What to Watch: Comfort Food Classics, International Flavors and a Comedian Cook-Off on Triple G
This weekend on Food Network, your favorite chefs are making some warming and crowd-pleasing comfort food. On Saturday morning, Ree Drummond is heating things up on the ranch with her Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Glazed Apple Dumplings and cheesy Welsh Rarebit. Then Trisha Yearwood is making some of her favorite childhood dishes, the co-hosts on The Kitchen are making the internet’s most-popular comfort foods, and Valerie Bertinelli is bringing Cuban flavors to her kitchen. Then, on Sunday afternoon, Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a Tuscan barbecue dinner party.
On Sunday evening, stand-up comedians are taking over Flavortown Market and navigating the grocery games with help from Food Network all-star chefs. Then on Worst Cooks, the mentees become the mentors as they teach Anne and Rachael how to make a dish.
Ree’s warming up the kitchen and making some comforting classics from casseroles to sauces. Frist, Ree’s making her Tuna Noodle Casserole. Then she shares her recipe for Sweet and Sour Meatballs and Glazed Apple Dumplings. Finally, Ree’s going cheesy and making Welsh Rarebit (pictured).
Trisha and her sister, Beth, take a trip down memory lane as they go through mom and dad's shoebox of recipes. They pull out comforting foods to cook, such as Company Chicken (pictured), Mama's Scalloped Potatoes and Wild Scuppernong Pie with Cinnamon Swirl Ice Cream.
Cozy up with The Kitchen as the co-hosts serve your favorite comfort foods! Geoffrey Zakarian makes Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs, then Jeff Mauro has two twists on Chicken Pot Pie. Get the verdict on just how bad your kitchen habits are while the co-hosts pass around Buffalo Mac and Cheese. Katie Lee shares her Italian-Style Meatloaf (pictured), and Keavy Landreth and Allison Kave from the bar Butter and Scotch stop by to show the perfect way to pair a cocktail with dessert.
Valerie remembers a wonderful weekend in Miami, where all the fragrances and tastes of authentic Cuban food inspire her to recreate some Cuban comfort magic in her own kitchen. She makes a Cubano Salad, Cuban Sandwiches with Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork, Spicy Black Bean Soup (pictured), a Tropical Sundae, and to drink, Grapefruit Mojitos.
Giada celebrates her recent travels to Italy with a dinner party featuring the flavors of Tuscany. Giada creates a California barbecue vibe with an Italian touch with a menu featuring Grilled Chicken Involtini, Buttery Herbed Potatoes, Mushroom and Grape Crostini and Spiked Arnold Palmers (pictured).
Standup comics team up with Food Network all-star mentors in hilarious grocery games to earn money for charity. First, the comedians must make a late-night dinner using only the ingredients they can fit into a very small shopping bag. Next, the comedians are given a list of funny-sounding foods to turn into impressive dinners for their agent. You won't believe which comic gets the last laugh!
In order to demonstrate how well they have learned cooking skills and techniques over the last nine weeks, the final four recruits step into their mentor's shoes and direct Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray to make a dish. Then, for the Main Dish challenge, Anne and Rachael bring in VIP guests that hit very close to home and who will be key in deciding which recruits move onto the finale for the chance of winning $25,000.