Evelyn Chartres Author

Balsamic Chicken Bites

A tasty dish that I have made for years. Based on a recipe for Chicken Kung Pao and it’s easy to make. The difference in vinegar really makes the flavour pop! Serve with snow peas and rice to make a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of pressed garlic
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of roasted red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of shaved fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cornstarch

Preparation

  1. Chop onions and red pepper then add to a small bowl with pressed garlic. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Set aside.
  3. Combine chicken and cornstarch in sealable container. Toss to cover the chicken.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  5. Add chicken and cook until it is no longer pink. Remove from skillet.
  6. Add onions, red pepper, ginger and garlic into the skillet. Cook until onions are transparent.
  7. Return chicken to skillet.
  8. Quickly stir bowl then add contents to the skillet.
  9. Heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.
  10. Remove from heat and ready-to-serve.

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.

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.

Beef Stroganoff

I make sure keep these ingredients readily available to make this recipe. It takes no time at all to pull this meal together which makes a good 6 to 8 portions. While Beef Stroganoff is not French Canadian in origin, it is nonetheless a family favourite!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (340 g) of egg noodles
  • 8 ½ fluid ounces (250 ml) of sour cream
  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 package (40 g) of onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of garlic butter
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 1 pound (450 g) of ground beef
  • 3 ounces (85 g) of onions (optional)
  • 10 ounces (285 g) of snow peas

Preparation

  1. Prepare egg noodles according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, mix cream of mushroom soup, sour cream and onion soup mix.
  3. On medium heat, melt garlic butter and butter in a skillet.
  4. Add ground beef, onions and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  5. Drain, set heat to low and add contents of bowl.
  6. Stir until contents bubble then add peas.  Heat throughout and ready-to-serve.

Tourtière

Meat Pie

There are many variants of tourtières and this one is the most iconic version. Filled with ground beef and pork, covered in crust and baked in the oven, this dish is often enjoyed with hunter sauce or ketchup.

For an added kick, add some grated cheddar cheese before the top layer of crust is added. Stuff crust tourtière?

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds (680 g) of ground pork
  • 1 pound of (450 g) of ground beef
  • 4 cups (940 ml) of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (5-10 g) pressed
  • ½ cup (125 ml) of diced onions
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Using a 3 quart (2.8 litre) saucepan pour in chicken broth followed by ground meat.
  3. Heat on medium-high and stir occasionally until cooked.
  4. Remove from heat, drain then set aside.
  5. Melt butter in a pan. Sauté onions and garlic until onions are transparent.
  6. Mix onions and garlic with the ground meat. Halve the meat mixture then fill two 9 inch (23 cm) pie crusts. Cover with crust, cut some slits so vapours can escape.
  7. Bake in oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is a golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes before cutting into slices and serving.