Want to know what Food Network fans were cooking in July? From Basil Pesto to BLT Pasta Salad and sweet Peach Cobbler, here are the top 10 recipes of the month:
It takes more than a monsoon to keep Guy Fieri from presiding over a selection of the best cheesesteaks Atlantic City could pack into the Dennis Courtyard at Bally’s Hotel & Casino last Friday night. Fans of the cheesy sub and the star of the new show Rachael vs. Guy started rolling in, despite muggy temps and sudden storms, and lined up nonstop to sample some classic and fresh takes on cheesesteaks.
Recent contestants on Food Network Star –Mary Beth, Chris, Alicia, Jeff, Susie and Whitney — were also in attendance and in full fan-mode, greeting and taking pictures with fans. Mary Beth had her eye on last year’s cheesesteak winner, Tony Boloney’s, who brought back their gooey American cheese-filled spicy sando and posed a steamy threat to the other eight competitors. With their signature “mustache army” of blue-shirted, beret-wearing staffers, complete with blue and red vuvuzelas (remember those from the World Cup?) and bullhorns, you’d be hard-pressed to not notice — and stand in line for their messy yet tasty sandwich.
Alton Brown will speak at Iowa’s Cedar Rapids Public Library on Friday, September 9, as a part of their Inside Out series, a new event designed to introduce the community to remarkable authors. Tickets will go on sale August 9 through the Theatre Cedar Rapids box office and a limited number of tickets will be sold to a pre-show cocktail reception with Alton.
This simple French recipe from Food Network Magazine puts some of the season’s best produce to great use. Diced eggplant, zucchini and bell peppers are sauteed with garlic, onions and Herbes de Provence to create an aromatic mixture. Combine everything with San Marzano tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a hearty meatless meal. Try serving this soup cold for a chunky spin on gazpacho.
Editor’s Note: Make sure you use vegetable broth instead of chicken.
Get the recipe: Ratatouille Soup
Related: Summer Produce Guide
Take a break from the BBQ sauce and marinate lean salmon fillets in a lemon, garlic, cumin and cayenne mixture. Make this a complete meal by tossing hearts of palm, mixed salad greens and ripe cherry tomatoes together for a cool and refreshing salad — the entire meal will be ready in just 30 minutes.
Get the recipe: Cuban-Style Grilled Salmon
Browse more of Food Network’s grilled main dish recipes.
Two of Food Network’s most popular personalities, Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri, are going head-to-head in a new series premiering this winter, Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off. Both Rachael and Guy will serve as coaches and mentors to eight multi-talented celebrities — from an Olympic gold medalist to Grammy-winning artists to a Golden Globe-nominated actor — contestants who are all passionate about food and cooking.
Divided into Team Rachael and Team Guy, the contestants will face intense weekly challenges that are sure to have them working, fighting and laughing as they race against the clock to prepare elaborate meals for up to 150 guests. The winning and losing teams will be chosen by the guest diners and after six episodes, the last celebrity standing will win a cash donation to his or her favorite charity.
This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each week, FN Dish is giving you a menu that is stress-free and delicious.
This weekend, skip the takeout and try making pizza on the grill.
Top a crispy grilled crust with fresh mozzarella and charred onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and fennel. Plus, step-by-step instructions for the perfect grilled crust.
Get the recipe: Grilled Everything Pizza
The seventh season of Food Network Star is in full swing and the writers on the Star blog are dishing. Last week, the six remaining Food Network Star contestants faced not one, but two all-star personalities — Rachael Ray and Ina Garten. If you missed the episode, catch up with this recap or watch the latest exit interview.
- Melissa’s Insight: Old and New Faves
- Jyll with a Y Goes Home
- Melissa Answers Your Star Questions and More
Watch an all-new episode: Sunday, July 31 at 9 p.m. Eastern/ 8 p.m. Central
Keep the rolling pin in the cabinet: Alton’s simple shortcakes are made by dropping large spoonfulls of dough onto a baking sheet. After they’re done baking, sweet whipped cream is nestled between the crumbly shortcakes and served with summer berries like raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
Get the recipe: Alton’s Shortcake Recipe
Browse more of Food Network’s summer dessert recipes.