No matter if you’re a butter-and-salt purist, a fan of the vibrant-orange cheese powder or a sweets lover who’s craving all things gooey caramel, the popcorn you’re most used to having is likely simply popped and served in a big ol’ bucket or bag. But these puffy corn kernels can indeed rise above the ordinary toppings and presentation — all it takes is a few how-tos. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast introduced a duo of next-level takes on popcorn just in time for awards season, which celebrates perhaps the ultimate popcorn-eating pastime: movie watching. Read on below for two sweet and savory renditions, both easy to make and endlessly impressive.
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It’s a fact: Piling everything you love about your comfort food faves into a casserole dish makes every bite just taste better. Going the bigger-batch route not only means you can feed a crowd no problem, but it also means you’ve got more opportunity for cheese. In the spirit of all things cheesy, we’ve got five dishes that are infinitely better when reborn as giant cheese-topped casseroles.
Twice-Baked Potato Casserole > Twice-Baked Potatoes
You might have once said that there’s nothing better than a crispy, cheesy twice-baked potato — and you’d almost be right. When Ree Drummond reimagines twice-baked potatoes in all their cheesy, bacon-loaded goodness as a comforting casserole, you get creamy, decadent deliciousness you can pile onto your plate.
Feeding the kids after school is part art (something fresh and inviting!) and part science (fill them up, but not too much!). As the mom of four young kids, I like to go small for the afternoon snack, focusing on fruit and vegetables. It’s a chance to get another serving of either one in for the day — but that doesn’t mean a stray granola bar won’t make an appearance. Check out some of my favorites.
Peanut Butter Granola Bars
The only problem with serving Giada De Laurentiis’ homemade granola bars after school is that your kids will want more than one — and that’s not going to leave them with room for dinner! If you can convince the kiddos to eat these tasty snacks in moderation, you really can’t go wrong.
Have you got a last-minute dessert emergency on your hands? Did you forget about the bake sale? Or maybe some friends stopped by unexpectedly. Consider this blondie your sweet life vest.
Granola has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a hippie health food. Today you’ll find it stocked in gourmet markets and coffee shops, on menus at diners and high-end restaurants, and sprinkled on dishes both sweet and savory. Our favorite granolas are of the homemade variety, since it couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s super-crunchy and toasty right out of the oven. At FoodNetwork.com, we’ve expanded our repertoire to include recipes for every granola-seeking appetite. Check out three of our favorite ways to make (and eat) it, below. Read more
Whether they’re for a quick breakfast or accompanying a hearty dinner, fresh biscuits make a welcome addition to any meal. You can keep it simple with classic buttermilk biscuits or try your hand at something richer by adding sausage, bacon or cheese. Check out our favorite easy-to-make biscuit recipes that won’t disappoint.
Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits (pictured above)
The Pioneer Woman’s recipe takes only 30 minutes to make and uses buttermilk, shortening and plenty of butter for a moist and flaky biscuit.
Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits
Ina Garten upgrades a classic buttermilk biscuit recipe with the addition of extra-sharp cheddar for gooey pockets of cheese in the finished product.
For this recipe, you can skip rolling and cutting the dough; instead, Ree Drummond simply uses a spoon to drop dough onto the baking tray.
Grapevine Kentucky Buttermilk Biscuits
Jeff Mauro’s top-rated biscuits call for only four everyday ingredients, but the key to combining them is keeping the butter and buttermilk cold for flaky results.
Trisha Yearwood adds pork sausage for savory heft in her big-batch recipe. If you don’t have the self-rising flour she calls for, don’t worry — she notes that you can substitute just a few pantry ingredients.
For something heartier, try Food Network Magazine’s recipe. The mix of thick-cut bacon with plenty of cheddar or Colby creates a rich, cheesy breakfast biscuit.
Trisha Yearwood revisits a recipe from her childhood with her dad’s buttermilk biscuits baked in a cast-iron skillet.
Baking Powder Biscuits
A cream glaze gives these buttery biscuits a golden exterior.
Ground beef may be the usual centerpiece of a classic sloppy joe, but these family-friendly favorites can indeed be made meatless. All it takes is one key ingredient: tofu. Even if you think you’re not a fan of tofu or if you’ve simply never tried it before, we’re here to tell you that it’s just what you need to use in these hearty, flavor-packed Vegetarian Sloppy Joes from Food Network Magazine.
Since tofu on its own is mild, it picks up the taste of whatever you cook it in; think of it as a blank culinary canvas. And when you opt for the extra-firm tofu, which this recipe calls for, it can be crumbled and sauteed just like ground meat. Here it’s simmered in a homemade sloppy joe sauce studded with fresh vegetables and laced with bold chili and garlic powders, plus tangy ketchup and a splash of chili sauce. For added taste and texture, finish each sloppy joe with a slice of gooey cheddar cheese and crunchy pickles, then round out the dish with a tried-and-true sloppy joe side dish: golden Tater Tots.
Not only is Valentine’s Day a chance to celebrate your love for the special someone in your life, but it’s also an ideal time to profess your devotion — to chocolate. This fan-favorite ingredient is a go-to pick in rich sweet treats, but believe it or not, it can also star in savory dishes. As you plan tomorrow’s menu, try treating your sweetie to a dinner featuring cocoa powder, like the one Geoffrey Zakarian made on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, and finishing with a decadent dessert to wrap up the meal. Get the recipe for GZ’s impressive steak for two below, and check out the trio of chocolatey desserts for next-level dessert inspiration.
The secret to Geoffrey’s Cocoa-Rubbed New York Strip Steak for Two (pictured above) is balancing the flavor of the cocoa with smoky ingredients, like Hungarian paprika and ancho chile powder, to create a bold spice rub. GZ quickly sears the beef so it achieves a golden, caramelized exterior, then moves it to the oven to finish cooking. To round out the meat, opt for a fresh side dish of balsamic-laced beets, which turn tender after roasting.
Good news for all you V-Day procrastinators: The holiday that celebrates chocolate, floral arrangements and, you know, love is on a Sunday this year. So even if you’ve waited until now to plan a date night, you still have plenty of time to get it right. And might we suggest making your Valentine’s Day dinner extra special this year?
Here are some of our favorite dishes that take a wee bit more time and effort to complete than, say, your typical taco night. Resist the urge to scramble for a restaurant reservation, and give one of these a try instead. After all, nothing says “I love you” like a home-cooked meal.
Coq au Vin (above)
Ina Garten convincingly (and unsurprisingly) proves that this classic French dish is easy to make, but it’s not really a one-pot meal. Still, the construction is rustic and uncomplicated, simple ingredients give way to deep savory flavors, and the dish feels special as soon its name leaves your lips.
We’ve all heard of shortbread, but what exactly does it mean when we say a pastry is “short”? The terms “short crust,” “shortbread” and even “shortening” all refer to the texture of the crumb of the pastry. Short pastry is usually dense, crumbly, crisp and buttery, and these flavorful bars, studded with orange zest and nuts — and drizzled with chocolate — are no exception.