I have to say I’m a pretty big Alton Brown fan. Besides the fact that he just seems to get increasingly cool as the years go by (what with his weight loss and totally awesome Bing Crosby-style fashion sense), I appreciate that he just is who he is. He is totally unique and does things his own way.
I had the pleasure of meeting him last fall when he came on a book tour to promote his cookbook Good Eats 3. He was exactly the same as he is on TV. During the Q&A he was quick-witted and funny in a fierce kind of way. I was a little nervous to meet him but in person he was so kind and friendly.
The reason I’ve brought this up is because one of my favorite shows, Food Network Star, is about to wrap up its 8th season. I’ve been watching this show for years and I love it. Essentially, it’s a competition where the winner gets their own cooking show on the Food Network.
I really enjoy hearing from Bob and Susie, who are judges and actual Food Network executives. They are so articulate and it’s always interesting to hear them talk about what the network is looking for, and to see them draw out personalities and a specific point of view from the contestants.
This season was different, as Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton were each mentors for a team of contestants. I was rooting for Alton’s team from the beginning, and specifically for Justin! I think there’s an excellent chance Justin will win, and even if he doesn’t I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of him.
Does anyone out there watch this show? Last week was kind of epic as Alton was tearing up, wobbly chin and all, and when both of his remaining team members were allowed to stay, his joyful shock was so genuine. This season has felt a little too scripted and tightly controlled but that was just a really good moment.
All that to say, I’m excited for the finale and I thought this would be a great time to make one of Alton’s recipes in honor of the event. After scrolling through the pages and pages of his 5-star rated recipes on foodnetwork.com, I decided to go with this Peanut Butter Fudge because of its incredibly simple ingredient list – only four ingredients!
This was one of the quickest and simplest recipes I’ve ever made. It is absolutely delicious too – creamy and rich and peanut-buttery – one commenter described it as a bit like the inside of a Reese’s peanut butter cup.
I didn’t change the recipe at all, so I’ll just send you straight to the source, which includes a helpful video. The recipe can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/peanut-butter-fudge-recipe/index.html.