Christmas Morning Wife Saver

Superb and a Christmas tradition across Canada. Make it the day before and then simply pop it in the oven in the morning

Christmas Morning Wife Saver
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Ingredients
  1. 16 slices white bread, crusts removed
  2. 16 slices Canadian back bacon or ham
  3. 16 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  4. 6 eggs
  5. 1/2 tsp. pepper 2 mL
  6. 1/2-1 tsp. dry mustard 2-5 mL
  7. 1/4 cup minced onion 60 mL
  8. 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper 60mL
  9. 1-2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 5-10 mL
  10. 3 cups milk 750 mL
  11. dash Tabasco
  12. 1/2 cup butter 125 mL
  13. Special K or crushed Corn Flakes
Instructions
  1. Set 8 pieces of bread into a 9″ x 13″ (23 x 33 cm) buttered, glass baking dish.
  2. Cover bread with slices of back bacon. Lay slices of cheddar cheese on top of bacon and then cover with remaining slices of bread to make it like a sandwich.
  3. In a bowl, beat eggs and pepper. To the egg mixture add dry mustard, onion, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, milk and Tabasco. Pour over the sandwiches, cover and let stand in fridge overnight.
  4. In the morning, melt butter, pour over top. Cover with Special K or crushed Corn Flakes.
  5. Bake, uncovered, 1 hour at 350 deg.F (180 deg.C). Let sit 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. Serve this with fresh fruit and hot cinnamon rolls.
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Halibut with Strawberry Basil Salsa

 The summery flavor of strawberries and basil lend a refreshing tang to tender halibut. This salsa is also good with salmon or red snapper

Halibut with Strawberry Basil Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. Strawberry Basil Salsa
  2. 11⁄2 cups chopped fresh strawberries 375 mL
  3. (about 8 oz/250 g)
  4. 1⁄2 cup drained canned mandarin orange 125 mL
  5. segments in juice, chopped
  6. (see tip)
  7. 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion 15 mL
  8. 1 tbsp shredded fresh basil 15 mL
  9. 1 to freshly squeezed lime juice 15 to
  10. 2 tbsp 30 mL
  11. 1⁄8 tsp salt 0.5 mL
  12. 1⁄8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 0.5 mL
  13. 4 skin-on or skinless halibut 4
  14. fillets (each about 6 oz/175 g)
  15. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  16. 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil 30 mL
Instructions
  1. Strawberry Basil Salsa: In a bowl, combine strawberries, mandarin oranges, onion, basil, 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 2 hours. Taste and add more lime juice, if desired.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or greased foil. Rinse halibut and pat dry with paper towels. (If the fish has been frozen and thawed, it will be quite wet, so be sure to dry it well.)
  4. Season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook halibut, skin or skinned side up, for about 2 minutes or until bottom is nicely browned. Transfer to prepared baking sheet, browned side up, and bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until fish is barely opaque and is just starting to flake when tested with a fork. Do not overcook. Serve halibut topped with salsa.
  5. Serves 4.
Notes
  1. Tip: You can use 1 or 2 fresh mandarin oranges instead of canned, if you prefer. Peel the mandarins and separate into segments. Remove any white pith and seeds, then chop.
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Vodka Lemon Shrimp

 Your guests will be clamouring for a second and third helping of these tasty shrimp

Vodka Lemon Shrimp
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Ingredients
  1. Vodka Lemon Sauce
  2. 3 tbsp granulated sugar 45 mL
  3. 1 tbsp grated lemon zest 15 mL
  4. 1⁄3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 75 mL
  5. 1⁄4 cup vodka 50 mL
  6. 1⁄4 cup olive oil 50 mL
  7. 11⁄2 tsp minced gingerroot 7 mL
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced 1
  9. 1⁄4 tsp salt 1 mL
  10. 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 mL
  11. 30 medium or large shrimp, peeled 30
  12. and deveined (about 1 lb/500 g)
  13. 1⁄2 tsp cornstarch 2 mL
Instructions
  1. Soak 10 wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes. Preheat barbecue grill to medium-high and grease the grates.
  2. Vodka Lemon Sauce: In a small saucepan, over low heat, combine sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice; heat gently until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Let cool, then stir in vodka, oil, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Place shrimp in a deep bowl and spoon 3 tbsp (45 mL) sauce over top; toss to combine. (Do this no more than 30 minutes ahead or the lemon juice will start to toughen the shrimp). Set the
  4. remaining sauce aside in the saucepan. Thread shrimp onto skewers, leaving space between pieces. Grill, turning once, for 5 minutes or until pink and opaque. Arrange skewers on a serving plate.
  5. Whisk cornstarch into the remaining sauce and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes or until thickened and glossy. Transfer to a bowl and place next to the shrimp skewers, along with small cocktail plates for your guests.
  6. Makes 10 skewers.
Notes
  1. Tip: When buying fresh gingerroot, look for firm pieces. If the skin is wrinkly, it’s past its best. To peel ginger, hold it in the palm of your hand and use the edge of a teaspoon to scrape away the skin, getting into all the crevices and around the knobby bits. Break the peeled ginger into smaller pieces and wrap tightly in a double layer of plastic wrap. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks and in the freezer for several months.
  2. Variation: You can also cook the marinated shrimp on the stovetop. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté shrimp, shaking pan, for about 4 minutes or until pink and opaque.
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Fresh Strawberry Sherbet

Definitely a frozen asset!

Fresh Strawberry Sherbet
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Ingredients
  1. 2/ 3 cup Granulated Sugar 150 ml
  2. 1/ 3 cup Water 150 ml
  3. 5 cups Strawberries, Pureed and Chilled 1.25 L
  4. 2 TBSP Grand Marnier Liqueur 30 ML
  5. Grated Zest of 1 Lemon
  6. 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and water in saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Cool and chill. Combine pureed strawberries, Grand Marnier, lemon juice and lemon zest and blend well. Add sugar syrup to strawberry mixture. Freeze in an 8-inch (20 cm) square metal pan. After mixture is frozen, about 3 hours, partially thaw and beat in a food processor. This breaks down the ice crystals and gives it a fluffy texture. Refreeze for at least 3 hours.
  2. Serves 4.
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Sunrise-Sunset Bacon Strata

This works for brunch or supper. Serve with maple syrup in the morning or a green salad at night

Sunrise-Sunset Bacon Strata
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Ingredients
  1. 6 slices bacon, chopped 6
  2. 6 eggs 6
  3. 1 cup half-and-half (10%) cream or 250 mL whole milk
  4. 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme 10 mL
  5. (or 1⁄4 tsp/1 mL dried)
  6. 1 tsp Dijon mustard 5 mL
  7. 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 mL
  8. 1⁄8 tsp pepper 0.5 mL
  9. 4 cups cubed white bread (see tip) 1 L
  10. 4 green onions, chopped 4
  11. 2 red-skinned apples (unpeeled), grated 2
  12. 2 cups shredded smoked Gouda or 500 mL
  13. extra-sharp (extra-old) Cheddar cheese, divided
Instructions
  1. Grease the insert of a 31⁄2- to 4-quart slow cooker. In a skillet, brown bacon over medium-high heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, thyme, mustard, salt and pepper. Place half the bread in prepared slow cooker. Arrange cooked bacon, green onions, apples and 1 cup (250 mL) cheese on top. Pour in half the egg mixture and scatter with remaining bread. Pour in remaining egg mixture, gently pushing bread down to submerge. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Transfer insert to slow cooker base. cook on High for 2 to 21⁄2 hours, until set and puffed. Turn off slow cooker. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top; cover and let stand for 10 minutes, until cheese melts.
  2. Serves 6.
  3. Tip: For best results, use stale bread, as it better absorbs the egg mixture. To dry the bread, you can leave it uncovered at room temperature for 12 hours or overnight before assembling the strata.
Notes
  1. Tip: Stratas are a great way to use up bread that’s a few days old. Stale bread lends structure to the strata and prevents it from becoming too soggy.
  2. Find this great recipe in more in Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Recipes.
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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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