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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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Taco fish

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 8th, 2016

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In this week’s City Eats, we get a taste of the fresh Mexican bites being served at the newly transformed Oasis Rooftop Taqueria at Wayne Gretzky’s.

Yield: 6 tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped with 6 large pieces set aside
  • 6 cod fillets, bone off, skin off

Baja crema:

  • 1/4 ltr sour cream
  • 1/4 mayo
  • 2 oz lime
  • 2 oz chopped capers
  • 2 oz jalapeño diced
  • Cilantro

Crispy bits:

  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon gf baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounce water
  • 1/2 ltr of oil

Method

Baja crema:

  1. Process sour cream, mayo, lime, chopped capers, diced jalepenos, and cilantro in food processor.

Crispy bits:

  1. Mix dry ingredients in ziplock bag and add 12 ounces of water. Place ziplock bag in a squeeze bottle
  2. Heat shallow pan over medium heat adding about 1/2 ltr of oil and bring to medium to high temperature.
  3. From about six inches from oil slowly drop the batter into oil.
  4. Fry to crisp and place in paper towel to dry.

For fish: 

  1. Heat non-stick pan over medium to high heat and spray with pan or coat with butter.
  2. Place fish scale side down first, fry until cooked and set aside.
  3. In mixing bowl place chopped lettuce with 3 spoon fulls of crema mixture.
  4. Place inside large pieces of romaine, add crispy bits and set fish on top. Sprinkle with more crispy bits.

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Tropical fish tacos

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, Apr 14th, 2016

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Prep: 30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 serrano chilies, seeded and minced
  • 2 cups finely shredded red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 400 g cod fillets
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • fresh pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 8 soft flour tortillas
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Directions

  1.  STIR sour cream with lime zest and serrano chilies in a small bowl. Combine red cabbage with red onion and lime juice in a medium bowl. Set both aside.
  2.  PAT cod fillets dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Season with fresh pepper. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Add canola oil, then fish. Cook until browned, 2 to 3 min per side. Remove from heat. Cut fillets in bite-sized pieces.
  3.  ASSEMBLE tacos by filling tortillas with cabbage slaw, fish, sour cream mixture, pineapple and cilantro leaves.
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Vegetarian Taco Salad

Chatelaine | posted Monday, Jan 4th, 2016

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Preparation time: 20 minutes; Total time: 25 minutes; Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Tofu Ranch Dressing

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 350-g pkg soft tofu
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Salad

  • 4 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 540-mL can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1 avocado, finely chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray both sides of tortillas with oil. Cut each into 8 wedges. Arrange on an unlined baking sheet. Bake in centre of oven until golden, about 5 min.
  2. Whirl buttermilk with tofu, chives, mayo, dill, garlic, lemon juice and salt in a food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Combine lettuce, black beans, corn kernels, avocado, bell pepper and cherry tomatoes in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss until well coated. Divide between 4 plates. Sprinkle with cheddar. Serve with tortilla wedges (or in tortilla bowls, below).

To make tortilla bowls

  1. Spray the outside of 4 large oven-safe bowls and set bottom-side up on a baking sheet.
  2. Press 1 large flour tortilla firmly over each, pressing into the sides of bowls. Spray tortillas wth oil. Bake at 300F for 15 min.
  3. Using tongs, remove tortillas from bowls and set bowls aside. Set tortillas bottom-side down on same baking sheet. Continue baking until crisp, about 15 min.
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