Evelyn Chartres Author
Sides

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!

Garlic and Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes

Here is my recipe for scalloped potatoes. My take on this recipe adds garlic, parmesan, and cheddar cheese to the recipe to infuse it with a distinctive flavour. This recipe is enough for four servings and can be easily scaled up to feed more.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) of potatoes
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 2 cloves (5-10 g) of crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (355 ml) of evaporated milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
  2. Peel and then cut potatoes into thin slices.
  3. In a greased stoneware pot, layer sliced potatoes. Leave some gaps and sprinkle a part of the chopped onions over reach layer.
  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat melt butter. Add garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add flour and whisk until you have a consistent finish. Pour in evaporated milk while stirring constantly. Add parmesan cheese, sauce will remain on heat until cheese is melted.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Remove from heat and pour into the stoneware pot. Top with shredded cheese.
  8. Bake for 60 minutes covered. Remove lid and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes until top is a golden brown.
  9. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Brochettes de Crevettes Mariné à Vinaigrette Italienne

A shrimp marinade made with a homemade Italian vinaigrette. Ingredients are readily available, easy to assemble and the flavour will blow you away!

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 clove (5-10 g) of garlic (pressed)
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of herbes de Provence
  • 1 pound (450 g) of shelled shrimp

Instructions

  1. In a sealable bag place all ingredients and shake until you have a consistent mixture.
  2. Refrigerate for at least four hours (preferably overnight) to marinate the shrimp.
  3. Soak the skewers in water for an hour to prevent burning while over the grill.
  4. Arrange the shrimp on the skewers, set aside some of the vinaigrette.
  5. Grill over a barbecue and baste occasionally with vinaigrette. Meat is ready once it has a consistent pink colouring.
  6. Pull from grill, ready to serve.

Tartiflette au Brie

A recipe that combines potatoes, bacon, white wine and cheese to create a ready-to-serve meal or served up as a side. This recipe is said to have its origin from the French Alps, and is traditionally prepared with Reblochon cheese.

Since I have difficulty finding Reblochon cheese in local stores, I opted to use Brie or Camembert instead. Make sure to remove the rind prior to slicing. It also helps if you freeze the cheese for thirty minutes or so to make removing the rind easier.

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds (680 g) of potatoes
  • ½ pound (225 g) of sliced bacon
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of minced onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic (5-10 g) pressed
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of dry white wine
  • ½ pound (225 g) of brie or camembert (divided)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. (Optional) Place cheese in the freezer.
  3. Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes. Heat in the microwave on high for 3 to 6 minutes until soft. Immerse in water and set aside to prevent discolouration.
  4. Cut bacon into ¼ inch (0.6 cm) long pieces. Sauté over medium-high heat until browned. Drain, remove from heat, and set aside.
  5. Oil pan, add onions and garlic. Sauté until browned.
  6. Add bacon and drained potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Add wine and heat for about five minutes. Alcohol will evaporate and wine will thicken into a sauce.
  8. Remove from heat and place first half of mixture in a baking dish. Set aside what’s left.
  9. Remove rind from cheese using a vegetable peeler or a paring knife. Cut into two half-circles then slice into three or more layers. To prevent cheese sticking to the blade, run it through warm water prior to every slice.
  10. Layer half of the cheese onto the potato mix in the baking dish.
  11. Layer remaining half of potatoes, and top with last of cheese.
  12. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling.