by Maria Russo in Recipes, Shows, December 12th, 2015
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, December 11th, 2015
Unlike Thanksgiving, when it’s all but assumed that a glistening turkey will be headlining your feast, the December holidays leave room for interpretation when it comes to the star of your table. Turkey makes repeat appearances, but we also see impressive beef rib roasts, grilled lamb, seafood and, of course, classic ham. Though many hams are sold precooked and require little more than reheating in the oven, a simple glaze can boost the flavor, as can complementary side dishes and the way you plate the meat. That’s where this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen comes in. Geoffrey Zakarian and Jeff Mauro shared creative twists on the traditional slice-and-serve ham. See what they did to dress up this seasonal staple with their recipes below.
Instead of opting for just a bit of mustard to accompany his ham, GZ offers a duo of sides to add next-level taste and texture to the dish. Similar to the traditional glaze that gets slicked across the ham, Geoffrey’s Fig Chutney boasts subtle sweetness, which he balances with the heat of a pinch of cayenne pepper and the richness of fresh red wine. To round out the meal, his Collard Salad with Walnuts, Pecorino and Mustard Vinaigrette is an easy, no-cook salad that comes together in mere minutes. If you’ve never before served collard greens raw, Geoffrey notes in his recipe, “The acid [in the vinaigrette] will break down the leaves a bit and tenderize them.”
by Julie Wampler in Recipes, December 11th, 2015
Whether you’re having a sweet-as-can-be cookie exchange, a Secret Santa party or a mix-and-mingle cocktail affair, the holidays are a time to let loose and be merry. In the spirit of the season, pour your friends and fam boozy seasonal cocktails, from eggnog martinis to steamy hot toddy swigs, that’ll warm your clan up in a jiff.
If for no other reason than sheer quantity, parties are better with punch. Serve a big batch of this crowd-ready, fizzy Holiday Party Punch, made with a blend of sparkling cider, cranberry juice, ginger ale and vodka, and let guests serve themselves from an old-fashioned punch bowl.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, December 10th, 2015
It seems like once November hits, the season of food begins. If you had a hand in helping out with the Thanksgiving feast, you know the labor of love it can be to cook all day, even if it was for just you two or for a small crowd. So now that Christmas is almost upon us, don’t let the thought of another holiday meal stress you out.
This Christmas risotto with lemon and shrimp has simple yet elegant flavors. For some reason risotto sounds like a daunting thing to cook, but I’ll show you with my recipe below how simple it actually is. Traditionally, risotto is also made in large batches to feed a crowd, but here I’m breaking that tradition and showing you how to make it for exactly two people! You and your special someone will love making risotto together this holiday season, but hang on to this recipe into the New Year for any time you want a warm and inviting risotto made with love
. Check out the recipe below, and get more of my Party of Two dishes.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, December 9th, 2015
If you’re going to put all the time into baking your holiday cookies from scratch, they better be good, right? So before you go with any recipe that falls into your lap, feast your eyes on these tried-and-true, fan-favorite cookie recipes, each bringing dozens of 5-star fan reviews to the plate.
With nearly 1,000 reviews and a 5-star rating, Giada De Laurentiis’ Lemon Ricotta Cookies are at the top of the heap. These tender, citrusy ricotta cookies will add a refreshing brightness to your cookie exchange, with fresh lemon zest mixed into both the dough and the glaze.
by Leah Brickley in Recipes, Shows, December 9th, 2015
Sipping from a steamy mug of hot chocolate, complete with bobbing marshmallows, is the surest sign that it’s the holiday season. Though making your own at home can be as easy as tearing open a packet of hot cocoa powder, mixing it with milk or water and zapping it all in the microwave, a more hands-on approach means that your blend can be tailor-made to your preferences. Follow Food Network Kitchen’s lead for Homemade Hot Chocolate, and watch how they spike the base blend for three wintry hot chocolate cocktails.
If you’re not making your own hot cocoa powder from scratch, there’s no shame in buying the store-bought blend by the packet. That said, if you have more hot cocoa powder on your hands than you know what to do with, we’ve got ways to use it for treats that might be even better than the drink.
by Lauren Miyashiro in Holidays, Recipes, December 8th, 2015
There was definitely a holiday vibe in the Chopped Junior kitchen, and our contestants were thrown some pretty tough curveballs, like gingerbread houses and snowmen made from doughnuts. But we were mostly interested in using potato pancakes, an ingredient in the entree basket, as a bun for an easy sandwich perfect for a boxed lunch.
by Bev Weidner in Family, Recipes, December 8th, 2015
Get ready for peppermint everything. With the pumpkin spice craze behind us, it’s time for a more festive flavor trend. And no food embodies the spirit of the winter holidays quite like a shiny red-striped candy cane. Here’s our list of top peppermint-flavored treats to make this season.
Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate (pictured above)
This easy homemade recipe is thicker and more indulgent than your average hot chocolate. Stick a ladle directly in the pot, set up an add-ins bar with mini marshmallows, crushed peppermint candies and peppermint schnapps, then let guests serve themselves.
by Michelle Baricevic in Recipes, December 8th, 2015
Lately I’ve been getting more into breading things. Some to fry, some to bake, some to just bread and say, “I breaded this.” It feels good for my life.
But let’s get real for a second. I think it’s obvious we can all agree that the best food to bread is a good ol’ chicken nugget. How can it not be? It’s a childhood favorite, and it’s grabbable, poppable and dippable. You can’t not. But while the classic nugget will never go out of style, I wanted to upgrade our adult portions to have the same taste, but with a slightly more polished end result.
So I created a super-yummy, super-crunchy baked chicken nugget for the kids, and I used the same crunchy coating and applied it to a more adult-friendly paillard-style chicken dish! Even though technically a paillard has no coating, mine does. I like to get loco like that.
Since the coating is the exact same for all the chicken, it’s a definite timesaver on a weeknight. Holla. You’ll serve the nuggets with some ketchup and steamed broccoli for the kids. And then you’ll just drape your paillards over some super-quick lemony linguine for you. And all is right in the world.
Let’s do this already.
by Samantha Seneviratne in Recipes, December 8th, 2015
Smooth. Creamy. Chunky. No matter your favorite kind of peanut butter, there’s no doubting just how versatile a jar of peanut butter can be, or how far it can go. While you already know that you can eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon or pair it with jelly on bread for a classic PB&J sandwich, the options don’t stop there. Try these 12 delicious recipes, all of which put a jar of peanut butter to good use.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Peanut butter and chocolate make a great combo in this no-bake pie from Ree Drummond. Pairing a creamy mixture of peanut butter, cream cheese and whipped topping with a crunchy chocolate cookie crust, this pie is sure to make the sweet lover in your life smile.
I know that white chocolate isn’t for everyone. It’s taken me a long time to warm up to the stuff myself. But I’ve recently learned one important fact about white chocolate: To find the best stuff, you must read the label.
True white chocolate is made from cocoa butter. To make cocoa butter, roasted cacao beans are ground into a fine paste. That paste is then run through a special press, which separates the cocoa mass from the cocoa butter. To make white chocolate, cocoa butter is then mixed with sugar and milk. Different chocolate manufacturers make different blends. In the United States, to even be called white chocolate, it must contain at least 20 percent cocoa butter. But for better flavor, look for something with an even higher percentage of cocoa butter. More cocoa butter makes for a more delicious product. Avoid white chocolate with fillers like oil and artificial flavor.