Alton does a little magic to explain how a simple leg of pig can become a delicious ham. Along the way, viewers will learn the difference between City Ham and Country Ham as Alton demonstrates how to prepare each. And as a bonus... Alton's grandmother's secret glaze recipe!
It’s Thursday, and that means pot roast night for Alton’s neighbor Chuck. Or it would, if Chuck’s mother hadn’t deserted him for Branson, Missouri and the charms of Tony Orlando. Now Chuck wanders the megamart, forlornly trying to discover how to make his own pot roast. Fortunately, he runs into Alton, who shows him how to select the meat and how to make a delicious Pot Roast and the jus (juice) to flavor it – and all for under ten dollars – and some foil from a television antenna, and various other bits and pieces from around Chuck’s trailer.
Mr. Vlad drops by Alton’s place for help with his culinary problem: he doesn’t like garlic. Alton shows his mysterious visitor how to select garlic, what kinds of tools work best for preparing it, and how to cook with it, offering Vlad’s Very Garlicky Greens and 40 Cloves and a Chicken as examples, as well as tips on storage and how to get the most of your garlic. In fact, Alton and his guest cook all night long...
Starting with a montage, Alton demonstrates the versatility of Puff Pastry, showing it flat, stacked and stuffed, and sharing recipes for Fruit Tart (Alton demonstrates with Granny Smith apples sliced “wafer thin” and cherries in a stacked pastry) and Salmon Turnover (a recipe that demonstrates how a basic turnover may be filled with a wide array of ingredients).