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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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Stuffed chicken wings

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 19th, 2013

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Stuffed chicken wings

Ingredients:

  • 12 large chicken wings
  • 8 ounces ground bison
  • ½ bottle of beer
  • ½ cup pistachios, toasted and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying

Buffalo wing sauce:

  • 8 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce (Frank’s is the brand used in Buffalo)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan, and over low heat bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and then turn off.
  2. After the wings are cooked, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Pour the sauce over the hot wings and toss with a spoon or spatula to completely coat.
  3. Use a small, sharp knife to split the wings from the drums. Cut off the cartilage-covered tips of the wings, then use the tip of knife to gently separate the meat from bone all the way to the joint. Carefully push the flesh down to expose the bones and twist each bone out.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the bison, salt, garlic, thyme, beer, olive oil and freshly ground black pepper and set aside.
  5. Use a teaspoon to fill each wing with bison mixture, but make sure not to overstuff them or wings will burst when frying.
  6. Heat the oil to 350° in a deep fryer or a very large pot. Fry the wings for 10-12 minutes or until wings are golden brown. Toss liberally in the Buffalo wing sauce. Enjoy.

Courtesy Chef Michael P. Clive, @michaelpclive

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Atlanta Falcons-style fried chicken and waffles

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 19th, 2013

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Atlanta Falcons-style fried chicken and waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3lb) fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces,
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Buttermilk waffles:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • ½ bottle beer
  • ½ cup maple syrup

Method:

  1. Heat enough vegetable oil to come about 1-inch up the sides of a large, deep cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rinse the chicken under cold running water and do not dry; leave wet. In a large sealable bag, combine the flour with the Cajun seasoning. Add the chicken pieces 1 at a time, seal, and shake to coat evenly. Remove and place on a wire rack over a baking sheet and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully add the chicken to the hot oil and fry, turning once, until golden brown and the meat is cooked through, 20 to 30 minutes (the thighs and legs will take longest to cook). Remove and drain on paper towels. Remove the pan from the heat and with a slotted spoon, scoop out any browned bits remaining in the pan and drain on paper towels.
  4. Mix together the beer and maple syrup over low heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat a waffle iron and lightly grease. Into a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
  6. In a clean bowl, beat the eggs. Add the butter and buttermilk and beat to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix well.
  7. Pour the batter into the hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown and lightly crisp. Remove and if desired, top with a slice of butter, and serve with the chicken and maple syrup.

Courtesy Chef Michael P. Clive, @michaelpclive

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Phyllo pastry stuffed with chicken and leeks

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 12th, 2013

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Phyllo pastry stuffed with chicken and leeks

Ingredients:

  • 1 roasting chicken, cooked
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 5 cups white button and Cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • Fresh thyme, chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 leeks, white and pale green parts, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Method:

  1. Remove the skin from the roasting chicken and discard. Remove the meat from the bones and chop into small pieces.  Transfer to a large bowl and season with oregano and fresh cracked pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms, thyme and a pinch of salt.  Once the mushrooms start to release liquid, add the wine. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the all of the liquid has evaporated.  Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl with the chicken.
  3. Heat the olive oil in the same saucepan over medium heat.  Add the shallot, leeks and pinch of salt.  Cook until the shallots and leeks are soft, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl with the chicken.  Set aside to cool.
  4. Add the crumbled feta cheese to the cooled filling and mix.  Your filling is now complete and ready to be added to the phyllo pastry.
  5. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan over low heat.  Remove from the heat and skim away any foam.  Use only the clarified butter and avoid the white milk solids that have settled on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Gather two of the phyllo sheets and cover the remaining sheets with a damp cloth to avoid drying out.  Lay the two sheets of phyllo along the bottom of a 9-x13-inch (33×23 cm) shallow baking dish.  Allow the sheets to overlap in the center of the pan and the excess to hang over the sides of the pan.  Brush the sheets lightly with some of the melted butter.  Arrange another six sheets of phyllo in the same manner, brushing each sheet with melted butter.  Add the filling and spread it evenly in the pan.
  7. Gather the excess phyllo pastry hanging over the sides of the pan and fold over to enclose the filling.  Brush each layer with melted butter.  Lay the remaining two layers of phyllo pastry on the very top and allow the phyllo to wrinkle and fold to create a ruffled top. Brush with melted butter.  Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from the refrigerator and lightly sprinkle the top of the pastry with water.  Place in the middle of a preheated oven and bake at 350°F (180°C) until golden brown and crispy, about 45 minutes.  Cut into serving pieces and serve warm or cold.

Courtesy 3 Greek Sisters

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Wookie curry in a hurry

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Oct 31st, 2013

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Wookie curry in a hurry

Serves 4 humans or 1 wookie

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, pulled of all its meat
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 cups white rice, cooked

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and peppers, sauté, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle with the curry powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  3. Add the yogurt and cream and simmer gently for 3 minutes. Stir in the salt, pepper, and tomatoes. Cook for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Divide the rice and chicken among individual bowls, spoon the sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the cilantro.

Courtesy Michael P. Clive, www.michaelpclive.com

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Butternut squash done two ways

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013

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Butternut squash soup

Yields: serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 2 butternut squash peeled and seeded (use one for the soup and save the other for P2)
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 red onion, peeled
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • salt and pepper to coat for roasting and some for seasoning at end
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock

Method:

  1. Cut the butternut squash, onions and apples into 1-inch cubes (approximately the same size so they cook in the same time).
  2. Place the cut squash, onions and apples on a sheet pan and coat with the olive oil and salt and pepper.
  3. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until soft, do not burn.
  4. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot on top of the stove, add the half of the roasted butternut squash (reserve the balance for Produce 2) onions and apples, and then add the broth.
  5. Bring to a boil. Turn down to low and then mash all the vegetables with the broth together. You can use an immersion blender or a food processor till fully processed and the consistency you like.
  6. Add the curry powder and check for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed, serve immediately.

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • Half of the remaining Roasted Butternut Squash from Cook Once

Method:

  1. Add roasted squash at room temperature or from the fridge to your basic hummus recipe and enjoy a sweeter variation. Squash is also a great immune booster so a wonderful alternative to regular root vegetables. See our Humble Hummus recipe.

Courtesy Marlene MacPherson, www.rogerstv.com/marlenesharvest

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Steak with fruit kabobs

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 28th, 2013

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Steak with fruit kabobs

Ingredients:

  • 1 1 lb. beef sirloin into inch cubes
  • 1 medium granny smith apple into eight cubes
  • 1 medium orange into 8 cubes
  • steam sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Method:

  1. Marinate everything but the plum for 20 minutes. Turn steak to coat
  2. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes, turning occasionally
  3. Cover and reserve remaining marinade in refrigerator
  4. Place on wooden skewers and place on the grill
  5. Serve with salad or rice

Courtesy Rob Rainford

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Grilled pork tenderloin

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 28th, 2013

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Grilled pork tenderloin

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Jamaican jerk spice paste
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 mango peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup each of finely chopped red pepper and celery
  • 1/4 cup each of finely chopped green onion and coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 each of salt and pepper
  • Lime wedges

Method:

  1. Brush the jerk paste all over the tenderloin. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours
  2. Meanwhile, toss the mango with the red pepper, celery, green onion, coriander, lime juice, oil, honey, salt and pepper and set aside
  3. Lightly grease the grill and cook
  4. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil. Let it rest for five minutes and serve with mango chutney

Courtesy Rob Rainford

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