This recipe was inspired by the traditional Beef Wellington but I was looking for a healthier option. It is a relatively simple recipe that serves elegantly and makes a great impression. I generally serve the salmon with asparagus and a nice leafy green salad with avocado. Leftovers can be easily reheated and I have even served cold slices of the Wellington with a lemon aioli as an appetizer.
Portion size8 servings
Thaw puffed pastry in refrigerator overnight or for 2-3 hours before assembling the Wellington. DO NOT break the pastry squares apart. You will need both pieces to be intact to have enough pastry to wrap the salmon filet. Meanwhile prepare the smoked salmon pate. Combine cream cheese, well drained spinach, smoked salmon, lemon juice and fresh dill in a food processor. Process until well mixed adding a little more lemon juice if necessary. Add green onion and mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula. The pate can be made in advance and refrigerated until needed. You will have some left over but you can serve it to your guests as an appetizer with fresh vegetable crudite or crackers. Assembly: DO NOT detach the two squares of puffed pastry. Roll out the puffed pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 16"X16" square. Cut the salmon filet if necessary to a total length of 14". You will need about 2" of pastry all around the salmon filet so you may need to trim the filet a little. Spread the smoked salmon pate on the puffed pastry square leaving a 1" inch border all around. The more pate you add the richer the Wellington will be. Place the salmon filet in the middle of the pastry and fold the pastry over the ends of the filet first. Next, fold the sides over the salmon creating a package. Make sure all of the salmon is covered with pastry so that the pate will not leak out while cooking. Brush the pastry with the egg wash adding a little extra around the seam. Flip the salmon package seam side down onto a lightly greased non-stick baking sheet and brush the top with egg wash. Place the salmon on the cookie sheet in the freezer for 20- 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat oven to 425F. Cook salmon in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes at 425F and then reduce heat to 400F and cook an additional 10-15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and flaky. Serve immediately.
The rich flavours of this creamy dip are based on classic cheese fondue. Emmental becomes wonderfully stretchy when melted, while Parmesan adds sharpness, resulting in the best combination of flavour and texture. A touch of wine gives it an authentic fondue taste.
Portion size3 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
(about 150 g)
grated parmesan cheese
(about 30 g)
dry white wine
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat8 g
Total carbohydrate5 g
In large bowl, combine Emmental cheese and Parmesan cheese; set aside.
In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; whisk in flour. Cook, whisking constantly, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat; gradually whisk in milk until smooth.
Return saucepan to medium heat; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 4 minutes. Whisk in cream cheese until smooth. Whisk in 2-1/4 cups of the Emmental cheese mixture until melted. Whisk in wine, mustard, chives and pepper.
Scrape mixture into 2-cup (500 mL) ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with remaining Emmental cheese mixture. Broil on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet until bubbly and golden around edge, 5 to 7 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
This clementine-and-ginger glaze is so easy to make. It's perfect paired with salmon, but any fish will do. Serve with rice or noodles.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time15 minutes
Portion size4 servings
skinless salmon fillets
(about 550 g total)
salt and pepper
grated clementine zest
(about 4 clementines)
finely chopped peeled
, peeled and segmented
Per serving: about
Total fat21 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
Sprinkle fish with half each of the salt and pepper. In large nonstick skillet, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; cook fish, turning once, until edges are golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate.
In small bowl, whisk together clementine zest, clementine juice, lemon juice, honey, cornstarch and remaining salt and pepper.
In same pan, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook garlic and ginger, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add clementine juice mixture; cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Add fish and clementine segments; cook, stirring occasionally, until fish flakes easily when tested, about 2 minutes. Transfer to serving dishes; sprinkle with chives.
These crisp, light and nutty cookies make an impressive addition to any sweets tray. Draping the still-warm cookies over a greased rolling pin creates their signature curve; for a more subtle curve, use a wider-barrelled rolling pin, and for a more exaggerated shape, use a narrow one.
Prep time1 hour & 15 minutes
Total time2 hours & 30 minutes
Per cookie: about
Total fat2 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate5 g
In small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice and salt; cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in flour and almonds. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
From batter, form six 1-tsp balls. Arrange, 3 inches apart, on silicone baking mat or parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet. (If mixture becomes too soft, refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.) Bake in 350°F oven until golden, flat and bubbly, about 8 minutes. Let cool on mat for 90 seconds.
Working quickly, use small spatula to lift cookies and drape over lightly greased rolling pin. Let cool just until firm, about 5 minutes; transfer directly to rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter; if necessary, refrigerate dough between batches to firm up. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: You can also use this recipe to make cigar cookies. Instead of draping the cookies over a rolling pin, use the lightly greased handle of a wooden spoon.
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.)