Tag: summer

6 Top-Secret Sauces to Trick Out Your Grilled Meats

by in Recipes, June 24th, 2016

Special Burger SauceThey say the secret’s in the sauce, and we couldn’t agree more — how else can you turn plain grilled chicken, burgers and steaks into something worthy of your Instagram feed? In these grilling sauce recipes, relatively few super-flavored ingredients come together to create something that’s definitely greater than the sum of its parts. There’s nothing left to do but slather it on.

Special Burger Sauce (pictured above)
This sauce gives burgers a little extra zip that plain old ketchup and mustard just can’t provide. Sweet relish and cider vinegar contribute tang while paprika and other spices add depth. But when someone asks you what’s in it, don’t tell them — it’s a secret! Read more

Top 10 Tips for Excellent Summer Grilling

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, June 23rd, 2016

Perfect Baby Back RibsSummer is in full swing, and that means most of us are firing up that backyard grill. If you are shying away from grilling, or just want a refresher course on the basics of grilling, then keep reading.  Here are my top 10 tips for excellent summer grilling.

1. Start with a clean grill. Don’t let last night’s salmon skin impart a fishy-char flavor to tonight’s chicken breasts. Use a sturdy metal brush to clean off the grates in between uses. (This is easiest when the grill is hot.)

2. Don’t move the food around. In general, the fewer times you flip something, the better (once is ideal for most meats). If the meat is stuck to the grill, let it cook more — it will unstick itself when it’s ready for flipping.

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7 Surprising Ways to Better Your Burger Game This Summer

by in Recipes, June 23rd, 2016

Ultimate Backyard BurgerThere are two kinds of people in this world: those who make the burgers (hovering over an open flame, flipping each one with serious skill and taking all the credit) and those who devour them (with glee and zero regrets). For the former group of burger lovers, expanding your burger craft is what summer is all about. Turn on the grill and switch things up — we’ve got some surprising ways to better your burger game from here on out.

1. Reconsider your meat mix.

Your go-to, home-grilled burger might be made entirely of beef, but integrating another kind of meat for a more flavorful blend will have your next batch neck and neck with the pros’ patties. The Ultimate Backyard Burger, for instance, calls for a blend of ground chuck, brisket and lamb for moist, juicy results.

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It’s the First Official Day of Summer — Here’s What to Make

by in Recipes, June 20th, 2016

Although we’ve been focused on warm-weather dishes ever since Memorial Day, today marks the first actual day of summer, which means it’s time to roll out the grill and usher in a long season of outdoor meals featuring summer’s greatest hits. Think corn on the cob, watermelon, juicy grilled burgers and, most importantly, s’mores. If you’re wondering what to put on tonight’s menu, here are a few ideas to get you started.

4-Ingredient S’mores Pie
S’mores are the ultimate sweet of summer, but they’re not the tidiest dessert. Give the campfire classic an unexpected makeover by combining the three key ingredients of s’mores — marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers — into this easy-to-make, easy-to-eat pie. For the chocolate layer, combine chocolate chips with heavy cream (the fourth ingredient) to create a smooth and velvety ganache.

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10 Recipes That Prove Zucchini Is Actually a Magic Vegetable

by in Recipes, June 16th, 2016

Zucchini Parmesan CrispsThere are a lot of one-trick ponies out there, but let’s just start by saying zucchini is not one of them. In fact, we can’t help but think of this versatile, in-season squash as a seriously magical ingredient. It can fill many roles, taking the place of potatoes, bananas, chicken and more. Don’t believe us? Go on and see. Zucchini is capable of countless feats; these 10 recipes are just the start.

1. Slice, bread and lightly fry zucchini into this Zucchini Parmesan Crisps (pictured above).

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A Regional Guide to Barbecue Sauce

by in In Season, Recipes, Shows, June 11th, 2016

Sweet and Sticky BBQ Sauce (Kansas City Style)Just as those in Northern cities and states lay claim to different styles of pizza, hot dogs and clam chowder, many in the South have passionate ideas for what barbecue sauce should be. Sweet, smoky, tangy, sticky, crimson and white — there’s no shortage of flavors, looks and textures when it comes to creating the ultimate meat accompaniment. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts broke down barbecue sauces by region, looking at the signature elements of each — and sharing how simple it is to make them all at home, no matter where you live. Read on below for four of the most-common ‘cue sauces, then tell us in the comments which is your favorite.

Sweet and Sticky BBQ Sauce (Kansas City Style)
Featuring a base of ketchup, molasses and brown sugar, this thick sauce is indeed packed with sugar, but the sweetness is hardly overwhelming. The key is balancing those ingredients with a splash of tangy apple cider vinegar and the umami-like funk of Worcestershire sauce for well-rounded results.

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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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7 Recipes That Will Totally Change How You Picnic

by in Recipes, June 9th, 2016

Steak Pressed SandwichPicnic food presents a unique challenge: You need a menu that is easily portable, can survive a bit of a journey and be flexible under less-than-ideal conditions (i.e., far from your air-conditioned kitchen). These recipes check all of those boxes but are far more surprising than turkey sandwiches and chips — we suggest you set your #picnicgoals way, way higher.

Your goal: Satisfy like a steakhouse.
Make this: Steak and Horseradish Pressed Sandwich (above)

This sandwich gets wrapped in parchment and pressed to melded-flavor perfection — making it perfect for an on-the-go meal. Plus, it’s super-hearty; all of your favorite steakhouse flavors fit within the loaf of rye bread.

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9 Totally Random Foods You Had No Idea You Could Grill

by in Recipes, June 8th, 2016

Healthy Grilled Peach Crisp Foil PacksHot dogs and burgers and steaks galore aren’t the only fare that can (and should) get the fire-kissed treatment. It turns out that there are all sorts of unexpected foods that are totally and completely awesome cooked on the grill. Trust us: Fire them up once and you might never take ‘em without char marks again.

Peach Crisp

A classic fruit crisp is a summer mainstay, but the go-to recipes involve turning on the oven — and heating up your entire house in the process. Eliminate the problem by doing dessert up on the grill instead. These Healthy Grilled Peach Crisp Foil Packs cut out the baking for a simple, lower-fat crisp that is summer through and through.

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8 Packable Summer Snack Ideas for Day Camp, Care Packages and More

by in Recipes, June 7th, 2016

S'mores GranolaSchool’s already out in many parts of the country. And that means even though it’s not official until June 20, summer has begun — whether you’re ready or not. We’ve rounded up our favorite energy-boosting and fill-you-up snacks, perfect for day camp, the pool, and care packages to sleepaway camp and even Grandma’s house. Bonus: none of them contain nuts or require refrigeration!

S’mores Granola (above)
Day campers may not get to toast marshmallows by the fire, but you can bring the flavors of the campfire to them at snack time with Food Network Kitchen’s granola. Combine the necessary ingredients of chocolate and marshmallows with graham cereal, oats and honey to make a sweet s’mores-inspired treat.

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