We're bringing back the cheese ball with these bite-size versions of the retro party snack. Roll them in your choice of ingredients to coat and skewer each with a breadstick for a fun twist.
Portion size25 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
shredded extra-old white
pkg (250 g)
whipping cream (35%)
Per serving: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate1 g
In food processor, whirl together Cheddar, cream cheese, cream, mustard and pepper until smooth. Scrape into bowl; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
Roll by 1 tbsp into balls; arrange on parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Roll in desired coatings.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Look for apple chips, which are crispy, instead of dried apple rings, which tend to be chewier. The chips are often sold in the produce section of major supermarkets or in health food stores.
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.
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.)
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.