Recipe Roundup: Favorites from the Final Five

by in Food Network Star, Recipes, July 27, 2010
Green Chicken Curry
Would you make Aarti's Green Chicken Curry at home?

Now we’re down to the final five, all of whom have cooked some tempting food so far in the competition. They've also each had at least one not-so-shining culinary moment. Which dishes will you be adding to your recipe file? I'm running down my top picks from each remaining Star contender.

At the moment, Aarti’s Green Chicken Curry from last week’s episode is at the top of my list of Star recipes to try. I love Indian food, but I mostly eat it in restaurants or when I visit my best friend’s family—her mom is an amazing Indian cook. Aarti’s curry seems like an approachable intro to Indian food at home—I have all the spices in my pantry already—and the Supper Clubbers’ raves made me eager to try it in my own kitchen.

Corn Flake-Encrusted Pork Cutlet Sandwich
Who doesn't love a sandwich served on a buttermilk biscuit?

Though Tom lost out to Aarti in the cereal-themed camera challenge, it was probably due to his presentation—his Corn Flakes® Encrusted Pork Cutlet Sandwich sounded pretty awesome. Giada, for one, couldn’t stop digging in.

Buttermilk Battered Shrimp
A far cry from pigs-in-a-blanket, but tasty nonetheless

I know it didn’t quite work as a riff on pigs in a blanket during the Palm Springs challenge, but Aria’s Buttermilk Battered Shrimp with California Sturgeon Caviar also piqued my interest. It would make a perfect cocktail party appetizer—impressive, but still relatively easy to pull off for a crowd.

Cuban Sandwich Wrap
I'm a fan of Herb's lighter take on the Cuban sandwich

Herb’s Cuban Wrap from the Lunch Trucks challenge sounds like a flavor-packed sandwich, and I like that it’s a bit lighter than a traditional Cuban. It would be great finger food for a summer party or picnic. Paula was a fan, and so are our commenters on

Rice Krispies Tuna
Melissa d'Arabian loved the extra-crispy Rice Krispies™ crust on Brad's tuna

I’m also jazzed about several of Brad’s dishes. They have a bit of restaurant polish, but most are still straightforward enough for those of us without professional cooking experience. My top pick right now is his Rice Krispies™ Tuna with Cucumber Salad from last week’s episode. I agree with Melissa—I’m buying a box of cereal just to try this one out.

Of the final five, whose dishes inspire you most? Who jibes most with your cooking style, or gets you to break out of your comfort zone? Vote for your favorite finalist.

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