Labor Day weekend marks the last official hurrah for pool parties, cookouts, beach picnics and daily frozen treats. Before you start thinking about the return of crisp fall leaves and pumpkin spice everything, send the sunny season off in style with our eight genius ways to win summer. Watch the video below for inspiration. You’ll learn genius ways to spike snow cones and take ice-cream floats to the next level, three things you should be making with watermelon, how to make treats from melted ice cream and more. Read more
Labor Day marks a transition — away from your white-wearing ways, away from your weekend trips to the beach and, when it comes to food, away from your trusty grill. Just as you’ll be hiding away your white pants come Monday, the upcoming day off marks the end of grilling season and a celebration of summer’s end. Say cheers to a summer well spent by going big on Monday with a Labor Day party menu that is grilled through and through.
Though your typical salsa likely comes from a jar, Melissa d’Arabian’s Grilled Tomato Salsa (pictured above) is a homemade take featuring charred tomatoes, chiles and garlic blended into a chunky salsa best scooped up with tortilla chips.
Summertime is almost over. You might have had big plans to get your grill goin’ all summer long — but did you end up fanning the flames as much as you’d hoped? We didn’t think so. If the summer got away from you, rest assured that there is still plenty of time to cook up some fiery barbecue greats before the colder weather sets in (gasp!). Check these smoky, top-rated barbecue recipes from Food Network chefs off your to-do list before summer’s end.
You’ll need to nibble on a rack of Trisha Yearwood’s Barbecued Pork Ribs (pictured above) before this summer thing is all said and done. Her tender ribs come slathered in homemade barbecue sauce, a zesty mix of ketchup, chili sauce, brown sugar and dry mustard.
Sure, you may consider yourself a grill master for flipping a few burgers this summer, or even learning how to achieve those sought-after crisscross grill marks on your steak. But have you ever grilled for more than a day straight? In New York City this week, a team of two die-hard grillers took on that very mission in the hopes of not only breaking the Guinness World Record for a team marathon barbecue at The Finest Grillathon, but also setting a new one.
Hosted by Ball Park Park’s Finest, with Food Network’s own Tyler Florence on hand, the event started late last night, on Tuesday, when Susie Bulloch, from Utah, and Drew Battistelli, from Tennessee, first took to their grilling stations to kick off their marathon cookout. They set off to grill for a whopping 38 hours, in downtown Manhattan’s Gansevoort Square, which will mean that they’ve firmly surpassed the old record of 30 hours. On the menu are, of course, what else but Ball Park Park’s Finest frankfurters, along with other hearty grilled favorites. From juicy pork shoulder to tender beef, there was no shortage of classic and creative takes on beloved summertime fare.
Let’s just come out and say it: Sometimes it feels good to be bad. And sometimes, chopped onions and a modestly portioned square of cheese leave a lot to be desired. Plus, a cookout is no time to be well-behaved. Next time you’re grilling, throw caution to the wind by piling your burgers and hot dogs high with these extravagant toppings. (Think cheddar + smoky bacon + crisp onion rings — all heaped on top of one patty with reckless abandon.)
The simplest way to take a burger to new heights…
… is to top it with fries. Better yet, make them curly fries loaded with cheese. These Cheesy Fries (pictured at top) are the ultimate burger companion, but instead of serving them on the side, Food Network Kitchen piles them on top of juicy beef burgers, along with the classics, lettuce and ketchup. There’s no need to go any further than that; these crisp spuds doused in beer-cheese sauce are more than enough to sink your teeth into.
If your eyes were bigger than your stomach when you bought that economy-size bag of burger or hot dog buns, odds are you didn’t even make a dent, no matter how much of a blowout your backyard barbecue was. Now the fate of that not-so-empty bag is undoubtedly hovering dangerously near your trashcan. Have no fear. Instead of wasting buns simply because you’re out of hot dogs and hamburgers, rest assured that there are plenty of other ways you can put them to good use.
Transform Buns Into Breading
You better bet that leftover burger and hot dog buns can be transformed into crispy breadcrumbs. After drying the buns out in the microwave or oven and pulsing them into crumbs in a food processor, use them as breading for Food Network Kitchen’s crispy Breaded Chicken Cutlets.
Bun, meat and toppings — there are only a few key elements to a classic burger, but it’s crucial to make each a success when building this ultimate summertime favorite. No one knows meat quite like Chef Tim Love, a Texas-based restaurateur who’s recently partnered with Hellmann’s Mayonnaise as the brand launches its Squeeze bottle, and FN Dish checked in with him to get his takes on constructing the ins and outs of a tried-and-true burger. Read on below for what he had to say, then browse our best-ever burger recipes ideal for outdoor cookouts.
The Bun: What’s your favorite kind?
Tim Love: Potato bun. Keep it classic.
The Meat: What’s your favorite ratio, and how should it be cooked?
TL: I like a 50/50 blend of prime tenderloin and prime brisket, but grilling meats to the perfect temperature can be tricky. Try using a meat thermometer and look for 130 to 135 degrees if you’re going for medium rare. That’s how I like mine done.
When it comes to cooking with small kids underfoot, I’m always looking for dinner ideas with that magical combination of flexibility, simplicity, big flavors and tender meat. Our kids are 1, 3, 4 and 6, and the whole crew has varying amounts of teeth at any given time, so tender meat is a must. Plus, it’s delicious — no matter what age you are.
So I rely on two delicious marinades that I know by heart to put on anything from flank steak to chicken strips to roasted whole chickens. One is a tangy blend of lime and cumin; the other is lemon and garlic. Even though they’re both citrus-based, they’re full of totally different flavors. Our kids LOVE them, and, as a bonus, you can double any batch of marinade and throw a second dinner in the freezer while you’re making the first. The meat will just keep soaking up more flavor while it thaws later on.
In this swampy midsummer heat, my favorite breakfast (oatmeal) becomes entirely unappealing. Even a smoothie blended to go becomes lukewarm in minutes. So why not enjoy frozen treats at every meal, including breakfast? Food Network Kitchen came up with genius ice pop recipes for on-the-go morning meals that’ll cool you off and fuel you up for the day. Plus, swap a frosty pop for your green juice, favorite cocktail or after-dinner treat. Read more
The sun is shining, the grill is hot and you’re looking forward to a meal of juicy meat. Fast-forward 30 minutes and you’re face to face with a dry, overcooked hunk of steak or a tough chicken tender. What went wrong? Getting the grilling game right can be tricky. When it comes to grilling burgers, meat master and Texas restaurateur Chef Tim Love recently told FN Dish, “There are actually two common mistakes I see often, which are a shame, so listen up!” He shared his take on those two problems, plus offered ways for avoiding them next time.
1. Flip Burgers Once and Only Once: Constant turning will toughen and dry out meat, and if you flip too soon, burgers will stick. Cook 2 minutes per side for rare, 3 for medium-rare, 4 for medium and 5 for well-done.