Prosciutto-wrapped Brie & Watermelon

Prosciutto-Brie-Bundles

It’s patio season – which means having some great nibbles in your repertoire that are easy to pull out and assemble without turning on the oven. These little bundles of joy are similar to the prosciutto wrapped melon of the eighties – the addition of a chunk of creamy brie puts them over the top.

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Balsamic Caramelized Onion Pizza with Arugula and Maple Drizzle

Caramelized Onion Pizza

A new cookbook by Katie Webster celebrates real maple syrup – it’s so Canadian, eh? Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup  is right up our alley – maple season came early this year, and our shelves are stocked with the sweet stuff from our neighbours out east. The hardcover cookbook is gorgeous, packed with recipes from appies to desserts – and of course breakfast – using pure maple syrup in ways we’d never have thought of.

This balsamic-spiked caramelized onion pizza caught our eye immediately – perfect for home entertaining, it’s easy to make, and the maple drizzle really brings it to a whole new level.

Thanks Katie!

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Asparagus Chicken Puffs

 

Asparagus Chicken Puffs
Store bought puff pastry makes these sumptuous appetizers so easy to make - leaving you with more time to mingle with family and friends.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large boneless chicken breast, 1
  2. cooked and cubed
  3. 2 tbsp mayonnaise 30 mL
  4. 1⁄2 to curry powder 2 to
  5. 1 tsp 5 mL
  6. Salt and black pepper to taste
  7. 1 package (14 oz/400 g) puff pastry 1
  8. 1 can (12 oz/341 mL) asparagus, 1
  9. well-drained (or 12 fresh small
  10. asparagus, blanched)
  11. 1 egg, beaten 1
  12. Sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, purée chicken, mayonnaise, curry, salt and pepper until smooth. Roll pastry into a 14- by 10-inch (35 by 25 cm) rectangle. Cut lengthwise into 3 even strips. Spread chicken mixture along one side of each strip of pastry. Place asparagus spears lengthwise beside chicken mixture. Brush edges of pastry with egg. Roll pastry over to close completely. Brush top with egg, cut rolls diagonally into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 450°F (230°C) for 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 350°F (180°C); bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
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Honey Lemon Marmalade

This golden-colored jelly with finely sliced rind has a nice balance of tart and sweet

Honey Lemon Marmalade
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Ingredients
  1. This golden-colored jelly with finely sliced rind has a nice balance of tart and sweet.
  2. 6 large lemons 6
  3. 11⁄2 cups water 375 mL
  4. 23⁄4 cups granulated sugar 675 mL
  5. 11⁄2 cups liquid honey 375 mL
  6. 1 pouch (3 oz/85 mL) liquid pectin 1
Instructions
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove rind from several of the lemons in wide strips; thinly slice to make 3⁄4 cup (175 mL). In a small saucepan, combine rind and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until rind is softened. Set aside.
  2. Remove remaining peel and pith from lemons. Finely chop lemons, discarding seeds and any connective membranes. Place in a 4-cup (1 L) measure with any juice. Squeeze any juice from peel into the measure; discard peel. Add cooked rind with liquid and enough water to make 3 cups (750 mL) total.
  3. In a Dutch oven or a large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine lemon mixture and sugar. Bring to a full boil over high heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Stir in honey. Return to a full boil, stirring constantly. Immediately stir in pectin; return to a full boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Stir for 5 to 8 minutes to prevent rind from floating.
  4. Ladle into sterilized jars to within 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) of rim; wipe rims. Apply prepared lids and rings; tighten rings just until fingertip-tight. Process jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes (see page 27). Transfer jars to a towel-lined surface and let rest at room temperature until set. Check seals; refrigerate any unsealed jars for up to 3 weeks.
  5. This marmalade is best served after resting for 1 week. Makes about five 8-ounce (250 mL) jars.
Notes
  1. Tip: This mixture will boil up very high, so make sure to use a deep pot. Reduce heat to medium-high if necessary.
  2. Variation
  3. Lemon Marmalade: Replace the honey with granulaTip: This mixture will boil up very high, so make sure to use a deep pot. Reduce heat to medium-high if necessary.
  4. Serving Suggestion: Stir a spoonful or two into hot tea when you have a cold.
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Bruschetta

 

Bruschetta
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Large Garlic Cloves, Chopped
  2. Salt & Pepper to Taste
  3. 1/3 Cup Olive Oil 75 ml
  4. 6 – 8 Roma Tomatoes, Coarsely Chopped
  5. Handful of Chopped Fresh Basil
  6. 24″ Baguette 61 cm
  7. Grated Provolone, Fontina or Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. n a shallow bowl, combine garlic, salt, pepper and a few drops of oil. Mash with the back of a wodden spoon to make a paste. Stir in Olive oil. Add tomatoes and basil. Toss gently and set aside. Cut bread in half, lenghtwise. Brush each half with additional oil and place under a preheated broiler until golden brown. Spoon tomato mixture onto each half and drizzle with remaining oil. (If desired, sprinkle with grated cheese) Broil – watch carefully! Cut and serve immediately.
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Antipasto

A delicious appetizer to serve during the festive season. It’s a lot of chopping, but don’t use a food processor!

Antipasto
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Ingredients
  1. Antipasto
  2. 1 cup olive oil 250 mL
  3. 1 large cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces 1
  4. 2 large green peppers, chopped 2
  5. 2 cans (each 101⁄2 oz/294 mL) sliced ripe olives, chopped 2
  6. 1 jar (16 oz/454 mL) green olives with pimiento, chopped 1
  7. 2 jars (each 13 oz/370 mL) pickled onions, chopped 2
  8. 2 cans (each 10 oz/284 mL) mushroom stems and pieces 2
  9. 1 jar (48 oz/1.4 L) mixed pickles, chopped 1
  10. 2 bottles (each 48 oz/1.4 L) ketchup 2
  11. 1 bottle (15 oz/426 mL) hot ketchup 1
  12. 2 cans (each 2 oz/56 g) anchovies, chopped (optional) 2
  13. 3 cans (each 41⁄2 oz/128 g) solid tuna, chopped 3
  14. 3 cans (each 4 oz/114 g) small shrimp 3
Instructions
  1. Drain all jars and cans. Put all ingredients, except the fish, into a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Pour boiling water over all the fish to rinse. Drain and add to mixture. Gently stir and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  2. Pour into clean airtight containers, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) headspace. Let cool completely. Cover and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Serve with crackers. Makes 8 to 9 cups (2 to 2.25 L).
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