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Brussels Sprouts Sliders

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017



  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 large sweet or yellow onions, sliced thin
  • Salt to taste
  • 20 large brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • a dash of liquid smoke (if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces tempeh, cut into thin slices
  • 5 teaspoons grainy mustard


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, heat for a minute, then add the onions and a sprinkling of salt. Stir frequently, making sure to stir from the bottom of the pan up, to dislodge any sticking onions. They will begin to yellow and shrink in volume, as they darken from yellow to more of a caramel color, lower the heat. Keep cooking until they are at the desired state. This usually takes between 25 and 35 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Cut the brussels sprouts in half from top to bottom, keeping the two halves close together. If you don’t , you will have to search for a pair that fits well together after they have roasted. Mix together two tablespoons olive oil, tamari, pressed garlic, cumin, cayenne and liquid smoke in a bowl to make the marinade. Taking one complete brussels sprouts pair at a time, dip both halves in the marinade. Remove and let sit cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, then turn the sprouts and bake 7 more minutes.
  4. Prepare a second parchment lined baking sheet. Pour the marinade into a baking pan and let the tempeh sit in it for 20 minutes, then turn all the pieces and let them marinade another 10 minutes. Remove the tempeh and set them up without touching on the baking sheet. If there is any reserved marinade, brush over the remaining pieces.
  5. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes, gently turn, and bake for 5 minutes more. Cool onions, brussels sprouts and tempeh for assembly.
  6. Take one half of a brussels sprout, smear with mustard, add a piece of tempeh cut to fit the size of the sprout, add some onions (I used a melon baller for this). Take the other half of the brussels sprout and position it so the two spouts are like the buns on a burger, with the cut sides facing each other, and secure with a toothpick.
  7. Warm on a baking pan in a 325 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Courtesy of The New York Times


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Charred Sirloin Roll with Pickled Asparagus

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 28th, 2017

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Chef Mills of the Fairmont Royal York created these lovely light beef bites with oven-roasted beef Tri-tip, but the recipe would also serve well made with any leftover thinly sliced cooked steak. So delicious, you’ll be cooking up an extra steak next time you gill just so you can make these bites the next day – intentional leftovers! The original recipe was adapted to this version for home kitchens by the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence.

Prep: 20 minutes  Cook: 30 minutes


  • 3 tbsp canola oil, divided
  • 2 pkgs (100 g each) small chanterelle or shiitake mushrooms, stemmed
  • 3 green onions, cut thinly into 4 inch lengths
  • 1 small leek, white and light green part only, cut thinly into 4 inch lengths
  • 1/2 tsp EACH salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 small Bottom Sirloin Tri-Tip Oven Roast (about 8 oz/250 g)
  • 200 g pickled asparagus, halved or blanched asparagus tips or sea asparagus Nasturtium flowers (optional)
  • Maldon salt


Chili Oil:

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 red thai chili peppers, stem removed
  • 1 ½ cups canola oil

Chili Oil:

  1. Combine red and Thai chili peppers with oil in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over very low heat for 2 hours. Let cool slightly; slowly drain through coffee filter set in fine mesh sieve.
  3. Let cool completely; pour into squeeze bottle. Set aside.


  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the canola oil in skillet over medium high heat; sauté mushrooms, onions, leek, half each of the salt and pepper for 5 minutes or until softened and slightly golden.
  2. Add vinegar and remove from heat.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat; add remaining canola oil.
  4. Sprinkle Tri-tip with remaining salt and pepper. Sear both sides of beef well.
  5. Reduce heat and cook until digital thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 140˚F (60˚C), 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Remove skillet from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Cut sirloin into long strips and place a piece of asparagus, mushroom mixture and flowers, if using on each strip.
  8. Roll up and place on large platter.
  9. Drizzle with Chili oil and sprinkle with Maldon salt to serve.

Makes 4 servings

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