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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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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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Vij’s Thanksgiving turkey coconut curry

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Oct 4th, 2013

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Vij’s Thanksgiving turkey coconut curry

Serves 6

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp saffron (optional)
  • ¼ cup very hot water (optional)
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds or black mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp asafetida (optional)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic (6 medium cloves)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika (optional)
  • 5 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 pound of cooked turkey – Thanksgiving leftovers are perfect!

Method:

  1. Place saffron threads in a small bowl. Add water and soak for 30 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, heat oil on medium-high for 45 seconds. Add cumin (or mustard) seeds. Allow cumin seeds to sizzle for 30 seconds (or wait 1 to 2 minutes for mustard seeds to start popping). Sprinkle in asafetida, stir, then immediately add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add turmeric, salt, cayenne and paprika and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in coconut milk and stock. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add cooked turkey, cover, decrease the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in saffron and its water. Stir in cilantro and serve immediately.

Courtesy Vikram Vij, www.vijs.ca

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