Cooking programs have always been popular, but with a new generation of food lovers on the rise, the call for television shows and the recipes they offer is like never before. This may be one reason that Rachael Ray show recipes are turning up on various dinner tables across the country. From candied sweet potatoes to caramelized onion dip, everyone from the at-home novice to the professional chef can complete most of these meals with little trouble.

Moussaka Style Shepherd's Pie:

Shepherd's pie is a family favorite and comfort food all in one but as with other Rachael Ray show recipes, this one has been updated for the better. It calls for a medium eggplant, three and a half pounds of potatoes, salt, a pound of ground lamb, two tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoon of oregano, one teaspoon of crushed red pepper, one bay leaf, half a teaspoon of all spice, cinnamon, pepper, finely chopped yellow onion, four cloves of diced garlic, a quarter cup of tomato paste, half a cup of white wine, one cup of chicken or vegetable stock, half a cup of creme fraiche, one third of a cup of homogenized milk, a pinch of ground nutmeg, the yolk of one egg, one and a half cups of grated gruyere cheese, and two ounces of parmigiana.

This is a take on the Greek Moussaka and standard Shepherd's pie, utilizing the lamb and mashed potatoes to make a unique mouth-watering dish. To begin, the recipe calls for potatoes to be cubed and boiled and for the eggplant to be skinned, diced into pieces, and salted. Meat is then browned in a skillet with hot olive oil and remaining spices. The eggplant, tomato paste and wine are then added to the browned meat along with onion and garlic. The bay leaf is to be removed once meat and vegetables are cooked and gravy begins to thicken in the pan. The potatoes are then drained and mashed with milk and creme fraiche and layered in with the meat with cheese grated over the top to be baked at 350 degrees F until golden.

Pineapple Sriracha Ham:

While some Rachael Ray show recipes include many ingredients and a little extra elbow grease, others are quite simple like this pineapple sriracha ham dish. Ingredients include a large can of crushed pineapple, one cup of brown sugar, a quarter cup of honey, one tablespoon of grated ginger, and a dash or two or even three of sriracha. The recipe also calls for ham, which is to be 5 pounds and boneless. The other ingredients are mixed together in a sauce pan and heated for twenty minutes. The ham is then basted in the sauce and roasted at 350 degrees Fahrenheit on a foil lined baking sheet for an hour and a half, basting every twenty minutes.

Shows like this one boast of sweet and savory dishes from across the world, inviting a taste of the familiar or something completely new to be on the menu each episode. Those who follow the show can catch the recipes online and try each one for themselves.