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Banana-Pear Muffins

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Aug 17th, 2017

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Banana-Pear Muffins

Makes 12  

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ginger or cardamom
  • 2 large very ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk (well-shaken before measuring)
  • 1 ripe pear, unpeeled, diced
  • Turbinado sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, or grease tin wells well with baking spray.
  2. Whisk flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt and ginger in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash bananas very well. Stir in sugar, oil, egg and vanilla. Stir in buttermilk.
  4. Add liquid mixture into flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, stir until just combined.
  5. Before mixture is fully incorporated, add pear and stir just 3 or 4 more times or until barely combined. Immediately spoon or scoop into prepared tin. Sprinkle each muffin with a little turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake 5 min then reduce heat to 350F and bake another 20 to 25 min, or until tops are golden and a cake tester inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 min then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  7. Make ahead: Freeze cooled muffins in zip-lock bags for up to 4 weeks. Thaw at room temperature.

Recipes by Claire Tansey.

Clairetansey.com

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Smoked Louisiana chicken wings with cajun rub

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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A delicious chicken wing recipe for the summer, which uses a spicy rub to kick things up for your next barbecue.

Prep: 15 minutes
Grilling time: About 30 minutes

Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

Rub

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

¾ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Sauce

¼ cup ketchup

¼ cup Louisiana-style hot sauce

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons cider vinegar

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

½ teaspoon Cajun spice blend (optional)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Method: 

  1. Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine the rub ingredients.
  3. Add the chicken wings and turn to coat. Allow the wings to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  4. Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  5. In a medium saucepan combine all the sauce ingredients, except the butter, and bring to a simmer over medium heat on the stove. Cook until slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from the heat, add the butter, and whisk until the butter is melted.
  7. Drain and add one handful of the wood chips to the charcoal or to the smoker box of a gas grill, following manufacturer’s instructions, and close the lid.
  8. When smoke appears, grill the wings over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, for 5 minutes, turning once.
  9. Move the wings over indirect medium heat and continue grilling, with the lid closed, for 10 minutes.
  10. Drain and add the remaining wood chips to the charcoal or smoker box.
  11. Brush the wings with some of the sauce, turn, and grill until crisp, deeply browned in spots, and tender, about 15 minutes more, brushing the wings one more time with the sauce.
  12. Remove the wings from the grill and serve warm with sour cream on the side, if desired.

Courtesy Michael P. Clive, Webers

 

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Hasselback potatoes with garlic butter and parmesan

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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These potatoes have been dazzling guests at barbecues for the past few years. Learn how to make them, so you can pair this fantastic side dish to any main course.

Prep: 45 minutes
Grilling time: 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes

Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 russet potatoes, each about 12 ounces, scrubbed and dried
  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces parmigiano-reggiano cheese, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh italian parsley leaves

Method: 

  1. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium-high heat (400° to 450°f).
  2. Cut off a very small piece (¼ inch or less) on the widest side of each potato, which will now be the bottom side.
  3. Then, using a very sharp knife, starting 1 inch from the end, cut slits crosswise into each potato, ⅛ to ¼ inch apart, stopping just before you cut through so that the slices stay connected at the bottom.
  4. In a small skillet over medium heat on the stove, melt the butter.
  5. Add the garlic and cook until lightly browned, 1½ to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the salt and pepper.
  7. Fan out the layers of each potato enough that you can get some butter and seasonings inside the layers.
  8. Brush the potatoes, including the bottoms, with half of the butter mixture.
  9. Grill the potatoes over indirect medium-high heat, with the lid closed, for 30 minutes. Brush the potatoes with the remaining butter mixture, making sure some of the butter drips down inside the slices. Continue grilling, with the lid closed, until the potatoes are almost cooked through, 30 minutes more.
  10. Top the potatoes evenly with the cheese and cook until the cheese is melted and slightly browned and the potatoes are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, 5 to 10 minutes more. Garnish with the parsley and serve hot.

Courtesy Michael P. Clive, Webers

 

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Cedar-planked salmon with pickled fennel salad and horseradish cream

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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This tasty dish can be made in under one hour, making it a perfect summer barbecue meal for your hungry guests.

Prep: 30 minutes
Grilling time: 15 to 20 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Kosher salt

½ large fennel bulb, cored and cut into 1-inch strips

½ small head radicchio, cored and cut into 2-inch strips

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh dill

½ cup crème fraîche or sour cream

Freshly ground black pepper

1 center-cut salmon fillet (with skin), about 2 pounds and 1 inch thick, pin bones removed

Extra-virgin olive oil

1 small bunch watercress, torn into small sprigs

Pickling Liquid

1 cup dry white wine or vermouth

¾ cup white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons fennel seed

8 juniper berries

2 small garlic cloves, crushed

Method: 

  1. Soak the cedar plank in water for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a small, nonreactive saucepan combine the pickling liquid ingredients, including 2½ tablespoons salt.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat on the stove, add the fennel strips, and simmer until tender but not mushy, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fennel strips to paper towels to dry.
  5. Add the radicchio to the simmering pickling liquid and cook for 1½ minutes only, just until wilted. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the radicchio to paper towels to dry.
  6. Whisk the horseradish, dill, and crème fraîche, and season lightly with salt and generously with pepper.
  7. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  8. Cut the salmon fillet into four equal portions, cutting down to, but not all the way through the skin.
  9.  Brush the salmon with oil and season evenly with salt and pepper.
  10. Drain the cedar plank.
  11. Place it over direct medium heat and close the lid. When the plank begins to smoke and char, turn it over. Place the salmon, skin side down, on the plank. Grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to your desired doneness, 15 to 20 minutes for medium rare.
  12. Carefully transfer the fillet on the plank to a heatproof surface. Slide a spatula between the skin and flesh and transfer individual portions of the salmon to serving plates.
  13. In a bowl combine the pickled vegetables, watercress, and 1½ tablespoons oil and toss gently until evenly coated. Serve the salmon warm with the salad and horseradish cream.

Courtesy Michael P. Clive, Webers

 

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Grilled pound cake and peaches

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014

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Grilled pound cake and peaches

Ingredients:

  • 1 store-bought pound cake, cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 5 peaches, halved, stone removed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream

Method:

  1. Preheat BBQ to medium heat.
  2. Brush both sides of cake slices with melted butter. In a bowl, toss together peach halves and maple syrup.
  3. Grill cake slices, uncovered, until grill marks appear, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Grill peach halves, skin side down until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes. Flip peaches and grill for an additional minute.
  4. Top each slice of grilled cake with grilled peach halves and a scoop of ice cream.

Kary’s Tips:

  • Use just ripe peaches for grilling; they’ll hold their shape better when cooked.
  • Whipped cream can be substituted for ice cream.
  • You can use any fruit topping in place of grilled peaches.

Courtesy Kary Osmond, www.karyosmond.com

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Grilled chicken wings

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014

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Grilling chicken wings is easy, you just need to be mindful of how much heat you’re using. Chicken wings cooked over high heat will melt the fat too quickly, causing annoying flare-ups and burnt chicken wings – no thanks!

Grilled chicken wings

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 pounds grilled chicken wings

Method:

  1. Preheat the grill with all burners set to high.
  2. Brush grill grate clean.
  3. Turn down one side of the grill to low.
  4. Place chicken wings on side set to low.
  5. Place chicken wings on side set to low.
  6. Grill chicken wings, with the lid down, turning once, until chicken is cooked, 20 minutes.
  7. Move chicken wings to the high heat side and grill uncovered until skin has crisped, about 5 minutes.
  8. Remove chicken wings from BBQ and toss in favourite sauce.
  9. Mix together hot sauce, melted butter and grilled chicken wings. Serve.

Courtesy Kary Osmond, www.karyosmond.com

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Denver bison balls with BBQ sauce

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 30th, 2014

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Denver bison balls with BBQ sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground bison
  • 1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves (finely diced)
  • 1 large yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (finely chopped)
  • 4 teaspoons cumin (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt (divided)

For sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup (125 mL) grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) low-sodium tomato paste
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) red wine vinegar
  • 12 Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup (250 mL) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground coriander
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each salt and ground black pepper

Method:

  1. In one of your mixing bowls, mix together 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 tablespoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon sea salt and 2 tablespoons thyme. Once spices have been well combined, add in your ground bison.
  2. Using clean hands, grab about 2 tablespoons of bison mixture, roll into a ball and place on large plate. Repeat this step until all bison meat is gone (should yield 12 meatballs).
  3. Place large skillet under medium heat and add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Once coconut oil has melted, add in onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes; be sure to stir occasionally with wooden spoon.
  4. Add in garlic, 2 teaspoons paprika, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1-teaspoon sea salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and stir until these have combined well with your onions (about 20 seconds).
  5. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato paste and water to your skillet; bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat so that sauce is simmering, and place meatballs in skillet. Cover with a lid and let cook for about 40 minutes.
  7. Once the 40 minutes have passed, remove lid and cook for another 20 minutes. Sauce will thicken this way.
  8. Serve meatballs with chopped roasted pistachios!

For sauce:

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Using a blender or immersion blender, purée mixture then simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Baste chicken or ribs using the sauce. Keep refrigerated for up to 10 days.
  5. Makes 2 ½ cups (625 mL) of sauce.

Courtesy Chef Michael P. Clive, @michaelpclive

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