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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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Miso Chicken Sheet Pan Supper

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 14th, 2017

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Serves 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Half a 250mL PC Black Label hatcho miso marinade

1 small bunch broccoli, cut into florets

1 cup grape tomatoes

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/8 teaspoon salt

Toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Sliced green onions (optional)

Combine chicken with miso marinade in a zip-lock bag or shallow dish. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes or in the fridge up to 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Take the chicken out of the marinade let excess marinade drip off. Place chicken on prepared sheet. Bake 20 min. Combine broccoli and tomatoes with oil and salt in a medium bowl. Take pan out of the oven and place broccoli mixture in and around chicken. Bake 12 to 15 min or until chicken is springy when pressed and cooked through and broccoli is gold. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.

 

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Strascinati alla carrettiera (Cart driver’s pasta)

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jul 18th, 2016

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Total Time: 1¾ hours (includes resting dough)
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

For the pasta:

  • 350g durum wheat flour
  • 150g mineral water
  • 15g extra virgin olive oil

For the “cart driver’s sauce”:

  • 400G ripe cherry tomatoes halved
  • 20g peeled garlic
  • 10g chopped parsley
  • 10g pickled and chopped marjoram
  • 50g extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 fresh peperoncini or thai bird chilis
  • Salt
  • Pecorino

Method:

  1. Dump flour on a wooden board and hollow out a well in center.
  2. Pour mineral water into well, then oil.
  3. Using a fork as if scrambling eggs, gradually incorporate flour from inner walls of well into liquid. Once you reach a pancake batter-like consistency, use a bench scraper or knife to transfer remaining flour, a little at a time, into well and incorporate.
  4. As dough comes together, press it into a loose, shaggy mass. Wash your hands and move dough to a clean surface, scraping up and transferring any flour and dough bits left on board.
  5. Begin kneading dough by folding far edge toward you and pushing dough down and away with the heel of your hand. Rotate dough a quarter turn and repeat, continuing to turn, fold and push for 2-3 minutes. Dough will gradually come together into a semi-smooth mass, with all flour and dough bits incorporated.
  6. Clean work surface of any dried dough flakes and continue to knead dough gently until it is smooth and supple and springs back when poked, 10-15 minutes more. Wrap dough ball tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, ideally 24 hours.
  7. Remove dough from refrigerator and slice off a 1-inch section, then slice that in half.
  8. Roll pieces against a wooden surface to form snakes as thick as your pinkie. Cut snakes into segments as long as your thumb.
  9. To begin shaping the strascinati, place the dough pieces onto a textured surface ( sushi mat, woof board etc.), form a hook with your index, middle and ring finger. Maintaining even pressure, apply your three fingers to the front third of the piece of dough. Pull backand up across the textured surface. The dough should spring up and form around the finger nails. Use a bench scraper or knife to transfer the strascinati to a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and sprinkled with semolina, making sure no pieces of pasta touch. Continue until all dough is used. Let pasta dry slightly, 30-45 minutes.
  10. In a large pot, bring lightly salted water to a rolling boil and drop in cavatelli. Boil until pasta pieces float to surface and remain there for about 30 seconds. (Pasta should cook 1½-2 minutes total).
  11. In a mortar and pestle combine the garlic, chili, parsley, marjoram, a quarter of the cherry tomatoes and a pinch of salt
  12. Work the ingredients with the pestle until the garlic is crushed into small pieces and the tomatoes release their juice.
  13. Drizzle in half the olive oil and mix thoroughly, reserve.
  14. In a mixing bowl combine the cooked pasta, garlic herb mixture, remaining cherry tomatoes and olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  15. Toss vigorously, adjust seasoning. Serve warm with abundant grated pecorino

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Roast chicken with tomatoes, roasted peppers, olives and capers

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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Cactus Club Cafe shares a recipe for roast chicken with tomatoes, roasted peppers, olives and capers. Make this recipe in three easy steps.

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 large chicken legs thighs attached
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups dark chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp. drained capers
  • ¼ cup pitted and halved Kalamata olives
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped herbs (equal amounts of parsley, chives and tarragon)
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 butter braised tomatoes, cut in half

Method:

  1. Preheat BBQ to 400 F.

  2. Place bell pepper on BBQ and roast on all sides until skin blisters and turns black.

  3. Place roasted bell pepper in mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap. This step will help to easily peel skin from the pepper.

  4. When cold, peel pepper, chop coarsely and set aside.

  5. Season each tomato with olive oil, salt and white pepper.

  6. Place a small cube of butter on each half and add some chopped thyme.

  7. Place on very low heat on BBQ and slowly cook for about 15-20 minutes.

  8. Remove from grill and reserve until it’s ready to plate.

  9. Rub chicken legs with olive oil and season generously with salt and white pepper.

  10. Place on grill on high heat, skin side down.

  11. Reduce heat to about 350 F and cook on same side for approximately 78 minutes.

  12. Flip chicken legs over and cook for another 78 minutes on that side. Make sure that BBQ lid is down at all times during this process.

  13. Check chicken for doneness by inserting paring knife close to the bone. You are looking for clear juices to run out. If BBQ has a warm holding rack transfer chicken onto it until ready to plate.

  14. To make the sauce, place stock, roasted bell peppers, capers, olives and garlic into a medium saucepot and heat on medium heat from BBQ side burner.

  15. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.

  16. Stir in fresh herbs, tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil.

  17. Place grilled chicken legs onto platter and spoon sauce over them.

  18. Drizzle with fine extra virgin olive oil.

Courtesy Rob Feenie – Executive Chef, Cactus Club Cafe

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