Evelyn Chartres Author
Side

Harvard Beets

Beets were a frequent side at large family gatherings. Their distinctive red colouring and juice made them easy to spot. This recipe adds sugar, vinegar, and cornstarch to transform this side into something akin to a dessert.If you were on the fence between love and hate for beets, this recipe may very well have you embracing this treat!

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of water
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cornstarch
  • 14 fluid ounces (400 ml) of canned beets (drained)
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of white vinegar
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of white sugar

Preparation

  1. In a small bowl mix water and cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan on high heat, add vinegar and sugar.  Bring to a simmer. Stir frequently until sugar dissolves.
  3. Set heat to medium Add beets. Heat for approximately 5 to 10 minutes to allow for the beats to warm throughout. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add cornstarch mixture to the beets. Continue to heat stirring until sauce thickens.
  5. Remove from heat, beets are 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.