Throwdown… It sounds like a brutal death match between two wrestlers or an Ultimate Fighting Championship cage fight. But in fact, a Throwdown is a friendly surprise competition, and the best part about it is the ending, when we all get to eat some seriously delicious food.
The genesis for Throwdown! was pretty simple. When I had taped close to one hundred episodes of a show called Food Nation for Food Network a few years ago, I realized that by traveling around the country I had been privileged to meet so many wonderful people who were cooking, smoking, deep-frying, steaming, and baking these amazing regional dishes. Filming the show across America had really opened my eyes to how incredibly rich our country is when it comes to our food and the people who cook it. Couple that with the fact that I have always felt that good cooks are at their best when they are not over-thinking what they’re doing – but instead making their particular specialties – and the germ of the idea for Throwdown! was born.
Bobby Flay shares some of his best Throwdown! recipes:
Say cheese! Macaroni and cheese is an old favorite, especially for kids, but Bobby Flay turns up the heat on this recipe with five – count ’em – five yummy cheeses: fontina, Asiago, Irish cheddar, sharp American cheddar and imported Parmesan! How’s that for the ultimate mac and cheese?
Don’t sneeze, you won’t want these meatballs to roll away! We’re talking meatballs made with three types of meat on top of spaghetti all covered with Parmesan cheese, parsley and a savory, special sauce – another classic recipe reinvented by Bobby Flay.
Gingerbread is great for the holidays, but it’s great for any other time of year too. You won’t want to wait around to make these delicious treats (blame the sweet caramelized mango buttercream icing!).
Excerpted by permission of Crown Illustrated, a division of Random House, Inc. from Bobby Flay’s Throwdown! by Bobby Flay with Stephanie Banyas and Miriam Garron Copyright © 2010.