Best Seafood Lasagne

A Best of Bridge favorite! Serves 8 – 10 and best of all it freezes well

Best Seafood Lasagne
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Lasagne noodles
  2. 2 Tbsp. butter
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  5. 1 1/2 cups creamed cottage cheese
  6. 1 egg, beaten
  7. 2 Tbsp.chopped basil or 2 tsp. dried
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. 2 – 10 oz. cans cream of mushroom soup
  10. 1/3 cup milk
  11. 1/3 cup dry white wine
  12. 1 – 5 oz. can crab
  13. 1 lb. shelled deveined cooked shrimp
  14. 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  15. 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Place 4 in 9″ X 13″ pan. Cook onion in butter. Add cream cheese, cottage cheese, egg, basil, and salt and pepper.
  2. Spread 1/2 mixture over noodles. Combine soup, milk and wine. Stir in crab and shrimp. Spoon 1/2 mixture over cheese layer. Repeat all layers. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake, uncovered at 350F. for 45 minutes. Top with cheddar cheese, brown under broiler and let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.
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Curried Chicken Triangles

Curried Chicken Triangles
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp. butter 10 mL
  2. 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 1/2 cup finely chopped celery 125 mL
  4. 1 Tbsp. flour 15 mL
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. curry powder 7 mL
  6. 1/4 tsp. salt 1 mL
  7. 1/2 cup chicken broth 125 mL
  8. 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken 375 mL
  9. 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream 60 mL
  10. 1/4 cup skim-milk plain yogurt 60 mL
  11. phyllo pastry, thawed (about 1/3 of kg.)
  12. 1/4 cup melted butter 60 mL
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in saucepan. Add onion and celery; cook until soft. Add flour, curry powder and salt. Stir for 1 minute. Add chicken broth; simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add chicken, sour cream and yogurt.
  2. To make triangles: unroll phyllo and lay flat. Cut a 2″ (5 cm) wide strip. Cover remaining phyllo with a damp cloth. Brush the strip with butter. Place 1 tsp. (5 mL) of filling in bottom corner of strip and fold corner to corner (flag fashion) using entire strip. Filling should be sealed in. Continue until all filling is used. Brush triangles with melted butter; bake at 350 deg.F (180 deg.C) for 20-25 minutes. Makes about 50.
  3. To freeze: before baking, freeze on baking sheet then place frozen triangles in zip lock freezer bags. No need to thaw before cooking.
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Garlicky Tortellini Soup

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Garlicky Tortellini Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. butter
  2. 6-8 cloves garlic, chopped. (use it all – honest!)
  3. 4 cups chicken broth
  4. 6 oz. (170 g.) cheese tortellini
  5. 14 oz. can diced tomatoes with liquid
  6. or 2 1/2 cups skinned, chopped fresh ripe tomatoes
  7. 10 oz. (300 g) bag of spinach, stems removed
  8. 8-10 fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  9. parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute about 2 miinutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cook halfway (about 5 minutes if frozen, less if using fresh.) Add tomatoes and their liquid; reduce heat to simmer and cook just until pasta is tender. Stir in spinach and basil and cook until wilted, 1-2 minutes. To serve, sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serves 4.
Notes
  1. Book Reference – The Rest of the Best – Vol. 2 (Page: 0)
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Pear & Cambozola Pizza

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Pear & Cambozola Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. 12″ pizza crust (see Fast and Easy Pizza Crust – That’s Trump – pg.96) or purchased pizza crust 30cm
  2. olive oil to brush on crust
  3. 1 – 14 oz. can pears, drained and sliced in thin strips 398ml
  4. 2 Tbsp. toasted pine nuts 30ml
  5. 3 oz. Cambozola cheese, sliced or crumbled 85g
  6. freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 450F (230C). Brush crust with olive oil, arrange pears on crust in pinwheel pattern, sprinkle with pine nuts, top with cheese and sprinkle of pepper. Bake 10-15 minutes, until crust is golden.
  2. Another Good Idea: For apple and Brie pizza, saute’ sliced apples in butter and brown sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Dot pizza crust with broken pieces of Brie chesse, arrange apples on top and sprinkle with chopped walnuts and fresh rosemary. Bake as above.
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 450F (230C). Brush crust with olive oil, arrange pears on crust in pinwheel pattern, sprinkle with pine nuts, top with cheese and sprinkle of pepper. Bake 10-15 minutes, until crust is golden.
  2. Another Good Idea: For apple and Brie pizza, saute’ sliced apples in butter and brown sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Dot pizza crust with broken pieces of Brie chesse, arrange apples on top and sprinkle with chopped walnuts and fresh rosemary. Bake as above.
Notes
  1. Book Reference – The Best of the Best – Vol. 1 (Page: 123), That’s Trump (Page: 97)
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Braised Lamb Shanks with Lentils

A hearty mid-winter meal of tender lamb and rich flavourful juices. This recipe is from nationally renowned food writer and cookbook author Julia Aitken.

Braised Lamb Shanks with Lentils
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Ingredients
  1. Braised Lamb Shanks with Lentils
  2. A hearty mid-winter meal of tender lamb and rich flavourful juices. This recipe is from nationally renowned food writer and cookbook author Julia Aitken.
Ingredients
  1. 6 lamb shanks (about 4 1/2 lbs)
  2. 1 tsp. salt
  3. 1 tsp. pepper
  4. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  5. 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  6. 2 1/4 cups beef broth
  7. 2 cups red wine
  8. 1/4 cup tomato paste
  9. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  10. 2 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary leaves
  11. 2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  12. 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  13. 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  14. 1 1/2 cups lentils, rinsed and drained
  15. fresh rosemary sprigs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Pat lamb shanks dry with paper towels, then sprinkle both sides with half of the salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook lamb shanks, a few at a time for 3-5 minutes, turning often until browned on all sides. Remove to a roasting pan and arrange in a single layer after browning each batch.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add onion to oil remaining in frying pan. Cook, stirring often, for 4-6 minutes until onion is golden brown. Stir in 2 cups broth, wine, tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to scrape up any brown bits from bottom of frying pan. Pour contents over lamb shanks and cover roasting pan tightly with foil. Transfer to oven and cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Turn shanks over and stir lentils into cooking juices. Re-cover with foil and cook at least 1 hour or until lamb shanks and lentils are very tender. If lentil mixture seems too thick, add a little of the remaining beef broth, heating it before adding to roasting pan. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Spoon all into a shallow serving dish and garnish with fresh rosemary. Serves 6.
  4. Book Reference – The Rest o the Best – Vol.2 (Page: 220)
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Fettuccine with Sambuca and Cranberries

This is one of our favourite pasta dishes for entertaining

Fettuccine with Sambuca and Cranberries
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 3 cups (750 ml) whipping cream
  5. 1/4 cup Sambuca liqueur
  6. 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  7. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  8. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  9. salt & pepper to taste
  10. 1 – 14 oz. can (398 ml) artichokes, drained & chopped
  11. 3 oz. pkg. (85 g) dried cranberries
  12. 1 lb. fettuccine
  13. chopped fresh parsley & orange zest for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan, heat butter and saute cubed chicken and garlic until barely cooked (do not over cook!). Remove chicken from pan and set aside. Add whipping cream, Sambuca and orange juice to pan and stir well. Add Parmesan, nutmeg, salt and pepper, stirring until smooth. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add chopped artichokes, cranberries and chicken; simmer and stir for 10 minutes. That’s it for the sauce! Now, cook the fettuccine according to package directions. Carefully fold sauce into pasta and garnish with parsley and orange zest. Serve with garlic toast. Serves 6-8
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