If you’ve ever enjoyed a plate of eggs Benedict for brunch, you know the rich decadence of poached eggs. To poach something is to cook it in liquid, and those poached eggs nestled atop a bed of Canadian ham and an English muffin bottom were gently simmered in hot water. Though poaching an egg requires a bit more finesse than does, say, scrambling one, the process is simple nonetheless — as is the technique of poaching just about anything else. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts shared tips for poaching eggs, plus salmon and pear. Read on below to get the recipes.
How to Make Poached Eggs
Let’s start with breakfast so you can make your own eggs Benedict. In addition to the eggs, you’ll need just one ingredient: vinegar, which helps to keep the whites intact and surrounding the yolks, instead of running in the water. It’s a good idea to crack the eggs into bowls before dropping them in the vinegar-laced water; in case the yolks break, you’ll be able to rescue them beforehand.
A tub of yogurt may be a fixture on your breakfast table, but there are more ways to serve this staple ingredient than the everyday parfait. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a trio of recipes that showcase this sweet-tangy pick, one of which transforms the traditional yogurt-granola mash-up into a fake-out dessert. Read on below to get their ideas, then click here to find the how-tos for all the recipes featured on today’s show.
No longer relegated to the dessert course, frozen pops can steal the breakfast spotlight too. All you need are handy ice-pop molds and three classic parfait fixings: yogurt, granola and a sweetener like maple syrup or honey. Once the mixture freezes inside the molds, you can grab the pops and munch on them — no spoon required. Bonus: There are no rules when it comes to the ingredients, so it’s up to you to pick your favorite flavors.
Today’s New Year’s Eve, and for many, the party to welcome 2017 will happen tonight (and into the wee hours of tomorrow). But for others, the celebration goes down tomorrow in the form of a casual Jan. 1 brunch. If you would like to get your brunch on but are worried about waking up tomorrow and having to work in the kitchen, plan to host a “Lazy Brunch,” like what the co-hosts showcased on The Kitchen this morning. Check out their top tips for an easy, enjoyable get-together that’s ideal for easing your way into 2017.
Who says you need fancy flapjacks or elegant eggs to win the brunch game? Opt for a “Toast to the New Year” Toast Bar (pictured above) to keep it simple for yourself and satisfy the crowd. Offer brunchgoers an array of breads, spreads and toppings — think traditional and creative ideas alike, including mashed avocado, ricotta and smoked salmon — then let them help themselves when it comes to building up their bread. Click here to find additional ingredient ideas and a fuss-free way to make poached eggs, if that’s more your style.
Much like chocolate chip cookies and ice cream flavors, brownies are personal. Beyond the myriad mix-ins available (nuts versus no nuts — the debate rages on), the very consistency of a chocolate brownie can provoke strong opinions. Do you like when the crumbly center is similar to that of cake, or do you prefer a chewy interior? Maybe you like something richly fudgy and nearly wet? We want to know which you like best. Cast your vote in the poll below to share your preferences.
Nope, you didn’t just step into the 1970s. We’re still here in 2016. But that doesn’t mean you can’t break out your retro fondue pot, because this old-school food trend makes an ideal party-time spread, especially during the holiday season. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced two fondue recipes — one savory, one sweet — sure to wow your crowd with their hands-on dipping and eating potential. Read on below for top ideas from Marcela Valladolid and Sunny Anderson, then check out more cozy, comforting recipes from today’s Winter Lodge episode.
For a new take on your appetizer buffet, try Marcela’s Poblano and Corn Queso Fundido, a richly decadent melted cheese mixture made smoky with the addition of charred poblano peppers. Sliced chorizo, bread cubes and chicken make ideal dippers, which you can wrap up in warm tortillas for a hearty start to your holiday meal.
At holiday parties big and small, cheese-and-cracker platters are practically required. You can keep them simple with just some slices of your favorite cheddar and kid-friendly crackers, or you can dress them up, offering an array of fresh and funky cheeses and various trimmings. You can even ditch the platter notion altogether and instead opt for home construction when building your cheese-and-cracker setup, like the co-hosts of The Kitchen did on this morning’s all-new episode. With four walls, a stable roof and even pepperoni shingles, their Cheese-and-Cracker House is the ultimate in party-ready edible entertainment, sure to keep your guests chatting as they pick away at its exterior and interior.
Chips and dip, carrots and ranch, maybe a fruit platter — these are all fine party starters. They’re great ones, actually. But when it comes to holiday parties, sometimes we like to up the appetizer ante a bit, all while keeping it casual and easy, of course. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a trio of snack mixes that are the kind of next-level recipes that will transform your seasonal spreads. Combining two party-time favorites — booze and bites — the co-hosts made three cocktail-inspired snack recipes that range from savory and salty to sweet and oh so crunchy. Read on below to find out how they turned a Bloody Mary, a White Russian and a tequila-based cocktail into eat-with-your-hands nibbles. (Spoiler: It all comes down to spiking, pouring and mixing.) Bloody Mary Cocktail Snack Mix
The flavors you know and love in a classic Bloody Mary are well-represented in this big-batch mash-up of rice cereal, bagel chips and pretzels. Just as tomato juice and vodka form the base of the drink, this snack mix is made with tomato paste and vodka, plus a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, which deliver the salty, deeply umami flavor you love in a Bloody Mary. Once the mixture is warmed, it’s poured over the munchies, which get microwaved for just a few minutes so the flavors can marry.
Once you’ve settled the whole sweet-potato-versus-regular-potato debate, the next Thanksgiving side dish question you have to contend with is: flavored or not? Would you prefer to dress up a traditional recipe with bold tastes, or do you crave the comforting flavors of tradition? On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, which was devoted to a complete roster of turkey-day side dishes, the co-hosts showcased a cornucopia of ways to prepare squash, dressing and green beans — and the all-important potatoes, of course. Check out both of the new spins on spuds below, one a creatively flavored take on the usual recipe and the other a buttery mainstay with just a hint of extra-special presentation.
For the first time ever, not one but two Food Network pals dropped by The Kitchen this morning for an epic Friendsgiving celebration. Nancy Fuller, Valerie Bertinelli and all five co-hosts took turns showcasing their best-bet recipes for all of the Thanksgiving feast, from the all-important turkey to a simple drink and a dressed-up dessert. Nancy was all about one dish — a “one-dish,” to be exact. With the help of Jeff Mauro, she prepped her super-cheesy Root Vegetable One-Dish, a big-batch casserole filled with a whopping five seasonal picks — celery root, parsnips, sweet and Yukon gold potatoes, and rutabaga — baked at once in a single pan.
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.