In skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, garlic and thyme, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until softened. Add chicken livers; cook, stirring often, for 8 minutes or just until slightly pink inside. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
In food processor, puree together liver mixture, brandy, cream cheese, mustard, cloves, allspice, salt and pepper until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until firm. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 day.) Sprinkle with parsley.
Our set-and-forget version of this classic Easter dish is a win-win: Your oven is free to make the holiday ham and the slow cooker's gentle heat creates incredibly tender and creamy potatoes. You'll need at least a six-quart slow cooker for this recipe.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2015
peeled and cut in scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick rounds
trimmed, cored and thinly sliced
whipping cream 35%
per serving: about
Total fat9 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
In large bowl, gently toss together potatoes, fennel, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper until well combined. In small bowl, whisk cream with potato starch until smooth.
In lightly greased slow cooker, layer half of the potato mixture. Sprinkle with one- quarter of the Gruyère and half of the bacon. Pour in half of the cream mixture. Top with remaining potato mixture, another quarter of the Gruyère and the remaining bacon and cream mixture.
Cover and cook on high until potatoes are tender, about 4-1/2 hours. Turn off slow cooker; sprinkle with remaining Gruyère. Cover and let stand until cheese is melted and some of the liquid has absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: We've made this dish without gluten by using potato starch as a thickener, but feel free to substitute with all-purpose flour if gluten isn't a concern for your guests.
Serve these spring rolls with hoisin or plum sauce for dipping and a sprinkling of chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro for a Thai-inspired garnish.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time1 hour
deveined peeled large shrimp
(31 to 40 count), coarsely chopped
, thinly sliced
frozen phyllo puff pastry
Per piece: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate15 g
In large nonstick skillet or wok, heat sesame oil over medium-high heat; sauté coleslaw until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Add shrimp, garlic and ginger; sauté until shrimp are slightly pink and opaque, about 2 minutes.
Add green onions, cilantro and salt; sauté for 1 minute. Scrape into bowl; refrigerate until lukewarm, about 20 minutes. Drain, discarding any excess liquid.
Place 1 sheet of the phyllo on work surface; keep remaining sheets covered with damp towel (to prevent drying out). Lightly brush phyllo with some of the butter. Top with second sheet of the phyllo; lightly brush with some of the remaining butter. Cut layers in half lengthwise. Spoon 1/4 cup of the shrimp mixture onto 1 short end of each half; roll up phyllo, 1 half at a time, folding in ends. Arrange, seam side down, on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet; lightly brush with some of the remaining butter. Repeat with remaining phyllo, butter and shrimp mixture. Bake in 400°F oven until golden, about 18 minutes. Serve warm.
This festive main is exactly how we like our holiday meals: bursting with flavour and easy to make. The seafood is best cooked at the last minute, but the dish comes together quickly once you turn on the stove. Take the time to prep the ingredients well in advance of mealtime, then get cooking about half an hour before serving.
Prep time35 minutes
Total time35 minutes
(21 to 25 count), peeled and deveined
(20 to 40 count), patted dry
, finely grated or pressed
hot pepper flakes
dry white wine
sodium-reduced chicken broth
salt and pepper
Per each of 12 servings: about
Total fat5 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate4 g
In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; working in batches, sauté shrimp and scallops until shrimp are pink and opaque throughout and scallops are golden and opaque, about 4 minutes per batch. Transfer to plate; keep warm.
In same pan, melt 1 tbsp of the butter over medium heat; cook shallots, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and hot pepper flakes; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in wine; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced by three-quarters, about 7 minutes. Pour in broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 1 cup, about 7 minutes.
Add shrimp, scallops and remaining butter; cook, stirring, until butter is melted and shrimp and scallops are warmed through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Every bite of these easy-to-make cookies will melt in your mouth. Go the traditional route and decorate with glacé cherries or use a piping bag and star tip to pipe the dough into pretty rosettes.
Portion size28 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015
1 1/3 cup
pecan halves (optional)
per cookie: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate8 g
In large bowl, beat butter until smooth. Beat in icing sugar until very fluffy and pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions to form soft dough.
Drop by 1 tbsp, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Or roll into balls and use fork tines to flatten and make indentations on the top of each cookie. Or fill piping bag fitted with star tip and pipe dough into rosettes. Top with cherry or pecan half, if desired.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 12 minutes.
Let cool completely on pans.
(Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.) Change it up: Double-Chocolate Whipped Shortbread Reduce flour to 1 1/4 cups. Whisk 1/4 cup cocoa powder into dry ingredients. Before scooping, stir 1 cup dark chocolate chips into dough. Continue with recipe as directed.
Cherry Almond Whipped Shortbread Substitute vanilla with 1/4 tsp almond extract. Before scooping, stir 1/2 cup chopped glacé cherries into dough. Continue with recipe as directed.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Customize your cookies by decorating with nuts, melted chocolate, sprinkles or chocolate-covered sunflower seeds!