Evelyn Chartres Author
Recipes

Peppercorn and Dijon Steak Sauce

A steak sauce that is easy to make, and keeps well when refrigerated. This recipe provides a burst of flavour with your meal that is sure to please. Remember to add peppercorns for an extra kick!

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves (5-10 g) of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of finely minced onions
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of red wine
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of  Italian seasoning
  • Peppercorn to taste

Preparation

  1. Sautée garlic and onions over medium heat, until onions are transparent. For more flavour, allow onions to brown.
  2. In a soup bowl, mix garlic, onions, mayonnaise, mustard, red wine, and Italian seasoning. Stir until you have a consistent finish.
  3. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. Serve on top of steak. Add peppercorn to taste for an extra kick!

Kladdkaka

Kladdkaka is a Swedish cake that is more commonly known as chocolate mud cake. This cake does not use baking powder, and reminds me brownies! It is often served with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.

Although, I discovered that this cake is also delicious with the creamy nutmeg sauce that I make with my coffee cake recipe.

Yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of butter
  • 1½ cups (355 ml) of sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.125 ml) of salt
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. Butter or grease a 9 inch (22 cm) cake pan. As an additional precaution, dust the pan with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of cocoa, tapping the powder around all surfaces and discarding any remaining cocoa.
  3. Over medium heat, melt butter in a saucepan. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl add sugar, salt, flour and cocoa powder. Mix for consistency, then make a well in the middle.
  5. Add butter, eggs and vanilla extract to the dry mix. Use a mixer to get a consistent finish.
  6. Pour into the pan, and place in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. This cake should be firm on the outer edges and gooey in the middle. After the 20 minute mark, periodically shake the tin. When the centre jiggles less than gelatin but is not completely firm, the cake is ready.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for an hour. The cake will contract, making it easier to remove. Divide and serve for smiles.
  9. Remaining cake should be covered with cellophane wrap and refrigerated.

French Onion Soup

French onion soup is known for its ooey-gooey goodness. With its simple ingredients and straightforward recipe, this dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser! This recipe makes enough soup for six bowls and it keeps well, so it works as a leftover.

Ingredients

Soup

  • 2½ pounds of (1130 g) of sweet onions
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of butter
  • 4 cloves (10-20 g) of pressed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of thyme or 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon (30 ml) of flour
  • 1 quart (900 ml) of beef broth
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of brown sugar

Bread Layer

  • 1 baguette of French bread
  • Garlic butter

Cheese Mix (Per serving)

  • ¾ ounce (20 g) of shredded swiss cheese
  • ¾ ounce (20 g) of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/16 ounce (5 mg) of shredded parmesan cheese

Preparation

Soup

  1. Cut the onions in half lengthwise, then slice. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and garlic. Let the onions sweat, until they are translucent and soft.
  4. Add thyme (or bay leaves), then sprinkle softened onions with flour. Mix until you have an coat.
  5. Pour in beef broth, wine, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. Stir occasionally, bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Simmer for about an hour.
  7. Taste the soup. It is done when onions are very tender and the broth has a balance of sweet and savoury. Add more brown sugar or balsamic vinegar to balance if needed.

Bread Layer

  1. Cut ¼ inch (0.6 cm) slices of baguettes. Enough to cover surface of your French Onion soup bowls (varies on size).
  2. Spread with garlic butter.
  3. Broil in oven or use a toaster oven to toast the slices. Ready once you have a golden brown finish. Set aside.

Cheese Mix (Per serving)

  1. Mix swiss, mozzarella, parmesan cheese. Set aside.

To Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. Oil bowls or coat with a non-stick spray. Fill bowls with soup. Leave about ¼ inch (0.6 cm) of space from the top.
  3. Layer in bread, try to avoid leaving gaps.
  4. Cover with cheese mix.
  5. Place in the oven on broil for 10 minutes. Ready when the cheese layer is bubbly with golden brown accents. If you are reheating the soup, bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, then serve on a plate.

Baked Camembert

A quick and easy treat that is sure to please. This recipe features Camembert, garlic, and a onion jam (or similar) to create a ready-made cheese fondue.

This dish can be enjoyed with toasted baguettes, Grissols/Melba toast, bread sticks, and/or crackers. Guests can either scoop the cheese directly, or use a spoon for a more cultured experience!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (225 g) of Camembert
  • 2 cloves (5-10 g) of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) of Herbes de Provence
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of onion jam

Instructions

  1. (Optional) Place the cheese in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes to harden the cheese prior to cutting.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  3. Remove the cheese from it’s packaging. Peel away the top part of the rind, while cutting in towards the center, to create a well.
  4. Cut into the cheese in a grid pattern, be sure not the pierce the rind.
  5. Peel then fine mince the garlic cloves. Rub the garlic into the cheese.
  6. Pour olive oil onto the cheese, then top with herbes.
  7. Place atop a sheet of tin foil, then bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and add the onion jam. Bake for another 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven. Serve with toasted baguettes, or ready-made Grissols/Melba toast and enjoy!

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish meatballs are a de-facto comfort food. This recipe opts to bake the meatballs in the oven so they remain intact during cooking. These seasoned meatballs, coated in sour cream, can really brighten the mood at the table and is sure to become a family favourite!

This recipe feeds 6 to 8 people.

Ingredients

  • 1⅛ cup (265 ml) of dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of butter (divided)
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 g) of crushed garlic
  • 1 pound (450 g) of ground beef
  • ½ pound (225 g) of ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Herbes de Provence or Italian Seasoning (divided)
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground allspice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of beef broth
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of flour

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. In a small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter. Add onions and garlic then sauté until onions are transparent.
  3. In a large bowl, mix bread crumbs and cream. Then quickly add onions, garlic, beef, pork, 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of herbes, salt and pepper.  Kneed the contents until you have a consistent texture.
  4. Using a heaping tablespoon of meat, roll into meatballs. Place meatballs on greased 17×11 inch (44×28 cm) pan or cookie sheet. Space them out to fit approximately 40 meatballs.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the centre is no longer pink. On occasion, roll the balls to prevent them from cooking on only one side or sticking to the pan. Once cooked, set aside.
  6. In a large saucepan on medium-high bring broth to a boil. Reduce to low once it comes to a boil.
  7. Combine sour cream and flour into a small bowl then mix well. Stir mixture into the broth, then cook for five minutes while stirring constantly. Do not bring to a boil.
  8. Add meatballs and cook for five minutes. On occasion, place a lid on the saucepan then shake the contents so every meatball gets evenly coated.
  9. When complete, garnish with remaining herbes and serve.