From baking cookies and roasting ham to hosting your relatives and preparing for Christmas brunch, the road to the holidays can be a long one, and when it comes to tackling seasonal cooking and entertaining questions, there’s perhaps no one better outfitted for the task than Alton. Cutthroat Kitchen‘s master of eviliciousness and the longtime host of Good Eats stopped by Food Network’s Facebook page yesterday for the ultimate holiday tell-all, dishing on the hows, whys and whats of his best party-ready recipes. Read on below for the top snippets from the chat, to learn Alton’s answers to some of the most-asked questions and to get his tried-and-true recipes you can count on.
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Leave it to the master of Good Eats to create the most-comforting version of a tried-and-true classic: macaroni and cheese. Rich, creamy and over-the-top cheesy, Alton Brown’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese is the ultimate in hearty, cool-weather fare, so it’s no surprise that it’s this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. For welcome texture and an extra punch of flavor, Alton blankets his casserole with buttery panko breadcrumbs before baking, so the finished product boasts a crispy, crunchy coating after only a few minutes in the oven.
For more of Alton’s best-ever recipes, visit Food Network’s Alton Brown board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Baked Macaroni and Cheese (pictured above)
No longer second-string components on the dinner table, side dishes can indeed take center stage — and perhaps even upset a meaty main dish — when they become packed with flavor, as in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week.
Made with only a handful of ingredients, Food Network Kitchen’s Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower is as striking to look at as it is easy to prepare. Just brush the vegetable with mustard, then roast the cauliflower until it’s tender and finish with a topping of nutty Parmesan and fresh parsley. Serve fresh lemon alongside for a light, fresh finish to this good-for-you side.
For more go-to side dish recipes, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower (pictured above)
With the season of giving freshly upon us, Share Our Strength — a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America — and its No Kid Hungry campaign is leading #GivingTuesday tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 2. It’s a one-day, all-day give-a-thon committed to providing breakfast and more meals for kids.
Thanks to fans’ support, last year’s #GivingTuesday raised enough money to provide more than 500,000 meals to children, and No Kid Hungry hopes to double that number this year, but they need your support to do so. When you donate $10, you’ll be providing 100 meals for a child in America; plus, No Kid Hungry will match your tax-deductible gift, up to $50,000.
How to get involved? Pledge your support for No Kid Hungry, and on #GivingTuesday, visit NoKidHungry.org/GivingTuesday to donate and join the cause.
Just because Thanksgiving is behind us doesn’t mean apple season is over. If you’re still craving the crisp, sweet-tart flavors of autumn’s apples, look to this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, an easy-to-make twist on a classic apple dessert.
While apple pies often require you to hand-mix the dough for the crust, then roll it out and form it to a pan, the Neelys’ Apple Crisp (pictured above) simply features a cinnamon-laced fruit filling and a fuss-free crumble topping. Just sprinkle this buttery pecan-sugar mixture atop the apples before baking for a go-to treat.
For more holiday inspiration, visit Food Network’s Thanksgiving Desserts board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Apple Crisp
From rich chocolate cake with frosting to salty french fries, meaty chili and a tower of buttery pancakes, comfort food comes in many flavors and textures, and this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is no exception. Ree Drummond’s Chicken-Fried Steak with Gravy is a rich, hearty dinner featuring a tender, golden-brown cube steak fried with a seasoned breading, plus a side of fluffy mashed potatoes and a generous pour of smooth gravy for an over-the-top finish.
For more takes on tried-and-true culinary comfort, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Chicken-Fried Steak with Gravy
The key to a successful Thanksgiving appetizer is simplicity: a fuss-free bite or two that will satisfy guests but not overfill them before the feast and, of course, be easy for the host to prepare, as he or she will likely be busy with other last-minute dinner prep. That’s where this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week comes in. Giada De Laurentiis’ quick-fix Fried Ravioli can be ready in just 30 minutes, and they come together with just a handful of ingredients, including timesaving store-bought ravioli.
For more turkey day inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Fried Ravioli (pictured above)
Certainly, Food Network chefs do a mighty fine job of sharing their culinary adventures and personal lives in 140 characters on Twitter. So much so that we’re proud to feature them right over here. But just in case you’d like to expand your following, here’s a handy list of top food-world personalities to add to your Twitter roll.
When it comes to rounding out your dinner menu with a few easy-to-make side dishes, look no further than potatoes. From mashing and pureeing to frying, grilling and sauteing, there’s no shortage of ways to prepare the humble spud, including Ina Garten’s preferred method of roasting, which is featured in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. She opts for a few pounds of small potatoes to make her five-star dish, which boasts bold flavor from fresh garlic and a final sprinkle of parsley before serving.
For more top-rated recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook: 5-Star Recipes board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Garlic Roasted Potatoes (pictured above)
From fried chicken drumsticks and roasted whole chickens to simply grilled chicken breasts, there are days when it seems like you’ve done nearly all you can with the humble chicken. But the beauty of this family-friendly meat is that it’s endlessly versatile and pairs well with a variety of flavors and textures. Follow Giada De Laurentiis’ lead and dress up boneless, skinless chicken breasts with fresh lemon juice and briny capers to create her classic Chicken Piccata, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week.
For more five-star recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s 5-Star Recipes board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Piccata