Archive | November, 2015

Holiday cheeseballs

25 Nov

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From the hoarded files: Clipped this charming cheese truffle duo 92203ddf-fb5a-4ebb-aac2-485cf6627015on braided bread tray from one of my mother’s magazines back in 1988! While its colourful and clever flavour pairing sticks in my head, I’ve never bothered making them. Every time I flip past a new cheese truffle recipe, I think of them, and keep hoarding more variations.

They make such an irresistible looking plate rolled in any selection of nuts (pistachio or dukkah!), paprika, chopped herbs, dried herbs and various seasonings. Would love to try paprika, breadcrumbs and garlic powder, bicolor toasted sesame seeds, and herbes de Provence.

Maybe this year is the year to give them a whirl.

CHEVRE, PISTACHIO AND DRIED CHERRY TRUFFLES

2 tsp. (10 mL) butter
1/4 cup (60 mL) shallots, minced
1/4 cup (60 mL) dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup (125 mL) ready-to-use Chicken or Vegetable broth
1 Tbsp. (15 mL) parsley, minced
1 Tbsp. (15 mL) lemon zest, finely grated
8 oz. (228 g) chevre (goat cheese)
1/2 cup (125 mL) pistachio nuts, finely chopped

Directions:
In skillet, melt butter over medium high heat. Cook shallots until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in cherries and broth and cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. Add lemon and parsley. Stir in goat cheese until blended. Using two teaspoons or a melon baller, shape into balls. Place pistachios in shallow dish and roll cheese, pressing gently to coat cheese in nuts.
Makes about 3 dozen.

MAKE AHEAD: These can be made and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
VARIATION: Substitute lemon zest for orange zest and dried cranberries for cherries for a holiday twist.

 

 

Tree Trimming Treats

24 Nov

Here’s a wee nosh perfect for the start of the holiday season. Kind of cocktail hour appropriate, and a perfect match for drinks while trimming the tree.

PORK POT STICKERS
Ming Tsai

Makes 30 potstickers

1/4 small head Napa cabbage, finely chopped (about 2 cups; 7 ounces)

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1/8 teaspoon for seasoning

1/3 pound ground pork (not too lean)

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced (from 1/2-inch knob)

1 small carrot, coarsely shredded (about 2 tablespoons)

2 scallions, thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)

2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons Asian (toasted) sesame oil

1/2 egg, lightly beaten

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

30 gyoza (pot sticker) wrappers, from 1 (14-ounce) package*

1/4 cup canola oil

In large bowl, toss together cabbage and 3/4 teaspoon salt and set aside for 30 minutes. Transfer to clean dish towel or cheesecloth, gather ends together, and twist to squeeze out as much water as possible. Wipe bowl clean, then return cabbage to it. Add pork, ginger, carrots, scallions, and garlic and stir to combine.

In small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, and egg, then stir into cabbage-pork mixture. Stir in pepper and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt.

On dry surface, lay out 1 gyoza wrapper, keeping remaining wrappers covered with dampened cloth or paper towel. Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons filling into center, then moisten halfway around edge with wet finger. Fold moisture-free half of wrapper over moistened half to form open half-moon shape. To seal, using thumb and forefinger of one hand, form 6 tiny pleats along unmoistened edge of wrapper, pressing pleats against moistened border to enclose filling. Moistened border will stay smooth and will automatically curve in semicircle. Stand dumpling, seam-side up, on baking sheet and gently press to flatten bottom. Cover loosely with dampened cloth or paper towel. Form remaining dumplings in same manner.

In 10-inch, lidded, non-stick skillet over moderately high heat, heat oil until hot but not smoking, then remove from heat and arrange pot stickers in tight circular pattern standing up in oil (they should touch one another). Cook, uncovered, until bottoms are pale golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, tilting skillet to distribute, then cover tightly with lid and cook until liquid has evaporated and bottoms of dumplings are crisp and golden, 7 to 10 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons more water if skillet looks dry before bottoms are browned. Remove lid and cook, shaking skillet to loosen pot stickers, until steam dissipates, 1 to 2 minutes. Invert large plate with rim over skillet. Using pot holders, hold plate and skillet together and invert skillet. Remove skillet and serve pot stickers warm.

from Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger

CRANBERRY-TERIYAKI GLAZE

1/2 large red onion, sliced

1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger

1/2 cup dried cranberries, such as Craisins

Zest and juice of 1/2 orange

1/2 cup naturally brewed soy sauce

1 cup cranberry juice

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil for cooking

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a saucepan coated lightly with oil over high heat, sauté the onions, ginger and dried cranberries until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the orange zest and juice, naturally brewed soy sauce, cranberry juice, and sugar and bring to a simmer. Reduce by 50 percent over low heat, about 10 to 15 minutes. Check for flavor. Immediately, transfer to a blender and blend until almost smooth (with small bits is preferable), drizzling in oil. Do not blend until super smooth. Check for flavor and adjust seasonings. Let come to room temperature, then transfer to a glass jar, seal and store in fridge for up to two weeks.

TURKEY DUMPLINGS WITH CRANBERRY SOY DIP
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
1/4 lb (125 g) lean ground turkey
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) minced ginger
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) sodium-reduced soy sauce
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
3/4 cup (175 mL) shredded Savoy or Napa cabbage
1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded carrot
1/4 cup (50 mL) green onions

32 round dumpling or square wonton wrappers
Cornstarch for dusting
Sauce:
1 cup (250 mL) Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce
2 tbsp (30 mL) sodium-reduced soy sauce
1/2 tsp (2 mL) minced ginger
2 tbsp (30 mL) thinly sliced green onion

Heat 1 tsp (5 mL) vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Crumble in turkey and brown well. Add the carrot, cabbage, green onions, ginger, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring for 3 to 4 minutes or until the cabbage is wilted. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. Moisten two edges of each wonton wrapper with a little water. Place a rounded spoonful of the filling in the centre of each; fold to enclose, pressing to seal. Place on a baking sheet dusted with cornstarch to keep wontons from sticking. Cover with a damp towel.

Heat 1 tsp (5 mL) vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add a single layer of the wontons. Cook, without turning, for 2 minutes or until just golden on the bottom. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of water to the skillet. Cover and steam for 6 minutes or until all the water is evaporated and dumplings are tender throughout. Repeat with remaining dumplings, adding more oil to the pan as needed.

Sauce: Meanwhile, whisk the cranberry sauce with the soy sauce in a small saucepan; set over medium heat. Cook, stirring often until the sauce comes to a boil and is smooth and glossy. Cool slightly; stir in the ginger and green onions.

Makes 32 wontons.

Jennifer 8 Lee’s version here involves ground turkey, half a head of shredded lettuce, 1/2 cup soy sauce, some chopped scallions, sesame oil, vinegar, shredded veggies, a bit of salt and sugar. She adds egg but you don’t have to.

Seventeen magazine Bubble Bread Tree!

10 Nov

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An early Christmas present has arrived, courtesy of Brenda. A long lost Seventeen recipe page for Christmas tree-shaped sweet buns!

We’ve seen a request for this recipe (other Seventeen holiday breads here), which is from a December 1975 issue. Before our time, but perfect for Brenda! She writes:

“Since I’ve found your blog, I’ve been searching out Seventeen Magazine issues on EBay and other places. This is the first issue that I actually purchased (it was the cheapest I could find) and it came today. Imagine how surprised I was that it had a recipe in it that someone on your site had been looking for. I was thrilled to be a part of it and share. You’re right, this would be perfect for the upcoming holidays.”

If you have any ’70s or ’80s Seventeen magazine recipe pages stashed away, please send them our way. We are happy to post and share with our growing legion of fellow retro recipe hoarders! 🙂

Brenda was kind enough to scan and send the rest of the issue’s pages for fellow Seventeen recipe searchers. Enjoy!

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