There will be no trouble getting the kids to eat their vegetables with one of these before-dinner snacks or side-dish options on hand. Just whisk one up and serve with plenty of vegetable sticks and florets.
Portion size4 servings
light sour cream
cup ( 75 ml)
In bowl whisk together light sour cream, salsa, cream cheese and garlic (if using).
It takes just five simple ingredients to create this crunchy confection from our Holiday Celebrations 2009 special issue. To ensure an airy toffee, do not overstir the caramel when adding the baking soda. Dip the pieces in white chocolate for a festive touch.
Portion size48 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
2 1/2 cups
white corn syrup
per piece: about
Total fat0 g
Saturated fat0 g
Total carbohydrate14 g
In large saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 1/3 cup water to boil over medium heat, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300?F (149?C) or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Standing back and averting face, whisk in baking soda and vanilla. (Caramel will bubble and sputter and increase in volume.) Do not overmix.
Pour into greased parchment paper– lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan. Let cool in pan for 2 hours. Break into 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) pieces. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 1 month.)
Pissalidière, a flaky pizza-like tart, is traditionally topped with onions, anchovies and, at times, tomatoes. Here, we've swapped out the anchovies for artichokes to make these bites even more crowd-pleasing, and we've added spinach for a stunning pop of colour.
In skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 20 minutes. Stir in vinegar, salt and pepper.
On parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet, unroll 1 sheet of the pastry. Top with half each of the onion mixture, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. On separate baking sheet, repeat with remaining pastry, onion mixture, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. Bake, 1 sheet at time, in 425°F oven until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Cut each sheet into 16 squares.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: If the onion begins to stick to the skillet, add up to a tablespoon of water, a little at a time.
, toasted and coarsely chopped
liquid wildflower honey
Per tart: about
Total fat18 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
On work surface, gently unroll pastry. Halve pastry lengthwise; cut crosswise into thirds to make 6 rectangles. Arrange, 2 inches apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet.
Using sharp knife, score along border of each rectangle, 1/2 inch from edges. Whisk 1 of the egg yolks with 1 tsp water; lightly brush over edges of pastry.
In bowl, stir together mascarpone, sugar and remaining egg yolk; spoon generous 1 tbsp into centre of each rectangle, spreading to scored edges. Arrange figs over top. Bake in 400°F oven until edges are golden, about 16 minutes. Sprinkle with pistachios. Bring to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
The combination of crab, avocado and corn blends salty, creamy and sweet. Stuffed into crisp pastry cups, it gives you a dinner party–worthy starter in just 10 minutes. For the best results, use fresh crabmeat, which retains more flavour than frozen.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time10 minutes
tub (227 g)
crab claw meat
, drained and coarsely chopped