by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, December 23rd, 2011
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, December 23rd, 2011
It’s Christmas morning: There are a few half-eaten cookies and an empty glass on the table next to the tree, the kids are ripping open presents and Dad has been videotaping the entire event for hours. This is surely not the moment to worry about what to serve for breakfast. This year, instead of resorting to cereal and cocoa (though there’s nothing wrong with either!), serve a simple brunch featuring hearty dishes that are ready in 30 minutes or less and will leave the family full until dinnertime.
What better way to spread Christmas cheer than with Food Network Magazine’s light and fluffy Almost-Famous Cheesecake Pancakes (pictured above). Chunks of creamy cheesecake are incorporated into a classic pancake batter and each flapjack is cooked until golden brown and topped with a sweet strawberry sauce, featuring fresh berries and strawberry jam. Top each stack with a dollop of whipped cream — because it is Christmas, after all, and New Year’s diets don’t start for another week.
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by J.M. Hirsch in How-to, Recipes, December 22nd, 2011
This Christmas, serve up a little holiday cheer in the form of crowd-pleasing recipes the whole family will enjoy. We’ve complied Food Network’s top five Christmas recipes below; prepare them all for a weekend’s worth of festive favorites and holiday classics.
5. White Chocolate Holiday Bark — Dried cranberries and pistachio nuts add color and texture to this sweet snack, perfect to give as a last-minute gift.
4. Baked French Toast Casserole With Maple Syrup — Prepare Paula’s indulgent casserole the night before and bake on Christmas morning for an easy brunch favorite.
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by Alex Guarnaschelli in Holidays, Recipes, December 21st, 2011
Hominy is one of those foods you might think you’ve never tried, yet almost certainly have. Or at least a close relative of it.
That’s because the ingredient that starts as hominy can end as many different dishes across many cultures, from Mexican pozole to Southern grits to the corn nuts down at your neighborhood bar.
But first, the basics.
Hominy is the name given to whole corn kernels, usually white, that have been cooked in a lye or lime solution to remove their thick hulls. The result is a tender, somewhat bulbous kernel with a chewy texture and a clean, corn flavor.
In Latin America, these kernels are used most often in soups and stews such as pozole, a highly seasoned stew of hominy, pork and chili peppers.
The Southern staple known as grits follows a similar path. In this case, the hominy is dried after processing, then coarsely ground. The resulting meal then is cooked with water or milk to a porridge-like consistency similar to polenta.
Get the recipe for Pulled Chicken and Hominy Stew »
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, December 20th, 2011
The skillet potato cake is a lot like a potato gratin and, in my opinion, easier than making a lot of individual latkes. It has tremendous flavor and goes really well with other lighter dishes that adorn your holiday table. Let’s face it: Who doesn’t love a scoop of some kind of potatoes this time of year? I love to give people what they want. Last week, while I was cooking at my restaurant, we were making various sauces for pasta and all I could think of was a simple tomato sauce. This potato cake serves the same purpose.
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by Maria Russo in Recipes, December 19th, 2011
No menorah lighting is complete without a few snacks to mark the occasion. This year, switch up tradition and try our top five Hanukkah recipes below. Each is quick and easy to make and boasts classic holiday tastes.
5. Apple Cider Doughnuts — A pureed red apple-apple cider mixture gives these doughnuts their sweet, seasonal flavor, while a cider glaze and cinnamon-sugar topping adds extra decadence and decoration.
4. Challah Crowns — This dense but light egg bread is scented with warm honey, sprinkled with poppy seeds and baked until the crust achieves a glossy, golden hue.
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by Marisa McClellan in Holidays, Recipes, December 16th, 2011
Ellie Krieger uses low-fat milk to lighten up this decadent dish, but she adds garlic and creamy Parmesan cheese to maintain its full flavors and traditional textures. Slices of sautéed zucchini offer layers of bright color and healthy freshness to this easy 30-minute recipe.
For a light but satisfying side dish, serve Michael Chiarello’s Frisee Salad With Spiced Walnuts, Pears, Farmhouse Cheddar and Port Vinaigrette. Sugar-coated walnuts are tossed in a cayenne-cinnamon mixture and add a sweet and spicy crunch to the bed of greens, fresh fruit and rich cheddar shavings.
Get the recipe: Fettuccini Alfredo With Zucchini Ribbons from Food Network Magazine
Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, December 16th, 2011
I come from a family with a well-established set of holiday traditions. We make cranberry bread at least once in December, we light candles and make wishes for the coming year on Christmas Eve and on Christmas morning, we always have the same breakfast. It’s been this way as long as I can remember and I have absolutely no wish to change things. I value the feeling of comfort and holiday continuity that it offers.
Once the turkey is stuffed and in the oven, I fry eggs so that the whites are cooked and the yolks are still runny. My sister cooks up a packet of turkey bacon and my mom warms up the baked good. The baked good is the only place where there’s variability in this menu (what can I say, we like consistency). Sometimes there are homemade scones, other years, toasted slices of panettone. One year, I tried my hand at from-scratch bear claws. Sadly, they were not my best work.
Throughout the year, I test recipes in search of the right Christmas morning baked good. This year, I’m leaning strongly in the direction of Alton Brown’s Overnight Cinnamon Rolls. They might seem like a lot of effort, but really, they come together quickly. And as the recipe title implies, they can be almost entirely prepped the night before, meaning that you just have to sneak them into the oven on Christmas morning for a fun holiday morning treat.
Before you start rolling your dough, read these tips »
by J.M. Hirsch in How-to, Recipes, December 15th, 2011
Whether you’re prepping for Hanukkah or just looking to spruce up the bread basket at your holiday dinner, challah is a versatile, easy-to-make bread that is sure to impress your guests. Often made with silky honey or dried fruit, this light but dense loaf gets its consistency from several rich egg yolks. Take a look below at how Food Network Kitchens fashions Challah Crowns (pictured above), a unique twist on traditional bread braids.
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by Victoria Phillips in Holidays, Recipes, December 14th, 2011
If you’ve ever had a California roll, you’ve had nori.
Now it’s time to learn what else you can do with this ubiquitous yet always overlooked paper-like ingredient made from seaweed.
Nori — also called laver — is a somewhat generic name for a variety of seaweeds cultivated for use mostly in Japanese cooking. I say mostly because the same varieties are added to oatmeal in Ireland. But Americans know nori best as the paper-thin black wrapping used in sushi.
It is produced by washing and chopping fresh seaweed to create a slurry. That mixture then is spread thin, dried, cut into sheets and lightly toasted. The result is a crunchy, dark paper with just a hint of ocean flavor.
Get the recipe for a Nori Omelet »
The holidays are upon us and here at Food Network, that means cookies, particularly the 12 Days of Cookies.
Yesterday, Gaby Dalkin shared her tips for a successful cookie exchange, but if you’ve never been to a cookie swap, “The concept is pretty simple: Make your favorite kind of cookies, bring them to the party and give them away. In return you get a plethora of cookies from your friends that you get to turn around and take home for your family.”
In honor of these sweet and sometimes savory treats, we’re inviting all of our friends to our Communal Table, an event that we opened up to the entire food community. Today, experts from the industry will share their favorite cookie recipes, as well as cocktails to wash them down with (if you’re age appropriate).
We couldn’t help but bring these Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon Cookies from Food Network Magazine to the table. Peanut butter, chocolate chips and bacon — it’s like dying and going to cookie heaven.
See what our friends are bringing to the table »