Grilled dinners are famously quick and fuss-free; they’re essentially just one-pan (one-machine?) dinners that require little more than a quick scrub after cooking. But what if we told you there’s a way to make them even easier? Yes, it’s possible. The secret is a foil pouch. You can make these little packs by folding up a piece of aluminum foil, and not only can they be tossed after cooking — resulting in no cleanup whatsoever — but they also guarantee a moist place for the food to cook, which means your dish will turn out juicy and full of flavor.
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As the summer comes to a close and schedules get busier, tune in this weekend for super-simple dinner inspiration from your favorite Food Network chefs. On Saturday’s The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond is looking for tasty ways to eat low-carb, like a cauliflower-crust pizza and grilled pork with baby bok choy. Up next, the hosts of The Kitchen are simplifying dinner with five-ingredient dishes like sausage carbonara and quick sausage gumbo. After that, it’s cheat day at Valerie Bertinelli’s house, where she’s whipping up guilty-pleasure dishes like vegetable pot stickers and mini zeppoles (aka Italian fried dough) with a caramel-Marsala dipping sauce.
Then on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is in Florence on Giada in Italy, and she’s celebrating the life of her grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis. In his honor she’s cooking up some of his favorites, like Carbonara Cacio e Pepe and Olive Oil Sorbetto with Berries and Balsamic. Later, Guy’s Grocery Games kicks off a night of intense competition with the first installment of Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games, where eight top celebrity chefs will battle it out over five weeks in Guy’s toughest challenges yet. Next, it’s the season premiere of The Great Food Truck Race, where six family teams will go head-to-head on the road for a chance to win $50,000. After that, Cooks vs. Cons pits pro chefs against excellent home cooks as contestants must transform frozen vegetables into a restaurant-worthy dish.
Wild, unpredictable and downright diabolical, the sabotages that host Alton Brown is set to unleash upon the Camp Cutthroat 2 chefs are surely going to be some of his most evilicious ever. In tonight’s premiere, we saw just how challenging they would be — for both the competitors and the judge.
Chef Kate, who managed to earn Heat 1 glory and a spot in the finale, was forced to abandon her basket ingredients for meat and potatoes, and instead she had to use what Alton called a “potato gun” to shoot for subpar replacements in Round 2. Come the After-Show, Jet Tila was prepared to take aim with the same rifle, but unfortunately for the judge, he had to wear an unwieldly suit of sticks and moss; Alton said he hoped to “level the playing field a little bit,” noting Jet’s superior shooting skills. “You’re a much better marksman than I am,” Alton admitted. However, that’s not quite what happened when the guys took aim, Jet clad in his camo getup.
By Angela Carlos
The Season 3 Chopped Teen Tournament kicked off this week, as the first four young chefs competed to secure a spot in the grand finale, where the finalists will face off for the $25,000 prize. Don’t let their ages fool you; these teens trained like athletes for the show, arriving prepared with the tools and professional know-how to meet the rigorous demands of each mystery basket challenge.
In the appetizer round, speck was plucked from the mystery baskets and really took center stage in each of the four contestants’ dishes. You may be more familiar with the term “prosciutto” for the popular Italian charcuterie. Speck, however, is a specific variation from Italy’s northern-most Italian region, Alto Adige.
Alton Brown is out for revenge. After last summer’s evil sabotages and ridiculous antics, Camp Cutthroat is coming back for its second season with even more surprises and challenges. But before you tune in for the premiere on August 24 at 10 p.m., head over to Food Network’s Snapchat Discover channel, because Camp Cutthroat is taking over. Starting at 6 a.m., you can get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the madness that is Camp Cutthroat. Don’t wait too long, though, because Alton’s crazy antics and savvy sabotages will stay on Snapchat for only 24 hours.
Chopped has returned with a third season of the popular five-part Teen Tournament. In tonight’s first round, four teens entered the prestigious kitchen to try their hands at decoding the mystery baskets. Even with advanced practice, nothing can prepare a chef for the added pressure and time constraints of the competition. And the key to unlocking the ingredients isn’t always obvious from the get-go. The teens took the challenge in stride, bringing their raw talent to battle with the hopes of earning one of four spots in the finale. From that final showdown, only one will emerge victorious as the winner of $25,000.
It was just last month that Tregaye Fraser joined the Food Network family after besting 12 finalists in a game-changing season of Food Network Star. Now the search for Star power is on again, but this time it’s all about the next generation.
Food Network Star Kids premieres tonight at 8|7c with a pintsize competition featuring 10 ambitious young cooks, each with uncanny culinary chops and a too-cute-for-words personality. These finalists must prove to mentors Donal Skehan and Tia Mowry that they have skills in the kitchen and a natural air on camera, if they want to be crowned Food Network’s first-ever Star Kid in just six weeks. And fans watching at home can take home a starry prize just by tuning in.
Moist, sweet and ideal for morning treats and after-dinner snacks alike, banana bread is a back-pocket staple that delivers tried-and-true results every time. But when you’ve just about had your fill of the classic version you know and love, and want something a little different, look no further than these transformed banana breads from The Kitchen. On this morning’s new episode, the co-hosts shared two new takes on the traditional banana bread, and both recipes are easy to make and full of craveable flavors.
Get set for a weekend of kid-focused cooking and over-the-top competition on Food Network. On The Pioneer Woman on Saturday, Ree Drummond and her husband are heading out for the evening, so Ree’s prepping dinner for her kids at home. She’ll offer make-your-own Caesar salad kits and deconstructed mixed-berry shortcakes. Then, school’s back in session on The Kitchen, where the hosts will give tips on how to turn kids’ lunchbox foods into crafts, and Justin Warner will demonstrate some easy food-based science projects. Next, two kid chefs from Kids Baking Championship are stopping by Valerie Bertinelli’s house for lunch, where she’s serving up tasty bites like grilled Italian panini and soft pretzels with a chocolate-hazelnut dip.
On Sunday, jet off to Milan with Giada De Laurentiis on Giada in Italy as she reminisces about the life of her grandfather with her great-aunt Raffy as they prepare Raffy’s favorite dish, Ziti Stufati. Later, on Guy’s Grocery Games, chefs from around the world are spicing things up in Flavortown Market as they bring the heat and compete to make the best fiery dish for Guy Fieri and the judges. After that, the contestants on Chopped are competing in a chili cook-off where they’ll have to incorporate the classic American dish into each round. Then, on an all-new Cooks vs. Cons, pros and amateurs will be put to the test in two back-to-back kitchen challenges.