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.

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.

Pilaf-Stuffed Pork Loin

A tasty pork loin, which vaguely resembles a jelly roll when complete. Combines onions, garlic, rice, marmalade, and salt to create an interesting meal!

I normally serve this meal with a hunter sauce and mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of butter
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of fine chopped onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of garlic pressed
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of chicken broth
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of uncooked rice
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of thin sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of celery salt
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of thyme leaves (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • 2 pounds (900 g) of pork loin
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil

Preparation

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, cook until onion is transparent.
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil. Stir in rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand until liquid absorbed.
  4. Roast almonds, then chop into small pieces. Mix with marmalade, celery salt, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of thyme, salt, pepper and rice.
  5. Pre-heat oven to  325°F (170°C).
  6. Butterfly roast and flatten. Cover roast with rice mix then roll the roast.  Use butcher string to tie up the roast. Should resemble a jelly roll when complete. Discard any remaining rice mixture.
  7. Place roast on a rack, brush with olive oil and cover with remaining thyme.
  8. Place in oven for 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 170°F (77°C).
  9. Carve roast into slices and served with a hunter sauce.

Cheese and Tourtiere Stuffed Pierogies

This is an amalgamation of dishes from different cultures. This recipe combines tourtières which is typically French Canadian and pierogies which are of Eastern European origin. What you end up with a bite-sized cheesy meat pie served as a main meal or as a side in large family gatherings.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (470 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • ⅔ cup of ice-cold water
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of tourtiere meat
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of shredded cheddar cheese

Preparation

  1. In a medium-sized bowl mix first four ingredients. Knead the dough, adding flour as necessary until dough can be handled.
  2. On a floured surface, place dough, flatten and cut into 4 inch (10 cm) diameter circles.
  3. On each piece add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of cheddar and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of tourtiere meat. Fold in half and pinch edges to seal in contents.
  4. In a well-oiled pan fry on medium until pierogies are golden brown.
  5. Makes roughly 16 perogies in all. Serve with fried onions, shredded cheese and sour cream.

French Onion Marinade

A tasty way to prepare chicken by marinating the meat in onions, garlic, beef broth and balsamic vinegar. This dish is typically grilled, cut into tender bite-sized pieces of chicken. This is certainly a family favourite!

Chicken and marinade can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. I use this when going out to a cabin for the week, permitting me to quickly get a meal ready once I get there.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of garlic pressed
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of powdered beef broth
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of water
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken breasts

Preparation

  1. In a freezer bag, add all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Use a straw take out any excess air then seal bag.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least three (3) hours or overnight.  Mix contents of bag occasionally.
  4. Grill chicken, dabbing with marinade occasionally, until meat is cooked throughout.
  5. Cut up chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Ready to serve.