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Pork tenderloin with rapini and creamy polenta

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Feb 10th, 2015

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Total cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 500-g pork tenderloin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • Creamy Polenta:
    3 1/2 cups, plus 2 tbsp no-salt chicken broth, divided
    – 1/4 tsp salt
    – 3/4 cup cornmeal
    – 1 diced plum tomato
  • Rapini:
    1 tsp canola oil
    – 2 minced garlic cloves
    – 1 bunch rapini, stems trimmed

Method:

  1. Boil 3 1/2 cups chicken broth in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to medium. Whisk in cornmeal and salt. Cook until thickened but still loose, about 2 min. Remove from heat and let stand 2 min to completely absorb liquid. Whisk in 2 tbsp no-salt chicken broth, tomato and cilantro. Cover to keep warm.
  2. Cut a pork tenderloin into 1/2-in. rounds. Stir chili powder with smoked paprika and salt. Sprinkle on both sides of pork.
  3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Add 1 tsp canola oil, then garlic and rapini. Sauté until tender-crisp, 4 to 5 min. Transfer rapini to a platter. Add 2 tsp canola oil to pan, then pork. Cook until firm, 2 to 3 min per side. Serve with polenta and rapini.
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Fryer-less General Tao chicken

Cityline | posted Monday, Feb 2nd, 2015

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Fryer-less General Tao chicken

Prep time: 25 minutes
Total cooking time: 50 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp (90 ml) soy sauce
  • 6 tbsp (90 ml) chicken broth (or water)
  • 6 tbsp (90 ml) rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp sambal oelek
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup (210 g) sugar
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) water
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) canola oil
  • 2.2 lb (1 kg) skinless and boneless chicken thighs,
  • cut into large cubes
  • ½ cup (70 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 green onions, thinly
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, broth, vinegar, ginger, garlic, cornstarch, paprika, sambal oelek and sesame oil. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar caramelizes and turns amber in colour, about 5 minutes. Add the soy mixture. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Set the sauce aside, off the heat.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet, soften the peppers for about 3 minutes in 2 tbsp (30 ml) of the oil. Set aside on a plate.
  4. In a bowl, season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Add the flour and toss until well coated. Shake off any excess flour. In the same skillet, brown half of the chicken at a time in the remaining oil (cup/150 ml), making sure to always have about 1 cm of oil to fry the meat. Add oil, if needed. Drain on paper towels and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Discard the oil.
  5. In the same skillet, heat the sauce. Add the chicken and the peppers and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with the green onions.
  6. Serve with rice and a stir-fried vegetable like bok choy.

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Niçiose chicken terrine

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015

Niçiose chicken terrine 

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 61 carrots
  • .25 large Spanish onion
  • 1 stock celery
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bay leaves
  • pinch black peppercorns
  • 1 ltrs chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp Nicoise olives, halved
  • 1 tsp semi-dried tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme, picked and chopped
  • 2 – 3 tbsp. celery salt
  • 1 tbsp. cracked black pepper

Method:

  1. Break down chickens into legs, crowns and wings. Place each in separate hotel pans in one layer ready for braising. Set aside any offcuts or trim.
  2. Cut mire poix into 2cm dice, sauté in a rondeaux for 5 – 10 minutes, then add thyme, bay, pepper and chicken offcuts.
  3. Cook for a further 5 – 10 minutes then add chicken stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour braising liquid and vegetables evenly over all 3 trays of chicken. You should be able to see the tops of the chicken poking out of the braising liquid.
  5. Braise uncovered @ 350*F for 45mins to one hour, until the chicken is cooked through and tender – leg meat should be falling from the bone, breast should be just cooked and juicy. You may have to remove from oven at different times.
  6. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before removing from braising liquid to cool slightly. Strain the braise into a pot, remove any fat, and reduce the liquid by half.
  7. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, pick the meat, shedding rather fine as you go. Discard any skin, fat or bones.
  8. Transfer to a large bowl and season the meat with the celery salt and black pepper. Taste. Once happy, add the chopped thyme, black olives and semi-dried tomatoes. Add enough reduced braising liquid to moisten the chicken quite liberally – at least 100 ml.
  9. Line a half baking sheet with cling film. Distribute chicken evenly pressing it into the tray with your hands. Line the top with cling film, and use another ½ tray and press the terrine in the fridge overnight.

Courtesy Paul Benallick, Executive Chef, Cluny
toronto.ca/winterlicious | Twitter: @LiciousTO@clunydistillery

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Chicken meatballs

Cityline | posted Monday, Jan 5th, 2015

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You can put it in soup, your next bowl of pasta or in a sub! Chef Massimo Capra‘s meatball recipe is delicious no matter how you eat it!

Chicken meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 cup cooked chicken breast, diced small
  • ½ cup Ricotta cheese, dry
  • ½ cup parsnips, diced small
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp sage, minced
  • ½ cup Asiago cheese, diced small
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup bread crumbs + more for rolling

Method:

Sauté the parsnips and the garlic in butter, cooking until the parsnip is tender.

Add the sage and cook to develop the aroma, then drain and set aside to cool.

Place the ground chicken, cooked chicken, ricotta, parsley, eggs and bread crumbs in a large bowl, and mix together all ingredients by hand.

Now add the parsnips, season with salt and pepper, add the cheese and mix well. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Form the meatballs about the size of a golf ball and roll them into the bread crumb. Then place them on a tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Sauté the meatballs in a frying pan with some oil, rolling them around to seal the surface all around.

Bake in a preheated oven at 325F until cooked through, for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Courtesy Massimo Capra
www.massimocapra.com
@chefcapra

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Asian-style sheet pan chicken

Cityline | posted Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014

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Try this Asian-inspired chicken with rice by Chef Ricardo — a perfect weeknight dinner with great leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!

Asian-style sheet pan chicken

Serves: 6

Ingredients for rice:

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups parboiled rice

Ingredients for chicken:

  • 6 skinless and boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 broccoli, cut into large florets
  • ¼ lb snow peas, trimmed and halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • ½ tsp Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sambal oelek

Method:

To cook the rice, bring the chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan then add the rice. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for about 18 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from the heat. Stir and let rest covered for 3 to 5 minutes, until the rice is tender.

For the chicken, preheat the oven’s broiler with the rack in the highest position.

Place the chicken opened flat on one half of a baking sheet.

Place the vegetables on the other half. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables and toss lightly, then season with salt and pepper.

Broil for about 15 minutes or until the chicken and vegetables are cooked. Remove from the oven.

Cut the meat into thin strips. Combine the chicken and vegetables with the hoisin sauce and sambal oelek. Serve with the rice.

Optional: If desired, keep 1 ½ cups of the rice and 1 ½ cups of the chicken for Leftover Chicken Fried Rice.

Courtesy Ricardo Larrivee
www.ricardocuisine.com/en
@ricardorecipes

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Sun-roasted carrot and chicken salad

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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Created and inspired by professional chef Mark McEwan for Sun Life Financial – as part of the company’s commitment to help with the prevention and management of diabetes, this recipe demonstrates that healthy meals can be easy and full of flavour.

A combination of sweet and savoury, it’s a carrot and chicken recipe loaded with crunchy bites and topped with a kick of horseradish dressing. Packed with protein and heart-healthy veggies, this salad is sure to provide you with a boost of energy.

Sun-roasted carrot and chicken salad

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Total time: 30 minutes 

Portions: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Dressing 

  • 1 tbsp juice of lemon
  • 75 ml white balsamic vinegar
  • 150 ml olive oil
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • Pinch of salt 1/4 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients and slowly stream into the oil while whisking.

Carrot Salad

  • 500 g carrots
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 ml avocado, sliced
  • 2 green onions
  • 12 sprigs coriander (cilantro)
  • 50 ml celery hearts

Chicken breast

  • 450 gr chicken breast
  • 2 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste

Whisk mustard, oil and seasoning in a bowl to make marinade. Coat chicken and grill. Slice when slightly cooled.

Method:

  1. Toss carrots in olive oil and salt and roast at 375F until tender (should still have a “bite” to them).
  2. Place carrots and avocado on the plate and drizzle with 2 tsp of the dressing.
  3. Place sliced chicken breast on the carrots and avocado and top with green onion, coriander sprigs and celery hearts.
  4. Drizzle on additional dressing as garnish.

Courtesy Chef Mark McEwan, @Chef_MarkMcEwan

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Indian spice-roasted chicken with pan gravy and basmati rice

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Dec 2nd, 2013

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Indian spice-roasted chicken with pan gravy

Serves 4, generously

Ingredients:

  • 1 3-4 lb Chicken, whole
  • ½ Lemon
  • ½ Onion
  • 1 tsp Canola oil
  • ½ tsp cracked Black Peppercorns
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced (a microplane or garlic press makes light work of this)
  • ½ tsp Ginger root, minced
  • ½ tsp Chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground Turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground Coriander
  • ½ tsp ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ Lemon, zested (use a microplane or fine grater)
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Onion, cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 Carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks Celery, cut into 2-inch pieces

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 475°F.  Remove and discard the giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity.  Sprinkle the cavity with a good pinch of both salt and pepper.  Place the lemon and onion halves inside the chicken cavity.  Tuck the wingtips under the body and tie the end joints of the legs together with kitchen twine (unless your chicken pre-tied).
  2. In a small bowl, use a spoon to combine the softened butter with the flavouring ingredients from the minced garlic through to the brown sugar.  Set aside.
  3. Now for the fun part: it’s time to get to know your chicken a little better… With gloved or ungloved hands (gloves are ideal if you have longer fingernails), wiggle your fingers under the skin covering the breast and leg meat to loosen.  Be careful not to tear the skin.  Use a small teaspoon to spread the flavoured butter mixture under the skin and spread it all over the breast and leg meat.
  4. In the center of a heavy-duty roasting pan, place onion wedges, carrot and celery pieces in a tight cluster.  You are keeping them close together to create a rack for the chicken to roast upon.  Place the chicken on top of the vegetable “rack” for roasting.
  5. Roast the chicken for 20 minutes at 475°F.  Lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for another hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.  The chicken is considered fully cooked when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 185°F.
  6. Transfer the cooked chicken to a cutting board and allow it to rest 10-15 minutes before carving.  Meanwhile, it’s time to make the pan gravy.

Pan gravy

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp All-purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups low sodium Chicken Stock
  • Contents of roasting pan
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. Use a wide spoon to skim and discard the excess fat from the chicken drippings.
  2. Once skimmed, place the entire pan (including roasted vegetables) onto the stove covering two burners.  Depending on your stove, one burner may be slightly exposed; ensure that it is the burner furthest away from you.
  3. Over medium-high heat add the flour to the pan and use a whisk to incorporate into the oil.  Continue stirring with whisk for 2 minutes before adding the chicken stock.  Simmer until the pan gravy thickens to the desired consistency.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve, season and enjoy with the roasted chicken.

Note:  This is a basic pan sauce technique that can be applied to many types of proteins.  Keep it in your repertoire!

Basmati rice with carrots and raisins 

DSC06114Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Basmati rice, rinsed well
  • 2 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 Shallots, chopped
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Star Anise, whole
  • ½ tsp ground Cumin
  • 2 pods Green Cardamom, whole
  • 1 ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Carrots coarsely grated, approximately 2 cups
  • 1 Cup Golden Raisins
  • 4 ½ Cups Water (be mindful that slightly more/less water may be required)

Method:

  1. In a fine mesh sieve rinse rice under cold water until the water runs clear.  Soak rice in a bowl filled with cold water for at least 15 minutes, up to one hour.  Drain.
  2. In a skillet, heat the canola oil over medium heat.  Add the shallots, cinnamon, star anise, cumin, cardamom and salt; sauté 2 minutes until fragrant.  Add rice and sauté for an additional two minutes to toast the rice.
  3. Add the water and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid, adjusting the heat so that the liquid is gently bubbling while covered.  After 10 minutes, stir in the carrots and raisins with a fork.  Cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Fluff the rice with a fork and taste for doneness.  Adjust seasoning according to your taste.  Remove the cinnamon stick, star anise and cardamom pods before plating for service.  The cinnamon stick and star anise may be used to garnish the rice. Enjoy!

Courtesy Camille Moore, @CAMI_cooks

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Five easy recipes using tortillas

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Nov 22nd, 2013

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Classic chicken fajitas

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 package chicken breast fillets, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil, divided
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 each green and red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 Dempster’s large tortillas, warmed

Method:

  1. Season chicken with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, pepper and half the oil.
  2. Heat remaining oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until golden and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Add onions and peppers. Continue cooking until onions are tender crisp, about 5 minutes.
  3. Divide chicken mixture between warmed tortillas. Fold in both edges and roll up to serve.

Turkey and apple wraps

DSC05875Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 (150g) Package Maple Leaf Prime® Fully Cooked and Sliced Turkey Breast
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Sliced green onion
  • 2 Dempster’s® Ancient Grains Large Tortillas
  • 1 Tart apple, sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Lightly packed arugula

Method:

  1. Toss turkey, mustard, mayonnaise, pepper and green onion together.
  2. Divide turkey mixture between tortillas and top each with sliced apple and arugula. Fold in sides of tortillas and roll up to serve.

Margherita Tortilla Pizza

DSC05859Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 Dempster’s WholeGrains® Ancient Grains Small Tortillas
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Olive oil
  • 4 tbsp (60 mL) Olivieri® Olive Oil & Garlic Pesto
  • 2 cups (500 mL) Grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 Thinly sliced Roma tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL) Freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) Fresh basil leaves, torn

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Arrange tortillas on two, parchment paper lined baking trays. Brush both sides with olive oil and prick with a fork. Bake in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  3. Spread each tortilla with pesto sauce and top with Mozzarella cheese, and sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with Parmesan or Asiago cheese. Return to the oven and bake until cheese has melted, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with freshly torn basil leaves.

Mexican tortilla lasagna

DSC05864Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (500 g) Ground beef
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz) Can green enchilada sauce or green salsa
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Salsa
  • 1 (15 oz) Can corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Lime juice
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 4 Large Dempster’s®WholeGrains™Ancient Grains Tortillas
  • 4 cups (1 L) Shredded Tex Mex cheese

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Lightly coat an 8” square (2 L) casserole dish with non‑stick cooking spray.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium‑high heat. Cook beef, breaking up with a wooden spoon or spatula, until lightly browned, about 10 ‑12 minutes. Remove beef from pan with a slotted spoon. Add onion and garlic to same pan and cook until soft and fragrant. Add the next nine ingredients and beef back into the skillet. Simmer 3‑4 minutes.
  3. Spoon a thin layer of the beef mixture on the bottom of the casserole and place tortillas on top, trim to fit a single layer. Spoon 1/3 of the beef mixture over the tortilla and sprinkle with cheese. Repeat layers ending with the beef mixture and the cheese.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven for 30‑40 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Allow to rest 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Cajun shrimp soft tacos with lime crema

DSC05867Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (454 g) 21/25 count shrimp
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) Cajun spice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Olive oil
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Radishes, diced
  • ½ Red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ Orange pepper, thinly sliced
  • 6 Dempster’s® Original Small Tortillas
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Guacamole

Lime crema:

  • ½ cup (125 mL) Sour cream
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Lime juice
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Cajun spice
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Toss shrimp with cajun spice.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook for 4-5 minutes or until just turning pink. Add radishes, onion and peppers and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Place tortillas on a microwaveable plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Heat tortillas in the microwave using 30-second intervals until they are warmed through.
  4. Assemble tacos by dividing the shrimp mixture evenly between tortillas. Top with tomatoes, guacamole, and lime crema.
  5. For the lime crema, together all of the ingredients and set aside until ready to use.

Courtesy Dempster’s, www.dempsters.ca

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