After a trip or two to the orchard — or even just your grocery store’s produce aisle — you likely have on hand an abundance of apples. You’ve baked them into pies, roasted them with meat, used them in cocktails and have eaten them straight up at lunchtime. Now what? Now it’s time to stuff them. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, Jeff Mauro and Sunny Anderson introduced two new takes on stuffed apples, one savory and one sweet. For both of these recipes, and most stuffed apple recipes, the key is a well-cooked apple, one that’s tender, which will go a long way in making the finished dish more easily eatable with the filling. Check out Jeff’s and Sunny’s ideas below, each of them an easy-to-do technique that delivers warming seasonal flavors.
Brussels sprouts have come a long way since their “eat your vegetables or no dessert!” days. In fact, they’ve gone from being seen as pure punishment to completely craveworthy. With leafy layers that become blistered and caramelized after they meet scorching heat, these earthy morsels have won over eaters in restaurants and home kitchens alike. As we work our way into full-fledged fall produce season and start gearing up for Thanksgiving, load your recipe arsenal with Brussels sprout favorites that will make any skeptic a believer.
Most things in life are better wrapped in bacon, and the case is no different (and maybe even truer) when it comes to Brussels sprouts. Rethink the hearty veg’s position in side dish territory and bring it over to appetizer land. These Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Lemon Dip (pictured above) are slathered in a maple syrup glaze, so they leave the oven delectably caramelized — and they don’t even require a toothpick to hold everything in place.
Are you looking for ways to get more veggies onto your kids’ plates (and your own) at dinnertime — without wasting time, effort or food along the way? I have four small kids, and these are the sides I can rely on everyone liking every time. Here’s what’s in my fall rotation.
Butternut Squash and Kale Stir-Fry (pictured above)
Healthy and colorful, this simple side from The Pioneer Woman can be on the table in just 30 minutes.
You aren’t the only one who’ll be all dressed up for Halloween on the 31st. No, it turns out the food on your plate will be dressed for the occasion too. As you’re putting the final touches on your costume creation, pick from our fleet of spooky, creepy and Halloween-y food creations that look just like real things.
Anyone with a brain will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday, but not everyone will be doing it with an extra edible brain in tow. Learn how to make an edible sushi brain here, made with an avocado-cream cheese core, rice and a smoked salmon exterior.
Halloween lunch calls for snack ideas that are both a trick and a treat, and our ideas are one part creepy, one part silly and all parts grin-inducing. Feeling extra ambitious this year? Find even more Halloween lunchbox ideas here.
Snack Monsters (above)
Two puffy marshmallows-turned-eyeballs (thanks to the addition of chocolate chips) turn an unassuming bag of cheese puffs into a snack that stares back.
I’m a chocolate person — usually. When it comes to baked goods, I usually don’t see the point in indulging unless there’s chocolate involved … except when it comes to apples in the fall. Is there anything more satisfying than a tart-but-sweet dish whose description includes the phrase “apple-cinnamon”? If you’re a fan of this combo like I am, do yourself a favor and make one of these recipes this week — and another after that. As for me, I’ll be working my way through this list to the end. #Commitment
Apple Dumplings (pictured above)
What if you could hold an apple pie in your hand? That’s what Trisha Yearwood is offering in these delicious treats.
With a good chili recipe on your side, you can be the MVP at everything from a tailgating party in a parking lot to a weeknight dinner at home. Warm, comforting and so easy to make, chili as a category is infinitely adaptable — and we’ve got so many different ways you can score big when you cook it. And don’t even get us started on all the things you can do with leftover chili.
Make It Classic, but Better
Save a beer for Geoffrey Zakarian’s no-bean, all-meat Game-Day Chili. It adds another layer of complexity to this loaded blend featuring fire-roasted tomatoes, three pounds of ground meat and a whole lot of fragrant spices.
When you’re scooping out a pumpkin to make a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween, fight the urge to toss the seeds in the trash. We know — they come out covered in orange goop. But you’d be surprised how quickly they turn into a crunchy, roasty snack, with just a little extra effort. We’ve outlined how to save and roast pumpkin seeds here, but here’s the short version: Clean them in a colander to remove the pulp, spread them on parchment to air-dry, and then toss them in your favorite flavorings and roast at 425 degrees F for about 10 minutes. That’s it!
They’re delicious simply sprinkled with salt (that’s what we did above), but they’re also the perfect blank canvas for many spice and seasoning combos. Try tossing your seeds in these mixes.
There might just be one way to make pumpkin bread more delicious than it already is. It’s not caramel. It’s not icing. It’s not chocolate (but close).
It’s booze! Spiced rum that warms your insides on a chilly day, to be exact. I’m super into it.
First, let’s discuss how the mere fact alone that we call this “bread” over “cake” means that it is absolutely acceptable to eat for breakfast. And snack. Even though we all know the truth: that it’s essentially cake. It’s delicious, soft and fluffy pumpkin cake, masquerading as your morning meal.
Let’s face it: Homemade pies are a labor of love. Between getting the dough just right, choosing the right filling, rolling out the dough, blind baking the crust and finally crafting a pretty top crust, making pie from scratch requires some serious effort … and a few tricks. These clever gadgets will help you bake the perfect pie and enjoy the entire delicious process from start to finish.
Sure, you can spend time painstakingly cutting and weaving a pretty latticework pie crust. Or, you can simply lay a single sheet of dough over the oh-so-handy Lattice Piecrust Cutter ($20; pictured above) and use a rolling pin to press the dough into the pattern. Voila: near-effortless pie perfection.