Recipe of the Day: Duff’s Grilled Sausage With Spicy Sauce

by in Recipes, June 20th, 2011

grilled sausage with spicy sauce
Duff Goldman is a master at baking cakes, but did you know he can cook, too? In this simple recipe, he takes five ingredients and serves up skewered smoked sausage with a dipping sauce that combines ketchup, hot sauce and spicy brown mustard.

Pair this dish with Duff’s Tangy Corn Relish.

Get the recipe: Grilled Sausage With Spicy Sauce

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Vegging Out on Father’s Day

by in View All Posts, June 17th, 2011

father's day vegetarian menu
During this past Wednesday’s “Ask the Editor” feature on Food Network’s Facebook page, we received numerous questions about putting together a vegetarian menu for Father’s Day — ask and you shall receive.

Start the meal off with Spicy Thai-Style Pineapple Wraps: juicy pineapple is infused with classic Thai flavors like lime, chili paste, cilantro and peanuts. Next, knock the pescatarian dad off his feet with these Jumbo Shrimp stuffed with a flavorful mixture of garlic, jalapeno, scallions and cilantro, which adds vibrant color to this two-bite appetizer.

Bring the steakhouse home (vegetarian style) with these Grilled Portobello Burgers topped with a sweet onion jam flavored with thyme, honey and red wine. Anyone can serve a side of fries, so shake things up and try Giada’s Fried Zucchini sticks coated with Parmesan and panko breadcrumbs. For a foolproof side dish, Rachael Ray rubs this Mexican-Style Grilled Corn with a spicy jalapeno, lime, garlic and paprika butter.

Make dad this nostalgic dessert »

Calling All Bloggers: Summer Fest is About to Begin

by in In Season, June 17th, 2011

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We have to admit we’re highly anticipating this summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and veggies. Last year, FN Dish participated in Summer Fest, a season long franchise where FN editors teamed up with blogs like Steamy Kitchen, A Way to Garden, White on Rice Couple, What’s Gaby Cooking and Pinch My Salt to share tips and recipes about produce like tomatoes, peppers, summer greens, peaches and more.

Now, we’re opening it up to the food community: Next Wednesday, we’ll be launching our second season of Summer Fest on the blog and we want you to be a part of it. Whether you write for a popular food website or you’re the owner of a small food blog, help us spread the word and join our community.

Find out how to participate after the jump »

Giada to Cook for the Newlywed Royal Couple

by in Food Network Chef, News, June 17th, 2011

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While some contestants on Food Network Star admit to being star-struck upon meeting Giada De Laurentiis for the first time, the popular Food Network personality is about to have her own star-stricken experience. On July 9, Giada will cook for Prince William and his new bride, Dutchess Kate at The Foundation Polo Challenge in California, along with 2,500 other guests for this charity event.

According to her interview on The Today Show, Giada signed up to cater the event without knowing that the royal couple would be there. “At first I was crazy nervous, but now I am purely excited,” shares De Laurentiis.

The Prince will be playing a Polo match while lunch is being served, but Giada will have something at the ready for him nevertheless. She promises, “No leftovers for the Prince!”

Find out what’s on the menu »

Summer Seafood Fest

by in Recipes, View All Posts, June 17th, 2011

deviled lobsters
Celebrate the fresh, boiled, steamed and grilled flavors of a traditional lobster bake this summer. Our overflowing menu below boasts classic ingredients, favorite recipes and the ease and simplicity of at-home, on-the-stove cooking. No need to live near the beach or build a giant rock pit in the sand in order to try these East Coast tastes; all of the recipes can be made right in your kitchen. Don’t forget to stock up on hand wipes and lobster bibs!

No summer celebration can begin without a glass of sweet chilled lemonade. Michael Chiarello’s recipe for Muddled Lemonberryade from Cooking Channel combines tart lemon juice and sweet strawberries. By the way, there would be nothing wrong with adding a few splashes of vodka to make this an adults-only sipper. After all, you have a lot of lobster-baking ahead of you.

If you want to start with an appetizer before the main event, serve your guests a platter of Emeril’s Grilled Whole Shrimp With Lemon and Marjoram from Cooking Channel while you’re preparing everything else. The subtle citrus flavor complements the mild essence of marjoram, and the heat of the grill melds these tastes perfectly. Don’t have access to a gas or charcoal grill? A stove-top grill pan will do the job, too. If you’re planning to serve the shrimp along with the rest of your meal, add these to the grill at the last possible minute, as shrimp can quickly become chewy if overcooked.

More seafood recipes after the jump »

Weekend Cookout: A Quick and Easy Father’s Day Menu

by in Holidays, Recipes, June 17th, 2011

flank steak with salsa verde
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 complete menu that will cook up in 30 minutes or less. This weekend, it’s all about dad:

Salad: Grilled Romaine With Blue Cheese-Bacon Vinaigrette
Main Dish: Food Network Magazine’s Flank Steak with Salsa Verde (pictured above)
Side Dish: Grilled Potato Salad
Dessert: Chocolate Cream Pie
Drink: Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

Planning on making one of these dishes? Snap a photo and post it on Food Network’s Facebook wall.


Cupcake Wars: Off to the Races

by in Shows, June 16th, 2011

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Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. She joins us on the FN Dish each week to recap all the sweet details of the competition from her seat at the judges’ table. Here’s what she had to say about this week’s episode.

Cupcake Wars Season 3 opened with an exciting Kentucky Derby-themed challenge that was all about the booze: mint juleps and hurricanes.  Three contestants played it safe with mint-julep inspired cupcakes, but Carla concocted a whirl-wind of flavor in her Hurricane Cupcake, which really impressed us. James and Annette went too easy on the booze, while Tara’s cupcake packed so much it sent her packing. We would have loved to enjoy her fun, spunky personality much longer!

Get the winning recipe after the jump »

Off the Beaten Aisle: Pancetta

by in Recipes, June 16th, 2011

pancetta hummus with balsamic tomatoes
Are you about over bacon yet?

Neither am I. In fact, our national obsession with cured pig has only made me all the more eager to explore lesser-known –- but equally delicious -– pork parts.

And there are plenty to choose from. One of the most widely available, yet often overlooked, is pancetta, a close relative of American bacon.

So let’s start there. Bacon usually is made from the belly or side of the pig. It is cured (either dry or wet) with salt, spices and sometimes sugar, then smoked.

Pancetta is the Italian version. Typically made from the belly, the curing process is the same, but the meat usually is not smoked. During curing, it often is seasoned with black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and herbs.

While most American bacon is sliced into thin strips, slabs of pancetta usually are rolled into a log.

Get the recipe for Pancetta Hummus after the jump »

Recipe of the Day: Giada’s Grilled Vegetable Panini

by in Recipes, June 16th, 2011

vegetable panini
You won’t need a panini press to make this grilled sandwich, which showcases some of Giada’s classic pairings: mozzarella, pesto and grilled vegetables. Eggplant, zucchini and red onions are cooked until tender and piled high on baguettes that have been slathered with basil pesto and topped with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.

Make this a complete summer meal by serving gazpacho or a salad like Guy’s Grilled Romaine With Blue Cheese-Bacon Vinaigrette alongside.

Get the recipe: Grilled Vegetable Panini

Browse more of Food Network’s summer recipes in Grilling Central.