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Sweet and crunchy bacon bites

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015

Bacon
PREP 20 MIN |  TOTAL 40 MIN  MAKES 6 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

9 slices bacon
9 canned whole water chestnuts, rinsed, drained and patted dry
1/4 fresh pineapple, cut into 9 1-in. pieces

SAUCE

1/4 cup water
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 1/2 tsp hot chili-garlic sauce
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. POSITION rack in top third of oven. Preheat to 450F. Spray a wire cooling rack with oil and set on a large baking sheet.
  2. CUT bacon slices in half crosswise to make 18 pieces. Arrange half the bacon strips on a cutting board. Set a water chestnut on each slice and wrap bacon around it. Lay seam-side down on rack. Repeat with remaining bacon, wrapping strips around pineapple pieces.
  3. BAKE in top third of oven until tops are crispy and browned, about 20 min. Flip bacon bites and bake 5 more min. Remove from oven and lightly dab with paper towels. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. COMBINE water with sugar, vinegar, chili-garlic sauce, cornstarch and ginger in a small saucepan and set over medium-high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until sauce has thickened slightly, about 5 min. Transfer sauce to a small bowl. Serve with warm bacon bites.

NUTRITION

Calories 130
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrates 11 g
Fat 8 g
Fibre 1 g
Sodium 277 mg
Good source of vitamin B12
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Portobello mushrooms 101

Chatelaine | posted Saturday, Jun 20th, 2015

Mush

Large portobello mushrooms are almost always on my weekly grocery list. A perfect stand-in for meat, they are really mature cremini mushrooms which can have caps from four to six inches wide. Their deep umami flavour (the fifth basic taste after salty, sweet, bitter and sour) is so robust that they don’t need as much salt. It’s a substantial vegetable – perfect for use in vegetarian dishes.

Select portobellos with firm, unblemished caps, then turn them over to check the gills (the dark brown feathery structure underneath). If they are dry, it means they’re fresh. If moist (or slimy) they’ve begun to spoil. Take them home and keep them in a paper bag before refrigerating. The bag will keep them dry up to 5 days.

Before cooking, cut off and discard the stem, which can be woody. Use a spoon to scrape off those gills because they can discolour other ingredients. Wipe the cap with a damp paper towel or just brush off any dirt. Cut in half, then thinly slice for stir–fries or keep whole if roasting or grilling.

A single portobello mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana, plus other nutrients such as vitamin C & D, iron and selenium. They are also low in fat, calories and carbs. They’re great stuffed or in fajitas and salads.

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The new classic burger

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Jun 9th, 2015

Classicburger
PREP 15 MIN | TOTAL 35 MIN | MAKES 4 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

8 slices applewood-smoked bacon
1 egg
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
500 g medium ground beef
4 sesame hamburger buns, cut in half horizontally
4 pieces smoked cheddar, thinly sliced
4 pieces aged cheddar, thinly sliced
1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
1 cup packed arugula
1/2 cup lemon-pepper aioli

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Cook bacon until crispy, 2 to 3 min. Transfer to a paper-towellined plate. Set aside.
  • Preheat barbecue to medium. Whisk egg with Dijon, Worcestershire and salt in a large bowl. Season with fresh pepper. Add beef. Gently mix together. Shape into 4 burgers, each about 1/2 in. thick. Press a shallow depression in centre of each to help keep their shape while cooking.
  • Oil grill and barbecue burgers, lid closed, 5 to 7 min. Flip burgers, then lay smoked-cheddar slices on burgers. Continue grilling, lid closed, until burgers are cooked and cheese is melted, 6 more min.
  • Place bottom buns, cut-side up, on grill. Lay aged-cheddar slices on buns. Grill, lid closed, until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 min. Stack beef patty, tomato slice, bacon, arugula and Lemon-Pepper Aioli between buns.

NUTRITION

Calories 898
Protein 50 g
Carbohydrates 31 g
Fat 63 g
Fibre 2 g
Sodium 1457 mg
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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 prosciutto and asparagus bundles

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jun 1st, 2015

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Prosciutto provides a touch of saltiness and a crisp contrast to tender grilled asparagus. Serve bundles warm with a drizzle of olive oil.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Serves 6

Grilled prosciutto and asparagus bundles

Ingredients:

  • 36 thin spears fresh Ontario Asparagus (about 1 bunch)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 thin slices prosciutto

Method:

  1. Wash and break asparagus stalks where they snap easily; discard ends. Dry and toss with oil and season with pepper. Bundle 3 spears together; wrap 1 piece of prosciutto around asparagus.
  2. Place bundles on greased grill over medium to medium-high heat; grill, turning occasionally, until asparagus is bright green and tender and prosciutto is crisp, about 5 minutes. Drizzle bundles with olive oil.
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Grilled asparagus and goat cheese appetizers

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jun 1st, 2015

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Feature the jewels of the season on crisp toasts with goat cheese and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. If you cannot find balsamic glaze, just drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves 6 (12 appetizers)

Grilled asparagus and goat cheese appetizers

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 12 oz (375 g) Ontario Asparagus, trimmed
  • Pinch each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Ontario Goat Cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) balsamic glaze

Method:

  1. Slice baguette diagonally into 12 (1/2-inch/ 2 cm) thick slices. Brush with 4 tsp (20 mL) of the oil. Place on greased grill over medium heat. Grill for 2 to 4 minutes, turning once, until light golden. Transfer to serving platter. Rub each slice with cut side of garlic; set aside.
  2. If asparagus spears are thick, slice in half lengthwise. Place asparagus on rectangular grill topper or in grill basket. Brush with remaining oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat, turning once, until tender-crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Cut spears into thirds.
  3. Spread goat cheese evenly over each baguette slice. Top with asparagus spears. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Tip: To serve the appetizers warm, just pop them back on the barbecue once you have spread with goat cheese and heat them for another minute or two.

 

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Strawberry cream cheese half moons

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

strawberrycreamcheesehalfmoons

This yummy portable dessert uses fresh Ontario Strawberries.  It is best served the same day it is made.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Baking Time: 25 minutes
Makes 12

Strawberry cream cheese half moons

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) diced hulled Ontario Strawberries
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cornstarch
  • 3 oz (90 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
  • 1-1/2 pkg (700 g, total) frozen puff pastry (3 pre-rolled sheets), thawed
  • 1 Ontario Egg Yolk
  • Garnish: Granulated and icing sugars

Method:

  1. Combine strawberries, 2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. Combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup (50 mL) icing sugar and vanilla; mix well with wooden spoon until smooth. Set aside.
  3. On lightly floured surface, roll each pastry sheet into 10-inch (25 cm) square (if necessary). Using 4-inch (10 cm) round cutter, cut out 12 rounds (4 rounds from each sheet). Arrange on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. In small bowl, beat egg yolk with 1 tsp (5 mL) water; brush over edge of each round. Dollop heaping teaspoon cream cheese mixture in centre of each. Top with scant tablespoon strawberry mixture. Fold in half to form half-moon shape; pinch edges to seal.
  5. Garnish: Lightly brush each pie with egg wash; sprinkle with a little granulated sugar. With tip of paring knife, cut steam vents in centre of each.
  6. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly on baking sheets then place on cooling racks. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

Courtesy Foodland Ontario

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Tres leches coconut cake

Chatelaine | posted Monday, May 25th, 2015

Cake
PREP 25 MIN | TOTAL 1 HOUR 55 MIN PLUS CHILLING TIME |  MAKES 9 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
5 eggs, separated
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/3 cup 2% milk

1/2 tsp vanilla

COCONUT SYRUP

1/2 400-mL can coconut milk
1/2 300-mL can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp rum, optional

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  PREHEAT oven to 350F. Spray a metal 8 x 8-in. cake pan with oil. Line bottom with parchment.
  2.  STIR flour with baking powder in a medium bowl.
  3.  BEAT egg whites in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on high, until foamy. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar and continue beating until whites are glossy and stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted, 2 to 3 min. Using same beaters (no need to wash), beat yolks with remaining 3/4 cup sugar in a large bowl until pale yellow, 1 to 2 min. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually beat in flour mixture, then milk and 1/2 tsp vanilla, until smooth.
  4.  STIR a third of egg whites into yolk mixture, using a rubber spatula, then carefully fold in remaining egg whites until no streaks remain. Pour into prepared pan.
  5.  BAKE in centre of oven until springy and a skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 min. Cool completely on a rack, about 1 hour.
  6.  WHISK coconut milk with condensed milk, 1 tsp vanilla and rum in a small bowl until combined. Poke top of cake all over with a skewer. Pour half of coconut syrup over cake and let stand 5 min. Run a knife around edges of cake and invert onto a rimmed serving platter. Remove parchment. Poke bottom of cake all over with skewer. Pour remaining syrup all over cake, spooning any excess drippings back onto the cake until it is absorbed, about 5 min. Refrigerate until fully chilled before serving, 1 to 2 hours
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Quinoa tabbouleh

Cityline | posted Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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This fresh, gluten-free alternative to traditional tabbouleh makes a great side dish or summer potluck salad!

Quinoa tabbouleh

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup rough chopped parsley
  • 1/2 finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup rough chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper

Method:

Toss in a large bowl and serve.

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