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Bread Bowl Alert! Make This Savory Stuffed Mushroom Dip

Start hollowing out a big sourdough loaf now
Oct 23, 2014 11:00 am
stuffed mushroom dip recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Bread bowls aren't just for clam chowder, they're too happy-looking to just be for clam chowder, or any chowder for that matter. In formulating a series of dips for the Food Republic Test Kitchen, I decided to transform a beloved appetizer, stuffed mushrooms. Taking the mushrooms off the heat as soon as they release their liquid will keep the shroomy flavor intact, and frying shallots in bacon fat for a little texture and added bacon flavor is just a good idea. 

Paleo Bacon Avocado Burger Sliders Recipe

Make gluten-free burgers for a paleo party treat
Oct 9, 2014 3:00 pm
paleo bacon avocado burger sliders
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Here's my thing with sliders: by the time you're full, you will have ingested at least twice as much bread as if you'd just had a regular burger. One slider won't do it...unless they're one of these spectacularly filling mini Paleo bacon avocado burgers.  

Taiwanese Salt And Pepper Chicken Recipe

Spicy fried chicken bites for crispy snacking
Sep 26, 2014 1:30 pm
taiwanese salt and pepper chicken recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Move over, popcorn chicken, there's a new addictive fried chicken bite in town (if the town is Taiwan). Salt and pepper chicken is one of the country's most popular street foods, and unlike chargrilled blood sausage skewers, pork buns, hand-pulled noodles and other things I'll be eating at the Taste Taiwan Culinary Tour, you can actually make this in your kitchen at home.

Mini Stuffed Lamb Meatballs With Pomegranate Glaze Recipe

Sweet and sour lamb meatballs packed with feta
Sep 16, 2014 11:00 am
feta stuffed lamb meatballs recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

These mini stuffed lamb meatballs are just about everything you could ask for in a one-bite party snack: meaty, cheesy, tangy, savory and sweet all at the same time. Do not underestimate the amount of these people will eat, particularly the ones who realize they love ground lamb all of a sudden after years of claiming not to like lamb.  

Hold The Rye! Reuben Dip Recipe

In the mood for a melty sandwich? Dip right in.
Sep 11, 2014 11:00 am
reuben dip recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Welcome to the party! Grab a cracker and get intimate with Reuben Dip, the most awesome snack on the table. Since Reuben sandwiches make for awkward party food, I decided to level the playing field and melt the sandwich filling down into a cheesy, tangy, corned beefy fondue. Or pastrami, of course. You can have your Reuben both ways, and now you can have it in gooey, melty dip form. 

Spinach and Feta Potato Skins Recipe

Dig into these crispy, cheesy potato skin "fries"
Sep 8, 2014 11:00 am
spinach and feta potato skins
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

I love potato skins, but the combination of bacon, melted cheddar and melting sour cream can actually be a little too much even for a dish that's meant to be shameless. Don't shoot, I'm only human. Instead, I load my potato skins with creamy homemade spinach feta dip, sprinkle with parmesan and broil 'til crispy on top. That way you can eat more of them. 

Spicy Orange Chicken Wings Recipe

Hot, tangy party wings with a bright citrus twist
Sep 3, 2014 11:00 am
spicy orange chicken wings
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

I love making appetizers that are two or more dishes in one. When it comes to snack food, hybridize all you want. That means not choosing between spicy popcorn chicken, sesame-orange chicken and chicken wings, because you can make all three in one delicious, deep-fried bite. Here's how to do it. 

Food Republic Threw A Summer Pie Party

With 24 of NYC's best sweet and savory pies
Aug 6, 2014 3:00 pm

On Monday, the entire Food Republic team decamped to New York’s West Village for a daylong test kitchen, where editors prepared (and photographed) a range of dishes while chefs from around the city stopped by for interviews. And when the work was done? A party of course, with chefs from 17 restaurants providing both sweet and savory pies. Seriously, 17. Here are some photos from the party at Little Owl: The Venue.

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