Evelyn Chartres Author

Moules à la Marinière

Mussels and clams are excellent appetizers. This recipe combines mussels or clams with an apple cider for an appetizer that has a pleasing flavour. This recipe can also be served with a garlic butter and lemon sauce to give it that extra zing!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of (900 g) of mussels or clams
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) of butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 3 cloves (9-15 g) of pressed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of herbes de Provence
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.75 ml) of pepper
  • ½ quart (500 ml) of apple cider or dry white wine

Instructions

  1. Rinse mussels or clams. Brush shells to clear any excess material or grit, make sure the shell has not been broken or compromised. Soak in water until ready.
  2. Using a 4 quart (3.7 l) pot on medium high, add butter and melt.
  3. Add onions and garlic, sauté for 1-3 minutes or when onions are transparent.
  4. Add herbs and pepper to the pot and mix.
  5. Set to high and add apple cider or a dry white wine. Boil for 1-3 minutes to reduce or until alcohol has evaporated.
  6. Drain mussels or clams using a colander, place in pot and cover with a lid.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes, shake the contents of the pot every minute or so to ensure even cooking.
  8. Pull from heat. Place colander in a large bowl then strain the mussels.
  9. Place mussels or clams in a bowl. Strain some of the remaining sauce to serve as a side.

Crunchy and Chewy Country Fried Potatoes

Other than bacon, this is one of my favourite breakfast side dishes. The ingredients are always readily available and can be made up while the rest of the breakfast is ready.

A combination of potatoes, onions, garlic butter and herbs. This recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) of potatoes
  • 1/2  cup (120 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of garlic butter
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons (60 to 90 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper

Preparation

  1. Clean potatoes then cut into small ¼ inch (0.6 cm) cubes.
  2. On a skillet on medium heat, melt butter.
  3. Add olive oil and mix.
  4. Add potatoes, onions, salt and pepper to skillet.
  5. Stir contents on occasion. Add oil as necessary to make sure contents do not stick.
  6. When potatoes edges are a golden brown, remove from skillet.
  7. Place in a bowl, use paper towel to absorb any remaining oil.
  8. Ready-to-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.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Featured_Grilled_Corn_on_the_CobThis is one of my favourite side dishes that uses an outdoor grill.  I individually wrap the corn, so they stay warm while guests eat their meals, so this recipe shows how to prepare one.  For more, just repeat this recipe for each ear of corn.

While they can cooked together, I find they will not keep warm as long once they are removed from the foil wrap.

Ingredients

  • 1 ear of corn (also known as maize)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper
  • 1 sheet of aluminium foil approximately 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm)

Preparation

  1. Shuck then rinse the corn.
  2. Cut off a sheet of tin foil, should be big enough the completely envelop the ear of corn.
  3. Place corn over aluminium foil for the following steps.
  4. Using a fork apply butter directly on the cob, spreading over its entire surface.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the corn.  Otherwise substitute salt with an alternative like Mrs. Dash.
  6. Wrap the corn in aluminium foil.  To avoid leaks, be sure to twist the ends prior to folding in.  Otherwise there is risk flare-ups on an outdoor grill.
  7. Place on a grill set to high-flame for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Set flame to low then rotate corn ever 2-3 minutes for about 18 minutes.  When ready the corn will audibly sizzle even when removed from grill.
  9. Keep wrapped to stay warm.  To serve, unwrap and enjoy!

Fondue Chinoise

Featured_Fondue_ChinoiseA Fondue Chinoise is a French Canadian meal which features a communal pot filled with beef broth. Guests will place thinly sliced beef that is wrapped around a fondue fork.

Once cooked the meat is placed on the plate then dipped in various sauces covered below.  This allows guests to savour the meat while another slice is being cooked.

Ingredients

Fondue Chinoise

  • 1 quart (950 ml) of reduced sodium beef broth
  • 1 package (40 g) of French Onion soup mix
  • ½ pound (225 g) of thin (1/16” or 1.5 mm) sliced eye-round cut of beef (per person)

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

Preparation

Fondue Chinoise

  1. Pour beef broth into fondue pot then mix in package of French Onion soup.
  2. Heat until broth comes to a boil then lower heat to maintain a slow boil.
  3. Cover a sheet of wax paper with sliced meat (make sure they do not touch).  Cover with a fresh sheet of wax paper continue covering with meat until stock depleted. This will make picking up individual slices easier.
  4. Using a fondue fork, pierce a slice of beef then wrap around the fork.  To avoid losing the slice, pierce the overlapping end back over the fork then submerge in the broth until cooked.

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 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.