Haddock — Iron Chef America Ingredients

by in Shows, June 4th, 2012

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If you were to enter any fish and chip shop in North England and request anything but haddock for your deep-fried delight, the servers would look at you as if you were an alien from outer space.

I would have to agree that this beautifully firm and flaky white-fish makes the absolute best fish and chips you will ever eat. But, haddock is so much more versatile than just being deep-fried and, as I hope you discovered from watching the Iron Chef and his challenger on “Battle Haddock,” it makes a delicious and sustainable alternative to cod.

What is haddock?

Haddock is a firm-fleshed white-fish that can be found in both the European and North American waters of the North Atlantic. The adult fish can grow to around 3.6 feet in length and migrates each year from shallow waters in the summer to colder, deeper waters in the winter.

Overfishing meant that haddock stocks became severely depleted in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Fortunately, this fish reproduces very rapidly, with the female of the species laying an astonishing 3 million eggs a year. This fact, added to strict fishing quotas and more sustainable forms of fishing, means that haddock is now off the danger list and ready for your table.

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Spinach and Feta Frittata — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, June 4th, 2012


Ready to enjoy in mere minutes, eggs are a go-to meatless meal option that are as versatile as they are easy to prepare. Though a quick scramble or plate of sunny-side up beauties are classic breakfast options, frittatas are hearty enough to be served as lunch or dinner dishes, too. Much like an omelet, frittatas are made by whisking eggs and are cooked with fresh vegetables, creamy cheeses, herbs and more, but there’s no flipping or folding required.

Food Network Magazine’s frittata (pictured above) boasts a healthful combination of baby spinach, whole-wheat breadcrumbs and tangy feta cheese, and is best finished with a side of just-roasted red pepper. Be sure to cook the frittata in an ovenproof skillet, since it needs to bake for just 15 minutes until golden brown and set on top.

Served with juicy plum tomatoes, nutty Parmesan cheese and fresh cilantro, Bobby’s light but filling Frisee Salad With Roasted Garlic Dressing is a simple accompaniment to the fluffy frittata.

Get the recipe: Spinach and Feta Frittata

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.

Military Grill Battle Fun Facts — Iron Chef America Special Edition

by in Behind the Scenes, Shows, June 3rd, 2012

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Behind the scenes on Iron Chef America, Food Network’s culinary production team is responsible for making sure that the rival chefs have everything they need to cook and present their dishes — from a stocked pantry to plenty of serving vessels — even outside of Kitchen Stadium. Daniella LaRosa from Food Network Kitchens recently shared some fun facts about what it took to pull off last night’s special episode for Grilling Week — the first-ever Military Grill Battle in Hawaii — that pitted Iron Chef Cat Cora against Iron Chef Michael Symon and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. They weren’t alone, though: Each Iron Chef was paired with a sous chef from the Navy, Army or Marine Corps.

Was setting up Kitchen Stadium in Hawaii more difficult than the mainland?

Creating Kitchen Stadium from scratch took a lot of time. We had treated both the Tailgating and Grilling battles like they were challenges from Next Iron Chef — specifically in that equipment and pantry items were going to be limited, and they might have to share during the battle. Because shipping anything to Hawaii was so expensive, we ended up having to spend about four full days personally shopping for equipment and specialty foods in Hawaii for the Iron Chefs and their sous chefs to use during the battle. We used all local produce — the Secret Ingredients were all sustainable and local.  We used as many local vendors as we could find or found through word of mouth while we were there. It was also very difficult on both shoot days when we had to set up Kitchen Stadium at 6:00 am using the headlights from our rental car.

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Best 5 Turkey Burgers

by in Recipes, June 1st, 2012


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 roundup of stress-free summer favorites and this weekend, dinner will feature easy-to-prepare turkey burgers.

As juicy as beef patties, but leaner and milder in flavor, turkey burgers are an ideal canvas to showcase any number of flavors and textures. Before grilling, add to ground turkey a selection of sauces, fresh vegetables, herbs and spices to flavor the burger and ensure its moistness, and top with soft cheeses, crisp greens, mayonnaise, mustard and more to complete it. Check out Food Network’s top five turkey burger recipes, each with a different tasty twist and all go-to main dishes for your weekend cookout spread.

5. Perfect Turkey BurgersFood Network Magazine’s mushroom-laced burgers are topped with smooth avocado slices and built atop toasted English muffins.

4. Stuffed Turkey Burgers – Inside Ellie’s moist turkey patties is a combination of creamy mozzarella cheese and roasted red peppers.

Get the top three turkey burger recipes