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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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Homemade olive tapenade

Chatelaine | posted Saturday, Jun 6th, 2015

homemade-olive
MAKES 3/4 CUP

Ingredients

1 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted
1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp drained capers
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tsp Fresh thyme

Instructions

  •  WHIRL olives with parsley, oil, lemon juice, capers, garlic and thyme in a food processor until finely chopped, scraping down sides if needed. Season with fresh pepper. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

Five ways to use it

Provençal roast chicken: Spread 1 tbsp of any tapenade under the skin of bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. Arrange on a baking sheet. Brush with oil. Season with salt and fresh pepper. Roast at 350F for 40 min.

Simple pasta supper: Toss 250 g cooked tagliatelle with 1/2 cupSun-Dried-Tomato Tapenade. Sprinkle withfresh oregano.

Crunchy crostini snacks: Slice a baguette into 1/4-in. slices and brush with olive oil. Broil until golden, flipping halfway through, 1 min. Spread with any tapenade.

Bocconcini bites: Toss mini bocconcini with Black Olive Tapenade. Serve with toothpicks for a quickhors d’oeuvre at your next party.

Savoury grilled steak: Season a 1.5-kg flank steak with salt andfresh pepper. Oil grill, then barbecue on medium-high, 4 to 6 min per side formedium-rare. Let steak stand 5 min. Spoonany tapenade over grilled steak. Servewith a side salad.

Switch it up

Three variations to suit every taste!

1. Green Olive Tapenade
Omit black olives. Replace with 1 cup pitted green olives. Continue with recipe.

2. Sun-Dried-Tomato Tapenade
Omit black olives, parsley and thyme. Replace with1 cup sun-dried tomatoes and 1/4 cup basil leaves. Continue with recipe.

3. Pimento Tapenade
Omit black olives. Replace with 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers and 1/2 cup pitted green olives.

Nutrition

Calories 60
Carbohydrates 1 g
Fat 6 g
Sodium 393 mg
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Grilled lamb chops with almond, green olive and mint pesto sauce

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Grilled lamb chops with almond, green olive and mint pesto sauce

Serves 4-6 

Ingredients:

For the lamb chops:

  • ¼ cup finely minced parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 lamb chops, with bone
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the almond and mint pesto:

  •  ¾ cup almonds, peeled and toasted
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup green olives, pitted
  • 1/2 – ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon hot chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Put the parsley, garlic and olive oil in a large bowl. Add the lamb chops and cover with the marinade; refrigerate for 1-2 hours or overnight.
  2. Prepare the pesto: put all the ingredients for the pesto in a blender and process until a smooth purée. Pour the sauce in a bowl and reserve.
  3. Preheat the grill at medium heat, take the lamb chops out of the marinade and grill 4-6 minutes per side, or until the desired doneness. Brush with the reserved marinade once and a while. Serve the grilled lamb chops with the almond-mint pesto, grilled cherry tomatoes or mixed vegetables and a rice pilaf (optional).

Courtesy Ruth Van Warebeek

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