If you’ve always wanted to learn to cook or make drinks like a mixologist, there’s no time like the present. With most of the country staying home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, we have plenty of time to acquire new skills, like finally learning to prepare fancy cocktails or food that requires more than two steps to make.
Thanks to DrinkTV and Tastemade, you can become a food and drink expert for less money than a fast-food value meal. The two networks were recently added to the library of standalone channels available on Sling, so you can begin your culinary training even if you’re not a paid Sling subscriber.
With the bars closed, it’s been a lonely time for those of us who enjoy drinking with strangers in public. But fear not, libation lovers! DrinkTV has more booze-based programming than a bar on the beach has Coronas. From Zane Lamprey’s travelogue series like Four Sheets and Drinking Made Easy to hilarious shows like Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? and Never Ever Do This at Home, DrinkTV is loaded with spirited programming. Plus, short-form content like Daily Drink and Drinktionary can make you a mixologist in no time. Whether your drink of choice is beer, wine, or spirits, you can get your fill with DrinkTV.
If you’re hungry for more culinary content, Tastemade is open 24/7 and ready to serve you. Featuring a delicious mix of linear shows and on demand programming, Tastemade has a monthly audience of over 300 million viewers, making them one of the most popular lifestyle brands on the planet. Their award-winning programming includes shows from celebrated chefs like Roy Choi (Broken Bread) and Mary Berg (Mary’s Kitchen Crush), and Jamie Oliver (Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals) along with travel and home design series. Best of all, you can try a sample with the 24-hour linear channel on Sling Free before moving onto the main course with Tastemade+.
You can get both DrinkTV and Tastemade+ for less than the cost of most happy hour appetizers, so if you’re ready to test your talents as an epicurean, add them to your Sling package today. And to get you cooking, check out Tastemade’s recipe for Pull-Apart Hot Dog Bites below. Cheers!
For the pull-apart loaf:
¼ cup butter, unsalted and melted
2 tubes refrigerated pizza dough (about 28 ounces)
70 cocktail weiners
For the honey mustard cheese sauce:
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Brush the bottom and sides of a round baking dish with melted butter, and set aside until ready to use.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the refrigerated pizza dough, and cut into 1-inch by 2-inch squares. Wrap a square of dough around each cocktail weiner, making sure to seal the edges.
Once all of them are wrapped, add them vertically into your baking dish starting with the outer perimeter, and work your way toward the center until the dish is full. Cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes.
Make your dipping sauce. In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk together for about 2 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Add in the milk, and continue to whisk for an additional 2 minutes or until smooth and slightly thickened. Stir in the mustard, honey, and white cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper, and whisk until nice and smooth. Set aside.
Once the loaf is ready, remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven. Once cooled, remove from the baking dish, and serve with your honey mustard cheese sauce on the side!