Inspired by his mom's cooking, Michael Symon masters Chicken Parmesan Meatballs on the grill. As one cheese is never enough, Michael adds smooth ricotta to the meat and makes a quick and easy Sweet Red Sauce while his wife, Liz, joins him to cook Soft Polenta over their fire pit. Then, Liz whips up a simple Vinegar and Cream Dressing to accompany Michael's mom's favorite garden salad before they relax in the sunshine together, enjoying every tasty bite.
Proving you can make any dish outside on a grill, Michael Symon prepares a rich Mac and Cheese loaded with Smoked Ham with Cream Cheese, Gouda and Pecorino. Plus, even desserts can come together over live fire, so Michael creates a Grilled Apple Crisp while his wife, Liz, joins him to concoct a Vodka Punch, her favorite summertime cocktail.
Michael Symon and his dad have always shared a passion for outdoor cooking, so Michael turns the backyard grill into a smoker to make his dad's favorite Sticky Ribs. Then, Michael kicks a classic side dish up a notch with Grilled Potato Salad as his wife, Liz, joins Michael to turn his dad's obsession with chocolate into giant cookies infused with tons of chocolate, crunchy pretzel and sea salt. The incredible aromas from all three dishes bring their puppy Norman into the backyard for a surprise appearance!
Michael Symon grills up a feast of summertime staples, starting with juicy Barbecue Chicken slathered in a Kansas City-style sauce. Then, he gives fresh coleslaw a twist by adding pickles, mint leaves and poppy seed. Plus, Liz puts a spin on a summery cocktail by replacing the vodka from a Moscow Mule with sweet bourbon to make a refreshing Kentucky Mule -- perfect for washing down a delicious meal outdoors.
Cooking steak on a grill can be intimidating, so Michael Symon demonstrates simple techniques for grilling skirt steak to tender, medium-rare perfection. Then, he complements the steak with Sticky Barbecue Onions fired up in a cast-iron skillet with brown sugar, Dijon mustard, cayenne and cumin. To round out his outdoor edition of meat and potatoes, Michael uses a second grill for Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes that feature grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, butter and garlic.
Michael Symon believes any dish can be mastered on an outdoor grill, and to prove it, he creates a decadent entree with Creamy Chicken and Dumplings. Michael's wife, Liz, joins in to make Drop Biscuits from her mom's recipe to serve as the dumplings while Michael picks fresh herbs from the garden for the filling. Finally, Michael works the grill for his favorite dessert -- Bananas Foster.
Cooking outdoors inspires Italian pizza magic as Michael Symon turns a standard grill into a pizza oven. He uses coals and cast iron pans to cook his homemade dough and produce the perfect crust for his Grilled White Pizza and a gooey Three Cheese Calzone. Michael's wife, Liz, joins him at the grill and makes sweet, crunchy Italian Florentine Cookies to top off the feast.
It's a burger gift from the Greek gods! Michael Symon's Greek heritage is on full display as he makes a grilled Lamb Burger with Tzatziki. His wife, Liz, concocts an Ouzo Spritz with pickled watermelon rind that pairs perfectly with Michael's burger and side of sweet-and-salty Watermelon and Feta Salad.
Only Michael Symon would think to make Moussaka on the Grill, taking the Mediterranean casserole layered with meat, veggies and cheese sauce outside to show just how simple the cooking technique can be. His wife, Liz, joins him to create a light, complimentary side dish of Grilled and Steamed Artichokes. They keep the grill firing for a sweet dessert of Red Wine Poached Fruit and creamy vanilla bean ice cream.
Paying respect to his Italian roots, Michael Symon creates an entire Italian feast over coals using his outdoor grill, beginning with smoking fresh tomatoes for his Fettuccine with Smoked Tomato Sauce. His wife, Liz, mixes up creamy ricotta, lemon and herbs for Stuffed Squash Blossoms from their garden and fries them over the grill. For dessert, a decadent Lemon Upside-Down Cake is a sweet way to finish off the meal.
Flame on! Michael Symon's outdoor, family-friendly meal starts with a Fish Fry with Lime Aioli, where he fries fresh fluke in a pot over coals on the grill. It's not a fish fry without taters, so he uses the grill again to make crispy, creamy Smashed Potatoes. Michael's wife, Liz, joins him to help balance out the meal with a Quick Pickled Zucchini Salad.
Michael Symon is determined to make his friend Olivia love eggplant Parmesan, and the only way to do it is to reinvent it the Symon way. He makes his Grilled Eggplant Parmesan outdoors on the grill, topping fresh eggplant slices with garden tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and salty Parmesan. He also whips up a classic accompaniment with salami and provolone, Antipasti Salad with Campfire Dressing. For dessert, Michael's wife, Liz, helps out by making a simple, seasonal Cherry Polenta Cake with Michael's favorite Michigan cherries.
Michael Symon makes a summertime seafood meal that's all about the prep and then letting the foil and grill do the work. He starts with foil packets of Clams with Sausage and Peppers, which steam to perfection over coals. His wife, Liz, helps him use the same technique for a dessert of Peaches with Mascarpone and Honey, and she concocts a refreshing, summertime beverage to bring it all together, Rose Sangria.
One of the few things Michael Symon often doesn't like is ranch dressing, so he challenges himself to rethink the flavors as a rub and transforms his standard coal grill into a smoker for tender and juicy Ranch-Rubbed Pork Ribs. Thrilled with the rub, he also uses it in Baked Sweet Potatoes with Charred Onion Ranch Dip. Michael's wife, Liz, makes Grilled Corn with Ranchovy Butter, featuring the rub yet again.
Michael Symon is back in his home kitchen to make Carbonara-"ish" pasta, Tomato Garlic Bread and Classic Caesar Salad.
Michael Symon uses peppers to showcase the treats of early fall with Stuffed Peppers with Eggplant and Cheesy Rice, Fennel Salad with Citrus and The Red Bell cocktail.
Michael Symon makes breakfast an anytime event with a Puffy Omelette, Everything Bagel French Fries and a simple Fall Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, then finishes everything with a Peach Bellini cocktail.
Michael Symon brings the cooking back inside for a Sunday pork roast served with cider gravy, roasted root vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and a Pimm's Cup cocktail to bring it all together.
Michael Symon indulges himself by making two of his favorite recipes: Sausage and Rapini with Ricotta Cavatelli and a Honey Pine Nut Tart for dessert.
Michael Symon mixes some childhood favorites and some new discoveries to make a relaxing Italian dinner with Chicken Milanese, a Butternut Squash and Farro Salad and some Espresso Granita.
Michael Symon loves celery, so he's using it in multiple ways in his comfort food menu. He braises it with other vegetables in his Pot Roast, which he serves over Celery Root Puree, and he tops the whole thing with Celery Salsa Verde.
Michael Symon makes Parmesan polenta topped with three kinds of bolognese: beef, mushroom and shrimp.
Michael Symon shows that Thanksgiving is a great time to fire up the grill and feel the heat. He shares his favorite family recipes to make the holiday an alfresco affair, starting with the traditional Spatchcock Smoked Turkey for a perfect dinner. He follows with his "Almost Famous" Family Corn Pudding and Pecan Tassies for dessert. With Michael's wife Liz serving Mulled Wine, this is an outdoor feast to be remembered.
Michael Symon shares his special holiday recipes to make Thanksgiving delicious. A flavorful, moist Mezcal-and-Maple-Roasted Turkey in Cheesecloth is the main event, accompanied by Pap's Ham and Dumplings, a recipe from Michael's grandfather. Plus, Strawberry Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust is the perfect sweet ending.
For Michael Symon, nothing is more important at the holidays than family and tradition. Cooking up his mother's holiday staple Lasagna and finishing the meal with Mom's Baklava, Michael is paying homage to his family's holiday meals while sharing the secrets to creating delicious dishes for any festive gathering.