Take a bite out of Canada: A menu for 12
By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen
text by Colleen Tully
Showcasing Canada's bounty from coast to coast, this bite-sized feast features lobster, salmon, tourtiére, wild rice, butter tarts, Nanaimo bars and more.
- Salmon en Papillote with Fennel and Roasted Peppers
- Chicken with Pesto Cream Sauce
- Fish Burgers with Light Tartar Sauce
- Garlic Sesame Fish on Bok Choy
- Chicken Fingers with Sweet Potato Oven Fries
- Thai-Style Beef Salad
- Slow-Cooker Picadillo
- Pot Roast with Vegetable Gravy
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup with Tofu
- Black Bean Quesadillas
- Lemongrass Chicken Tacos
- Tofu Noodle Stir-Fry
- White Bean Salad With Seared Steak
- Beef Tacos With Corn Salsa
- Pork Tacos With Red Cabbage Slaw and Guacamole
- Greek Yogurt Caesar Salad Dressing
- Southwestern Quinoa Bowl
- Quinoa Veggie Stir-Fry
- Dill and Feta Quinoa Salad
- Walnut Kale Pesto
This impressive Canadian-themed spread will delight your guests as they sample our tasty nation. You can make all the recipes below to create a menu for 12 people, or pick and choose your favourites for a smaller crowd. Don't be intimidated by the number of recipes listed - most have make-ahead steps so you're not juggling guests, kids, stove and grill all at once.
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Beer and Bacon-Steamed Mussels
Serve with crusty bread for sopping up the juices. Choose a favourite local microbrew (wheat beer is best) for steaming, as well as serving alongside....
Mini Lobster Rolls
Enjoy these in little pieces as in the recipe, or divide the filling among small buns.
Cedar-Planked Salmon with Maple-Mustard Glaze
Grilling the salmon on water-soaked cedar planks infuses it with a delightfully smoky taste, plus the sauce gives it a golden glaze. If you can't do t...
Serve these bite-size Canadian classics with chili sauce.
Beef or Bison Kabobs with Great Canadian Steak Spice
To save on last-minute preparations, skewer and refrigerate the meat without the steak spice for up to 8 hours. Brush with oil and sprinkle with spice...
Cold Buttermilk Fried Chicken Drumsticks
This crispy classic is equally tasty hot or cold.
Green Bean and Barley Salad
This unusual combination of crunchy-fresh beans and hearty barley is a tasty salad that can be made ahead of time – perfect for a picnic.
Curried Lentil, Wild Rice and Orzo Salad
This innovative, cool salad partners deliciously with any main dish.
Butter Tart Squares
These uniquely Canadian squares are a must for any Canada Day celebration.
Nobody disputes the origin of these treats (Nanaimo, B.C.), but there's always an opinion on the exact ingredients.