Crunchy Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

 

Tender and juicy, with a crisp coating, these chicken fingers are always a crowd pleaser. Serve with a salad and crusty buns.

Crunchy Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce
Crunchy Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 lbs (750 g) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) strips
  2. 1 cup (250 mL) mayonnaise, divided
  3. 1 tsp (5 mL) paprika
  4. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  5. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) black pepper
  6. 1 tsp (5 mL) garlic powder, divided
  7. 2 cups (500 mL) crushed corn flakes cereal
  8. 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  9. 2 tbsp (30 mL) Sriracha
  10. 1 tbsp (15 mL) liquid honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). In a medium bowl, combine chicken, 1/2 cup (125 mL) mayonnaise, paprika, salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) garlic powder, stirring to coat chicken. Place cereal in a shallow bowl. Dip each piece of chicken in cereal, pressing to coat. Place chicken on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Discard excess cereal. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until chicken is crisp and no longer pink inside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining mayonnaise, Sriracha, honey and remaining garlic powder. Serve chicken with sauce.
Notes
  1. Tip: Turkey breast can also be used in place of chicken in this recipe.
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Roasted Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup with Apple and Sage

Get ready for your gathering by making this soup ahead so all you have to do is reheat it for dinner! 

Roasted Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup with Apple and Sage
Roasted Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup with Apple and Sage
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Ingredients
  1. The sweetness of carrots, sweet potato and apple make this a deliciously simple fall soup. It also freezes well-a great way to preserve the best of the season.
  2. 2 large carrots, chopped
  3. 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  4. Vegetable oil
  5. 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  6. 1 onion, chopped
  7. 1 tart apple, peeled and chopped
  8. 1 tsp (5 mL) dried sage
  9. 4 cups (1 L) ready to use chicken broth
  10. 1 cup (250 mL) apple juice or cider
  11. Salt and black pepper to taste
  12. 1/2 cup half and half (10 %) cream or whipping (35%) cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F (230 C). Place carrots and sweet potato on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with oil, toss to coat well, then spread out in a single layer. Roast for 20 minutes, until starting to turn golden on the edges.
  2. In a medium pot or Dutch oven, heat a drizzle of oil along with the butter over medium-high heat. When the foam subsides, add onion and sauce for 5 minutes, until soft. Add roasted carrots and sweet potato, scraping any flavourful browned bits from the pan. Add apple, sage, stock and apple juice; bring to a simmer.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until everything is soft. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender right in the pot until smooth (or let cool slightly and puree soup in batches in a blender, then return to the pot and reheat until steaming). Stir in cream, if you're using it. Serve hot.
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Apricot Cranberry Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

 

Want a little something different to serve up this November? Why not try this easy pork tenderloin, perfect for a small gathering or family meal. You can easily double or triple the recipe for a larger crowd!

 

Apricot Cranberry Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Try this easy pork tenderloin, perfect for a small gathering or family meal. You can easily double or triple the recipe for a larger crowd!
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Ingredients
  1. 15 mL tbsp canola oil
  2. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1 shallot, diced
  4. 2 tsp (10 mL) dried savory or sage
  5. 3/4 cup (175 mL) fresh bread crumbs
  6. 1/3 cup (75 mL) diced dried apricots
  7. 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  8. 1/4 (60 mL) cup cranberry sauce
  9. 1 pork tenderloin (about 1-1/4 lbs/625 g)
  10. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  11. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) black pepper
  12. 4 slices bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté garlic, shallot and savory for 4 minutes or until shallot is softened. Remove from heat and stir in bread crumbs, apricots, parsley and cranberry sauce.
  3. Cut pork tenderloin in half lengthwise, almost but not all the way through, and open up like a book. Starting at the center, make a similar cut on both sides of tenderloin to open it up for stuffing. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread stuffing over tenderloin and roll up like a jelly roll to seal. Wrap tenderloin with bacon and place on small foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast for about 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the roast registers 145°F (63°C) for medium-rare or to desired doneness.
Notes
  1. Tips: For fresh bread crumbs, buzz a slice of bread or a bun in the food processor. Double-Smoked Sliced Bacon has a deeper smokiness and is an easy substitute in this recipe.
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Emily’s Favorite Chocolate Cupcakes

Emily’s Favorite Chocolate Cupcakes are delicious and so easy to prepare. You can make them gluten-free so everyone can enjoy the sweetness. When it comes to personalizing these fluffy mini cakes, there are so many options: sprinkles, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, candy, truffles or any creative touch you can think of. The cupcakes can be made two days ahead.

 

Emily’s Favorite Chocolate Cupcakes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp (15 mL) ground flax seeds (flaxseed meal)
  2. 3 tbsp (45 mL) cold water
  3. 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour mix
  4. 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
  5. 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
  7. Pinch salt
  8. 3/4 cup (175 mL) hot water
  9. 1/3 cup (75 mL) canola oil
  10. 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
  11. Vanilla Butter Icing
  12. 2 cups (500 mL) powdered (icing) sugar
  13. 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  14. 1 tbsp (15 mL) heavy or whipping (35%) cream (approx.)
  15. 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin pan. In a small bowl, stir together flax seeds and cold water; let stand for 5 minutes or until thickened. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Whisk in flaxseed mixture, hot water, oil and vanilla until well combined. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack before icing.
  2. Icing: In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat powdered sugar, butter, cream and vanilla, adding more cream as necessary and beating until creamy and smooth. Spread over cupcakes.
Notes
  1. Tip: Store cupcakes (without icing) in a large, sturdy airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Store iced cupcakes lightly covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  2. Dairy-Free Icing Variation: Replace the butter with vegan butter substitute and substitute almond milk for the cream.
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Gnocchi and Beef Stew

Here’s a thick, comforting stew.

 

Gnocchi and Beef Stew
Here’s a thick, comforting stew.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 lbs (625 g) beef strip loin steaks, trimmed and cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) cubes
  2. 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  3. 2 tsp (10 mL) dried Italian seasoning
  4. 1 tsp (5 mL) each salt and black pepper, divided
  5. 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  6. 2 carrots, chopped
  7. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 1 onion, chopped
  9. 1 celery stalk, chopped
  10. 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) ready-to-use beef broth
  11. 2 tbsp (30 mL) tomato paste
  12. 2 bay leaves
  13. 1 lb (500 g) fresh potato gnocchi
Instructions
  1. Toss steak with flour, Italian seasoning and half each of the salt and pepper. In a large, shallow saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. In batches as necessary, brown beef and transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and saute carrots, garlic, onion and celery for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in broth, tomato paste, bay leaves and remaining salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Return steak to the pan, along with any accumulated juices. Stir in gnocchi, reduce heat and simmer gently for about 5 minutes or until sauce is thickened and gnocchi is tender. Discard bay leaves.
Notes
  1. Serves 4 to 6.
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White Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies

 

 

Emily’s friend Donna is a wonderful baker, and every year she changes up the cookies she brings to Emily’s cookie exchange. One year it was these classic gingersnaps that get a lift from white chocolate. If you’re a semisweet chocolate lover, no worries — that works too!

White Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies
These classic gingersnaps that get a lift from white chocolate. If you’re a semisweet chocolate lover, no worries — that works too!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
  3. 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) ground ginger
  4. 3/4 tsp (3 mL) ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cloves
  6. 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  7. Pinch ground nutmeg
  8. 3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
  9. 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  10. 1 large egg
  11. 1/4 cup (60 mL) light (fancy) molasses
  12. 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  13. 3/4 cup (175 mL) chopped white chocolate
  14. Additional granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt and nutmeg. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in egg, molasses and vanilla until smooth. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture until combined. Stir in chocolate.
  2. Using a level small ice cream scoop or tablespoon (15 mL), scoop up dough and roll into balls. Roll balls in sugar and place about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake, one sheet at a time, for about 12 minutes or until edges are set and center is soft. Let cool completely on pan on a wire rack.
Notes
  1. Tip: Use a shallow bowl to roll the cookies in sugar; it’s easier to move them around and coat them evenly than when using a plate.
  2. Tip: Store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
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