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Chocolate peanut protein powerballs

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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CHOCOLATE PEANUT PROTEIN POWERBALLS

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed, pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup oats, large flake (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds (I like Manitoba Harvest)
  • 1/4 chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp best quality vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp each ground cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp unrefined sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw, natural peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients, except salt, in food processor.
  2. Pulse until uniform mixture results.
  3. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out dough and form into balls.
  4. Roll in sesame seeds, chocolate powder or dried coconut.
  5. Place in fridge to set.
  6. If not using immediately, power balls can be frozen.

Yield: 16 – 20 power balls.

 

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20-minute clambake

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 3rd, 2016

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large or 3 medium shallots, cut into large wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 bottle of Sam Adams
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 pounds small new potatoes
  • 1 pound hot dried chorizo, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt
  • 3 lobsters (1 1/2 pounds each)
  • 3lbs littleneck clams, scrubbed well
  • 4 ears of corn, husked and halved
  • 2 pounds mussels, debearded and scrubbed well
  • 1 1/2 pounds large tiger shrimp (about 30), shell-on
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1 bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch of oregano, chopped
  • Fresh seaweed, well rinsed, for layering (optional)

Method:

  1. Combine onions, garlic, bottle of Sam Adams IPA and water in a 16-litre Dutch oven or stockpot. Cover with a layer of seaweed.
  2. Add potatoes, chorizo, and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add lobsters; cook over high heat, covered, for 15 minutes.
  4. Add clams and corn; cook, covered, for 5 minutes.
  5. Add mussels and shrimp; cook, covered, until clams and mussels open and shrimp are cooked through, approximately 4 to 8 minutes.
  6. Remove seafood, corn, potatoes, and chorizo using tongs, and transfer to large platter.
  7. Discard seaweed and any unopened clams and mussels.
  8. Strain liquid through a sieve into a bowl; add butter, swirling to melt add chopped parsley and oregano.
  9. Squeeze lemons over clambake.

Courtesy of Chef Kevin Castonguay, owner of catering and events company ProvisionsTO

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Strascinati alla carrettiera (Cart driver’s pasta)

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jul 18th, 2016

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Total Time: 1¾ hours (includes resting dough)
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

For the pasta:

  • 350g durum wheat flour
  • 150g mineral water
  • 15g extra virgin olive oil

For the “cart driver’s sauce”:

  • 400G ripe cherry tomatoes halved
  • 20g peeled garlic
  • 10g chopped parsley
  • 10g pickled and chopped marjoram
  • 50g extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 fresh peperoncini or thai bird chilis
  • Salt
  • Pecorino

Method:

  1. Dump flour on a wooden board and hollow out a well in center.
  2. Pour mineral water into well, then oil.
  3. Using a fork as if scrambling eggs, gradually incorporate flour from inner walls of well into liquid. Once you reach a pancake batter-like consistency, use a bench scraper or knife to transfer remaining flour, a little at a time, into well and incorporate.
  4. As dough comes together, press it into a loose, shaggy mass. Wash your hands and move dough to a clean surface, scraping up and transferring any flour and dough bits left on board.
  5. Begin kneading dough by folding far edge toward you and pushing dough down and away with the heel of your hand. Rotate dough a quarter turn and repeat, continuing to turn, fold and push for 2-3 minutes. Dough will gradually come together into a semi-smooth mass, with all flour and dough bits incorporated.
  6. Clean work surface of any dried dough flakes and continue to knead dough gently until it is smooth and supple and springs back when poked, 10-15 minutes more. Wrap dough ball tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, ideally 24 hours.
  7. Remove dough from refrigerator and slice off a 1-inch section, then slice that in half.
  8. Roll pieces against a wooden surface to form snakes as thick as your pinkie. Cut snakes into segments as long as your thumb.
  9. To begin shaping the strascinati, place the dough pieces onto a textured surface ( sushi mat, woof board etc.), form a hook with your index, middle and ring finger. Maintaining even pressure, apply your three fingers to the front third of the piece of dough. Pull backand up across the textured surface. The dough should spring up and form around the finger nails. Use a bench scraper or knife to transfer the strascinati to a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and sprinkled with semolina, making sure no pieces of pasta touch. Continue until all dough is used. Let pasta dry slightly, 30-45 minutes.
  10. In a large pot, bring lightly salted water to a rolling boil and drop in cavatelli. Boil until pasta pieces float to surface and remain there for about 30 seconds. (Pasta should cook 1½-2 minutes total).
  11. In a mortar and pestle combine the garlic, chili, parsley, marjoram, a quarter of the cherry tomatoes and a pinch of salt
  12. Work the ingredients with the pestle until the garlic is crushed into small pieces and the tomatoes release their juice.
  13. Drizzle in half the olive oil and mix thoroughly, reserve.
  14. In a mixing bowl combine the cooked pasta, garlic herb mixture, remaining cherry tomatoes and olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  15. Toss vigorously, adjust seasoning. Serve warm with abundant grated pecorino

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Filet mignon with creamed spinach and watercress

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016

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Push up your sleeves and get some good food on the table! Graham Elliot wants everyone to cook 5 star quality meals. The celebrity chef brings us a delicious steak dish to feed the whole family.

Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes
Cook time: 45 – 50 minutes
Serves 4 people

Ingredients

Creamed spinach and watercress:

  • 6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • ¼ cupall-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cupheavy cream
  • Salt
  • 2 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about ½ cup)
  • 1 poundfresh spinach, stemmed
  • 3 bunches watercress, thick stems removed
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • freshly cracked black pepper

Filet mignon:

  • 4 filets mignon (about 7 ounces each)
  • coarse salt
  • crushed peppercorns
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 6 ounces (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

Directions

  1. For the spinach and watercress, in a deep skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. When hot, cook the shallot for about 1 minute to soften. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 6 minutes, or until the flour and butter are fully mixed and take on the colour of straw.
  2. Add the milk and cream, season lightly with salt, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, until thick and creamy. Whisk in the cheese and cook until the cheese has completely melted. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
  3. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil. Put a bowl of cold water and ice cubes near the stove. Add the spinach and watercress to the boiling water and blanch them for about 2 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Lift the greens from the boiling water and immediately plunge them into the ice bath.
  5. Lift the greens from the ice bath and, using your hands or a dish towel, squeeze all the water from the greens. They should be as dry as possible.
  6. Finely chop the spinach and watercress and then fold into the cream sauce.
  7. Set the pot over medium heat and stir until the greens are fully incorporated and the sauce is heated through. Season with salt and pepper and serve, or cover to keep warm while the steaks cooks.
  8. For the filet mignon, preheat the over to 400F. Liberally season the steaks with salt and crushed pepper.
  9. In a heavy, oven-safe skillet, heat the oil over high heat. When hot, sear the steaks in the hot pan for 3 minutes. Let a crust form on the steak by leaving it alone. Do not move it during this time. Flip the steaks and let them cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer. Again, do not move them in the pan but let them cook untouched so they develop a crust. Hey, don’t even look at the steaks during this time.
  10. Transfer the skillet to the oven and let the steaks cook for about 5 minutes. Return the skillet to the stovetop over medium-low heat. Add the butter, garlic, thyme and rosemary and when the butter melts, baste the steaks with the sauce and cook for about 2 minutes longer for medium-rare.
  11. Cover the skillet with a lid or tightly with aluminum foil and let the steaks rest in the pan for about 5 minutes.
  12. Serve with the creamed spinach and watercress on the side.

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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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Pomegranate and spice beef wraps

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015

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TOTAL 35 MIN | SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch radishes, cut into thin matchsticks
1 tsp salt, divided
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
1 tsp olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
750 g lean ground beef
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pomegranate juice
156-mL can tomato paste
1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
8 leaves iceberg lettuce
1/4 cup chopped parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

  • STIR radishes with 1/2 tsp salt in a medium bowl. Let stand for 5 min. Rinse with cold water. Drain well. Toss with rice vinegar, sugar and water in the same bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • HEAT a very large frying pan over medium-high. Add olive oil, then onions, red bell pepper and garlic. Cook until onions are soft, 3 to 4 min. Crumble in ground beef, breaking up meat while stirring. Sprinkle with cumin, cinnamon and remaining 1/2 tsp salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until no pink remains, 4 to 5 min. Stir in 1 cup pomegranate juice and 156-mL can tomato paste. Boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until mixture is thick, 6 to 8 min. Reserve 2 cups of beef mixture for Turkish Pizza. Stir in dried apricots.
  • SEPARATE 8 leaves from 1 head of iceberg lettuce to make lettuce cups. Divide beef mixture evenly among lettuce cups. Sprinkle chopped parsley overtop.

NUTRITION

Calories 319
Protein 21 g
Carbohydrates 29 g
Fat 14 g
Fibre 4 g
Sodium 320 mg
Excellent source of Vitamin C
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Big batch Moroccan chili

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015

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Big batch Moroccan chili

Ingredients: 

Instructions:

  • HEAT a large pot over medium. Add olive oil, then thinly sliced onions. Cook until onion starts to soften, about 2 min. Add cumin, coriander, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Cook 1 more min. Crumble in beef or lamb.
  • DRAIN one can diced tomatoes. Add to beef, along with second can diced tomatoes, not drained. Season with fresh pepper. Boil, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered,until beef is cooked through, 12 to 15 min. Add zucchini and chickpeas. Cook until zucchini is tender, 15 more min.
  • SCOOP half of chili into 4 bowls. Serve with sour cream, grated cheddar and chives. Cover and refrigerate remaining chili for Moroccan Shepherd’s Pie.
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Fried chicken topped with basil and honey lime mayo

Cityline | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

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Fried chicken topped with basil and honey lime mayo

Serves: 2

Fried Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 chicken breast, cut in half along breast bone
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • Roger’s secret ingredient: 1 tsp chili flakes

Method: 

Whisk together buttermilk, ground black pepper and kosher salt until combined. Place chicken thigh and breast into buttermilk mixture, ensuring both pieces are covered by the liquid. Cover and store in refrigerator overnight or 24 hours.

In a pot large enough to fully submerge chicken and vegetable oil while making sure the pot is never more than half full, bring oil to 325ºF using a thermometer.

Combine all-purpose flour, cornstarch and cornmeal until mixed well.

Prepare a tray lined with paper towels and set next to deep frying setup.

Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and shake off excess buttermilk. Completely dredge wet chicken in flour mixture and place immediately into preheated deep frying oil, making sure that the chicken is fully submerged and the pot is never more than half full. Cook until chicken is fully cooked, approximately 12 – 15 minutes. Immediately transfer from hot oil, using tongs, and place on paper lined tray; season with salt, pepper, and Roger’s secret ingredient (chili flakes). Allow excess oil to drain for approximately 2 minutes before plating.

Crispy basil

Ingredients:

  • 8 leaves fresh basil
  • Vegetable oil

Method:

Bring a small pot half filled with vegetable oil to 325ºF using a thermometer. Gently pat basil leaves dry with paper towel. Carefully put basil into hot oil and fry until the bubbles subside, about 20 seconds. Remove basil from oil with spider onto paper towel to remove excess oil. Set aside until ready to plate.

Honey lime mayonnaise

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 5 ½ tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 ½ tbsp liquid honey

Method:

Whisk mayonnaise, lime juice and liquid honey until smooth and homogenous.

Plating:

Plate each serving with ½ chicken breast and 1 chicken thigh. Top the chicken with crispy basil and plate with a side of honey lime mayo.

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Salmon fillet with garlic eggplant, citrus salad and pistachio nuts

Cityline | posted Monday, Mar 9th, 2015

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Salmon fillet with garlic eggplant, citrus salad and pistachio nuts

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 x 7 oz salmon filets
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 oranges, segments only
  • 1 lemon, segments only
  • 1 lime, segments only
  • 1 fennel bulb, julienne (reserve the fronds)
  • ½ cup toasted pistachio nuts, lightly crushed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Method:

Sauté the eggplant at medium low heat with the garlic until soft.

Add the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper, cook until eggplant are mushy.

Place the fennel, fennel fronds and all the citrus segments into a bowl and dress with salt and olive oil. Mix well and set aside while cooking the salmon.

Season the salmon with salt and pepper and place in a preheated skillet with some butter. Sauté for a few minutes on each side until done to your liking.

Place the eggplant on a plate, top with the salmon filet and place some salad on top of the salmon. Drizzle the juice from the salad over the fish and drizzle some more olive oil. Add a sprinkle of finishing salt and the pistachio nuts.

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