Admit it: You’re stuck in a food rut. After flipping burgers and grilling chicken for months, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and kick your ‘cue up a notch with sticky, meaty restaurant-quality ribs. They may seem intimidating, but the grill-averse can turn to the oven — or even a slow cooker! — and the results will be well worth the time and effort.
Whether you’re hosting a backyard bash or putting a homemade spin on Chinese takeout, these five rib-sticking picks are summer at its best. Pick your favorite below and get even more rib recipes here.
When You’re So Fancy, You Already Know: Balsamic Baby Back Ribs
Nadia G’s ribs get a classy spin with a balsamic barbecue sauce that is spiced up with a habanero chile and a shot of whiskey. Impress that special person in your life with truffled twice-baked potatoes on the side.
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Winter isn’t coming anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find cool comfort. Channel the hearty flavors of meatloaf and cheesy loaded baked potatoes into warm-weather versions, like kebabs and tailgate-ready potato salad.
Check out six summer-fied comfort food recipes below and transport yourself to cooler times. We’re halfway there — just two more months of heat waves to go.
Pecan Pie Parfait
Take a break from berry pies with this riff on the classic pecan pie. Store-bought pie crust becomes a crumble over vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and bourbon-pecan topping.
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Sometimes “all thriller, no filler” shouldn’t be your mantra in life, and that’s if and only if you’re talking about ravioli. You can’t go wrong with pasta stuffed with delicious cheese and other fillings, whether it’s the traditional ricotta and meat or a carb-on-carb explosion like pierogi.
In celebration of the return of My Grandmother’s Ravioli on July 29 at 8pm ET, we’re going ’round the world with six versions of “ravioli,” from the Italian classic to Japanese gyoza to apple dumplings for dessert. Get ready for your taste buds to jet to many flavorful destinations — all without leaving your kitchen.
The Classic Cheese Ravioli
The ultimate Italian comfort food is pillowy cheese ravioli filled with creamy ricotta and topped with homemade marinara sauce. You can’t beat this classic.
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Whether the arsenal of recipes in your back pocket has five dishes or 50, one of them should be a perfectly cooked steak. We’re talking about a flavorful cut of beef with a crusty sear on the outside and a just-right temperature inside. So after grabbing some inspiration from the mouthwatering dishes on Steak Out with Kix Brooks, use these six tips to grill like the best steakhouses from the comfort of your home.
To remember all of these tips — ranging from super-aggressive seasoning to low-and-slow heat — consult our quick and easy infographic below:
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There is nothing better than flame-grilled meat, but to achieve grilling perfection, you have to prepare accordingly, whether it’s getting the correct coals, starting your fire the right way or monitoring your food properly to make sure it doesn’t get burned to a crisp.
Check out our handy-dandy infographic for your ultimate guide to grilling, from first light to the amazing bite of a perfectly seared steak:
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Out of all the weird food holidays in the world, National Tequila Day has the biggest built-in celebration. Instead of taking too many shots, shots, shots and regretting it the next morning, pace yourself with an all-day party featuring tequila in every dish.
Even though we love a good margarita and spiked Mexican food, it’s time to mix things outside the cocktail shaker. Check out five of our favorite tequila recipes below.
Breakfast: Tequila-Cured Salmon
Kick off your morning with boozy salmon paired with Bobby Flay’s herbed goat cheese or roasted jalapeno-cilantro cream cheese. Your bagels and schmear won’t know what hit them.
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Time travel isn’t a thing yet, but you can transport yourself back to childhood with a big bowl of Tater Tots. There’s something special about the potato nuggets that makes them crispier and more nostalgic than simple french fries or even the fun-shaped curly fries, and the best part is that as an adult, you can dress them up however you want.
Check out six ways to tater your tots to the next level, from smothering them like a loaded baked potato to topping a casserole with tots and so much more.
1. DIY Them from Start to Finish
Justine Simmons makes her own homemade potato tots and buttermilk ranch dressing, which is a great foundation for any toppings coming its way.
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Most of our daily problems can be solved with a bite of Southern comfort food, but sometimes fried chicken, sweet tea and barbecue just won’t cut it. If you’re sick of the same ol’ down-home specialties, try putting new spins on your favorite dishes like Little Big Town singer Kimberly Schlapman does on her show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern.
Whether it’s a surprising dash of cocoa in a savory dish or some maple syrup to cool down spicy chicken, we guarantee you won’t be bored with your comfort food again.
A tablespoon of cocoa balances out the cayenne pepper in Kimberly’s dry rub, and instead of big beef ribs, she opts for spareribs instead. When topped with smoked barbecue sauce, the ribs fit right in with your favorite Southern classics.
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When reaching for something comforting, most people’s biggest vices are booze and sweets. For those times when you can’t decide between the two — such as after a bad breakup or a particularly harrowing day at work — just blend ‘em together in a wine milkshake.
What is a wine milkshake, you ask? It’s a magical (yet simple) concoction that we first tried at Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas this summer, which blends great red wine with homemade vanilla ice cream for a perfectly balanced way to end a meal. Their classic off-menu drink is great as-is, but we couldn’t help but ask how you could improve it and switch things up, like adding chocolate or hard liquor.
Check out Chef Phillip Brown’s tips and tricks below, plus three more alcoholic frozen treats to try at home.
How to Make a Wine Milkshake
The recipe is not exact and is more about tasting as you go, but Chef Brown recommends 5 ounces of wine for every six big scoops of vanilla ice cream (like Alton Brown’s serious recipe here). They use their own private-label wine — Eleven Ten Cabernet Sauvignon, “Wildcatter,” Spring Mountain, 2009 — but you can sub in any Cab at home. Brown and his wife, Vince Young’s co-owner Laura (who invented the shake), have found that is the best red for the boozy shake.
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