This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.
Prep time50 minutes
Total time2 hours & 30 minutes
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2015
boneless beef blade roast
cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm cubes)
dry red wine
mini white potatoes
scrubbed and quartered
cut in 1 1/2-inch thick (4 cm) chunks (halve bigger pieces)
sodium-reduced beef broth
drained and rinsed
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat27 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper; toss with beef to coat.
In large Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of the butter and the oil over medium heat; working in small batches, cook beef, stirring, until browned, about 20 minutes total. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside.
Add remaining butter to Dutch oven; cook celery and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits, for 2 minutes.
Return beef and any juices to Dutch oven. Add potatoes, carrots, thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, stirring occasionally to loosen any remaining browned bits from bottom.
Cover and braise in 350 F (180 C) oven for 45 minutes. Stir in cocktail onions; cover and braise for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook until vegetables are tender and beef offers no resistance when pierced with tip of knife, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in peas; cook for 5 minutes.
Skim any fat from surface of stew; remove thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Change it up - The Ultimate Beef and Mushroom Stew: In large Dutch oven, melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat; cook 1 pkg (227 g) button or cremini mushrooms, trimmed, stirring occasionally, until tender, golden and no liquid remains, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside. Continue with recipe as directed, returning mushrooms to Dutch oven along with beef.
Canadian maple whisky, fresh ginger and a touch of raspberry liqueur make for a well-balanced libation that's sure to be a hit among fans of both sweet and savoury drinks. If you have any whisky left over, it's delicious on its own over ice.
Portion size1 serving
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
1 1/2 oz
such as Sortilege Liqueur
such as Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
per cocktail: about
Saturated fat0 g
Total carbohydrate3 g
Add ice to cocktail glass; set aside. In cocktail shaker, use muddler or back of wooden spoon to mash ginger with lemon juice until ginger is broken into pieces.
Add enough ice to fill shaker halfway. Add whisky and raspberry liqueur; close lid and shake about 6?times. Strain into glass. Top with soda; stir. Garnish with lemon zest.?
These crescent-shaped cookies of German origin are elegant with a drizzle of chocolate. Or dip half in chocolate or dust with icing sugar.
Portion size50 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: Holiday Best 2013
walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds
per cookie: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate7 g
In bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg yolks and vanilla.
Whisk together flour, pecans and baking powder; add to butter mixture, stirring to form stiff dough.
Using hands, roll dough by 1 tbsp into small logs with tapered ends, bending ends to form crescents. Place, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined or greased baking sheets.
Bake on top and bottom racks of 350F (180C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until bottoms are light golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool.
Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl over sauce- pan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate; let cool slightly. Set racks of cookies over waxed paper. Using fork, drizzle chocolate over cookies; let cool. (Make- ahead: Layer between waxed paper in air- tight container and store for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.)
This impressive roast is coated in a crispy, flavour-packed crust that adds elegance to your dinner plate. To carve, remove the bones and cut thin slices across the grain. If you have guests who prefer different levels of doneness, save the centre slices for the rare-beef lovers and the outer pieces for those who prefer their meat well done.
Prep time30 minutes
Total time3 hours & 30 minutes
Portion size12 servings
beef standing rib premium oven roast
(about 3.25 kg)
, finely grated or pressed
dry red wine
sodium-reduced beef broth
salt and pepper
Per serving: about
Total fat35 g
Saturated fat14 g
Total carbohydrate4 g
Roast: Place beef, bone side down, on greased rack in roasting pan. Brush top and sides of beef with mustard. Stir together rosemary, thyme, peppercorns, garlic, orange zest and salt; spread over beef, pressing to adhere. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Roast in 450°F oven for 19 minutes. Reduce heat to 275°F; roast, basting occasionally if necessary, until instant-read thermometer inserted in centre reads 140°F for medium-rare, 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 hours. Transfer to cutting board; let rest for 15 minutes before slicing across the grain.
Gravy: While beef is resting, discard all but 1/4 cup of fat from pan. Sprinkle in flour; cook over medium heat, stirring, until fragrant and golden, about 3 minutes. Pour in wine; cook, whisking, until thickened, about 1 minute. Add broth, orange juice, mustard, salt and pepper; cook, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in additional broth or water if necessary to reach desired consistency. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into serving bowl. Serve with beef.
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