Out of the Box: Savory Recipes

Every month, Food Network Magazine puts chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test: Create three inventive recipes with common supermarket ingredients like pretzels and apple juice.
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Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim

Potato-Crusted Pork Chops With Pesto Sauce

Potato chips aren't just for snacking anymore. Combine them with herbs, garlic and lemon zest for a crunchy coating on moist pork chops.

Get the Recipe: Potato-Crusted Pork Chops with Pesto Sauce

Rob's Smoked-Salmon Saltine Brei

Saltine cracker chunks add texture to scrambled eggs with cheese, salmon and dill. Serve this dish warm with minced red onion on top.

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French Fry Skordalia

Turn French fries into a dip with blanched almonds, garlic and a little lemon juice. Serve it with pita chips or vegetables for a satisfying snack.

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Fusilli With Spinach-Nut Pesto

Combine store-bought mixed nuts, spinach and olive oil in a food processor to make an easy pesto. Pour it over pasta for a dinner that's ready in 30 minutes.

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Creamed Corn Tamales

Turn store-bought creamed corn into a classic Mexican treat with the addition of corn flour.

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Coffee-Glazed Bacon With Eggs

Infuse your breakfast with even more caffeine. Maple syrup, instant coffee and a dash of pepper are a great addition to crispy bacon.

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Onion-Crusted Plantains

Golden plantains get an upgrade when coated in canned fried onions. Serve them with hot sauce for an extra kick.

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Sausage and Clam Soup

Store-bought orange juice is the secret ingredient in this protein-rich soup.

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Ranch-Stuffed Artichokes

Add another layer of flavor to breadcrumb-stuffed artichokes with a packet of ranch dressing mix.

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Fruitcake-Stuffed Pork Medallions

Use leftover fruitcake to stuff your pork. Mix it with Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and ground pepper to completely transform the flavor.

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Ranch Wings

Do away with the dipping sauce, and mix the ranch dressing right into the coating of these easy-to-make chicken wings.

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Coffee-Rubbed Steak With Peppers and Onions

Turn instant coffee into a steak dinner by rubbing it on your meat.

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Cheesy Corn Puffs

Dust off that old can of cream-style corn from the pantry and whip up a reinvented snack of crispy puffs.

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Braised Orange Brisket

Orange juice concentrate is the key to this zesty brisket. Parsnips, carrots, leeks and an onion give this dish an earthy balance.

Get the Recipe: Braised Orange Brisket