Better Bar Food

Loaded Sweet Potato Tots Recipe

Crunchy tots, starring olives, almonds and chorizo
Nov 3, 2014 3:00 pm
sweet potato tots
Photo: Katie Chudy

Raise your hand if you don't love tater tots. Thought so. While flavors are seemingly endless in a cafeteria-nostalgic kind of way, taking these childhood favorites in a Spanish direction and using sweet potatoes as a base, these are sure to be adult-approved as well. Studded with olives, almonds and chorizo, try them out at your next get-together.

Red Flannel Hash Tater Tots Recipe

Got Russian dressing? Dip corned beef tater tots!
Oct 24, 2014 11:00 am
red flannel tater tots recipe
Photo: Katie Chudy

Lost somewhere along the lines of recipes past, this classic New England dish deserves some love. Traditionally, leftovers from the night before are turned into red flannel hash; cooked corned beef is mixed with shredded beets and aromatics to create a wonderful next day meal. If ever a recipe was intended to turn into a tater tot, this is probably it.

Rosemary Black Olive Grissini Recipe

Thin, crunchy breadsticks to pair with anything!
Aug 15, 2014 1:00 pm
olive rosemary grissini

Afraid to bake because you think you'll mess it up? Grab a copy of blogger-turned-cookbook author Charmian Christie's The Messy Baker and break out that flour. Whether you're a shaky-handed cake fiend or a pie lover who just can't seem to make an aesthetically pleasing pastry, there's a recipe in here for you. First up, Italian breadsticks — grissini — that actually look better a little malformed. 

How To Make Craft Beer Hot Dogs 3 Ways

Beer-spiked condiments make happier sausages
Jul 22, 2014 3:00 pm

Tired of suspiciously perky cooking show hosts? Us too. Enter Jonny Garrett, our champion at The Craft Beer Channel, which is much more important than the sun-dried tomato channel or fancy...whatever channel. In honor of Germany's recent World Cup win, Garrett whips up three hot dog variations: balsamic beer onions, beer-spiked currywurst sauce and beer mustard, which is not simply beer mixed with mustard. You'll see. 

Bacon And Scallop Empanadas Recipe

Pair your craft beer with a savory fried empanada
Mar 24, 2014 2:00 pm
fried scallop empanadas

In honor of Craft Beer and Spirits Week, I created a dish to pair with one of my favorite styles of beer: the Belgian tripel. It's a hoppy, malty ale with a boozy punch up to 9% ABV, and makes me crave bacon-wrapped scallops. Adding a crispy fried element really pulled the whole pairing together. Recipe and pairings, after the jump.

Make This Tonight: Porn Bread Baked In A Pipe

A scandalous snack slathered in honey butter
Mar 4, 2014 3:00 pm
porn bread recipe
Photo: Bradley Tuck

Octavio Becerra's new Hollywood haunt Acabar bills itself as “global local” and “inspired by the Spice Trail of the French Colonies.” There's something from nearly every territory that the Frenchies took over, but the true standout seems more American South (Louisiana Territory, perhaps?) than St. Tropez: it's called Porn Bread, and you need to try it. Got a pipe? 

Cheesemonger Four-Cheese Nachos Recipe

Make your own fancy cheese blend for haute nachos
Mar 4, 2014 1:00 pm
cheesemonger nachos
Photo: Francoise Villeneuve

When I was working as a cheesemonger, I used to make this four-cheese nachos dish at the end of the day with odds and ends from the case. Experiment with different cheeses and have fun — but try and avoid blue and goat cheese. This is a great snack for movie night, and a good use for those cheeses that have been knocking around in your fridge for a few days. The recipe and technique, right this way...

7 Bar Snack Recipes For Your Boozy Bash

Spicy, deep-fried or otherwise great drinking food
Oct 13, 2013 12:00 pm

These recipes are straight-up bar food of the highest caliber (the only caliber of bar food we know). We realized long ago that fried food couldn't possibly soak up booze, cause it's soaked in hot oil. But it still tastes so right, so there's some of that. Cheese is important, preferably melted. And of course, there's the ever-important "so spicy you have to drink it away" component. Check out our picks after the jump.

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