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Steak-Frites (Steak with Homemade Fries)

Steak Frites

Happy Spring, everyone! I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be continuing my partnership with President’s Choice this year to bring you some exciting new recipes that I’ve created for their new line up of products for the PC Black Label Collection.

This month’s box brings us an exquisite mix of ingredients from Europe, the Middle East and beyond! Let’s take a look at these wonderful products and scroll through to see which one I used in this Steak-Frites recipe!

PC Black Label Goose Fat has a subtle flavour but has a velvety, luxurious texture, which is great to use in a variety of dishes in the kitchen. Thanks to its high smoking point, in can be used in your favourite recipes that call for oil, my favourite so far has been in the classic roasted potatoes alongside a nice steak.
PC Black Label Black Garlic is an aged garlic that is cooked over a long period of time resulting in a black garlic that gives a sweet, caramelized flavour to pastas, pizzas, and various condiments and sauces. I tried this in my vegetable quiche and it was a nice, subtle garlic flavour.

PC Black Label Ras El Hanout Spice Blend is a Moroccan-inspired seasoning blend of 24 spices that include cinnamon, chilies, coriander, nigella seeds, cardamom and rose petals to name a few. It is warm and pungent and brings great depth of flavours to tagines, vegetables and grain dishes.

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I had the pleasure of trying them all and I was immediately drawn to the Ras El Hanout and was eager to try it out in this steak-frites recipe.

What do you think of when you hear “steak frites”? It immediately takes me back to my first visit to Le Relais de l’Entrecôtea popular Parisian restaurant that serves bistro style steak-frites. Perfectly sliced steaks, frites and a delicious sauce to go with it all.

I am a big fan of a good steak. I ate steak frites every week whilst living in Paris, (ahem, for the sake of research as they say…!) I found a place that I really enjoyed and never tired of it. I was such a regular there that they slowly gave me all of their secrets and tips. After several years of cooking and baking professionally, I have mastered the steak to my liking with little tweaks here and there and now I am going to share them with you.

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I’ve shared a simple preparation for beautiful steaks with the PC Black Label Ras El Hanout Spice Blend seasoning to change things up a bit and give it a little kick. The flavour profile does not disappoint! I hope you’ll enjoy the recipe and it becomes your favourite weeknight meal in rotation. I would love to see your recreations using the hashtag, #hautesucre. Happy cooking!

Whether you’re a home chef or an aspiring foodie, the PC Black Label Collection makes it easy to unleash your culinary curiosity and get creative. Discover the entire collection and be inspired to #PlayWithYourFood at pc.ca/blacklabel.

(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice. I used their to Ras El Hanout Spice Blend to make these delicious Steak Frites.)

 

Steak-Frites Recipe

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(Serves 2 – 3)

Ingredients:

Frites:

3-4 large baking potatoes, peeled, rinsed and dried sliced into 1/4″ thick matchsticks
2 Tblsp olive oil
Fresh sprigs of thyme
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper

Steaks:

2 Tenderloin Steaks, rinsed and patted dry
2 Tblsp PC Black Label Ras El Hanout Spice Blend seasoning mix
1 Tblsp olive oil
4 Tblsp salted butter
Fresh sprigs of thyme
3 cloves of fresh garlic, slightly crused
1 cup wine
2 tblsp heavy cream
salt
pepper

Directions:

Make the Frites:

  1. Preheat oven to 550F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil, salt, pepper and fresh sprigs of thyme
  3. Transfer to the lined baking sheet and Bake at 550F for 30 minutes or until golden.
  4. Set aside and keep warm.

Ras el Hanout Dry Rub Steaks

Make the Steaks:

  1. Transfer the dry steaks to a large plate and coat both sides with 1 tsp neutral oil. Sprinkle 1-2 Tblsp of the Ras El Hanout Spice Blend seasoning mix on each side of the steak coating it well. Set aside.
  2. In a large heavy skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoon of butter and swirl it until it sizzles, add 1 clove of garlic and a few sprigs of fresh thyme.
  3. Gently add the steaks rub side down, increasing the heat to high to get a nice even crust. Leave them undisturbed for a few minutes to sear. Using a large spoon, collect the butter and herbs and pour them over the steaks, basting them to keep them moist.
  4. When a nice and golden sear has been achieved (you can check after 5 minutes, lifting a corner up with a fork) flip the steaks over and continue to cook for another 5-8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak. *I find this timing works for me, for a medium rare steak but it will all depend on the thickness of your steak, your cooking pan and the amount of heat.
  5. Alternatively, after searing the steaks you can transfer them to a 450F oven for 10 minutes for medium well and approx 15 minutes for well done.
  6. Transfer the steaks to a large plate to rest for a few minutes and prepare the jus.

Seared Steak

Make the Jus:

  1. Return the skillet back over medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons of butter until just melted, then add the salt, pepper, garlic, wine and fresh thyme. Cook over high heat until the wine has reduced, approx 5 minutes. Pour in the heavy cream and gently whisk. Set aside until you’re ready to plate.

Assembly:

  1. Transfer each steak to a dinner plate with a serving of the Frites and then pour 1-2 tablespoons of the jus over the steak and frites as desired. Serve with your favourite wine and enjoy!

Steak Frites

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Tofu Breakfast Tacos with Orange Slaw

Breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day and I’m always excited to prepare new and healthy alternatives.

My take on healthy tacos for breakfast include pan fried chipotle spiced tofu with the most amazing orange cabbage slaw.  These are delicious and easy to whip up for a weekday breakfast and a real crowd-pleaser for those big weekend brunches.

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I have partnered with Tropicana Canada for this recipe using Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice. I made the orange cabbage slaw with Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice.  It’s the perfect alternative to limes as it gives the tacos the sweetness that matches the spicy tofu perfectly.  It’s a match made in culinary heaven!

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Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice is always on my table for breakfast.  With no artificial sweeteners,  flavours or preservatives, I feel comfort in knowing that I am getting my additional vitamins (Vitamin C, Potassium and Folic Acid).  It is also becoming a favourite recipe add-in for me as it’s so versatile and I use it to bake and cook, too.

I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next brunch, they’re sure to become your new favourite, get the recipe below.

Tofu Breakfast Tacos with Orange Slaw Recipe

Orange Cabbage Slaw:

2 cups sliced purple cabbage
1/4 cup Tropicana orange juice 1 tblsp raw sugar
1 tsp kosher salt

In a large bowl toss the ingredients to combined and set aside.

Chipotle Spiced Tofu:

350g ~ 1 package extra firm tofu, chopped
into small squares
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp dried chipotle peppers
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp tumeric
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tblsp tomato paste

Garnishes :

Cilantro
Sliced avocados
Sour cream
Salsa

6-8 Corn Tortillas

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat a large skillet and add the olive oil spices, and tomato paste.
  2. Cook for 2 minutes on med high until the cumin seeds start to sputter.
  3. Add the chopped tofu and warm through for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with sprigs of cilantro.
  5. Over a flame or in a skillet, warm up the corn tortillas and set aside.

Assembly:

  1. Place one tortilla on a plate and layer with the tofu mixture and top with the orange cabbage slaw.
  2. Add slices of avocado and dollops of sour cream.
  3. Serve immediately. Great to serve family style and everyone can help themselves.

Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas

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Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas

(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice. I used their PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup to make these beautiful Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas.)

This month’s PC Black Box included three delightful products that I had the opportunity to try. From snacks to desserts, there is such a wide array of PC Black Label products that you can serve for any occasion.

PC Black Label Artichoke Halves

These sun-ripened artichokes are grilled and marinated and they’re packed in a delicious infusion of oils, garlic and spices. My husband loves artichokes and these were a delicious addition to pizza.

These sweet and plump Apricots from Turkey did not disappoint, they were eaten within minutes of opening the bag. My 7 year old son devoured them, they’re that good! Great for a cheese platter or just to snack on, these are a real treat to have around the house.

Made from carefully selected sweet blueberries, this artisan syrup is bursting with fresh berries! It’s an amazing rich syrup which makes delicious cocktails, salad dressings and our favourite breakfast or dessert toppings. One of my favourite products from this month’s PC Black Label Box, read on for my take on a holiday favourite, Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas!
I enjoyed all the products but I particularly favored the PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup for this month’s recipe selection. The first thing that popped into my mind was how well this sauce would go with my one of my favourite holiday desserts, pavlovas!
I swirled this luscious PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup into traditional meringues and slow baked them, get the recipe below.
Swirled Meringues with Blueberry Sauce

Swirled Meringues with Blueberry Sauce

Pavlovas are a holiday favourite in our family and I hope they will become yours, too. This recipe is easy to prepare and the meringues can be baked ahead of time, up to 3 days and stored in an airtight container, layered between parchment sheets.

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Whether you’re a home chef or an aspiring foodie, the PC Black Label Collection makes it easy to unleash your culinary curiosity and get creative. Discover the entire collection and be inspired to #PlayWithYourFood at pc.ca/blacklabel. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas Recipe

Ingredients:

4 large egg whites, room temperature

Pinch of kosher salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tblsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp ground Vanilla bean

1/2 cup blueberry sauce

Fork or spoon for swirling

Parchment lined baking sheet

Meringues with Swirled PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup ready for the oven

Meringues with Swirled PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup ready for the oven

Directions:

Baking time: 90 minutes

Preheat oven to 255°F

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch ensuring there are no lumps.

2. In a large stand mixer whisk the egg whites on medium for 1 minute until frothy.

3. Add the salt and continue to whisk on highest setting for 2 minutes.

4. With the mixer running on medium high, slowly add the sugar mixture. Once it’s all added, turn the mixture back on high and whisk for 5 minutes until the mixture is glossy and stiff peaks have formed.

5. Spoon out 6-8 mounds on the parchment sheet using 2 spoons to help release the mixture.

6. Spoon 1 tsp of blueberry sauce into each mound and using the tines of the fork, gently swirl the sauce into the meringue.

7. Using the back of a small spoon, make an indent in the centre.

8. Bake at 255°F for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

9. Turn the oven off and leave the meringues inside to cool down, up to 12 hours without opening the oven door.

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Baked Meringues

Pavlova Assembly:

1 cup Whipping cream 35%

2 tblsp sugar

Fresh fruit

  1. In a large stand mixer add the whipping cream and sugar and beat until medium peaks form.
  2. Plate each meringue and top with the fresh whipped cream, fresh berries and drizzle with 1 Tbsp PC Black Label Blueberry Sauce over top. Garnish with fresh mint and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Hot Cherry Peppers

Shrimp Pasta

(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice.  I used their PC Black Label Hot Cherry Peppers to make this Spicy Shrimp Scampi.)

After a nice long summer break, I’m back in the kitchen experimenting with my new October PC Black Label black box where I received two jars of condiments that can be eaten tapas style or included in a recipe.

PC Black Label Hot Cherry Peppers marinated in oil are the perfect accompaniment for pizzas, pastas, grilled meats and seafood.  I was particularly fond of this as I love using a wide variety of peppers in various dishes and this one is the perfect addition to this Spicy Shrimp Scampi recipe that I’m sharing with you.

PC Black Label Borettane Onions  are tasty and can be used with many dishes or served as apart of an antipasto platter.  I have tried them on their own and in a quiche and they have a unique balsamic vinegar flavour that isn’t too overpowering, but very pleasant and mild.

I decided to shake up my favourite shrimp scampi recipe and added the PC Black Label Hot Cherry Peppers into the mix, it takes the dish to a whole new level!  It is simple, quick and packed with flavour,  its perfect for an easy weeknight meal or for a romantic date-night dinner served with your favourite wine.

I used the PC Gigantico Raw Zipperback Black Tiger Shrimp as I prefer the larger variety of shrimp in this recipe as it carries well as a main dish.

Spicy Shrimp

Whether you’re a home chef or an aspiring foodie, the PC Black Label Collection makes it easy to unleash your culinary curiosity and get creative. Discover the entire collection and be inspired to #PlayWithYourFood at pc.ca/blacklabel.

Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Hot Cherry Peppers Recipe

Serves 3-4

Spicy Shrimp:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • 2 tblsp butter
  • 25 large sized shrimp, deveined and dried, tails left on (PC Gigantico Raw Zipperback Black Tiger Shrimp)
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tblsp tomato paste, double concentrate
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Ingredients

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil over high heat.
  2. Add the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes
  3. Add the garlic cloves and mix thoroughly.
  4. Now add the shrimp and stir the mixture a few times to ensure the shrimps are coated with sauce, about 3 minutes.
  5. Flip the shrimp over and cook a few more minutes until they’re done.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Spicy Shrimp

Scampi Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tblsp olive oil
  • 3 tblsp butter
  • 2 tsp raw sugar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 6 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • PC Black Label Hot Cherry Peppers chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Tblsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup white wine
  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 500g of spaghetti cooked in salted water

Butter and garlic

Directions:

  1. In the same large skillet, add the olive oil, butter and tomato paste. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the cherry tomatoes and raw sugar and cook 5 minutes until they burst open.
  3. Add the garlic and chopped cherry peppers and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, and white wine. Cook on medium heat and reduce the wine to cook out the alcohol, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Set aside and boil your pasta. Do not wash the skillet.
  6. Boil 500g of spaghetti in salted water
  7. Once the pasta is cooked, transfer it to the skillet along with the chopped parsley. Toss to coat the pasta completely with the sauce. Cover and let it rest for 5 minutes to absorb the flavours.
  8. Transfer the pasta to a platter or to individual plates and top with the shrimp.
  9. Drizzle over the leftover sauce from the shrimp and serve.  Enjoy!

Scampi