The appetizer mystery basket on the week’s episode of Chopped Junior was truly challenging. What were our young contestants supposed to make with arctic char, cotton candy, dandelion greens and tiny ice cream bites? But, as always, our pint-sized chefs were super-clever. To balance the sweetness of the cotton candy and ice cream with the bitterness of the dandelion greens, almost all of them made a sweet-and-sour dressing or sauce to toss the greens in. But what did remain a challenge was cooking the arctic char — a fish that looks like salmon but is actually related to trout. It has a milder and cleaner flavor and is more delicate than salmon but is still high in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. We saw most of our contestants’ fish fillets fall apart right in the pan, with soggy skin. Because arctic char is expensive, you definitely want to cook it properly.
On this week’s episode of Chopped Junior there were definitely some challenging secret ingredients in the contestant’s bright yellow mystery baskets. But ultimately it wasn’t the beef tongue, the quail or even the outrageous tie-dyed cake that really tripped up our young chefs — the trickiest ingredient turned out to be a simple carrot!
Glazing carrots is a super-easy technique, but I think we can all agree that when there’s a clock ticking down and a $10,000 prize on the line, it’s easy to burn those little root vegetables — and that’s exactly what happened to two contestants.
Guy Fieri gave another four contestants the chance to reverse their fortunes on this week’s episode of the Guy’s Grocery Games redemption tournament. In the first round, they were all sent out into the aisles with ridiculously tiny shopping bags to stuff full with ingredients for a fried feast. Naturally, a couple of the contestants gravitated toward fried chicken, so here’s some fried-chicken wisdom from Food Network Kitchen:
We continue down redemption road on Guy’s Grocery Games this week, as previous contestants get a chance to show off their culinary talents and impress the judges for a win.
In the first round, contestants were challenged to make a chicken dinner using radishes and tofu. And we loved that most of the contestants weren’t scared off. In fact, one was excited to use radishes, because she thinks of them as the “underdog of vegetables.” We couldn’t agree more. And now that spring is upon us, we can’t wait to cook with and eat those crunchy and spicy little roots.
Guy Fieri introduced us to Guy’s Grocery Games‘ redemption road this week. Sixteen previously unsuccessful competitors get a second chance to maneuver through the grocery aisles and cook up winning dishes for the judges for a chance to win up to $40,000!
Our first round of chefs was challenged to whip up an Italian dish with only seven items or fewer. We in Food Network Kitchen instantly thought of the very simple (and very delicious) pasta dish cacio e pepe, which translates to “cheese and pepper.” It’s having a resurgence and is super-easy to make, and if you want to play by Guy’s rules, you even have room for a seventh ingredient like parsley, lemon zest or crushed red pepper.
Bacon was king on this week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games, which made us remember that time we made a bacon lattice (yes, just like lattice on a pie) in Food Network Kitchen. And what exactly would you use a bacon lattice for? Well, we love it draped over a meatloaf or turkey — while the meat cooks, the bacon drippings add extra flavor. If you make a smaller lattice, then it’s a fun bottom garnish for a Caesar salad.
This week on Guy’s Grocery Games, not only were contestants paired up with strangers, but they also had to cook a budget meal for under $15 together — talk about challenging!
Luckily, we in Food Network Kitchen don’t flinch when we hear the word “budget.” In fact, we’ve developed a bunch of weeknight dinners with both value and health in mind. Read more
Contestants were expected to serve up a sweet-and-savory breakfast in Round 1 of this week’s Guy’s Grocery Games, and there were some interesting combinations. (Banana split for breakfast, anyone?) But what truly caught our eye was a plantain hash that instantly reminded us of a very real and traditional sweet-and-savory South American dish called Plátanos Asados con Bocadillo y Queso — which is baked plantains stuffed with cheese and guava paste, and it’s delicious.
It was all about chance and risk on this week’s episode of Guy’s Grocery Games. After each contestant rolled the die there was a mad dash to gather the ingredients to make a poker game-friendly recipe using a spiralizer, which is a specialty piece of kitchen equipment that turns produce into perfect curlicues. Buying one of these one-trick-pony gadgets certainly seems like a risky purchase. (Plus, you’re forever left with those weird little veggie plugs — you know what I’m talking about!)