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Steak And Ale Casserole Recipe

Layers of beer-braised beef and savory potatoes
Jan 21, 2015 2:00 pm
steak and ale casserole
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Recently I was forced to decide between shepherd’s pie and a steak and ale pie, and I really didn’t know what to do. I thought to myself “why can’t the two be combined?” which quickly turned to an indignant “why aren't these things combined?” So you know what I did? I combined them. 

Super Greens And Cheese Casserole Recipe

But we just call it the Super Greenserole. Make it!
Jan 14, 2015 12:00 pm
greens and cheese casserole
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Sometimes people are like, “Hey, why do all your recipes have meat in them?” or “Why does everything you make have carbs in it?” or “Do you have to use so much butter?” Luckily, my Super Greens and Cheese Casserole addresses some of those points up there, in addition to being an awesome winter side dish recipe packed with healthy leafy greens.

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. 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 and hand-pulled noodles, 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. 

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