Creamy Squash Risotto — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 1st, 2012

Mushroom and Squash Risotto
Now that fall has officially arrived and the temperatures are starting to dip, it is time to dig into the rich, stick-to-your-ribs dishes that we have gone without all summer long. One of those hearty meals is risotto, an Italian-style rice dish featuring any combination of vegetables, herbs, cheeses and more. If you’ve never made from-scratch risotto, know that it takes a bit more TLC than your average weeknight meal, but that the results, the tender-firm rice, smooth sauce and comforting taste, are well worth the extra few minutes of cooking.

Food Network Magazine’s Mushroom and Squash Risotto is packed with in-season butternut squash, a mix of dried and fresh earthy mushrooms and plenty of nutty Parmesan cheese. The secret to this risotto is the mushroom broth, made by steeping mushrooms in hot water and adding to the liquid a bay leaf and fragrant cinnamon. When the rice is slowly cooked in the broth, it creates a thick, starchy sauce that’s deliciously creamy. Before serving, shower the risotto with additional cheese and season to taste.

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Nonna’s Kitchenette Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, October 1st, 2012

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The third season of The Great Food Truck Race hit the road with eight rookie food trucks — and not one of the teams had ever worked, cooked or driven in a food truck up until that point. Fast forward seven weeks and this team of determined ladies can certainly say they walked away from the finale having learned the ropes of the food industry. Every Sunday we saw Nonna’s Kitchenette pull out all their team’s tricks to stay in the game, but ultimately, only one truck could win. Tonight, Nonna’s lost by just $103 and was the final team to return their keys to Tyler.

Tyler said your team is a “force to be reckoned with” and we agree. Nothing stopped you from giving it your all. What was the team’s most memorable moment of the competition?

Holding hands at eliminations and never knowing if we were going home or moving on to the next city, and then the feeling of relief after finding out from Tyler that we were safe. Winning the challenges in Arkansas and Boston were also an indescribable feeling. There was so much more at stake this season — we really had to hand in the keys to the truck that we never wanted to give back, and that was tough. Proving to ourselves that we can successfully run a food truck business, however, was a dream come true for us.

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Watch Out, L.A.: Here Comes Seoul Sausage

by in Shows, September 30th, 2012

seoul sausage
The third season of The Great Food Truck Race hit the road with eight rookie food trucks with a grand prize of $50,000 and the chance to keep their truck. Every Sunday we saw each truck pull out all their team’s tricks to stay in the game. But ultimately, one truck said goodbye each week. Tonight it was down to the final two: Seoul Sausage and Nonna’s Kitchenette. Both battled multiple Truck Stops and Speed Bumps in three different cities that constantly kept them on their toes. In the end, it came down to a difference of $103.

All season long we saw these three friends give it their all in an effort to prove to their parents that they had what it takes to be successful in the food truck industry. With their clever menu names, irresistible fried kimchi rice balls and unmistakable ambition, Seoul Sausage walked away with the grand prize — Los Angeles, welcome your newest food truck!

For seven weeks, we’ve watched you sell the fried kimchi rice balls. Where did that idea come from and why do you think those were so popular?

It came out of both necessity and coincidence. You have to remember the first week we were thrown off guard — all of a sudden we couldn’t make sausages anymore. In Flagstaff, Ariz., Chris had to think on the fly and create a new dish that could really encapsulate what Seoul Sausage the food truck was all about. He did that perfectly and it was just a fun food item that people ate up.

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A Stateside Taste of Oktoberfest

by in Recipes, September 30th, 2012

Bratwurst With Potato Cakes
The 2012 Oktoberfest kicked off in Munich, Germany, last week with a parade and ceremonial tapping of the kegs before this two-week-long celebration of all things beer and brats began. While you may not be able to plan a last-minute jaunt to Germany to experience Oktoberfest firsthand, you can bring the festival’s best eats and drinks stateside with Food Network’s Oktoberfest menu inspired by some of the many tents and food halls found throughout the event.

Let’s talk bratwurst, a German sausage and one of the must-have meals at Oktoberfest. Though you can buy this hot dog look-alike already cooked, it’s also sold raw, and is often served alongside potatoes or sauerkraut. Inside the Burtschers Bratwursthüttn tent at Oktoberfest, bratwurst and a host of other sausages are paired with any number of beers. Food Network Magazine’s Bratwurst With Potato Cakes (pictured above) is an easy-to-make meal that celebrates traditional German flavors. Hearty bratwurst is sautéed for just a few minutes and served with crispy sauerkraut-potato cakes and a tangy mixture of mustard and sour cream.

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Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, September 30th, 2012

almost famous cheddar biscuits
The majority of restaurant chains keep their most-popular recipes under lock and key. The same goes for Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits. But that didn’t stop Food Network Kitchens from creating a perfect replica. If you’re craving these flaky, cheesy biscuits, try this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Food Network Magazine‘s Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits.

For more recipes to get your meal started, visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Appetizers board on Pinterest.

Get the recipe: Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits

Enter for a Chance to Win a Pair of Tickets to CityEats’ A Taste of Sicily in New York City

by in Contests, September 29th, 2012

cityeats a taste of sicily event
CityEats New York is offering FN Dish readers a chance to experience ExclusiveEats: special offers that include everything from preferred pricing to special menu items to unique dining experiences. On October 4 from 6:30-8:00 pm, Aroma Kitchen & Winebar is offering its New York diners a taste of Southern Italy. Emily Herron of Donnafugata in Sicily and Sam Di Palo of Di Palo Selects in Little Italy are teaming up to host the ExclusiveEats event that will likely make guests wish they could hop on board a flight to the Mediterranean right then and there. Emily and Sam will teach you all about the island’s sun-ripened cheeses and delicious wines.

You can purchase a ticket here, or you can enter in the comment field below for a chance to win a pair for free. Your pair of tickets includes a tasting of four Sicilian wines paired with four cheeses and Aroma’s Chef Vito will also prepare a variety of little bites for guests to sample. To enter: Tell us your favorite wine and cheese pairing in the comments. We’re giving away two tickets to one lucky, randomly selected commenter (travel to and from the event is not provided).

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Reinvented: Baked Potatoes 5 Ways

by in Recipes, September 29th, 2012

baked potato recipes 5 ways
Here in Food Network Kitchens, we love simple, classic recipes. We are also paid to think about food all day. So we’ve taken classic foods and drinks and reimagined them into three, four or five different ways. No standard recipes here, just the occasional technique and pictures. Think of it as a picture recipe.

A baked potato is a Food Network essential for dinner. We got creative by using leftovers in our kitchen refrigerator, and the final products were all relatively healthy, delicious and filling.

First, start with the classic version