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.
Creamy coconut milk and rich white chocolate, which come together in this velvety-smooth and perfectly sweet custard, are a match made in heaven. For easy slicing, let the tart chill once you've added the custard. Use a vegetable peeler to easily shave the chocolate garnish.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
(about 1 oz), shaved in curls
Coconut Whipped Cream:
whipping cream 35%
White Chocolate Coconut Custard:
(about 2-1/4 oz), finely chopped
per each of 10 servings: about
Total fat30 g
Saturated fat20 g
Total carbohydrate30 g
White Chocolate Coconut Custard: In glass measure, combine coconut milk and enough milk to yield 2 cups liquid. In heatproof bowl, whisk together half of the coconut milk mixture, the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch.
In heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat remaining coconut milk mixture over medium heat just until bubbles form around edge; gradually whisk into egg yolk mixture. Return to saucepan; cook, whisking, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 7 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into clean bowl; stir in chocolate and vanilla until melted and smooth, about 1 minute. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of custard. Refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk flour with sugar. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. Whisk egg yolk with 2 tbsp water; drizzle over flour mixture, tossing with fork until dough clumps.
Turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface. Press into smooth disc. Roll out to 11-inch (28 cm) circle; arrange in lightly greased 9-inch (23 cm) tart pan with removable bottom. Trim edge, leaving 1-inch (2.5 cm) overhang; fold overhang inside pan, pressing pastry up sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Prick bottom of pastry with fork at 1/2-inch (1 cm) intervals. Arrange sheet of foil over pastry; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake on rimmed baking sheet in bottom third of 400 F (200 C) oven for 20 minutes. Remove pie weights and foil; bake until crust is golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.
Fill crust with custard, smoothing top. Cover surface of custard directly with plastic wrap; refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Remove plastic wrap.
Coconut Whipped Cream: Beat together cream, sugar and coconut extract until stiff peaks form; spoon onto custard. Sprinkle with chocolate curls.
These sweet-tangy pastries are ideal for easy holiday entertaining. Bake them straight from frozen for instant hot hors d'oeuvres or pair them with a crisp salad for an elegant first course. Make sure to cut the apple into paper-thin slices so you have enough to garnish each tartlet.
On lightly floured work surface, gently roll out pastry into 12-inch (30 cm) square; prick all over with fork. Cut into 16 squares; transfer to parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheets. Brush tops of pastry with mustard mixture, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border. Arrange 3 apple slices in centre of each. (Make-ahead: Freeze until firm. Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; freeze for up to 2 weeks. Add 2 minutes to baking time.)
Whisk egg with 1 tsp water; generously brush over pastry edges. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 400°F (200°C) oven until pastry is crisp and golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Sprinkle with Blue cheese.
While tartlets are baking, in small saucepan, bring icewine, sugar, shallot and peppercorns to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and syrupy, about 6 minutes.
Strain syrup through fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids with back of spoon; discard solids. Drizzle syrup over tartlets. Sprinkle with tarragon.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Sprinkle the cheese over the tartlets as soon as they come out of the oven so that it will melt slightly.
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.