Evelyn Chartres Author

Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Coquille-St-JaquesA classic French dish made with scallops, prepared with creamy white sauce and traditionally served in a scallop shell.  This recipe features scallops, crab meat, sautéed mushrooms.  The entire dish is baked with a mozzarella cheese until it comes out golden brown.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (225 g) of scallops
  • 8 oz (225 g) of crab meat
  • 10 fluid oz (285 ml) can of sliced mushrooms
  • 5 tablespoons (75 ml) of butter (divided)
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) of flour
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of milk
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of chopped onions
  • 2 to 6 cloves of garlic (approx. 9 g) crushed
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper (divided)
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of cumin
  • 3 oz (90 g) of shredded mozzarella cheese

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter in a pan on medium heat.  Add scallops, salt, pepper and garlic then sauté until meat is white and tender.  When cooked, drain and set aside.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of butter in a pan on medium heat.  Add mushrooms and cumin then sauté until mushrooms begin to brown.  Add onions and continue to sauté until mushrooms are golden brown.  When done, drain then set aside.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons (30 ml) in a saucepan on medium heat.  Pull from heat source, mix in flour.  Pour in cold milk and mix.
  5. Replace on heat source then stir constantly until the sauce is nice and thick.  This process will take approximately 8 – 10 minutes.
  6. Add in the scallops, mushrooms and crab meat.
  7. Pour into individual stoneware dishes (one for each portion) then cover in shredded mozzarella.  Place in the oven until the surface begins to brown (approximately 5 – 10 minutes).  Comes out ready to serve.
  8. Makes approximately six ¾ cup (180 ml) portions.

Galettes au Frigidaire

Refrigerator Biscuits

Biscuit_au_FrigoRefrigerator biscuits are made from a stiff dough that is refrigerated to become stiffer.  The dough is typically shaped into logs which are sliced into rounds before baking.

This treat is easy to make and can be prepared the night before.  Bake fresh when needed and can be easily doubled without re-adjusting ingredients.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (180 ml) of butter
  • ½ cup (180 ml) of shortening
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • ½ cup (180 ml) of sugar
  • ½ cup (180 ml) of brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2½ cups (650 ml) of sifted flour
  • Parchment or wax paper

Preparation

  1. In a bowl mix melted butter, shortening, sugar, brown sugar and egg.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt then mix.
  3. Add in vanilla then mix.
  4. Pull out a sheet of wax paper about the length of your ranges width.  Lay down the dough onto the paper, stretching it out then roll it into a log.
  5. Put the log in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight).
  6. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  7. Pull dough from refrigerator, cut up into ¼” (5 mm) slices then place on a oiled baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Let cool and ready to eat!

Pâté au Saumon

Salmon Pie

Pate_SaumonSalmon pie is variant of tourtière filled with salmon. In this Québec version, the pie is a preparation of cooked salmon and mashed potatoes. The mixture is then placed between pie crusts, and is otherwise prepared in the same manner as most other sweet and savoury pies.

This dish is excellent when served with an egg and Béchamel sauce.

Ingredients

Salmon Mash

  • 12 oz (350 g) of potatoes
  • 7½ oz (215 g) of canned Sockeye Salmon
  • ½ finely chopped onion (approx 35 g)
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic (approx 10 g)
  • 2 tablespoon (30 g) of butter (halved)
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 g) of cumin
  • 1/3rd cup (80 ml) of milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Crust

  • Pie crust 9” (23cm)

Egg Béchamel Sauce

  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ onion (approx 35 g)
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) of butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) of flour
  • 2 cups (475 ml) of milk
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Preparation

Salmon Pie

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. Peel and dice potatoes then boil until they break apart by pressing against the side.  Drain when ready.
  3. Sauté onions and garlic in butter and cumin.  Drain then set aside.
  4. Open can of salmon and debone (if necessary).
  5. Place potatoes, onions, garlic and salmon in a bowl.  Mash contents and add butter, milk, salt and pepper until mash is creamy and smooth.
  6. Place into pie crust then cover with crust.  Make sure you cut a small hole near the centre of the pie.
  7. Place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is a golden brown.

Egg Béchamel Sauce

  1. Hard boil 4 eggs, remove shell, chop then set aside.
  2. Melt butter at medium-high to sauté onions.
  3. Add in flour then whisk until you have a consistent finish.
  4. Pour in milk slowly while stirring.  Continue stirring for about 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  5. Add in seasoning to taste and eggs.  Sauce is ready to serve.

Confitures a l’Oignon

Sweet Red Onion Jam

Red-Onion-JamJams are usually made from pulp and juice of fruits or vegetable. Good jam has a soft even consistency without distinct pieces, a bright colour, a good flavour and a semi-jellied texture that is easy to spread but has no free liquid.  This makes an excellent hors d’oeuvre when served with strong cheese and crackers or on a toasted bagel.

Ingredients

  • 24 oz (700-720 g*) of minced red onions (approximately 3 large)
  • 3½ oz (100-105 g*) of butter
  • 5 oz (150 g) of sugar
  • ½ cup (100-120 ml*) of red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons (40-45 ml*) of blackcurrant liqueur**
  • 1 cup (200-235 ml*) of red wine
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of pepper

Preparation

  1. Set stove to low to melt butter in a deep pan.
  2. Place onions in pan and allow onions to sweat.
  3. Add salt, pepper and sugar to the pan then stir until you have a consistent mixture.
  4. Moisten with red wine vinegar and blackcurrant liqueur.
  5. Add in red wine.
  6. Cook slowly while stirring to reduce liquid to the desired consistency.***
  7. Let cool then place contents in the fridge until ready to serve.

*Original measurements were made in metric.  Ranges for ingredients indicate the original measurement followed by one which best translates to imperial.
** Also known as Creme de Cassis, if unavailable use Port Wine as a substitute.
*** This step takes several hours to achieve.