Tag: entertaining

7 Ring-Shaped Recipes to Make While Watching the Olympics

by in Recipes, August 4th, 2016

Homemade Glazed DoughnutsShow your patriotism during the 2016 Games by putting a ring on it. In honor of the Olympic Games, make recipes in the shape of the Olympic rings. Garnish these ringed foods with the logo colors (or red, white and blue!) to give your presentation a first-place finish. Go, team!

Homemade Glazed Doughnuts (pictured above)

Start this recipe the night before so the dough has time to rise before shaping it into ring or doughnut holes. After frying the rings, you’ll make a simple glaze with powdered sugar, water and vanilla extract. You can add food coloring to the glaze in hues that reflect the signature logo of the Olympics.

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5 Jelly Shots You May Not Be Ready For

by in Recipes, June 10th, 2016

If you retired jelly shots from your drink rotation the day you received your bachelor’s degree, you’re not alone. Yet, recently, the jiggly spiked concoctions have been getting the gourmet treatment from restaurant greats across the country. This renaissance of sweet, chewable booze has got us reconsidering the humble jelly shot as a key component to any good summer party. They don’t have to include neon, radioactive-looking colors either. With that in mind, here are five stunning jelly shots that we’re willing to bet are nothing like the ones you consumed back in the day.

Mint Julep Jelly Shots
The unofficial cocktail of the South gets pared down for size in Food Network Kitchen’s casual take on a classic mint julep. All of the essential flavors are here: mint, sugar and bourbon. Save your good silver cocktail cups for a formal occasion and stock up on disposable plastic shot cups in preparation for your next summer party.

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All Our Best Party Dips (Including Dessert Dip!)

by in Entertaining, Recipes, May 28th, 2016

Smoked Salmon DipEveryone 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.

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Top-of-the-Class Graduation Party Ideas

by in Entertaining, Recipes, May 9th, 2016

Tedious prep work and outrageously long cook times get an F in our gradebook. But before you throw in the towel and dial the caterer, take a look at our tips for a relaxed and inexpensive DIY graduation party. Whether your scholar just completed college or kindergarten, our tasty menu of easy, make-ahead dishes will score top marks with any audience.

Make-Ahead Mains

Burgers and hot dogs have long dominated the late-spring and summer entertaining scene, but this season we’re all in favor of make-your-own taco stations. Food Network Kitchen’s Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken and Steak Taco Bar is ideal for a casual open house. As new guests arrive, warm more tortillas and replenish your bowls of Monterey Jack, lime wedges and corn salsa. Don’t grill all of the meat at once: The chipotle-marinated chicken and steak cooks up in just 10 minutes on the grill, so leave some of it marinating in the fridge for guests who arrive later.

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A Perfect Pair: What to Eat with Rosé

by in Drinks, April 29th, 2016

Rosé WineIf picturing yourself drinking a glass of chilled rosé wine conjures up images of hot summer nights spent outdoors, eating and chatting with friends, there’s a good reason: Rosé was made for warm-weather drinking. Factor in its food-friendly, easy-to-drink nature, along with a generally affordable price tag, and it’s no surprise that rosé is a popular party choice. So when choosing foods to serve with your rosé, it should come as no surprise that spring and summer party fare is just the ticket.

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Win Your Big-Game Bash with 6-Foot Nachos

by in Entertaining, January 29th, 2016

No matter whether your game-day crowd is more focused on the football, the commercials or the food, this eye-popping spread of rainbow-hued nachos will steal the show. And it tastes as good as it looks. Party guests will keep coming back to try a new color block of flavor. Hit play below to watch staffers whip them up in our Food Network Kitchen, or check out our step-by-step gallery to see how easy it is to turn your table or counter into a 6-foot nacho fiesta for the big game on February 7. Read more

How to Host a Tea Party at Home

by in Entertaining, Recipes, January 28th, 2016

Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry GlazeIf you’ve ever read a Jane Austen novel or watched an episode of Downton Abbey, you’ve probably already heard of “full afternoon tea.” Not to be confused with elevenses or high tea, full afternoon tea often occurs between 3 and 4 p.m., and features treats, including cakes, crustless finger sandwiches and, of course, tea. Though it is often associated with the posh hotels of London, you don’t need to travel abroad to enjoy the splendors of a British tea party. With our help, you can do that right at home.

Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze
Miniature two-bite desserts, like these glazed cupcakes from Giada De Laurentiis, make a great tea party treat. Giada forgoes frosting, and instead tops her cupcakes with a sweet glaze made from frozen strawberries and powdered sugar.

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Holiday Party Recipes That Will Please Even the Kid Guests

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, December 18th, 2015

Antipasti de SalumiWhether it’s an open house, a dinner party or a family celebration, these are the top holiday recipes kids just can’t resist. From starters to mains and a dessert, too, this will be a bash the little guys will love.

Giada De Laurentiis’ Antipasti Platter
Use cookie cutters to create adorable cheese shapes to serve along with crackers, salami, olives and any other nibbles your kids enjoy.

Ina Garten’s Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
I love serving soup at an open house. It’s easy to keep warm and doesn’t mind sitting on the stove for hours at a time. And this tomato soup from the Barefoot Contessa is amazing. Roasting the tomatoes ahead of time punches up the flavor, an important step when it’s not tomato season.

Roasted Squash Stuffed with Sausage & Apples
Individual portions can be so popular with kids — especially when they look a little like flowers. This dish is practically a meal in itself, great for a day that includes lots of pre-dinner snacks and plenty of desserts.

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Relax, It’s Just a Holiday Party

by in Entertaining, Holidays, December 10th, 2015

And just like that, the holidays are upon us. We see TV commercials with foyers full of people greeting and clinking wine glasses, we watch Diane Keaton movies directed by Nancy Meyers in which the kitchens look like the love children of Martha Stewart and Philip Johnson, and we start to agonize over the fact that we really, really promised ourselves that this year we would (finally) host a holiday gathering. But all those people! All that cooking! All that planning!

But we are going to entertain. And this is how’s it’s going to happen: an open house. It will not be a sit-down dinner for just a handful of friends or be a frenetic cocktail party. It will be a gentile stretch of time with people coming and going as they please. There’ll be a serve-yourself bar with an array of (mostly) room temperature food, and it’ll have a relaxed atmosphere in which people understand that the whole point was to connect for a little while, share a drink and enjoy something good to eat.

Everyone’s time is so stretched in the last months of the year. This kind of party allows people to stop by when it works for them and stay as long as they wish — and it allows you to host a lot of people in one day (i.e., knock off all those IOUs for the times you’ve been their guest) without cramming everyone into your house at once.

Check out our step-by-step guide to throwing an open house holiday party that’s as fun as it is stress-free — even for the host.

5 One-Bite Wonders You Need at Your Holiday Party — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 3rd, 2015

One-Bite Baked Brie with Grape-Pecan CompoteWhile 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.

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