Mentors’ Restaurant-Style Meals to Make at Home

by in Recipes, July 31, 2013

Chicken CacciatoreEven if you're a frequent restaurant diner, there are surely times when you want to dig in to dinner in the comfort of your home, and on these nights, you shouldn't have to settle for average, predictable dishes. You can indeed turn out restaurant-style meals — like the ones the finalists reinvented during last week's Star Challenge — with quick, simple recipes. This week, Food Network Star mentors are sharing their can-do versions of a few of the meals the competitors made over at Phil Trani's restaurant. Try Giada's, Bobby's and Alton's top-rated recipes for chicken cacciatore, salmon and steak to enjoy professional chef-quality plates in your own kitchen.

Rodney transformed the chicken cacciatore at Phil's into a pie, but Giada's Chicken Cacciatore (pictured above) is a tried-and-true classic that's full of traditional flavor and texture. After quickly browning chicken breasts and thighs, Giada simmers them in a bold white wine-tomato sauce with sweet bell peppers, onions and briny capers until the meat is cooked and tender.

Food Network Star, Episode 9Bobby adds a tangy topping to a family-friendly fish in his recipe for Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze. As the fish cooks, he brushes it with a sugar-honey-soy sauce mixture that offers at once a sweet and salty bite to the smoky grilled salmon.

If a meaty entree is more your style, look no further than Alton's Pan-Seared Rib-Eye, made with just three ingredients: beef, oil and seasonings. The secret to his 15-minute recipe lies in his technique: He heats a cast-iron skillet in a blazing 500-degree oven, then moves it to a burner before adding the rib eye (this ensures a crispy char on the outside of the steak). Once the beef has cooked for just a few minutes, Alton returns the pan to the oven so it can finish cooking.

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  1. [...] Bobby adds a tangy topping to a family-friendly fish in his recipe for Salmon with Brown Sugar …read more [...]

  2. Olive Oil says:

    I am greatly disappointed that Nikki was sent home. She is really the only star I see. I wanted to learn more about her style of cooking. She impressed me. She won me over with her food. If Stacy wins, I will be greatly disappointed. I will not watch her show. When I saw her show up for Next Food Network Star, it was a WTH moment for me. How does one go from Restaurant Impossible to Next Food Network Star. The woman had a miserably failing restaurant and had borrowed money for her father which was his retirement. I hope she has paid him back. And Lovely - that was a disaster. She showed absolutely no improvement even after all those weeks with Robert. I was sorely disappointed. I do like Damarus, but I think Nikki was the star. Disappointing season for me! : (

  3. jacueline says:


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  4. alice says:

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  5. Muffin says:

    Who is Mary Osbourne? Wife of Ozzy Osbourne? Marie Osmond? Jenny Craig?
    Mary Poppins' sister? Marie Calender? Mary Kay cosmetics? Does she, or doesn't she? Only her hair-dresser knows for sure. Can she cook? Or she is another Kardashian? Has she been on Dancing with the Stars? Has she had a trip to Mars? Does she have pretty eyes? Does like Rodney's Pies? See spot run. See her mascara run. Having too much fun. Gotta run. Clean the grout. Peace out.

  6. Barbara says:

    This season has been horrible would not vote for any of them...

  7. Katie says:

    Damaris is the only one left who really knows what she's doing. No one else cooks as good.

  8. Betty Z says:

    Can't wait to see what Damaris cooks up...and how she'll entertain us along the way. Good choice, America.