This Fourth of July, whether you’re hosting a holiday cookout or will be a guest at a backyard bash, Food Network has recipes for simple, patriotic party desserts to celebrate this all-American holiday. These fruit-filled, flag-inspired treats can be easily packed for spill-free and frosting smudge-proof car rides, and will be enough to feed a whole crowd of firework-happy friends.
Food Network Magazine’s Fruit-Tart Flag (pictured above) is the ultimate star-spangled sweet. Store-bought mini tarts are filled with sweetened mascarpone cheese and topped with colorful fresh berries. Best of all, these two-bite stripes and stars are easily transported in shoe boxes and can be assembled at the party.
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Want to know what Food Network fans were cooking in June? From Buttermilk Baked Chicken to BLT Pasta Salad and sweet Peach Cobbler, here are the top 10 recipes of the month:
10. The Neelys’ Buttermilk Baked Chicken
9. Paula’s Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
8. Ina’s Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake
7. Alton’s Good Eats Meatloaf
6. BLT Pasta Salad
Get the top 5 recipes for June after the jump »
There’s really no way around it: Kumquats are an odd little fruit.
Visually, they resemble diminutive oranges, but they technically aren’t citrus. And unlike oranges, it’s the thin skin that is sweet, while the flesh is sour.
You probably won’t find bushels of them at the grocer, but most stores will have a few pints (they usually are sold in the same containers as cherry tomatoes) tucked away among the “strange” produce offerings.
And they are worth looking for. Here’s why:
In a tiny (about the size of a large olive), bright orange package, kumquats pack a puckeringly intense sweet-tart flavor that complements both sweet and savory dishes. They also make a mean cocktail.
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If you’re looking to switch up the commonly slathered barbecue chicken this Fourth of July weekend, try Guy’s sweet and spicy grilled chicken. A combination of pureed mango, cilantro, chipotle peppers, garlic and lemon creates lip-smacking chicken thighs and drumsticks that the whole family will love.
Editor’s Note: Let the chicken marinate in the mixture the night before you plan on grilling your chicken to save you time.
Get the recipe: Chipotle-Mango BBQ Chicken
Browse more of Food Network’s chicken recipes in Grilling Central.
Every week Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.
Why make vegetable stock? That has been a question I’ve asked myself for years, until I gave it some thought. I find when I make vegetable soups, I turn to butter or cream for thickness — I wanted another option. Why not vegetable stock? Unlike meat stocks, they don’t need long-term cooking to bring out their flavors. Vegetable stocks are a cheap date. Here are a few rules I follow:
1. Avoid any really strong herbs (i.e. dill or an abundance of rosemary) or vegetables that may have a bitter skin (i.e. squash or rutabaga). Mushroom scraps are gold to me (don’t forget to wash them first).
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Bobby Flay just may be the king of burgers — his toppings are always top-notch, and this burger is no exception. One bite into this burger and you’ll experience bold flavors from an assortment of mushrooms, shallots, sharp cheddar and juicy meat that comes from a ground chuck patty.
Bobby recommends using a blend of mushrooms from your market. “They’re probably not ‘wild,’ but they’ll still be delicious. I think that any cheddar will pair well with the mushrooms, but if you can find a sharp Tillamook cheddar from Oregon, it would be all the better,” Bobby says.
Make it a complete meal: Serve these Spicy Sweet Potato Fries or this Bell Pepper Slaw along side.
Get the recipe: Wild-Mushroom Cheddar Burger
Browse more of Food Network’s burger recipes in Grilling Central.
Just because you’re taking a break from meat on Mondays doesn’t mean you have to ignore your grill. Fire up your barbecue and try Giada’s hearty, fresh grilled mushrooms stuffed with tomatoes, mozzarella, garlic and basil. Serve it with a citrus-packed grilled zucchini salad to make it a meal.
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There will be plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers going around this Fourth of July weekend, so prepare something different that’s great for entertaining or even a regular weeknight meal. Sirloin steak is seasoned with salt, pepper and chopped mint and seared to your preferred cooking temperature. Serve it with a salad of chard, tomatoes, crumbled feta and croutons for a complete meal ready in 35 minutes.
Editor’s Note: If you’re feeding a crowd and looking to keep costs down, try an inexpensive cut of meat like flank or skirt steak.
Get the recipe: Seared Steak With Chard Salad
Browse more of Food Network’s 4th of July recipes or visit Grilling Central.
You’ve likely had them scrambled, over easy, poached, fried and sunny side up. But have you ever had Eggs in Purgatory? How about mixed with spaghetti or cooked inside a bell pepper? Check out our straightforward and creative egg recipes below and embrace the endless possibilities that lie within these thin white shells.
Food Network Magazine’s deceptively simple recipe for Eggs in Purgatory (pictured above) takes just minutes to cook and only requires three ingredients: pasta sauce (store bought is a-ok!), Parmesan cheese and eggs. To make this indulgent breakfast a substantial lunch option, slide the saucy eggs onto thick-cut toasted ciabatta bread and top with more grated Parmesan.
Celebrate everything you love about omelets without the hassle of flipping them by making Food.com’s recipe for Eggs in Bell Peppers. Just pour whisked eggs into boiled peppers, top with vegetables and bake until the peppers are softened and the eggs are firm.
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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 Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that will cook up in 30 minutes or less. This weekend, skip the meat and poultry and try grilling seafood like salmon or shrimp:
Main Dish: Giada’s Grilled Salmon With Citrus Salsa Verde
Side Dish: Lemon-Parsley Asparagus
Dessert: Strawberry Shortcakes
Drink: Mama’s Little Helper
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