In bowl, whisk all-purpose flour with salt. Using pastry blender, cut in cold butter and cold lard until mixture resembles fine crumbs with a few larger pieces.
Whisk 1/4 cup ice water with sour cream; drizzle over dry ingredients, stirring briskly with fork until ragged dough forms. Divide in half; press into discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
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.
Rice replaces bread in this hearty gluten-free stuffing. Slowly caramelized shallots add layers of flavour, while a sprinkling of crispy fried shallots delivers a satisfying crunch. The rice mixture is best made the day of, but if you'd like to do some prep work ahead of time, chop the veggies and caramelize the shallots the day before.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
dry white wine
2 1/4 cups
brown and wild rice blend
(such as Lundberg Wild Blend Rice)
3 1/2 cups
sodium-reduced chicken broth
salt and pepper
per serving: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate45 g
In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook celery, carrot, garlic, sage, thyme, pepper and salt, stirring, until softened, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to high; add wine. Cook, stirring, until no liquid remains, about 3 minutes. Stir in rice and broth. (Adjust amount of broth according to directions on package of rice.) Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until no liquid remains, about 55 minutes. Fluff with fork.
Shallots: Meanwhile, set aside 3 of the shallots; halve remaining shallots lengthwise. In cast-iron or heavybottomed skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook halved shallots, salt and pepper, stirring and adding 1 to 2 tbsp water every 5 to 10 minutes, until softened, golden brown and caramelized, about 40 minutes. (Makeahead: Let cool completely; cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Meanwhile, slice reserved shallots into thin rings; toss with cornstarch, shaking off excess. In heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 1/4-inch (5 mm) oil; working in batches, cook shallot rings until golden brown, about 1 minute. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel–lined plate to drain. (Make-ahead: Store at room temperature for up to 2 hours.)
Stir caramelized shallots into rice mixture; scrape into 8-cup (2 L) casserole dish. Whisk egg with 2 tsp water; brush over mixture. Top with butter; cover with foil. Bake in 450 F (230 C) oven for 20 minutes; remove foil and cook until top is browned and crispy, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with shallot rings.
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.
This Chinese classic gets a wholesome makeover by replacing the meat with loads of fresh vegetables. Korean hot pepper paste isn't traditionally found in ma po tofu, but it adds a nice kick. Look for it in the Asian section of your grocery store, or substitute with one teaspoon of sriracha.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2016
20-minute whole grain
vegetable oil or
quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise in scant 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick pieces
trimmed and cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) lengths
In saucepan, cook rice according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry carrot, three-quarters of the green onions and the ginger until carrot is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add green beans and mushrooms; stir-fry until green beans are beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in black bean garlic sauce and hot pepper paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Whisk cornstarch with 1 cup water; stir into vegetable mixture. Bring to boil; boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Add tofu; cook, stirring gently, until tofu is coated and warmed through, about 3 minutes. If necessary, add water, 1 tbsp at a time, to reach desired consistency.
Divide rice among serving bowls; top with ma po tofu. Sprinkle with remaining green onions.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Use medium-firm tofu in stir-fries. It has a delicate texture yet doesn't fall apart as easily as soft tofu.