by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, In Season, July 1st, 2015
by Lygeia Grace in Recipes, June 29th, 2015
The beauty of summertime eats and drinks is that it all comes down to simple, fresh fare, which just so happens to pair well with long days outside and the warm temperatures of the season. Recently FN Dish caught up with Alex Guarnaschelli at one such alfresco feast, where she was celebrating the launch of her partnership with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi to create a line of cookout-ready wine-infused barbecue sauces (you can buy them here). From her picks for seasonal entertaining to the secret to make-ahead appetizers, she shared her top ideas for summertime cooking, plus dished on what she piles on top of her ultimate burger. Read on below to hear what she had to say in an exclusive interview.
What’s your favorite way to entertain during the summer?
Alex Guarnaschelli: For a barbecue or a cookout — from Memorial Day through Labor Day and maybe even into October — I’m really big into the outdoor stuff. Because chefs are always locked indoors, we really appreciate those spring and summer months. I like to go nuts, and I think the best way to do that is to prepare a lot of stuff in advance. I definitely load my fridge door with a few salad dressings, vinaigrettes, sauces, the Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue sauce. I might take that Woodbridge Wine ‘Cue sauce and take it in a direction — I’ll add a big dose of fresh ginger, put it on shrimp. I’ll take that barbecue sauce and I’ll add a huge hit of chili powder and I’ll put it on a pork shoulder. You know, I might just take the personality of it and pull it. Because it’s got that wine flavor, those tannins. It’s almost like a dry barbecue sauce, like in the good sense, like a dry wine. I think that having all that stuff done in advance, for me, is huge. So when you talk about how charming it is, the butterflies and the unicorns and the rainbows, for me, it’s great when I have company over and I’m outdoors and I’ve lit the little tiki lamps and the food is out and people are drinking and we’re laughing and I’m not going back in the kitchen.
by Sara Levine in Recipes, June 25th, 2015
If you think of your grill as basically a big oven with a lid, you can cook just about anything on it — providing you have the right vessel. In the spirit of the hungry camper craving a fresh-baked brownie in the middle of the forest, here are nine “ungrillable” items that are great prepared over hot coals. (For the secret to the brownies, see below.)
Spaghetti with Sauce: Skip the unwieldy pot of boiling water and seal up fresh tomatoes, eggplant, dry pasta and some water in a packet of heavy-duty foil, place on the grill and voila! A hearty sauced spaghetti with a deep simmered taste. Get the recipe here.
French Toast: Buttered nonstick foil is the secret here. Use it to wrap 2 slices of eggy soaked bread, arranging the pieces side by side (not stacked). Grill over medium-high heat with the top down, flipping once after 5 minutes. Make sure to have plenty of maple syrup on hand for drizzling. Get the full recipe here.
Brownies: Fill a metal (not glass, please) pan with batter, place over an unlit burner on a grill prepared for medium-high heat, cover and bake; check for doneness often.
by Food Network Magazine in Food Network Magazine, June 19th, 2015
Attempting to eat with a fork while balancing a drink in one hand and a plate in another is a universal party buzzkill. At summer cookouts, we tend to avoid silverware and go hand-held — think burgers, hot dogs, grilled wings and corn on the cob. So why not keep your party sweets utensil-free too? The ice cream cone is the quintessential hand-held frozen treat, but that involves scooping to order. Here are five cool desserts that you can make ahead, then freeze and forget. Just grab ‘em straight from the freezer for the finale of your 4th of July bash or any weekend gathering. Read more
by Allison Milam in Recipes, June 18th, 2015
We aren’t sure what Curtis Stone’s wife is going to do for him for Father’s Day, but it’ll be tough for Lindsay Price to outdo 2014: She hired a string quartet and spent all day cooking him an Italian dinner. And this was to one-up Curtis’ Mother’s Day move the month before, when he hired a mariachi band and rolled out a Mexican feast in their backyard. Over the top, yes, but the chef doesn’t get much time off, between his Los Angeles restaurant, Maude, and his hours on the set of All-Star Academy. When he does have a minute with Lindsay and their two young sons, Hudson and Emerson, he makes a big deal of it. Curtis would love anything Lindsay decides to make this year, but he admits that he often craves a big steak. “All us guys like to feel like Fred Flintstone once in a while,” he says. This summery steak dinner, from his cookbook Good Food, Good Life, couldn’t be easier. “It leaves more time for friends and family,” he says.
Get Curtis’ ideal Father’s Day meal below.
Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks with Mouth-on-Fire Salsa (pictured above): “I buy big, thick steaks to achieve that juicy, rosy medium-rare doneness.”
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, June 17th, 2015
Once our burgers reach charred, juicy perfection on the grill, we tend to stack them high with all kinds of toppings. More often than not, they come with a layer of melting cheese on top. But that doesn’t mean that burgers should always be built from the bottom up. Instead of laying cheese and other toppings on top as an afterthought, surprise your fellow burger eaters by stuffing your next patties at the core.
If you’re grilling for a crowd, offer up burgers with a little variety. Trisha Yearwood’s Cheese-Stuffed Burgers (pictured above) are stuffed with different cheeses, like pimento, mozzarella or blue cheese. Though they may be stuffed differently, they’re all grilled to juicy perfection with an oozing cheesy center.
by Lindsay Damast in Holidays, June 13th, 2015
Eating outside is one of the joys of summer. For the kids it’s about fresh air and fun. For me it’s about not having to clean the floor. And cooking all the food outside? Even. Better. Here’s our foolproof family meal, made completely on the grill.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, June 4th, 2015
If there’s one thing that dads seem to love, universally, it’s meat. Following closely in second place would be beer (or maybe beer comes first if he’s a vegetarian or other type of meat abstainer). So a lager-filled barbecue is a no-brainer for the ideal (if obvious) Father’s Day celebration. But if Dad isn’t aware of the magically transformative powers of beer in cooking, you just might knock his socks off by braising some meats in his favorite brew.
Beer Can Chicken
Beer can chicken is the sort of classic you might not think to serve when Dad’s got steak on the brain. But trust that he won’t be disappointed by the incredibly moist, crackly-skinned chicken that results from this silly-looking yet effective cooking technique.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, June 3rd, 2015
Hot dogs and burgers may be the poster children of summer eating, but there’s another unassuming protein that packs a punch during the warm-weather months: chicken. But we don’t mean just any chicken. Summer is the time when this white meat truly shines, since it can come every which way: grilled, fried, barbecued and more. These six must-make chicken recipes belong on your summer bucket list.
1. Beer Can Chicken
If you’ve ever made beer can chicken, you know that this technique results in the most game-changing, moist chicken ever. For Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce, simply sit a whole chicken on top of an open beer can and set it on the grill over indirect heat. The can holds the chicken up inside the grill, so it cooks extra-juicy and tender.
by Maria Russo in Community, Shows, June 2nd, 2015
Burgers, hot dogs and ribs often steal the show at summertime cookouts, but side dishes are not to be forgotten. From creamy macaroni salads to vinegar-spiked potato salads and simply grilled vegetables, these accompanying plates help round out the meal, but perhaps no side dish screams true ‘cue quite like baked beans. Tender, hearty and oftentimes a tad bit sweet, baked beans are a Southern specialty and surely worthy of a place on your outdoor buffet. Read on below to get both classic and creative takes on this seasonal staple from Food Network stars like The Pioneer Woman and Trisha Yearwood.
5. Quick and Easy Baked Beans — For guaranteed ease and simplicity, Ree Drummond starts with a few cans of baked beans to make this big-batch recipe, which can be conveniently prepped in a single pan. She boosts the flavor with smoky fried bacon, then stirs in additional ingredients, like fresh peppers and barbecue sauce, for next-level taste.
4. Mama Neely’s Baked Beans — “Once you make these beans, there is no going back,” Pay Neely says. “If you want to put your own spin on it, you can use kidney beans instead of pork and beans, but I say my mama’s way is best.”
A buttery, crisp bun, a blanket of gooey, melty cheese and a hunk of hot meat that oozes juice — there’s nothing quite like an over-the-top burger, especially for Food Network chefs Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli, who just recently revealed on Guilty Pleasures that some of their most-sinful food cravings include a mac and cheese-topped burger and one served up with sweet griddled onions.
Recently Food Network asked fans to tell us about their burger bites, and in true superfan fashion, you delivered in droves, not just writing back but also showing photos of some of the most-epic between-the-bun creations we’ve seen so far this season. When it comes to layering meat, cheese and veggies — and more meat and more cheese — on top of bread, you all are surely up for the challenge. Keep scrolling below to see some of FN Dish’s favorite selections.