To bite into a drippy pulled pork sandwich, to gnaw at tender smoked ribs or even to fathom going at a mound of falling-apart brisket without a side of slaw close at hand would be a summertime travesty, up there with never making it to the beach. Though coleslaw is rather unassuming — traditionally nothing more than shredded raw cabbage in a mayo-based dressing — it lends a bright, creamy and tangy crunch to everything it meets, making it a must-have for this summer’s outdoor cookouts, barbecues and picnics. Be sure to whip up these six favorites this summer.
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Don’t be late to the game: Father’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s time to start planning a thoughtful meal to impress your favorite guy. If he’d rather be outside and your home lacks outdoor space, then pack up the spread and take it to the park for a picnic. You’re guaranteed to win him over with a hearty main, a classic drink and an indulgent dessert. Find out how to put a picnic-friendly spin on some timeless recipes that Dad is sure to love.
Barbecue Pulled Pork (pictured above)
Spending Father’s Day in a hot kitchen is no picnic, so choose a main dish that’s quick and easy. This aromatic batch of pulled pork requires only 20 minutes of prep work, and your Dutch oven (or slow cooker) will take care of the rest. Treat the pork to a variety of sweet and spicy seasonings, like brown sugar and chili powder, then let it cook up in a flavorful bath of chicken broth and tangy apple cider vinegar. When building the sandwiches, throw in a crunchy element by topping each with Dad’s favorite slaw.
When it comes to being face-to-face with a super-decadent dish, like a frosted buttery cake or an ooey-gooey, cheesy lasagna plate, there are two ways to approach it: Avoid it at all costs, or embrace it for the wild indulgence that it is. Each week on Guilty Pleasures, your favorite Food Network stars come together to share those over-the-top plates that they simply cannot — and do not want to — ignore. Curtis Stone surely isn’t shy about his picks for guilty pleasures, including a DIY ice cream sundae that he seeks out in California.
Recently Curtis took his penchant for decadence one step further by sharing with fans six of his richest dishes, from crispy fried chicken to fruit-laced whipped cream on his blog. “Whether it’s churning creamy pasta or whipping up chewy brownies, sometimes the desire to be naughty just cannot be stopped,” wrote Curtis. Just in time for summer cookouts, he shared his take on a seasonal staple, pulled pork, and in true Curtis style, he took the dish to the next level with bold toppings. His Pulled Pork Sandwich with Homemade Coleslaw and Grilled Pineapple (pictured above) features a simple barbecue sauce made with a mixture of orange juice and soy sauce, promising a tangy bite. Read on below to get both of these recipes from Curtis, then head over here for more how-tos from Curtis.
If you’re a true carnivore, curbing your meat intake might seem like an impossible task — even if it’s just for one day of the week. That’s why it’s a good idea to start with pasta. Not only can it be ready to serve in a jiff, but it also can easily be made with pantry staples. When you combine the starch with vegetables, cheeses, and hearty ingredients like olive oil and nuts, pasta quickly becomes a satisfying meal.
Just as bright as it is flavorful, Ina Garten’s Broccoli with Bow Ties and Peas (pictured above) is the perfect pasta to make this summer. The vitamin-packed veggies — broccoli and peas — are certainly the stars of this dish, but fresh lemon zest and Parmesan cheese give it a tang, and are perhaps what makes it a crowd-pleaser. By infusing a mixture of olive oil and butter with garlic, Ina ensures a delicious base for this dish. Once the pasta is al dente, add it to the lemon-and-garlic base along with the broccoli and peas. Next, add a healthful serving of cheese and watch as it gently melts against the warm bow ties. Garnish with pine nuts for extra heartiness and crunch — you won’t miss the meat with this one.
When it comes to dressing up an ordinary sandwich, opting for pita bread instead of the sliced stuff is a welcome change of pace. But beyond stuffing the pita with deli meats and cheeses, the options for putting this bread to work may seem somewhat limited. That’s where The Kitchen comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode, the co-hosts took to this everyday pantry staple to show how simple it is to let it shine in three different dishes — one of them a sweet treat. From family-friendly pizzas to a 15-minute dessert, get the chefs’ best-ever ideas, each ready to eat in 30 minutes or less.
When the pizza craving strikes — and it always does, of course — but you don’t have time to roll out the dough, skip delivery and opt for Jeff Mauro’s Crispy Personal Pita Pizzas (pictured above) instead. He tops the pita rounds with melty cheese, then fresh tomatoes and garlic salt to create a traditional pie layered with flavor. Perhaps best of all, it takes just minutes to cook these pizzas in the oven.
I am always up for a challenge. That’s exactly why I chose corn as a focus. Baking with something other than fruit, chocolate or the usual sweet ingredients may be new to some and old hat to others.
Let’s talk about corn. It contains natural sweetener, has a buttery and sometimes creamy texture, and is seasonal and local for many of us, even just picked! Sounds like the perfect dessert ingredient.
My love for bread pudding gave me the perfect starting point. Here is a way to make a simple and totally unique corn flavor. Strip away all the husks and silks (give that job to the kids), and toss the kernels and cobs in cream with sugar, salt and vanilla. Simmer until all the sugar is melted and the corn is tender. Steep for 2 1/2 hours to infuse. Remove the cobs and the vanilla bean. In a blender or using a hand immersion blender, puree at high speed and then strain through a fine-mesh screen. Ta-da! You have just made delicious corn cream. Read more
Hot dogs and burgers may be the poster children of summer eating, but there’s another unassuming protein that packs a punch during the warm-weather months: chicken. But we don’t mean just any chicken. Summer is the time when this white meat truly shines, since it can come every which way: grilled, fried, barbecued and more. These six must-make chicken recipes belong on your summer bucket list.
1. Beer Can Chicken
If you’ve ever made beer can chicken, you know that this technique results in the most game-changing, moist chicken ever. For Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce, simply sit a whole chicken on top of an open beer can and set it on the grill over indirect heat. The can holds the chicken up inside the grill, so it cooks extra-juicy and tender.
Skip the hassle of serving ware at your next outdoor event by serving all of your favorite dishes like stuffed mushrooms and strawberry shortcake on a stick. You’ll get all of your favorite flavors with way less cleanup, thanks to single-serving skewers that guests can take and tote as they mingle.
Stuffed mushrooms are an all-time favorite appetizer, and these skewered bites are ready in just 30 minutes. Slide them onto a skewer and pop them on the grill for your next outdoor gathering. For a zesty spinoff, try substituting fresh chorizo and cilantro for the sausage and parsley.
Burgers, hot dogs and ribs often steal the show at summertime cookouts, but side dishes are not to be forgotten. From creamy macaroni salads to vinegar-spiked potato salads and simply grilled vegetables, these accompanying plates help round out the meal, but perhaps no side dish screams true ‘cue quite like baked beans. Tender, hearty and oftentimes a tad bit sweet, baked beans are a Southern specialty and surely worthy of a place on your outdoor buffet. Read on below to get both classic and creative takes on this seasonal staple from Food Network stars like The Pioneer Woman and Trisha Yearwood.
5. Quick and Easy Baked Beans — For guaranteed ease and simplicity, Ree Drummond starts with a few cans of baked beans to make this big-batch recipe, which can be conveniently prepped in a single pan. She boosts the flavor with smoky fried bacon, then stirs in additional ingredients, like fresh peppers and barbecue sauce, for next-level taste.
4. Mama Neely’s Baked Beans — “Once you make these beans, there is no going back,” Pay Neely says. “If you want to put your own spin on it, you can use kidney beans instead of pork and beans, but I say my mama’s way is best.”