Evelyn Chartres Author
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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.

Grands-Pères à L’Érable

A French-Canadian dessert which is a cake-based dessert cooked in a maple syrup sauce. This dish is popular during the maple syrup harvest and is readily available at any Sugar Shack. Quick and easy to make this dish brings the sweet and distinct flavour of maple to one’s palate. Delicious!

Ingredients

Syrup

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of water
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of maple syrup

Batter

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of milk
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of melted shortening

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the batter until you have a consistent finish. Batter should be able to slide from a spoon, so you may need to add some milk.
  2. In a pot pour water and maple syrup. Bring to a boil.
  3. Drop batter by the spoonful into the sauce. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, ready-to-serve.

Cretons

This is a classic French-Canadian breakfast spread. Made with pork, onions, spices and served over bread, this dish can be readily found in any Québec kitchen. While this spread can be served straight, many will enhance the flavour with mustard.

In English Canada this dish will typically get some confused looks. However, this dish should be judged with your tastebuds!

Ingredients

  • ¾ pounds (340 g) of cubed lean pork
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of dry breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of water
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of white pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.63 ml) of ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients into a pot. Bring to boil while stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Simmer with a closed lid for an hour.
  3. Remove from heat then let cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Use a blender until you have a smooth texture.
  5. Let cool then refrigerate overnight.

Cognac and Molasses Marinade

A tasty marinade using molasses, cognac and balsamic vinegar This dish is typically grilled then cut up into tender bite-sized pieces.

This recipe can also be frozen prior to cooking and later pulled out for use, so you don’t need to carry all of the individual ingredients. An excellent option when spending the weekend at a cabin; freeze and it’s ready to cook once thawed.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of molasses
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of  cognac
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken breasts

Instructions

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