Sunday’s Star Menu: Your Signature Dish by Maria Russo in Community, July 10, 2013
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As Sunday afternoons turn into evenings and the hours until the next episode of Food Network Star tick away, how do you settle in to watch the latest premiere? No matter who you're with or where you're watching from, you surely have on hand a spread of eats and drinks to last you through the episode, right? Here at Star Talk, we want to see what you're munching on. Every Wednesday, check back for a themed menu to get you ready for the episode ahead, and on Sunday nights, snap photos of your spread and share them with @FoodNetwork via Twitter and Instagram using #FoodNetworkStar.
Signature dishes: They're the go-to meals you're known for preparing flawlessly every time and the dishes you immediately look to when asked to cook for a special occasion or to bring food to a party. On Sunday's all-new episode of Star, the remaining contestants must put their culinary points of view on a plate in the form of their own signature dishes and sell them at an auction in the Food Star Kitchen. You, too, can show off deliciously infamous plates at home with the help of these top-rated recipes for classic preparations of timeless meals below.
Anne Burrell's family-friendly Lasagna (pictured above) features layer upon cheesy layer of pancetta-studded marinara sauce, sauteed Italian sausage and earthy mushrooms, plus a creamy mixture of ricotta and Parmesan, and a topping of mozzarella. A big-batch recipe that's easy to make, Anne's basil-laced Lasagna slices better if it's baked a day before it's served.
For a meatier signature offering, Ina's Perfect Roast Chicken (pictured right) is a no-fail choice. She stuffs the bird with fresh thyme, lemon and garlic, and lets these bold flavors infuse the meat from the inside out as it cooks. Round out the meal with simply roasted vegetables like carrots and fennel — prepared in the same pan as the chicken — for a one-dish dinner that won't disappoint.
Sweet tooths will appreciate Food Network Magazine's Crispy-Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies: Each treat boasts the ideal balance of a crunchy exterior and a soft inside.