Tag: comfort food

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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8 Dishes Made Better with Buffalo Sauce

by in Recipes, January 21st, 2016

How is that the simple combination of hot sauce and butter, otherwise known as Buffalo sauce, can make everything seem right with the world? We know the beloved flavor best as the sticky-spicy coating on baked or fried chicken wings. But if you’ve been reserving Buffalo sauce for chicken and chicken alone, then you’ve barely scratched the comfort-food surface. Meatballs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and even cauliflower are all suitable canvases for this brilliantly easy sauce. You can even customize the basic recipe by adding in barbecue sauce for a sweet, tangy note — or you can swap out the butter for lower-fat alternatives, like chicken broth, maple syrup and lime juice. Here are just a few ways that you can expand your Buffalo horizons.

Buffalo Drumsticks (pictured at top)
We had to include this one — it’s a classic for a reason. Remember to pop the drumsticks back in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes after tossing them in the Buffalo sauce. This locks in the flavor and ensures crisp, golden skin.

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Splurgeworthy Resolution Breakers

by in Recipes, January 19th, 2016

birthday cake pancakesEven if you have lofty ambitions for a healthier 2016, a decadent splurge is OK every once in a while. Everything in moderation, we say. Our only provision: Make sure it’s insanely tasty. If you broke your resolution for a stale doughnut or a sad hamburger, was it really worth it? Here’s our list of splurgeworthy treats that you’ll love and won’t feel guilty about (they’re too good!). So go ahead and treat yourself.

Birthday Pancakes (or Really Anything with Lots of Rainbow Sprinkles)

You might have the willpower to skip the shortstack swimming in maple syrup, but it’s nearly impossible to say no to sprinkle-speckled birthday pancakes with cream cheese frosting. Don’t even try.

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One-Pot Pastas That Will Change Your Life Forever

by in Recipes, January 18th, 2016

Sometimes recipes billed as one-pot meals can mislead you. With most pasta dishes, for instance, sure, you can make the sauce from start to finish in one pot and then stir in the cooked pasta, but you’ve still got to boil the pasta somewhere, and that somewhere is another pot that needs to be cleaned. Then you need to strain the pasta – does a colander count as a third pot? Sigh.

Thus we bring you the true one-pot pasta dinner. This revolutionary method of pasta preparation allows you to skip the separate boiling and throw the dry noodles right into a pot with the other ingredients. As it cooks, the pasta’s starch helps the sauce thicken simultaneously. Food Network Kitchen created a version with fresh tomato sauce and a spin on classic mac and cheese, both with magical results. Try one for yourself tonight and you may never bother with two-pot pasta again. Read more

Tater Tots Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

by in Food Network Magazine, Recipes, January 17th, 2016

tater tot pieYou never really outgrow Tater Tots. The fried shredded potato balls are french fries’ crispier, fluffier cousins, and they’re hard not to love. So the next time you pass them in the freezer aisle, treat yourself. Grab a bag and turn the crunchy potato snack into some serious party grub.

The January/February issue of Food Network Magazine includes five amazing reimagined dishes featuring Tater Tots. Even Tot haters (yes, they exist) approved all the dishes. You can find them below, along with other genius recipes developed in our kitchen.

Cheesy Bacon-Tater Tot Pie

Top fried shredded potatoes with bacon, cheddar and a drizzle of spicy Sriracha mayonnaise and friends and family will hardly need any convincing. Make this dish for game day or serve it for dinner — you can’t go wrong.

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Our Top Meaty Recipes for Cranking On Your Slow Cooker

by in Recipes, January 16th, 2016

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork SandwichesIf there was ever a secret weapon in the kitchen, your trusty slow cooker is it. With its ability to transform tough, often cheaper meats into tender, fall-apart mains of greatness, it’s no wonder that this hands-off cooking vessel is a wintertime staple. The key to using a slow cooker to its utmost potential is setting it all up in the morning, letting it do its thing and coming home later to a full-fledged, perfectly executed meal. Simply clear some space on your countertop, prep your ingredients and crank on that slow heat for delicately cooked, no-fork-necessary preparations for pork, beef, chicken and turkey.

Pork

Ingredients like brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, paprika and tomato paste make Food Network Magazine’s Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches the easiest way to get the coleslaw-topped sandwich favorite even in the dead of winter. Cooked low and slow for hours on end, pork shoulder gains all the quintessentially smoky vibes of barbecue without ever entering an actual smoker. For more takes on slow-cooker pork, pile it into tortillas for Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos or make your own slowly cooked meat for homemade Cuban sandwiches.

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Baked Pastas > Every Other Pasta — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 14th, 2016

Baked ZitiAmp up the comfort factor of your go-to pasta suppers by doing more than boiling water and tossing the finished product in sauce. These colder-weather months call for baked pasta recipes — and lots of ‘em — to get you through the winter. Pile your next pasta dish into a casserole dish, top it off with cheese and let it all come to bubbling, crispy-on-top heights in the oven. These five stick-to-your-ribs baked pasta dinners prove that the final baking step takes your pasta favorites over the edge.

It’s no surprise that Baked Ziti is one of the first baked pasta dishes to come to mind. Loaded up with meat (this time, ground beef and sausage), tomato sauce and a three-cheese combo (Parmesan, ricotta and mozzarella), Ree Drummond’s cheesy and kid-friendly casserole has everything you’d want, all in one dish.

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Your Favorite Comfort Foods As Casseroles

by in Recipes, January 14th, 2016

comfort food casserolesComfort foods can be messy. Delicious as they are, saucy, soupy and gooey dishes aren’t usually easy to transport either. Solve this problem by turning your favorite cozy meals into easy casseroles. Whether you’re feeding a crowd or wanting not-sad leftovers for work, these transportable, sliceable meals will not disappoint. Consider them the crème de la crème of casseroles.

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