Easy Dishes Done Right on The Kitchen, Plus Quick-Fix Dinner Recipes

by in Recipes, February 1st, 2014

Pepperoni Pizza PocketWhether it’s because of late nights at the office, your kids’ after-school commitments or simply unexpected traffic on the drive home, quick, easy dinner recipes are essential for most families, and it’s always a good idea to have a few timesaving favorites in your arsenal for go-to meals. The Kitchen‘s co-hosts showed off their simplest suppers on this week’s all-new episode, as Marcela prepared her Pizza Dough Chicken Empanadas and Katie opted for her breakfast-for-dinner Fridge Frittata.

The keys to any easy meal are preparation and the taking of a few shortcuts where appropriate. Marcela’s empanadas came together as quickly as they did thanks to prepared pizza dough. Since it can take time to perfect from-scratch pizza dough, there’s no reason not to reach for a supermarket variety, especially on hectic weeknights. Also, the next time you scour the aisles, pick up some extras of your family’s most-used ingredients; that way you’ll always have these workhorse products stocked in your pantry. When it came to relying on ready-to-go ingredients, Katie followed suit, although she reached for leftovers — potatoes. Try repurposing remnants of earlier dishes instead of simply tossing them in an effort to not only make mealtimes easier, but to also save money.

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Best 5 Nacho Recipes for the Big Game

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 1st, 2014

Super NachosWhile some get-togethers are all about elegantly plated entrees, individual servings and dainty dishes, big-game bashes aren’t among them. For successful football food, all that’s needed is something easy to eat on the couch and large enough to feed a crowd, which is why traditional picks include sticky, saucy chicken wings, eat-with-your-hands chips and dips, and bowls of meaty chili. Nachos, however, may be the ultimate tailgate-worthy dish, as they’re not only simple enough to chow down on with one hand, but they’re often served family-style, encouraging big-group snacking. The foundation of nachos is simple — just chips and some cheese or salsa — but beyond that, they can be customized to your family’s tastes or whatever ingredients you happen to have on hand. Check out Food Network’s best-five nacho recipes below from Rachael, Guy, Marcela and more Food Network chefs to find winning platters that will wow your party guests.

5. Grilled Chicken Nachos with Cheese Sauce, Avocado Relish and Charred Jalapenos — The secret to Bobby’s moist, flavor-packed chicken is a marinade of lime juice, ancho chile powder and Worcestershire sauce. He lets chicken thighs rest in the mixture overnight before grilling the meat and adding it to a platter of chips with creamy Jack cheese sauce, cool avocados and jalapenos.

4. Guy-talian Nachos — Guy assembles his nachos in layers — first chips, then a combination of sauteed beef and turkey, and a sprinkle of mozzarella — before covering them with salami, basil and tomato-garlic salsa for an Italian-inspired plate.

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A Duo of Southern Dips — Down-Home Comfort

by in Recipes, January 31st, 2014

Game-day goodies deserve a dose of down-home comfort, too, and this duo of dips is certain to score with your home team. I’m sharing two favorite Southern dips — Pimento Cheese and Warm Crab Dip. Make them both or go with one or the other depending on the crowd and your budget.

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Enter to Win a Stoneware Serveware Set from Rachael Ray

by in Contests, Shows, January 31st, 2014

Serveware setTo celebrate Season 3 of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, which airs Mondays at 9|8c, FN Dish is giving away this stoneware set by Rachael Ray to one lucky winner.

Enter below for a chance to win the Stoneware Serveware Set in orange from Rachael Ray. The set contains three pieces: a 10-inch serving bowl, 12-inch oval platter and 14-inch divided dish. To enter: Tell us in the comments which celebrity on Team Rachael you’re rooting for. The contest starts at 2pm EST today and ends Friday, Feb. 7 at 2pm EST.

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5 Beer-Based Cocktails for the Big Game

by in Drinks, Recipes, January 31st, 2014

5 Beer-Based Cocktail Recipes for the Big GameWhen it comes to game-day drinks, nothing goes down easier than a bubbly beer cocktail. There are endless ways to reinvent your go-to brew, and each of these cocktails is simple to stir together and guaranteed to please even the thirstiest bunch of football fans. For the savory sippers in the house, try serving Jeff Mauro’s Michelada Supreme. It pairs dark Mexican beer with the Bloody Mary-inspired flavors of tomato and lime juice, plus generous dashes of hot sauce and fish sauce for an addictive umami effect.

Beer SangriaGive the beloved party punch a bubbly update by swapping white wine for chilled wheat beer and adding it to a blend of vodka, white grape juice and slices of your favorite fruits.

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Beer Mac and Cheese — The Weekender

by in Recipes, January 31st, 2014

Beer Mac and Cheese - The WeekenderMy husband’s birthday is coming up and to celebrate I’m throwing a little birthday party. It won’t be a fancy gathering — just some easy food, a Funfetti cake (I am not a fan of boxed cakes, but it’s his favorite), and a bunch of our friends and their kids.

Part of my easy food plan involves several pans of macaroni and cheese. Scott loves the stuff, it’s easy to make in large quantities and the opportunities for making it more interesting are pretty darn endless.

As the plan stands right now, I’ll make one pan of basic, no-frills mac and cheese for those who can’t stand anything beyond noodles in a creamy cheese sauce. I’m still shopping for a recipe to serve the more adventurous eaters, however.

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What to Watch: Scott Conant Cooks Polenta on The Kitchen and Three Rounds of Pizzas on Chopped

by in Shows, January 31st, 2014

Chopped Pizza PerfectThis weekend Food Network is packed with shows to get you cooking all kinds of meals, including potlucks, party foods and easy dinners. On Saturday morning, Ree is cooking up a potluck meal to bring to church. Later, Trisha is getting ready for a living room campout with her niece and nephews. Then, on The Kitchen, the hosts show their easy dinner recipes, plus Scott Conant stops in to make polenta.

On Sunday, Rachael’s got three easy meals from one grocery bag. Afterward, Guy’s cooking up grilled halibut. And Jeff’s smoking up his kitchen with tri-tip sandwiches. Stay tuned for an Italian-themed party that Ina’s planning for a friend.

In the evening, watch a special night of Chopped where the chefs face cooking pizzas in all three rounds. Then it’s a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen where one chef must cook crepes in a crooked pan.

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Super Sliders — Comfort Food Feast

by in Entertaining, January 30th, 2014

Triple Pork Sliders for the Big GameEven with boatloads of nachos, nonstop chicken wings and all the guacamole you can sink your chips into, there’s one game-day dish that a football fan — or commercial aficionado — can’t live without. It’s a little sandwich we like to call the slider. Champion of the happy hour menu and bite-size rendering of a national favorite, these wee sandwiches are a mandatory competitor in your big-game spread.

To keep it simple, kick it off with Ina Garten’s classic beef sliders. With only the kiss of a grill, these mini burgers don’t need a fancy sauce — just that obligatory squeeze of ketchup. If sauce is what you’re after, Bobby Flay’s Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise are finished with a semi-homemade swipe of smokiness.

How can the Neelys’ Triple Pork Sliders (pictured above) pack in three types of pork, you ask? Each little sandwich features ground pork, fresh Mexican chorizo and crisp, smoky bacon. Now that’s a combo worthy of a championship.

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