Evelyn Chartres Author
Cheese

Fondue au Fromage

A cheese fondue is one of the better known variants. White wine and cheese slowly melted into a thick dipping sauce. I prefer to use a french baguette to dip, since the hard crust will give you a surface for the forks to bite into.

Be careful not let the cheese come to a boil, that will cause the fondue to curdle. If your cheese fondue is too thick add some wine. Alternatively add more cheese or cornstarch to thicken the fondue.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups (355 ml) of dry white wine
  • ¾ pound (350 ml) of shredded old cheddar cheese
  • ¼ pound (115 ml) of shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ pound (115 ml) of shredded havarti
  • 2 cloves (10-15 g) of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cornstarch
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of cognac (optional)
  • 1 French bread baguette

Instructions

  1. Cut baguette into ¼ inch (0.6 cm) slices and set aside.
  2. In a heavy pot add wine, cheese and garlic. Mix and melt contents under low to medium-low heat, careful to never bring cheese to a boil.
  3. Stir occasionally, until you have a consistent finish.
  4. Add nutmeg, pepper and cognac, continue to stir. Add cornstarch as necessary to thicken the sauce.
  5. When ready transfer to the fondue pot, maintain heat and 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.

I have difficulty finding Reblochon cheese in local stores, so I opt 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 slicing and removing the rind from the cheese 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. 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.
  3. Cut bacon into ¼ inch (0.6 cm) long pieces. Sauté over medium-high heat until browned. Drain, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Oil pan, add onions and garlic. Sauté until browned.
  5. Add bacon and wine, cook for five minutes while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add potatoes, mix then season with salt, pepper and herbs.
  7. Remove from heat and divide.
  8. In a baking dish place first half of mixture and cover with slices of brie.
  9. Repeat for second layer of mixture and cover with remaining slices of brie.
  10. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling.

Beef and Macaroni au Four

Ground beef and macaroni with a pasta sauce is pretty much a staple of Canadian cooking. There is also seems to be no end in sight for variants on this particular dish and it is readily available in stores.

This variant is quick and easy to make. I use melt some shredded cheese on top using an oven. While I use a four-cheese or Portobello mushroom pasta sauce, any variants that catch your eye will do!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (225 g) of elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 1 pound (450 g) of ground beef
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped roasted red peppers
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of pressed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • 22 fluid ounces (650 ml) of pasta sauce
  • ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (per portion)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare macaroni in accordance with package instructions.
  3. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Add beef, onions, red peppers, garlic and seasoning.
  5. Cook until meat is no longer pink, then drain meat.
  6. Return to heating element then add pasta sauce and macaroni.  Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  7. Place a portion in a stoneware dish then cover in shredded cheese. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

Aiglefin au Gratin

Haddock au Gratin

A lot of people I know avoid eating fish. They either do not like the texture or the taste; at least until they try this recipe.

This recipe combines Haddock with an easy to make cheese sauce and Panko breadcrumbs. For this recipe, haddock can be substituted with Cod, Tilapia or any other fish that strikes your fancy!

Ingredients

  • 1¼ pound (575 g) of fillets of haddock
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) or 1½ ounces (45 g) of fine chopped onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 g) of pressed garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of cumin
  • 5 cups (1,200 ml) or about 12 ounces (340 g) of old cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of flour
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of Panko breadcrumbs

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Thaw and pat dry fish fillets.
  3. In a greased 12×9 inch casserole dish, line bottom with fillets.
  4. In a small pan melt 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter over medium heat.
  5. Add onions, garlic and cumin. Sauté until onions are transparent.
  6. Spread sautéed onions and garlic over fillets.
  7. Shred cheddar cheese and set aside.
  8. Use a 1.5 quart (1.4 l) saucepan on medium heat; melt butter then add flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  9. While stirring, add milk gradually and make sure there are no lumps.
  10. Gradually add three cups (700 ml) of cheese to the saucepan. Continue stirring to integrate the cheese.
  11. Add Italian seasoning and pepper to sauce. Stir then remove from heat.
  12. Cover fish fillets with cheese sauce, sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese and breadcrumbs.
  13. Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has browned. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Cheese and Crab Quiche

Quiche has its origins in French cuisine and has many variants. This one fuses crab, spinach, eggs whites and cheddar cheese to create a tasty meal!

This recipe can be made from either fresh or canned ingredients. I keep the ingredients on hand in case I need to make a meal on short notice.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (170 g) of flaked crab meat
  • 5 ounces (140 g) of chopped spinach
  • 2 ounces (55 g) of finely chopped onions
  • 3 ounces (85 g) of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 12 fluid ounces (350 ml) of evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5. ml) of salt
  • 1 x 9 inch (22 cm) deep-dish pie crust

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven at 300°F (150°C).
  2. Line bottom of pie crust with crabmeat.
  3. Reserve 1 ounce (30 g) of cheese for later.  Mix spinach, onions, and cheese then line over crabmeat.
  4. Blend egg whites, milk and seasoning. Pour over the pie, allow to settle.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.