by Colleen Park in Recipes, February 5th, 2017
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, December 1st, 2016
If you’re going the cheesy app route for your Super Bowl party, make it count. Wedges on a cheese board might do for a dinner party, but for game day, cheese deserves something extra – whether it’s melted down, fried or stuffed in a popper. Here are the best bites to get started on with hours to go until game time.
Blue Cheese and Bacon Truffles
With a velvety cream cheese and Gorgonzola base, bits of crispy bacon and a crunchy pretzel exterior, these two-bite truffles are the total package. Get the cheese mixture ready in the morning and keep refrigerated until you’re ready to serve.
by Maria Russo in Entertaining, Holidays, Recipes, November 19th, 2016
Some people like receiving gifts. Others? They’d be quite pleased with one thing and one thing only: cheese — lots and lots of cheese. When family and friends converge at your place this holiday season, these are the cheesy appetizers you should greet them with.
Think of Melissa d’Arabian’s Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese Wellington (pictured above) as a cross between baked Brie en croute and a cream cheese log. After covering a bar of cream cheese in ranch dressing, chopped bacon and green onions, wrap it up in store-bought puff pastry and bake. It’s a flaky, oozing appetizer that’s elegant enough for entertaining, but the bacon and ranch flavors mean kids will love it too.
by Regan Burns in Entertaining, Recipes, May 28th, 2016
The appetizers you make for Thanksgiving dinner are arguably some of the trickiest to plan; after all, they kick off one of the most-important meals of the year. They should likely be more special than carrots and ranch, and they need to be hearty enough to satiate your guests, but they should not be so heavy that guests don’t want to eat that enormous meal that’s coming right up. Plus, your kitchen will likely be overrun with all manner of pots and pans on Thanksgiving, so when it comes to the hors d’oeuvres especially, the easier and faster the better. Enter: our fast-fix starter solutions. All eight of these recipes are ready to eat in 35 minutes or less, and they’re guaranteed crowd-pleasers — think cheese logs, shrimp cocktail and cheesy dip.
Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto
With oven and stove space at a premium on Thanksgiving, you can be thankful that these eight-minute bites require only assembly — no cooking necessary. When it comes to the cheese, Giada De Laurentiis opts for a mix of rich goat cheese and creamy mascarpone.
by Sofia Lyons in Recipes, April 11th, 2016
Everyone loves dip. That’s just a fact of life. For your long-weekend partying pleasure, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes for scooping and spreading. From appetizers to sweet desserts, you can do the dip at every meal, all weekend long!
Smoked Salmon Dip (above)
Nobody does a crudite platter quite like Ina Garten. To create an addictive savory spread for raw veggies, she starts with a base of cream cheese and sour cream, then mixes in fresh dill, horseradish and smoked salmon.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, December 3rd, 2015
When someone says “bruschetta,” the first thing that comes to mind is likely chopped tomatoes and fresh basil atop crostini, aka sliced toasted bread. This traditional preparation is definitely delicious, but bruschetta can be so much more; you can top it with anything from melted cheese to seafood, or even fresh fruit and sugar to create a next-level dessert. Want to think outside the bruschetta box? Try one of Food Network’s favorite creative twists on the classic.
A Trio of Bruschetta (pictured above)
Set up a toppings bar with Bobby Flay’s three savory picks — creamy white beans, tangy black olives and juicy tomatoes — and let everyone top their own toast.
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, November 3rd, 2015
While decking the halls and tearing open gifts are one person’s way of spreading holiday cheer, serving friends and family festive food is another’s. But when guests are juggling their mulled cider in one hand and a loaded plate in the other as they’re schmoozing their way through a holiday party, who has room for a fork and knife? If you’re welcoming guests this season, stay away from unwieldy appetizers in favor of these one-bite, hand-held appetizers that are showstoppingly elegant.
Sure, you could bake a triangle of Brie until it oozes and melts after some time in the oven, but trust us when we say this recipe is an easier, smarter approach. Instead of wrapping the whole wedge in flaky phyllo dough, serve One-Bite Baked Brie with Grape-Pecan Compote in phyllo cups for a modern, mini presentation that’s easier for you to make and easier for your guests to eat.
by Regan Burns in Recipes, October 10th, 2015
While some celebrations call for hours of slow grazing (those tailgate snacks are an all-afternoon affair, right?), Thanksgiving is often set up into distinct parts: appetizers, the main spread, dessert and leftovers. Since you’re likely spending most of your time prepping the bird and its fixings, keep the starter game simple, for both you and your company. After all, you don’t want to serve hors d’oeuvres that are so filling that your guests are not craving turkey. The key is to whet their appetites with a few seasonal bites that will only prime them for what’s to come, and these go-to picks surely fit the bill.
by Christie Bok in Community, July 26th, 2015
When you order wings in a restaurant or sports bar, it’s pretty safe to assume that what will appear in front of you will involve hot sauce, celery and blue cheese (like Food Network Magazine’s classic recipe pictured above.) But when making wings at home, why not change things up a bit? There are so many other ways to dress up this ubiquitous halftime snack. Just get creative — new flavor combinations are waiting in the wings! Check out the must-try recipes from Food Network Magazine below.
by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, July 25th, 2015
It’s no secret that crab cakes are crowd-pleasers, so transform them into two-bite sliders with flavorful seasonings for a new twist on a summertime appetizer. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Jeff Mauro bakes his crab cakes instead of sauteing, to save on time. Serve them on soft potato buns with a mayo-citrus sauce for tanginess and greens for a colorful garnish.
For more appetizer recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Entertain! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Crab Cake Sliders with Blood Orange Aioli (pictured above) from Jeff Mauro.
I’m writing this from the (hot) countryside of the Provence region of France, where my family spends a few weeks a year at my in-laws’ house. Our girls love seeing their grandparents, and we spend long, lazy days swimming in the pool (mostly out of necessity, to be up-front — it’s so hot!), catching up with our French family and with friends Philippe and I have known for years, long before any of us had the kids who now count each other among their extended family.
The South of France is famous for doing summer right, especially when it comes to food. We only half-joke that by the time we spend a few hours eating one meal, we barely have time to clean up and start prepping for the next one. Food brings people together, and no one knows this more innately than the French, in my experience.