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

Editor’s Picks: #FoodNetworkFaves Tote Bags

by in Community, September 29th, 2012

Our fans have the best taste in tote bags. Last weekend, we asked readers to send us photos of your favorite bags using #FoodNetworkFaves on Twitter and Instagram, and you did not disappoint.

Here are the editor’s favorite fan-photos:
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The Great Food Truck Race Caption It: Fit of Finale Laughter

by in Shows, September 28th, 2012

The Great Food Truck Race
This weekend marks the end of the race for the two remaining Food Truck teams. Come Sunday night, either Nonna’s Kitchenette or Seoul Sausage will drive away with a win and the keys to start their dream food truck business. But before one of them can claim road trip glory, they must survive what Tyler has called “a multi-city race to the finish” — a high-stress weekend unlike any they’ve experienced before.

In this sneak-peek shot from Sunday’s episode, both Nonna’s and Seoul seem to be taking the challenges of the finale in stride, laughing off any worries about the future and the looming last elimination. Are the teams finding the finale to be easier than expected, or are they simply slaphappy after seven long weeks on the road?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to find out which team wins the race, we’re challenging you, Food Truck fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this LOL-worthy moment in the comments below.

Tomatoes With Pickled Red Onions

by in Food Network Magazine, September 28th, 2012

Tomato Caesar Salad With Bacon-Parmesan Crisps

The September issue of Food Network Magazine is chock-full of tomatoes. Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes, Tomato Caesar Salad With Bacon-Parmesan Crisps (pictured above) and Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches are just a few of the must-try tomato recipes in the issue, but I’d like to add one more to your list: my ideal tomato salad.

It’s nothing more than sliced tomatoes and quick-pickled red onion dressed in a little of the pickling liquid and some good olive oil, but it’s incredible any day of the week. The acidity of the onions complements the tomatoes without overpowering them, while the body and slight sweetness of the olive oil round everything out.

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Enter for a Chance to Win Baking Out Loud by Hedy Goldsmith

by in Books, Contests, September 28th, 2012

baking out loud by hedy goldsmith
You may have seen Hedy’s name appear on FN Dish every month in her baking column sharing with readers and fans the secrets to some of her sweets and how to bake your cake even better. If you’re lucky, you’ve lost yourself in one of her quintessential desserts at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. But if you can’t make it to Miami to taste her desserts — which are simply delicious and one-of-a-kind — you can now try your hand at making them with the launch of Hedy’s highly anticipated cookbook, Baking Out Loud.

She’s known for transforming her childhood favorites into grown-up versions that will have your family and friends begging for the recipes. From her Red Velvet Twinks, which combine rich chocolate cake and cream cheese filling, to her Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars, which we admit are the most indulgent chocolate bar around, you won’t be able to find enough sticky notes in your house to flag all the recipes you want to try first.

You can pre-order your own copy of Baking Out Loud here, or enter in the comment field below for a chance to win one. To enter: Tell us which one of Hedy’s desserts you’d try first and why in the comments (find Hedy’s list of recipes here). We’re giving away a copy of the book to two lucky, randomly selected commenters. Better your chances of winning by visiting Cooking Channel’s blog, Devour — they’re giving away three copies, too.

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