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Chef Devan’s gourmet grilled cheese

Cityline | posted Monday, Dec 7th, 2015

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What takes these grilled cheese sandwiches to the next level are the condiments — like sliced mango and homemade smoked ketchup — and a mix of cheeses!

Mango, Brie and aged cheddar grilled cheese with green onion pesto and smoked tomato ketchup

Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 1 semi-firm mango, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups aged cheddar, grated
  • 8 slices Brie
  • 8 slices of white rye bread
  • Unsalted butter

Green onion pesto

  • One bunch green onions, stems removed, rough-chopped
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper

Ketchup

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh-cracked black pepper

Method:

In a pot on medium heat, add vegetable oil. Add onions, salt and pepper and caramelize onions for approximately 10 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute before adding all other ingredients. Stir ketchup often and reduce for approximately 10 minutes until it becomes thick. Blend and pass through a fine sieve. Ketchup can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Blend all ingredients for the green onion pesto until incorporated. Store in the fridge up to one week.

Brush 4 slices of bread with 1 tablespoon of pesto each, then lay cheddar, mango, Brie and more cheddar evenly across all 4 slices. Cover with 4 slice of bread.

In a large frying pan on medium-low heat, add enough butter to lightly coat the pan. Place as many sandwiches as can fit in pan and brush tops with butter. Brown sandwiches for approximately 3-4 minutes a side until cheese melts. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Remove and serve with ketchup.

 

Blueberry, balsamic and havarti grilled cheese with garlic-basil mayo

Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 4 slices of Havarti
  • 8 slices of egg bread

Aioli

  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Method:

For aioli, blend ingredients in a blender and remove to an appropriate vessel, ideally a squeeze bottle.

In a sauce pan on medium heat, add blueberries, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Cook for approximately 5-7 minutes until all ingredients combine well. Finish with lemon zest.

Place 4 slices of bread on a clean surface, and add 1 slice of Havarti, 2 tablespoons of blueberries, and top with a sprinkling of white cheddar. Cover with four more slices of bread.

In a large frying pan on medium-low heat, add enough butter to lightly coat. Place as many sandwiches as can fit in pan and brush tops with butter. Brown sandwiches for approximately 3-4 minutes a side until cheese melts. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

 

French onion soup grilled cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 cups Gruyère, grated
  • Unsalted butter

Onions

  • 2 yellow onions, finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tsp parsley, finely chopped

Method:

In a large sauce pan or medium pot on high heat, add butter and oil. When butter begins to bubble, add onions and cook until golden brown. Add garlic and cook for one more minute. Add thyme, beef stock and red wine and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until the onions take on a deep brown colour, approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in parsley and allow to cool.

Slice baguette into half-inch slices. Cover half of the slices with Gruyère, 1-2 tablespoons of onions and more Gruyère. Cover with the rest of the slices of bread.

In a large frying pan on medium-low heat, add enough butter to lightly coat. Place as many sandwiches as can fit in pan and brush tops with butter. Brown sandwiches for approximately 3-4 minutes a side until cheese melts. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Courtesy Devan Rajkumar
@chefdevan

Lidia Bastianich’s chocolate-hazelnut cake

Chatelaine | posted Monday, Nov 30th, 2015

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INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Let it cool slightly. Grind the hazelnuts in a food processor until they are fine but not pasty.
  • In a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until they are foamy. Add the sugar, and beat until the whites form stiff peaks, about 2 minutes. In a clean bowl, with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and chocolate-hazelnut spread until light, about 2 minutes. Add the yolks, salt, and brandy, and mix until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and ground hazelnuts, and mix until smooth. Remove the bowl from the mixer.
  • Stir about a quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, and then gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Don’t overmix. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake until a tester comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes, then open the spring and remove the side ring. Let the cake cool thoroughly before serving. Slide a broad metal spatula, or two, under the cake to separate it from the metal pan bottom, then lift and set the cake on a serving plate.

Recipe from Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine, 2015.

Chicken Alphabet-Noodle Soup

Today's Parent | posted Wednesday, Nov 25th, 2015

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Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Makes: 6 adult servings

Bring some fun to the dinner table with this educational Chicken Alphabet-Noodle Soup. It’s great for overcoming a cold or flu, too.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 900-mL carton chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, diced
  • 1/2 cup alphabet pasta, or any other small pasta
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

Directions

    • Heat a large pot over medium. Add oil, then onion, celery and carrot. Cook until onion starts to soften, about 3 min.
    • Add chicken broth, water, thyme and salt. Boil, then add chicken and pasta. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is completely cooked through and noodles are tender, about 10 min.
    • Stir in parsley. Ladle into bowls.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent February 2015 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE.

Supper nachos

Today's Parent | posted Monday, Nov 16th, 2015

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Preparation time: 30 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Makes: 6 adult servings

Supper nachos

Ingredients

  • 8 whole-grain tortillas
  • 4 tsp canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 540-mL can navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 454-g pkg lean ground turkey
  • 1 156-mL can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Directions

    1. Position racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Preheat to 400F. Brush both sides of tortillas with 3 tsp oil. Stack tortillas and slice into 8 wedges. Arrange on 2 baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of oven, switching and rotating sheets halfway through, until crisp and golden, 8 to 10 min. Transfer to a rack to cool. Preheat broiler.
    2. Mash beans with a potato masher in a medium bowl. Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Add remaining 1 tsp oil, then garlic, chili powder, cumin and salt. Stir until fragrant, 30 sec. Crumble in turkey. Cook, breaking meat up with a fork, until it’s no longer pink, 4 to 5 min. Add tomato paste, water and mashed beans. Cook until warmed through, about 2 min.
    3. Divide tortilla chips between 2 large casserole dishes or transfer all to a baking sheet. Spread tortillas out in one layer if possible. Spoon turkey mixture evenly over chips, then sprinkle with cheese.
    4. Broil in top third of oven just until cheese melts, 1 min. Serve topped with lettuce, sour cream, tomato, green onion and cilantro.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent January 2015 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE.

Slow-cooker French onion soup

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Nov 3rd, 2015

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INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. COMBINE onions with butter and salt in slow cooker insert. Season with fresh pepper. Cover and cook on high until onions are soft and dark brown, about 6 hours.
  2. STIR in flour until well combined. Stir in vermouth. Scrape up brown bits from bottom. Add broth and water. Cover and continue cooking on high for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. POSITION rack in top third of oven. Preheat broiler. Cut bread into 8 slices, each 1/2 in. thick. Butter both sides and place on a baking sheet. Broil until lightly golden, about 1 min per side.
  4. ARRANGE 4 oven-safe soup bowls on a baking sheet. Ladle soup into bowls. Top each with 2 toasts. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly, 2 to 4 min.

5 steps to the perfect pancake

Chatelaine | posted Monday, Oct 19th, 2015

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Want fluffy, delicious pancakes every time? Follow these five key steps:

1. Stop stirring
Stir pancake batter as few times as possible, preferably using a folding technique and a rubber spatula. No whisks please! Leave a few lumps or streaks of flour in the batter. You’re trying to avoid activating the leaveners (baking soda and powder) in the mixing bowl so they can do their fluffy work in the pan instead.

2. Forget about chocolate chips
Kids and adults love them, but chocolate chips in the batter are just going to burn in the pan. For a better, way more gourmet option, use a vegetable peeler to shave shreds of dark chocolate (from a high-quality bar) over the pancakes after they are cooked. Or go totally wild and make ganache to drizzle overtop (Warning: Your family will go bonkers and demand it with everything).

3. Don’t pan-ic
Non-stick or well-seasoned cast iron pans are both good options. Get the pan hot (a drop of water should sizzle and evaporate in a few seconds), then barely coat the bottom with canola oil (you thought I was going to say butter, didn’t you? Well, butter burns. Save it for smearing over cooked pancakes).

4. Don’t flip twice
Unless you want flat, dense, batter-pucks, flip pancakes just once. Pour in the batter, wait until the surface is covered with bubbles, then flip. Cook until the tops of the pancakes aren’t shiny anymore, then they’re ready. Serve and eat immediately for best results!

5. The Pancake Principle
It’s a universal truth: The first batch is always a dud. The pan is either too hot, too cool or just not “into it” yet. I save this batch for later in the day when I’m jonesing for a snack and prepared to eat anything (cold pancake with peanut butter = yum!).

Try these tricks out at home with our best pancake recipes!

Apple cider turkey pot pie

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Oct 13th, 2015

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PREP 15 MIN | TOTAL 45 MIN | SERVES 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups apple cider, divided
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup 35% cream
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 kg skinless, boneless turkey breast, cut into 1/2-in. cubes
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 450-g pkg frozen puff pastry, preferably President’s Choice
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. PREHEAT oven to 400F.
  2. STIR cornstarch with 1/4 cup apple cider in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. COMBINE sweet potato with remaining cider and onion in a pot. Boil, covered, until potato is tender, 12 to 15 min.
  4. STIR cornstarch mixture and add to pot along with cream, Dijon, sage and salt. Stir often, until sauce thickens, 2 to 3 min. Stir in cubed turkey breast and peas.
  5. SCRAPE turkey filling into a 9×13-in. baking dish. Top with puff pastry, stretching dough to cover dish. Using the tines of a fork, press edges of dough against rim of dish, or fold into the sides. Brush egg yolk over pastry. Cut several slits in the top to let steam escape.
  6. BAKE in centre of oven until crust is golden-brown, 15 to 20 min.

Spanish-style ‘stuffing’

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2015

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This recipe for stuffing cooked outside of the bird, or “dressing,” is super easy and gets its Spanish flavours from Chorizo and smoked paprika.

Spanish-style dressing

Makes approx. 6 cups (1.5 litres)
One serving = 1/2 cup (125 ml)

Ingredients:

4 mild Chorizo sausages (if not available use spicy Italian sausage)
1 cup (250 ml) diced Spanish onion, approx. 1/2 a large Spanish onion
1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped celery
2 tbsp (30 ml) smoked paprika
6 slices stale 100 per cent whole grain whole wheat bread, cut into small cubes
2 tbsp (30 ml) currants or raisins
2 tbsp (30 ml) raw almonds, whole
1/2 cup (125 ml) lower sodium or no salt added turkey or chicken stock
1 tsp (5 ml) iodized salt

Method:

Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Squeeze the sausage meat out of the casing. Break up the meat with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook until browned and cooked through.

Add onions, celery and paprika to the pan and cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until golden brown, approximately five minutes.

Add the bread cubes, currants and almonds. Stir until well combined.

Add chicken broth and stir in. Remove from heat.

Cut a large piece of parchment paper double the size of an 8 x 8-inch metal baking dish. Run the parchment paper under cold water, wring out any excess water, and then line the pan, making sure that there is an equal overlap on two sides.

Spoon the dressing into the pan. Fold the overlapping pieces to cover the dressing and tuck in to make a pouch

Bake at 325 F for 30 minutes. Unfold the top piece of parchment paper to open the top and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until the dressing is slightly dry.

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