Evelyn Chartres Author

Tuscan Sausage

I am not too sure if this recipe has anything to do with dishes served in Tuscany. However, this dish combines Italian sausage, potatoes, mushrooms, peas and pasta sauce to create a ready-to-serve meal in less than an hour.

This recipe can be heavily varied based on the type of pasta sauce used.  I typically opt for a four-cheese or spinach pasta sauce, both variants are crowd pleasers!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) of Italian Sausage
  • 1 pound (450 g) of potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of garlic butter
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of cumin
  • 10 fluid ounces (285 g) of sliced mushrooms
  • 3 ounces (85 g) of diced onions
  • 3 ounces (85 g) of diced red peppers
  • 22 fluid ounces (650 g) of pasta sauce
  • 6 ounces (170 g) of thawed snow peas

Preparation

  1. Cook and slice up the sausage.  I typically use an outdoor grill to enhance the flavour.
  2. Peel and cut the potatoes into ¼ inch cubes (0.6 cm). Rinse then heat in the microwave until the potatoes have begun to soften for approximately 3 minutes (halved).
  3. In a 8.75 inch skillet (22 cm) melt butter on medium heat.  Add sliced mushrooms and cumin. Sauté until mushrooms are a golden brown. When done set aside.
  4. In a well-oiled 3.5 quart (3.3 l) sauté pan, cook onions and red peppers until onions become transparent.
  5. Add potatoes and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Add sausage, mushrooms and pasta sausage. Reduce heat to low/medium-low and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Add snow peas then allow to heat.  Ready to serve.
  8. Optionally place individual portions into a pot of stoneware then cover in mozzarella cheese.  Heat in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 350°F (180°C).

Cipaille

Sea Pie

featured_cipaille_webI saw an article about Quebe’c Secret Meat Pie. Cipaille is a recipe which hails from my mother’s side of the family.  After a bit of research and I was able to adjust my mother’s recipe to be more historically accurate.  Now this recipe features six layers and uses quatre épices which is popular in French Canadian cooking.

This recipe is said to have origins from within the British Navy. It features a deep-dish pie which features three meats and potatoes.  The cloves give it a distinctive flavour which really makes this unique among my recipes.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2½ cups (590 ml) of sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk

Cipaille

  • ½ pound (225 g) of porc
  • ½ pound (225 g) of beef
  • ½ pound (225 g) of chicken
  • 4 ounces (115 g) of onions
  • 3 cloves (9-15 g) of garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1½ pounds (700 g) of potatoes
  • 30 fluid ounces (900 ml) of chicken broth

Preparation

  1. Cut pork, beef and chicken into small ½ inch (125 mm) cubes.
  2. Mince onions and garlic.
  3. In a small bowl add pork, beef, chicken, onions are garlic. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pepper and salt then knead until you have a consistent finish.
  4. Cover bowl then place in the fridge overnight.
  5. Preheat oven at 300°F (150°C).
  6. Cut potatoes into cubes then set aside.
  7. Except for ½ cup (120 ml) of flour, place ingredients for the crust into a medium-sized bowl.  Knead and add remaining flour until your dough is no longer sticky.
  8. In a 4 quart (3.7 l) pot, layer half of the meat mix, layer half of the potatoes and cover with half the dough.
  9. Repeat with the remaining half of meat, potatoes and dough.  Make a hole in the middle of the dough down to the bottom of the pot.  This will allow you to monitor fluid levels.
  10. Pour chicken broth into the hole until level with upper crust.
  11. Place in oven for 5 to 6 hours.  Check levels from time to time, adding remaining broth until ready.
  12. Remove from oven and meal is ready-to-serve.

Coffee Cake with a Creamy Nutmeg Sauce

featured_coffee_cake_with_sauce_webI have fond memories of visiting my grandmother and coming face to face with this cake. This recipe combines a delicious coffee cake with a creamy nutmeg sauce that really sells it!Interestingly enough, this recipe required a fair amount of deciphering.  For example, the original recipe called for 2 eggs of grease for the cake.

The sauce needs a consistent temperature to thicken reliably. If you can get an even flame then this will be no problem. However, for electric ranges I recommend using a cast iron or steel saucepan to compensate for the on-and-off cycle of the heating element.

Ingredients

Coffee Cake

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) of shortening
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking powder
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of brewed coffee

Creamy Nutmeg Sauce

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of sugar
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.625 ml) of nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of corn starch
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water

Preparation

Coffee Cake

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large bowl mix ingredients until you have a smooth and consistent finish.
  3. Pour contents into a greased 9 inch (22 cm) pie tin.
  4. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes until ready.
  5. Let cool, remove from pie tin and serve with sauce.

Creamy Nutmeg Sauce

  1. Pour sugar, milk and nutmeg into a small saucepan then medium on medium.
  2. In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch.  Stir until you have a smooth finish.
  3. When sauce begins to boil, lower temperature to medium-low or low to maintain a light boil.
  4. Add ¼ cup (60 ml) of the cornstarch and water mix then whisk contents vigorously until sauce thickens.  Add more cornstarch and water if necessary.
  5. When sauce is thick, pour over a slice of coffee cake and serve!

Fondue Bourguignonne

featured_fondue_bourguignonne_webA fondue bourguignonne is oil-based  and the oil is often infused flavour using ingredients such as bay leaves, garlic and rosemary.  Guests will then dip in bite-sized cubed beef into the pot to cook the meal.

Given the popularity of deep-fried pepperoni here at local pubs, I have taken to serving up sliced pepperettes in addition to beef and shrimp.  This addition adds some spice to the dish and is delicious with the honey-mustard dip.

While this recipe recommends grapeseed oil,  my fondue pot manual recommends the use of peanut oil instead.

Ingredients

Fondue Bourguignonne

  • 25 fluid ounces  (750 ml) grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of coarse sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of coarsely crushed peppercorn
  • 3 cloves (20-30 g) of garlic
  • 1/4 pound (125 g) of cubed eye-round cut of beef (per person)
  • 1 ounce (30 g) of sliced pepperoni sticks
  • 2 ounces (60 g) of thawed shrimp (optional)

Sauce au Cognac

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Cognac
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of ketchup
  • 1 clove (5 – 10 g) of garlic

Sauce a L’Ail

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 5 cloves (15 to 20 g) of garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.75 ml) of Italian seasoning

Sauce Dijon au Miel

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of honey
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of Worcestershire sauce or Balsamic vinegar

Sauce au Peanut

  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of Dijon mustard
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of honey
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of hot sauce
  • 2 cloves (10-15 g) of garlic minced

Preparation

Fondue Bourguignonne

  1. Pour oil into a pot then place on medium-low heat.
  2. Add thyme, rosemary, oregano, sea salt, peppercorn and garlic to the pot.
  3. Heat oil and allow aromatic ingredients to permeate into the oil. Remove when the garlic is a light brown.
  4. Pour oil through a strainer into the fondue pot.
  5. Guests cook the meat in oil at their leisure.

Sauce au Cognac

  1. Mix mayonnaise and ketchup together until sauce takes on a pinkish hue.
  2. Press one clove of garlic then stir into the sauce.
  3. Pour in Cognac and stir until you have a consistent finish.  Ready to serve.

Sauce a L’Ail

  1. In a pan sauté the pressed garlic.
  2. Mix garlic, mayonnaise and Italian seasoning together.  Ready to serve.

Sauce Dijon au Miel

  1. Mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and honey in a bowl.
  2. Pour in Worcestershire or Balsamic vinegar for taste, then stir contents. Ready to serve.

Sauce au Peanut

  1. Combine above ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Soupe Paysanne au Brocoli

featured_brocoli_soup_webThis recipe features a creamy finish without the need for cream or milk.  Cover with grated old cheddar to give the soup that extra kick!

Ingredients

  • 18 ounces (500-575 g) of chopped broccoli
  • 11 ounces (300 g) of chopped potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 4 ounces (115 g) of onions
  • 1 clove (5-10 g) of garlic
  • 30 fluid ounces (900 ml) of chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of cumin
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of grated old cheddar (per person)

Preparation

  1. Over medium heat add oil and butter. Heat until the butter has melted.
  2. Add onions and garlic, sauté until the onions are transparent.
  3. Add broth, broccoli, potatoes, pepper and cumin then stir.
  4. Bring to a boil then drop to low heat to simmer.  Stir occasionally for about 25 minutes or until potatoes easily break apart.
  5. Remove from heat for 5 to 10 minutes to cool. Use a blender or mixer to break-down broccoli and potatoes until you have a creamy finish.
  6. Heat on low until soup is hot.
  7. Pour into a bowl, cover in grated cheese and ready to serve. Makes about six bowls.