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Food network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” is a television show that I have fallen in love with. I have always loved to cook and have been handed the task of making delicious dinners when our pantry is running bare in our own home. I love the premise of the show for that reason. The show itself has not only inspired me to start cooking and get more creative in the kitchen, but it’s also a time that my wife and I are able to watch something together that we both enjoy. How often does that happen?
In my household, we love variety. We just can’t set out a meal plan and eat the same thing over and over again like a school cafeteria. We like to explore different flavors and try different things and although sometimes those meals make it in the trash instead of in our bellies, it’s still a fun way to explore food. “Guy’s Grocery Games” not only is incredibly entertaining but it helps keep me inspired at home.
Here’s a little more about the show: Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games is shown on Sundays at 8/7 central time. The show features four talented chefs that were given the task of creating meals using ingredients from a supermarket. Guy always throws a little wrench in there somewhere by eliminating ingredients or making you use something that is out-of-the-box. It’s hilarious at first but really impressive when you see fine foods the chefs come up with.
In the episode airing on Sunday, May 25, the chefs on the show will be tasked with a grilling challenge. In preparation for the show, I am having my own “Grill at home challenge”. I am going to create a barbecue recipe for the grill that uses no more than five food ingredients. Not only does this sound like fun but it also is very relevant to my life. With a busy schedule and being a full-time parent, no one has the time to dice up a hundred different ingredients to make a plate. Summer time is right around the corner and our grill is getting dusted off for some outside fun.
Guy’s Grocery Games features four talented chefs competing in supermarket-themed cooking challenges as they navigate their way through the aisles, adhering to real-world obstacles doled out by host, Guy Fieri, such as shopping on a budget, substituting out-of-stock ingredients or grabbing groceries at closing time. Ultimately, the food does the talking, as one-by-one the losing chefs “check out,” with the last chef standing going on a shopping spree of a lifetime worth up to $20,000!
Watch Guy’s Grocery Games Sundays at 8/7c on Food Network.
In the meantime enjoy the “grocery games challenge” of my five-ingredient barbecue.
I came up with something a little bit different, just like they would on the show. I looked at what I had in the kitchen and thought “what can I make that incorporates these things I want to eat, without going the generic route”? Hot dogs are something I could eat almost any time, but they can get boring, especially around dinner time. Here is my recipe I came up with five ingredients only. I call it “Deconstructed, stuffed buffalo dogs”. Give it a shot!
Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 4 slices of pepperjack cheese
- 4 buffalo hot dogs
- 2 jalapeños
- 4 slices of toasted sourdough
- 2 slices crumbled bacon
Slice the cheese into long strips. Slice the hot dogs lengthwise, leaving a “hinge” on one side, and generously stick the cheese into each. Cram a few jalapeño slices into the crack as well. The cheese and jalapeño will almost make it like a popper and the taste will be awesome. Make sure there is enough cheese. You can NEVER have enough. Arrange the stuffed dogs on the grill and let cook for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the dog has crisped up somewhat on the outside. Transfer to the bread top with crumbled bacon.
Here we have a great take on the regular hot dog, but a little more…upscale? Bon Appetit!