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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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Oven Roasted Orange Beef Tri-Tip with Shanghainese Sauce

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 28th, 2017

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Chef Clinton Zhu of Shanghai brings his home-country influence to Canadian tables. The original recipe was adapted to this version for home kitchens by the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence.

 Prep: 15 minutes Cook 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Bottom Sirloin Tri-Tip Oven Roast (about 2 lb/1 kg)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil, divided
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 piece fresh ginger (about 2 inches), peeled and sliced
  • 10 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 strip orange peel (about 4 inches long)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Thinly sliced green onion and orange zest for garnish

Directions: 

  1. Combine soy sauce and garlic in resealable plastic bag. Add roast and massage with marinade. Seal bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat. Remove roast from bag, reserving marinade and sear roast well on both sides; set aside.
  3. Heat remaining oil in large pot and sauté green onions, ginger, star anise and cinnamon for 5 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Add vinegar to deglaze the pot. Add beef and any juices to pot.
  5. Pour in 1 cup of water, reserved marinade and add orange peel to pot. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Place in a preheated 275°F (140°C) oven; cook uncovered until thermometer reads 140°F (60°C) for medium, about 20 to 25 minutes, depending on thickness of roast.
  7. Remove beef from cooking liquid and place on cutting board.
  8. Bring remaining liquid in pot to boil for about 20 minutes or until reduced to about half.
  9. Whisk together cornstarch and 2 tbsp of water. Whisk into sauce until thickened.
  10. Slice beef. Ladle sauce into shallow bowls and layer meat into sauce.
  11. Sprinkle with green onion and orange zest to serve.
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Cranberry orange muffins

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 16th, 2014

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Cranberry orange muffins

Makes 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) oat bran
  • 1 omega-3 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups (300 mL) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) cinnamon
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (250 mL) fresh or frozen whole cranberries
  • Zest of 1 orange

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C.) Line a muffin tin with paper cup liners.
  2. In a large bowl mix together all the wet ingredients: oat bran, egg, buttermilk and the brown sugar.
  3. In a medium bowl using a wire whisk or a fork mix together all the dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, and the cinnamon. Add the dried cranberries, whole cranberries and the zest from the orange.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Scoop into muffin cups. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until done.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

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How to Feed a Family: Orange chocolate mini muffins

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 10th, 2013

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How to Feed a Family: Orange chocolate mini muffins

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ¾ whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup cocoa pwdr
  • 1 ½ tsp baking pwdr
  • ½ tsp chia pwdr
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 lg eggs
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup orange juice (pulp free)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini milk chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or line mini muffin tin
  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa pwdr,baking pwdr,chia pwdr and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric  mixer,cream the butter with the sugar. Add the eggs, yoghurt,orange juice and vanilla. Mix on low until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to these wet ingredients. Once well mixed, stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Fill each muffin cup, leaving ¼ inch  from the rim. Bake on centre rack for 25-30 min, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let cool in tin.

Courtesy Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh, www.sweetpotatochronicles.com

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