What to Watch: Christmas Cookies, Holiday Feasts and the Premiere of Triple G: Impossible
It’s the season of family feasts and sweet holiday treats and this weekend on Food Network your favorite chefs are sharing recipes to help ring in the holiday season. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is whipping up a trio of cheesy and savory appetizers, Trisha Yearwood is baking festive holiday cookies and the co-hosts on The Kitchen are putting together a fabulous holiday dinner party — cocktails included. Then Valerie Bertinelli is hosting a blended family feast and serving Crown Roast of Lamb, Almond Cranberry Rice Pilaf and Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls.
On Sunday morning, Guy Fieri is making a series of dishes using vegetable juices, Ina Garten is hosting a breakfast buffet and Nancy Fuller is hosting a holiday party for her whole family. Then, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a Secret Santa dinner party and Bobby Flay is using Christmas leftovers to make a day-after brunch.
Robert Irvine is coming to Flavortown on Sunday evening for the premiere of GGG: Impossible, featuring Guy’s most-daunting challenges yet. After that, the bakers are making desserts based on ugly Christmas sweaters on Holiday Baking Championship, and the Grandmas on Clash of the Grandmas are making appetizers using some of Santa’s favorite food hacks.
Ree is sharing delicious new ideas for Christmas cooking. She has a trio of fast, fabulous bites; Grilled Chicken Skewers, Fig and Blue Cheese Bruschetta and no-cook Cheesy Mini Peppers. Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies (pictured) are left out for Santa, and Ree's shaking up her sides for the big feast with Yorkshire Pudding. Plus, she makes a warm, fragrant Mulled Apple Cider that's perfect for friends and family.
Tis the season for many cookies! Trisha is joined by her close friends, Kim and Lisa, for a day of baking and drinking. Today's confections are Gingerbread Cookies, Caramel Candy and Lizzie’s Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies (pictured). Trisha also makes White Knight Cocktails while they demonstrate inventive and festive ways to up your cookie swap game!
The Kitchen is merry and bright this holiday season with Katie Lee's Prime Rib with Beef Gravy and Sunny Anderson's Mommy’s Sage Potatoes (pictured). Marcela Valladolid shows how to set a holiday table that sparkles, and Jeff Mauro makes his seasonal Orange-Cranberry Bundt Cake. Then it's time to Pass the Cheese-and-Cracker House before Geoffrey Zakarian makes a Flame of Love cocktail. Plus, the gang gets some party etiquette advice from manners expert Thomas Farley.
The Bertinelli and Vitale clans are gathered together for a fun and festive celebration to keep the holiday spirit alive! The blended families will feast on Crown Roast of Lamb with Mint and Green Onion Pesto, Almond Cranberry Rice Pilaf, Roasted Winter Vegetables, Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls, and Cranberry-Orange Holiday Punch (pictured).
Guy uses his vegetable juicer for dishes you won't find at your local juice bar, like Beet Risotto with Pecorino, Fennel and Citrus Salad (pictured) and The Harvest Moon, a cocktail made with vodka, fresh apple juice, pumpkin beer and a graham cracker rim.
It's a Barefoot breakfast bash as Ina entertains her friends, Devon Fredericks and Eli Zabar. They're serious foodies, so the pressure's on as she creates a stunning yet easy buffet with a Potato Pancetta Frittata, Overnight Belgian Waffles (pictured) with fabulous toppings, a simple Breakfast Smoked Salmon Platter with Scallion and Dill Cream Cheese, and a gorgeous Fresh Fruit Platter.
Nancy Fuller is hosting a holiday party sure to impress all of her family. Her scrumptious appetizers include Crab Cakes with Zesty Herb Tartar Sauce and Marinated Beef Tenderloin Skewers with Mustard Horseradish Cream (pictured), and don't forget the Ultimate Cheese Fondue Dip Station and Grammy Carl's Popcorn Balls for the little ones. While the grandchildren trim the tree, Nancy and the grown-ups enjoy a show-stopping Champagne Tower with Farmhouse Kir.
It's Christmas dinner at Giada's home, and family members exchange Secret Santa gifts. Giada celebrates the day with a beautiful sit-down dinner and several dishes that can be made in advance: a Tricolore Stuffed Pork, Roasted Acorn Squash Agrodolce (pictured), Chopped Romaine and Radicchio Salad, and Black and White Brownie Ice Cream Cake.
With only a few things left in the pantry and a fridge full of leftovers, Bobby makes a post-holiday brunch featuring a Gingerbread Dutch Baby with Poached Maple Pears and Creme Fraiche, Sweet Potato-Green Onion Pancakes with Poached Eggs, Holiday Ham and Pepper Jam, and a Grapefruit Sparkle cocktail (pictured).
The toughest chefs compete in an epic four-part Triple G: Impossible tournament, featuring Guy's most-impossible games and the most-daunting challenge yet, Mr. Impossible himself, Robert Irvine. In the first round of the tournament, three chefs make a lumberjack breakfast using ingredients that all start with a single letter. Then, the remaining two chefs must shop for their seafood feast using a child-size cart. The winner of the first two games earns $10,000 and a shot at up to $10,000 more if he or she can beat Robert in a head-to-head cook-off, where each must make a fusion dish.
Who doesn't love surprises, especially during the holidays? For the Pre-Heat, the bakers must whip up a dessert inspired by an ugly Christmas sweater. Keeping with the surprise theme, in the Main Heat the bakers create edible gift boxes filled with a bevy of treats.
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These four grandmas are definitely not taking a holiday from the kitchen! First, Santa gives them his food hack favorite, a clothes iron, which they must use in the preparation of holiday appetizers. Next, the grannies must make a Christmas main course featuring at least one fresh, one frozen and one canned ingredient. Then, the final two grandmas have to turn old-fashioned fruitcake ingredients into a holiday dessert irresistible enough to earn one of them $10,000 and impress the judges, Monti Carlo, Nancy and Eddie Jackson.