Tag: comfort food feast

Our Most-Comforting Potato Recipes to Curl Up with This Weekend

by in Recipes, February 16th, 2017

Mid-February is about that time when our dedication to New Year’s food resolutions begins to wane. Instead of feeling guilty and hypercritical, let’s just declare this weekend a time for indulgence – and loose-fitting pants. Before we know it, the season of salads and cold summer soups will be upon us, so it’s wise to fill up on wintertime pleasures while we can. Here at Food Network, we’re craving potatoes, no matter the form. Fried, baked or blended into soup, we’re gearing up to celebrate spuds in all of their carb-laden, stick-to-your-ribs glory. From twice-baked potatoes stuffed with bacon and sour cream to crispy-crunchy fries seasoned liberally with salt and pepper, here are a few of our most-comforting recipes. Go ahead – you deserve it.

The Classic
Trisha Yearwood takes the humble baked potato to new heights by combining the soft, starchy flesh with cheddar and sour cream, baking it twice and topping it with bacon. “I learned the hard way not to wrap the potatoes in foil before baking,” Trisha says. “It softens the shells and they will fall apart. Baking them unwrapped makes the shells stronger for scooping out the potato flesh later.”

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The Downright Quickest Ways to Get Your Chocolate Fix

by in Recipes, February 9th, 2017

Chocolate PuddingOur biggest chocolate cravings often come as emergencies — need-it-now moments that just can’t be stopped. Before you tear into another chocolate bar with abandon or resort to the freezer-burnt pint in your stash, know that it’s possible to whip up full-fledged chocolate desserts a lot faster than you might think. These are a few of our favorite quick fixes.

Peeling open a store-bought pudding cup might be your fastest option, but Ree Drummond’s homemade Chocolate Pudding is your best. This rich and creamy dessert just takes 15 minutes to make, and it’s ready to be eaten as soon as it’s done cooking — or after some time in the fridge if you prefer it chilled.

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Proof That Most Things in This Life Are Better in a Casserole Dish

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2017

Grilled Cheese-and-Tomato Casserole

When you’re not donning finger-warming mittens in the great outdoors, you should be wearing mitts inside — to pull bubbling, piping hot casseroles out from the oven. These one-vessel, feed-a-crowd favorites cozy up the whole family in one fell swoop. And, if you’re asking us, the limits to attaining true casserole bliss are boundless, extending way beyond the tuna casserole, lasagnas and breakfast casseroles we load up on all season long.

Get a load of our favorite unexpected casserole creations.

Grilled Cheese

Slathered in butter, grilled until toasty and oh-so melty in the middle, a classic grilled cheese is a comfort-food win when it’s prepped on the stove, especially with a steamy bowl of tomato soup by its side. But layering all of the components into a cheesy Grilled Cheese-and-Tomato Casserole means you can do it for a crowd — and wow them with this mind-boggling concept.

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How to Eat Pizza Around the Clock

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2017

Growing up, Friday night was pizza night. My family and I were regulars at our town’s single brick-and-mortar pizzeria, which ran a mean take-out service. Every week, we’d call in our usual order: One large pie with mushrooms, onions and extra mozzarella. I can still remember sitting in the passenger’s seat of my mom’s car, the hot pizza box on my lap, feeling giddy with anticipation. Every few minutes, I would lift the lid and inhale deeply as the wonderfully cheesy aromas escaped their cardboard confines. “It’ll get cold if you keep doing that,” my mom would say.

I grew up, but my love of pizza stayed strong – and with age came wisdom. Having spent the better part of the last two decades awakening my palate to new, previously unthinkable topping combinations and different crust styles, I’ve recently made the most important discovery of all: It’s okay to eat pizza for dinner, lunch and breakfast (sometimes even dessert too) — and not just on Fridays. Because, if you haven’t already realized, everything tastes better on top of pizza crust.

Still need convincing? I’ll let these ‘round-the-clock recipes speak for themselves.

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Top-Rated Takes on Our Favorite Winter Soups

by in Recipes, January 5th, 2017

If we were to follow the dictates of popular culture, we would spend the first few weeks of 2017 fasting, cleansing or munching on celery. But winter will be over before we know it, and we wouldn’t want to look back with regret on missed opportunities to taste the finer side of cold-weather cuisine, now would we? Certainly not. And since January calls for the kind of comforting indulgence that can only be found in a soup ladle’s gentle embrace, we’re eyeing up our best recipes for chicken noodle, hearty minestrone and cream of tomato. With 5 stars and over 100 reviews, these are the soups we can’t wait to simmer this month.

French Onion Soup

High-end French restaurants probably don’t want you to know how simple it is to make classic French Onion Soup from scratch — but this year, we’re staying home for our fix. Tyler Florence demystifies the process with this traditional recipe that calls for a buttery beef broth fortified with sweet caramelized onions. For classic bistro presentation, spoon the soup into ramekins, then crown each one with a slice of toasted baguette and some freshly grated Gruyere cheese.

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5 Stunning Cakes with Sky-High Fan Reviews

by in Recipes, March 17th, 2016

Beatty's Chocolate CakeHey, if you’re going to go to the trouble of sifting, measuring, whisking, preheating, baking, layering, frosting and slicing (we’re exhausted just typing all of that) to get your cake fix, it better be worth it. So when it comes to picking just the right recipe, you better go for one that’s tried-and-true. The people have spoken, and these freshly baked beauties totally deserve their place on a pedestal. As of this moment, these cakes have a seriously stunning amount of shining reviews (and the numbers are only going up).

2,014 Reviews: Beatty’s Chocolate Cake
The numbers don’t lie. Thousands of fans agree that Ina Garten’s chocolatey dream of a cake (pictured above) is simply the best. It achieves a deeply decadent richness with a secret-weapon ingredient: a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the batter.

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6 Ways to Make Over-the-Top Foods More Over the Top … with Bacon

by in Recipes, March 10th, 2016

Chicken and Bacon WafflesLet’s have a heart-to-heart. Is there a single place where bacon does not belong? Beyond crumbling it over a once-good-for-you salad or splaying a few slices beside scrambled eggs, there are boundless ways to put salty, crispy, addictive bacon to use. Celebrate bacon and all it’s done for you by not holding back one bit; bring it into your favorite over-the-top dishes to make them even more indulgent.

Chicken and Waffles

If you thought that classic Southern combination of fried chicken and waffles was the best thing you could slather in maple syrup, think again. It’s Chicken and Bacon Waffles that’s the real win, made with diced, pan-fried bacon for a dose of salty smokiness.

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6 Foods That Belong with Peanut Butter

by in Recipes, March 3rd, 2016

Peanut Butter Caramel Swirled BrowniesPeanut butter is one of those close-to-our-hearts condiments that oftentimes isn’t even used as one: We’ll take it straight up by the spoonful to get that creamy, nutty and somewhat salty goodness in whatever way we can. Before you slather peanut butter onto another slice of bread for a PB&J sandwich, reinvent the PB wheel with our fleet of foods that seriously belong with peanut butter.

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5 Ways to Eat Pizza for Breakfast — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 25th, 2016

Breakfast PizzaIf you’re doing it right, you aren’t confining your pizza intake to dinner alone. We’ve got five satisfying breakfast pizzas that change the game (no cold pizza leftovers here!), so you don’t even have to wait for your delivery person to start his or her shift to get your fix. Down them as your first meal of the day, or eat breakfast for dinner. Either way you do it, you’ll be winning at this whole life thing from your very first meal of the day.

You won’t go hungry if you follow Ree Drummond’s lead. Her Breakfast Pizza, featured in Food Network Magazine, involves zesty homemade salsa, thick-cut peppered bacon, bell peppers, shredded hash browns and mozzarella cheese. Right before putting it into the oven, she cracks fresh eggs onto the pizza, and then bakes it all until the eggs are set and soft.

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5 Dishes That Are Even Better As Cheesy Casseroles — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 18th, 2016

Twice-Baked Potato CasseroleIt’s a fact: Piling everything you love about your comfort food faves into a casserole dish makes every bite just taste better. Going the bigger-batch route not only means you can feed a crowd no problem, but it also means you’ve got more opportunity for cheese. In the spirit of all things cheesy, we’ve got five dishes that are infinitely better when reborn as giant cheese-topped casseroles.

Twice-Baked Potato Casserole > Twice-Baked Potatoes

You might have once said that there’s nothing better than a crispy, cheesy twice-baked potato — and you’d almost be right. When Ree Drummond reimagines twice-baked potatoes in all their cheesy, bacon-loaded goodness as a comforting casserole, you get creamy, decadent deliciousness you can pile onto your plate.

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