Tag: comfort food

Shockingly Healthy (and Easy) Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, February 7th, 2016

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and GritsWhile most comfort foods conjure images of hearty decadence and over-the-top indulgence, believe it or not, a satisfying meal can be healthy. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, featured in Food Network Magazine, is a good-for-you take on a traditionally rich pick, shrimp and grits; it features all the flavors and textures you know and crave in the classic rendition, with cheesy, creamy grits and tender, lemony shrimp, but it’s made sans cream and with only a bit of butter, so the results turn out lighter. Perhaps best of all, this fan-favorite dish can be on the table in only 30 quick minutes.

Visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest for more savory and sweet ideas for fill-you-up fare.

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6 Game-Day Favorites That Are Even Better As Dips — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 4th, 2016

Taco DipWhen football fans arrive at your house in droves on Sunday, forget serving them composed, sit-down dishes that’ll hinder their cheering and jeering. Instead, transform game-day classics into innovative, easy-to-eat dips that say no to forks.

Tacos Instead of Taco Dip

Instead of using the store-bought taco seasoning packets to make full-fledged tacos, go for another game-day favorite: Taco Dip. Complete with beef, beans and everything you would load into your taco, it’s a football-party winner made for crunchy tortilla chips.

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Pizza Not by the Slice: Fun Alternatives to Satisfy Your Cheesy Craving

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2016

pizza dipIt’s time to broaden your pizza horizons and think beyond the pie. Picture your favorite kind of slice. Then imagine all those awesome fixings encased in a gooey cheese dip served with crusty bread or layered in a hearty lasagna. There’s no rule limiting pepperoni to a triangular slice. How you enjoy all the awesome elements of pizza — cheese, carb, tomato sauce and toppings — is up to you. Here are some of our favorites.

Supreme Pizza Dip

If you like your pizza with the works, you’ll love this dip filled with pepperoni, sauteed onions, bell peepers and black olives. It’s best served deep-dish style straight out of the skillet next to lots of garlicky toasts.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Southwest-Style Chili

by in Family, Recipes, February 2nd, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: Southwest-Style ChiliOnce a month Bev Weidner, of Bev Cooks fame and the mom of adorable twin littles, stops by to share an easy, one-two approach to dinner to keep everyone happy: Start by making one classic recipe for the kids in the house, then dress up that same dish with bold flavors for the adults.

You hardly hear anyone say, “I love this time of year!” in regard to winter. Especially that dreadful stint from January to March when you feel Old Man Winter won’t ever pack his stupid bags and leave you the heck alone. And I’ll tell you, I’m in that boat. I usually loathe the wintertime. But I’m trying to be better about my grumpy bump winter ‘tude and suck it up. Because you know what? CHILI.

You can’t go wrong with a good ol’ chili, ya know? While there are 15 million versions of chili out there, I wanted to keep this one classic on the flavor front, but give it a little twist for the adults. Think spicier. Definitely spicier.

The chili starts off the same for everyone: browned seasoned beef, a dose of veggies, black beans, tomatoes and a little bit of tomato sauce (to thicken). At this point the kids’ version is ready! It’s chunky and simple. Serve it with cornbread and a mountain of shredded cheddar. I’m almost sure your littles will praise your name for the rest of ever.

Now, to up the ante for the adults, I added a bit of beer, beef stock, more chili powder, a minced jalapeno and brown sugar to round it out. It’s got a KICK, yo. And it’s a bit soupier than the kids’ version, but I prefer that in a chili. I like the beans to swim a little — practice their backstroke. Do you? That’s right, you do.

We’re kind of liking this time of year now, aren’t we?

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Super Snack Sticks: 3 Ways to Skewer Your Big-Game Eats

by in Recipes, Shows, January 30th, 2016

Tacobab al PastorThough it takes just three essentials — beer, snacks and a TV — to host a winning game-day bash, each element of this at-home-tailgating trifecta is important, especially when it comes to the spread you cook up for your guests. The key to any successful big-game menu is remembering that, above all else, each item ought to be easy to eat, ideally with just your hands. After all, on game day no one wants to put down the coveted remote to reach for a fork and knife. Dips, nachos, wings and pizza are surely go-to picks, but when you want to upgrade your menu with dressed-up eats — while keeping the prep work easy, of course — the name of the game is skewers. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced three recipes showcasing skewers that allow for fuss-free munching. See how they showcase tacos, a meatball sub and even pasta salad, which usually requires utensils, on a stick.

Part kebab and part taco, Marcela Valladolid’s Tacobab al Pastor celebrates the sweet and savory flavors of traditional tacos al pastor. Just like the tried-and-true dish, this one brings together smoky chipotle in adobo sauce, tender pork and juicy pineapple. Since these fixings are cooked together on skewers, there’s no need to prep multiple components separately. Round out the snack with a cool avocado-cilantro crema.

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Here’s How to Eat Mac and Cheese for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 28th, 2016

Breakfast Macaroni and CheeseCooked on the stovetop and devoured as is, or doctored up with all kinds of additions and oftentimes baked to bubbling, crispy-on-top perfection, mac and cheese is a comfort food mainstay that both adults and kids can agree on with glee. It’s so beloved, in fact, that just about no one would argue about having it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With recipes inspired by the morning meal, a salad favorite and more, you probably could do just that, without ever tiring of it.

Breakfast Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage and Hash Browns

If you’re asking us, this breakfast-inspired mac and cheese gives you all the excuse in the world to take it with a cup of coffee. It’s super-easy to make, with store-bought hash browns serving as a crispy, satisfying topping and morsels of savory breakfast sausage being scattered throughout the whole dish.

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Why Sliders Are the Perfect Party Food

by in Entertaining, Recipes, January 27th, 2016

buffalo chicken slidersThe best move when hosting a party: Make food that guests can eat with their hands. When they’re mingling and/or seats are limited, juggling a plate filled with food and using a fork and knife can be awkward. You’ll want to serve something hand-held that they can polish off in a couple of bites. Sliders are the solution. And somewhere on our list of favorite recipes is a slider you should be making next Sunday (February 7) for the biggest game of the year.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Leave it to Jeff Mauro to prove that most things are just as good, if not better, in sandwich form. His take on Buffalo chicken has everything you love about the wings — hot-sauce glaze, blue cheese and ranch dressing — plus soft and fluffy bread, like Hawaiian or Parker House rolls.

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It’s Never a Bad Time for Chili: 6 Warming Recipes

by in Recipes, January 24th, 2016

Pat's Famous Beef and Pork ChiliNo matter if you’re digging out from this weekend’s wintry wallop or simply looking for a cozy dish to transform your Sunday supper, chili is the answer to all of your must-get-warm-right-now needs. Not only is chili packed with hearty meat and beans, but it’s also simple to prepare: Just layer the ingredients in a pot and let it all simmer until the flavors become one savory meal. Check out Food Network’s best chili recipes, below, each an easy how-to sure to help you beat January’s blustery chill.

Pat’s Famous Beef and Pork Chili (pictured above)
Thanks to a base of apple-wood-smoked bacon and a spice blend featuring chili powders, ground cumin and smoked paprika, there’s no shortage of bold flavors in this top-rated recipe, made extra hefty by two kinds of ground meat: beef and pork.

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Reinvent Pasta Night with These 9 Quick Recipes

by in Recipes, January 22nd, 2016

Chicken Fettuccine AlfredoOne of the many lessons I learned about food while living in Italy was simple: Pasta night does not have to mean spaghetti with red sauce. Think quick pan sauces with bacon or lemon juice, or cheesy baked pasta casseroles instead. These are nine simple, delicious ways to branch out in the world of pasta.

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo (pictured above)
25 minutes and a handful of ingredients — that’s all it takes to put together this creamy, dreamy pasta.

Lemon Spaghetti
Want a twist on your basic spaghetti and red sauce? Try a light and airy version from Giada De Laurentiis, dripping in olive oil and fresh lemon juice and dusted with cheese.

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5 Downright Perfect Potato Dishes — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 21st, 2016

Twice-Baked Potato CasserolePotatoes are the perfect comfort food. Though these super-satisfying root veggies might not lend much in the way of flavor, that’s actually the perk. They work as a blank canvas, becoming whatever you want them to be — the salty crisps, soul-soothing casseroles and mashed mainstays that your family can’t get enough of — with just a little bit of love.

Instead of filling individual potato skins for the twice-baked classic, load everything but the skins into a casserole dish fit for a crowd Ree Drummond’s Twice-Baked Potato Casserole (pictured above). Just like the original, the cheesy, bacon-laced side reaches new heights with two stints in the oven.

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