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.
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.
Sweet spices, winter fruit and sparkling white wine give this sangria a nod to the holiday season. For a pretty garnish, add a star anise to each glass before pouring in the sangria.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
cored and thinly sliced
cored and thinly sliced
peeled and cut in segments
bottle (750 ml)
per each of 8 servings : about
Total carbohydrate27 g
Place cranberries in heatproof bowl. In small saucepan, bring sugar, star anise, cinnamon sticks and 1/2 cup water to boil, stirring frequently; pour over cranberries. Let cool completely.
In pitcher, combine cranberry mixture, apple, pear and salt. Let stand for 2 hours, stirring twice. Stir in clementines, orange-flavoured liqueur and bitters. Add ice cubes; pour in sparkling wine. Serve immediately.
Canada, meet your new favourite cookie. We've done our country's iconic flavour justice by adding maple to the flaky cookie dough, then topping them off with a syrupy glaze.
Portion size50 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
per cookie: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate6 g
In stand mixer with paddle attachment, or in bowl using wooden spoon, beat together butter, icing sugar and maple extract until fluffy; stir in flour just until combined.
Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm but not hard, about 45 minutes.
Working with 1 disc at a time, roll out dough between waxed paper to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using 2-inch (5 cm) maple leaf–shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes, rerolling scraps as necessary. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper– lined rimless baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 325?F (160?C) oven until edges are light golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 1 minute; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make- ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Maple Glaze: In bowl, whisk together icing sugar, maple syrup and maple extract; gradually whisk in up to 2 tsp water to make thin but spreadable glaze. Spread over tops of cookies; let stand until dry, about 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days.)