Holiday party season is in full swing, and that means it’s time to graze your way through endless festive bites like your life depends on it. If you’re throwing a soiree yourself or you have very important potluck duties, feast your eyes on the very best holiday party dips, ready to be layered, served and scooped.
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Christmas is on the horizon, and if you feel like your holiday spread is missing just a little something, this Meatless Monday recipe may just be the dish that completes it. Food Network Magazine’s Eggplant Ricotta Bites (pictured above) are the perfect last-minute appetizer addition, being as delectable as they are simple to make. Taking only 35 minutes to prepare, these crispy, savory treats won’t cause you any added hosting stress, either.
And, if you were worried about a proper holiday presentation, fear not. These bites are seasonally colored in a snowlike white from the ricotta spread, a vibrant red from the diced plum tomatoes and a festive green from the fresh basil topping.
If you’re looking to add a little flair and flavor to your impending week off, look no further. Food Network is offering a week full of mouthwatering Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives specials with the traveling food connoisseur himself, Guy Fieri. On Monday, go with Guy down South as he tries to hit all of the major Southern staples. On Tuesday, get ready to indulge in an all-day breakfast feast. Wednesday is a day dedicated to those celebrated chefs we like to call “Mom,” who serve up quality home-cooked meals. On Thursday, it’s about foods with a certain hometown charm and allure. Friday brings pork’s chance to shine, and Guy makes sure to sample only the best pork dishes the country has to offer. You can catch Guy on his appetizing adventures from Monday, Dec. 22 to Friday, Dec. 26.
From giant whisks and ice cube trays to banana leaves and coffee filters, Cutthroat Kitchen contestants have faced their share of oddball trinkets that host Alton Brown eviliciously repurposed into mixing tools and vessels. But on tonight’s all-new episode, one chef was forced to use not a new tool to mix but something a bit more rustic — her hands — to make cupcakes.
Since the taste and texture of cupcakes depend upon a well-mixed batter, it’s important for the wet and dry ingredients to be thoroughly combined, and the limitations of people’s hands may indeed prevent that from happenings. After all, some people’s hands are smaller than others, and one of the chef’s two hands would likely be needed to add ingredients, so would this sabotage be fair to ask of the competitors? The Cutthroat Kitchen culinary crew got to work in testing the validity of the sabotage, and sure enough, after one somewhat slimy attempt, food stylist Jamie Peterson admitted that he was “starting to get into a cupcake place” with the batter forming within his hands.
As a parent of four small kids, I’ve stumbled upon a little bit of liquid gold in my own kitchen. Every time I add it to things like soups, sauces, marinades or any cooked meat, my kids give a resounding thumbs-up. What is this miracle ingredient that transforms dinner from a Just-Take-a-Bite-a-Thon into a (reasonably) peaceful meal? It’s Worcestershire sauce!
Ina Garten told me to use it — and by “told me,” I mean she wrote recipes using it — and boy, do I. Now I add Worcestershire sauce all the time, and even though my kid-friendly recipes are all very fast, the Worcestershire makes any dish more flavorful, like it’s been cooking for much longer than I ever have time for.
Want proof? Check out Ina Garten’s 5-star recipes featuring just the right amount of this not-so-secret sauce here:
Hearty, warming and simple to prepare, soup may be the ultimate answer to year-end gatherings; after all, just one batch can feed a crowd, and most recipes come together in a hurry. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is no exception, as The Pioneer Woman’s satisfying tomato soup boasts the full, rich flavor of diced tomatoes, rich cream and fragrant basil, and, perhaps best of all, the soup can be on the table in only 40 minutes. Follow Ree Drummond’s lead and add a bit of sugar to the tomato soup as it simmers — this will help balance the acidity of the tomatoes.
For more hearty recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Best Tomato Soup Ever (pictured above)
Good news for cookie butter fanatics: You can blend your own in five minutes flat. We ground up chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, oatmeal-raisin and chocolate-mint cookies, and all the spreads were tasty enough to give as a gift. (Not so successful: soft cookies and ones with jam or sprinkles.)
Start the music! Light the lights! Get the party going with an edible centerpiece tonight! These fun, creative projects are sure to be the star of any holiday party, and they’re easy enough for kids to help with. Use them as a single element, or in a group on a buffet or dinner table. Check out the full gallery for step-by-step instructions for each centerpiece idea.
Christmas may be less than a week away, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have time left to prepare a holidayworthy feast. To pull off an easy and enjoyable celebration, opt for simplicity instead of intricacy when it comes to menu planning, and stick with classic dishes that you know will appeal to your guests. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five last-minute Christmas dinner recipes from Ina Garten, Rachael Ray and more of your favorite chefs to find go-to ideas for main dishes and sides to round out your seasonal spread.
5. Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon — Follow Sunny Anderson’s lead and cook the Brussels sprouts in the same pan in which you sauteed the bacon — this will help the vegetables absorb the decadent taste of bacon fat as they become golden brown.
4. Fettuccine with Quick Ragu — Not all meat sauces require hours of slow cooking; this one from Food Network Magazine, boasting a hearty saute of garlic, ground veal or turkey, and crushed tomatoes, takes only 35 minutes to prepare.
‘Tis the season for giving, and with that in mind, FN Dish is offering its loyal readers the chance to win a holiday present: a 2015 calendar. Not your ordinary calendar, this beauty celebrates what will be “the sweetest year ever from FoodNetwork.com,” and with that comes 13 months’ worth of mouthwatering dessert photos and Food Network Kitchen’s sweet-tooth-satisfying recipes for tried-and-true picks like Go-To Chocolate Chip Cookies and Quick & Easy Tiramisu and for next-level ideas like Popcorn Sandwich Cookies with Salted Caramel.
2015 will be a year of cakes, cookies, cobblers and more with this calendar, and while you can buy one now at the Food Network Store, FN Dish is giving away one calendar for free to five lucky, randomly selected fans. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment telling us which of Food Network Kitchen’s recipes is your favorite; you must include the recipe URL to be eligible to win (find all of the recipes here).