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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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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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Penne with prawns, pancetta and peas

Cityline | posted Monday, Jun 13th, 2016

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Pasta is quick to make and great for the whole family. Chef David Rocco shows us how to make a simple prawn, pancetta and pea penne that is bursting with flavour!

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, whole
  • 100 g pancetta
  • 1 cup fresh sweet peas
  • 12 large raw shrimp, chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bunch mint leaves, chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Freshly grated parmigiano cheese for sprinkling
  • Penne pasta
  • Salt

Method

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add garlic and pancetta and sauté until slightly brown. Then, add shrimp, peas and wine and let simmer and reduce heat by half.
  2. Add the chopped mint.
  3. While the sauce is cooking, cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water. Stir to prevent from sticking together.
  4. Drain the pasta when it’s al dente and add to the saucepan with the pancetta, prawns and peas.
  5. Remove from heat, sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese and mix well.
  6. Transfer to serving bowl and add mint, lemon zest and more Parmigiano.

Courtesy of Chef David Rocco

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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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Rose Reisman’s miniature lasagnas

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jan 10th, 2014

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Rose Reisman’s miniature lasagnas

Makes 6 servings

Preparation time 20 minutes 

Cooking time 40 minutes 

Ingredients:

Sauce

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (250 mL) diced onions
  • 1½ tsp (7.5 mL) crushed garlic
  • 6 oz (175 g) lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1¾ cups (435 mL) homemade or store-bought tomato sauce

Cheese mixture

  • 1 cup (250 mL) reduced-fat ricotta cheese (8 oz/250 g)
  • ½ cup (125 mL) grated
  • part-skim mozzarella cheese (1½ oz/45 g)
  • 1⁄3 cup (80 mL) grated Parmesan cheese (1¼ oz/40 g)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) 2% milk
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Lasagnas

  • 36 small wonton sheets
  • 1⁄3 cup (80 mL) grated part-skim mozzarella cheese (1 oz/30 g)
  • chopped fresh basil or parsley

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with vegetable oil.
  2. To make the sauce In a saucepan, add oil and sauté onions and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the beef, basil, bay leaf and salt and pepper and sauté just until beef is cooked, breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the tomato sauce, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside.
  3. To make the cheese mixture Combine the ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, egg, milk and salt and pepper in a bowl.
  4. To assemble the lasagnas Place two wonton sheets into the bottom of each muffin cup, overlapping to cover the entire surface. Add half the cheese mixture overtop of the wontons. Then add half the sauce.
  5. Place the last 12 wonton sheets overtop, pressing down gently. Add the remaining cheese mixture and sauce and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until wontons are crisp. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove carefully with a knife. Garnish with basil.

Source: The Best of Rose Reisman (Whitecap Books), Rose Reismanwww.rosereisman.com

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