son or daughter. Next, they must make a brilliant brunch featuring the colors selected by their grandkids via video message. Then, the final two grandmas must turn peanut butter and jelly flavors into a family-pleasing dessert worthy of the $10,000 prize, awarded by judges Sharone Hakman, Aarti Sequeira and Jake Smollett.