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Brussels Sprouts Sliders

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017

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Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  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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Taco fish

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 8th, 2016

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In this week’s City Eats, we get a taste of the fresh Mexican bites being served at the newly transformed Oasis Rooftop Taqueria at Wayne Gretzky’s.

Yield: 6 tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped with 6 large pieces set aside
  • 6 cod fillets, bone off, skin off

Baja crema:

  • 1/4 ltr sour cream
  • 1/4 mayo
  • 2 oz lime
  • 2 oz chopped capers
  • 2 oz jalapeño diced
  • Cilantro

Crispy bits:

  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon gf baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounce water
  • 1/2 ltr of oil

Method

Baja crema:

  1. Process sour cream, mayo, lime, chopped capers, diced jalepenos, and cilantro in food processor.

Crispy bits:

  1. Mix dry ingredients in ziplock bag and add 12 ounces of water. Place ziplock bag in a squeeze bottle
  2. Heat shallow pan over medium heat adding about 1/2 ltr of oil and bring to medium to high temperature.
  3. From about six inches from oil slowly drop the batter into oil.
  4. Fry to crisp and place in paper towel to dry.

For fish: 

  1. Heat non-stick pan over medium to high heat and spray with pan or coat with butter.
  2. Place fish scale side down first, fry until cooked and set aside.
  3. In mixing bowl place chopped lettuce with 3 spoon fulls of crema mixture.
  4. Place inside large pieces of romaine, add crispy bits and set fish on top. Sprinkle with more crispy bits.

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Tropical fish tacos

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, Apr 14th, 2016

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Prep: 30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 serrano chilies, seeded and minced
  • 2 cups finely shredded red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 400 g cod fillets
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • fresh pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 8 soft flour tortillas
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Directions

  1.  STIR sour cream with lime zest and serrano chilies in a small bowl. Combine red cabbage with red onion and lime juice in a medium bowl. Set both aside.
  2.  PAT cod fillets dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Season with fresh pepper. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Add canola oil, then fish. Cook until browned, 2 to 3 min per side. Remove from heat. Cut fillets in bite-sized pieces.
  3.  ASSEMBLE tacos by filling tortillas with cabbage slaw, fish, sour cream mixture, pineapple and cilantro leaves.
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Cod cakes

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Sep 29th, 2015

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Mairlyn Smith came up with this recipe after a recent trip to Newfoundland — a creative use for leftover potatoes. Plus, kids will love the mild cod flavour. Serve with tartar sauce, if desired.

Cod cakes

Makes 12 servings or 24 cod cakes

Ingredients:

2 slices bacon, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
2 medium onions, diced
1 1/4 lbs cooked cod to equal 2 cups (500 mL) flaked, cooked cod
2 lbs russet potatoes, about 4 large, mashed to equal 4 cups (1 L) mashed
1 tsp (5 mL) iodized salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) fine bread crumbs (I used whole wheat panko.)

Method:

In a medium skillet over medium heat, fry bacon until crispy, remove from pan and drain on a paper towel.

Add onion and sauté until well browned about five to eight minutes. Add salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, mix together flaked, cooked cod, mashed potatoes and cooked onion. Crumble bacon in and lightly mix together.

Place bread crumbs into a shallow bowl.

Using a half-cup measuring cup, scoop the mixture into the cup, shake out into your hand and form into a patty.

Gently press into the breadcrumbs.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil. Place fish cakes into hot oil and cook over medium heat until golden to medium brown on both sides.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith
@MairlynSmith

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Sole en papillote

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2013

Sole en papillote

Ingredients:

  • 1 red pepper, julienne
  • 1 carrot, grated or julienne
  • 15 snow peas, julienne
  • 8 cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 4oz. sole fillets
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tbsp white wine (optional)
  • To taste salt & pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Cut 2 heart-shaped pieces of parchment paper large enough to contain the fish and vegetables when folded in half.
  2. Toss the vegetables together. Place the half of the vegetables on half of each piece of the parchment paper. Place one of the sole filets on each portion of vegetables. Place half of the butter and dill on top of each piece of fish. Season with salt & pepper. Add a splash of white wine (optional)
  3. Fold the parchment paper over the fish and seal well on all sides. Carefully slide the fish onto the tray and slide into toaster oven for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove the tray from the toaster oven, place the envelope on a big plate, take it to the table and break open the parchment paper.

Courtesy Michael P. Clive,
www.twitter.com/michaelpclive

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