2 Party-Ready Appetizers You Can Make with Freezer Shortcuts
Dress-up store-bought frozen appetizers with these go-to tips from Food Network's The Kitchen.
There’s a time and a place for super-fancy, knife-and-fork-needed appetizers, but game night isn’t it. When you invite pals over for a few rounds of poker or a no-holds-barred Scrabble face-off, what you’re likely craving is something easy, not necessarily elegant. And on those occasions, it’s A-OK to take a few welcome shortcuts from the supermarket.
The key is dressing them up to make them your own. On an episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts hosted a game night of their own, complete with a menu of fuss-free eats and drinks, including two appetizers that get their start from the freezer section. Read on below to get the can-do recipes, then check out all of the how-tos from the show.
On their own, frozen onion rings turn into crispy, golden rounds after just a few minutes of warming. But these bacon-wrapped beauties are perhaps the ultimate in crispy satisfaction.
As Jeff Mauro notes in the show, the key is baking the bacon-wrapped rings on a sheet pan lined with a baking rack. That allows the renderings to drip onto the sheet pan, which means the bacon can get crispy.
When it comes to frozen mozzarella sticks, there’s surely plenty of gooey-good flavor happening beneath the crust. But when you dunk those sticks into crushed nacho cheese corn chips for a bonus breading blanket, the additional cheese flavor is next-level indulgent.
It’s important to dip the packaged mozzarella sticks into a few whisked eggs before moving onto the chips, since you’ll need that liquid to act as a glue for the chips.
Tune in to The Kitchen on Saturdays at 11a|10c.