On tonight's episode of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” Guy Fieri took the red Camaro to find two new joints to make fans mouths water with their wonderful creations that are not seen
On this trip, Guy is honing in on spots with the hometown feeling. First stop, Marie's Italian Specialties in Chatham, N.J. to find Guy's old friend Carl and wife Marie Ruiz. Guy has been telling Carl to open a restaurant for years, and Marie has been cooking Italian food all her life. Carl made baked/fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Carl and Guy are old friends, and the two would become a comedy team, if they were not such great chefs. Carl brined the chicken, next baked it in the oven with Italian seasonings he used as a rub, then right into the deep fryer to crisp it up. The macaroni and cheese had about five different cheeses and fried prosciutto crumbled on top. Yum! Next they made their "Sacred Swine" sandwich. He took two pork shoulders, dropped them in a bucket, with garlic powder, bay leaves and salt and a bucket full of water to sit in the fridge overnight. After that, roast the pork with a bit of water, olive oil, red-wine vinegar and spice rub. Then cook it overnight on low heat. When done, shred the pork and cook broccoli rabe in olive oil with garlic and salt. Then he brushed the bread with polenta, added the broccoli rabe, added the pork and topped it with their delicious vodka sauce and parmesano reggiano; a meal in itself.
Then Marie took over in the kitchen with Guy. Marie made the risotto for the arancini balls. First toasting the risotto in some olive oil, then she adds salted water. While the rice was cooking, she made sauce. After the rice was ready, she mixed it with her famous Italian meatballs and tons of spices, cheese and garlic, rolled them in bread crumbs and dropped them in the fryer for a few moments, and Guy downed those crunchy creamy balls of deliciousness.
Then Guy crossed to the other coast to Darby's Cafe in Olympia, Wash. to meet with Nate and Sarah Reilly, the husband and wife owners of this great mom and pop diner. The head chef, Joanna made Creole Oysters Benedict. First she made the béchamel sauce then added an array of spices and let it thicken. Then she made a seasoned flour dredge for the oysters, then took the oysters, dropped them in egg and buttermilk mixture, into the dredge, next in the fryer for a quick fry, put it on an English muffin, topped it with poached eggs and red pepper rings, added home fries to the plate and called it breakfast. Then she made winter squash and apple hash. She added sausage and cranberry chutney, and it was a dish made in heaven.
The topping on the trip was a blueberry roller. First, Joanna made maple bourbon granola using oats, nuts with bourbon, maple syrup and vanilla. She then took fresh blueberries, a whole-wheat tortilla, spread cream cheese frosting on the tortilla, added blueberries and the granola, rolled it up in a nice tight roll then put it in the fryer. While it was frying she put a big scoop of vanilla ice cream in a bowl, then cut it in half diagonally, set it on both sides of the ice cream, and added more blueberries and granola and a dusting of powdered sugar. This is a treat that some people even have for breakfast.
So if you cannot hop in the red Camaro with Guy, tune in and maybe he will be coming to a place near you on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”
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