Here's how to use inexpensive balsamic vinegar to create some of the depth and roundness that you'd find in an aged balsamic. Drizzle the syrup over strawberries or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or brush it on chicken as it comes off the grill.
Portion size50 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: August 2006
<b>Per 1 tsp (5 mL):</b> about
Total fat0 g
Saturated fat0 g
Total carbohydrate5 g
In small saucepan, bring vinegar and sugar to boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 1/4 cup (50 mL), about 8 minutes. Let cool. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 month.)
A special occasion calls for an impressive roast. Beef tenderloin is a bit of a splurge but easier to cook than turkey. The melt-in- your-mouth texture and rich flavour make for an unforgettable holiday meal.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
2 pkg (each 14 g)
17 kg trimmed
beef tenderloin premium oven roast
tied at 1/2-inch (1 cm) intervals
1 1/2 cup
2 1/2 cups
sodium-reduced beef broth
per serving: about
Total fat20 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate9 g
Beef Tenderloin: In spice grinder, or using mortar and pestle, grind mushrooms into fine powder. Set aside. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.)
Rub beef all over with salt and pepper, pressing to adhere. In large skillet, heat butter with oil over medium-high heat; cook beef, turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 7 minutes.
Rub beef all over with half of the mushrooms; reserve remaining mushrooms for Sherry Gravy. Place beef on greased rack in roasting pan; roast in 400?F (200?C) oven until instant-read thermometer inserted in centre reaches 135?F (58?C) for rare, about 50 minutes.
Remove beef to cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes. Remove butcher's twine before slicing across the grain.
Sherry Gravy: While beef is resting, in clean skillet, cook shallots over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar; cook, scraping up browned bits, until vinegar is reduced to coat shallots, about 2 minutes. Scrape into bowl. Set aside.
Remove rack from roasting pan. Heat pan over medium heat; stir in sherry, scraping up browned bits. Bring to boil; cook until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Whisk in broth and reserved mushrooms; bring to boil.
Stir butter with flour; whisk into roasting pan. Bring to boil; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 4 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into heatproof bowl; stir in shallot mixture and salt. Serve with beef.
Pretty pomegranate seeds make these squares feel festive. If you're serving them with other cookies, bars or squares, cut them into smaller pieces, as they're quite rich.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time2 hours & 45 minutes
1 1/2 cup
chocolate wafer crumbs
tub (475 g)
Per square: about
Total fat16 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
In bowl, mix wafer crumbs with butter until moistened. Press into bottom of parchment paper–lined 8-inch (2 L) square cake pan. Bake in 350°F oven until firm and dry, about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
While crust is cooling, in bowl, beat mascarpone with sugar until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour. Spread over crust, smoothing top.
Bake in 350°F oven until no longer shiny, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. Refrigerate until filling is set, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) In saucepan, bring pomegranate juice and honey to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly, about 3 minutes. Pour over filling; sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Lift out onto cutting board; cut into squares.
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Stir in cherries; knead gently just until dough comes together.
Divide dough into thirds. Working one-third at a time, place dough on large piece of plastic wrap. Covering loosely with plastic wrap, shape into 8-inch (20 cm) long log. Flatten sides to form 1-inch (2.5 cm) tall rectangle; twist ends of plastic wrap to seal. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
Trim ends of logs; slice dough into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick rounds, reshaping as needed. Arrange, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375?F (190?C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until light golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
This baked one-pan version of rösti is our secret to feeding a crowd without spending the evening in front of a stove. Start with a clean oven to avoid setting off your smoke alarm, as these squares cook at a high temperature.
Portion size60 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
Dill-Mustard Cream Cheese:
one-third pkg (250 g pkg)
drained, rinsed and finely chopped
(about 2 large), peeled
(about 1 large), peeled
each onion powder and
each pepper and freshly grated
sliced in 60 bite-size strips
per piece: about
Total fat1 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate4 g
Rösti: In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook russet potatoes and sweet potato, covered, until slightly tender, about 10 minutes; drain. Let cool enough to handle.
Using coarse side of box grater, grate russet potatoes and sweet potato into large bowl; stir in butter, onion powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg until combined.
Press into bottom of parchment paper–lined 15- x 10-inch (40 x 25 cm) rimmed baking sheet. Bake on bottom rack of 450°F (230°C) oven until bottom and top are golden, about 55 minutes. Let cool slightly. (Make-ahead: Let cool completely; cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. Reheat in 375°F/190°C oven until warmed through, about 10 minutes.) Cut into 60 squares.
Dill-Mustard Cream Cheese: In bowl, beat together cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, capers, dill and pepper until smooth. Spread onto rösti squares.
Topping: Garnish each rösti square with 1 strip of salmon and 1 small sprig of dill.