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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.

Whole Grain Orange Waffles

Waffles are a weekend treat at home and we love gathering around for big brunches with everyone. From sweet to savory, the options are endless. We love these whole grain waffles because they’re a healthy alternative as they’re made with whole wheat flour and our favourite Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice.

I feel better knowing I’m feeding my family a healthier option with the addition of Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice as it includes two servings of fruit per cup and we get the additional vitamin C and potassium in our waffles.

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But who are we kidding? I love orange juice and any way that I can incorporate it into my meal, I will. My two-year-old daughter will devour an entire waffle for breakfast and I don’t feel guilty serving them to my kids.

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Crowned with our favourite toppings, they’re the perfect cozy weekend brunch meal. To make it even more fun, I like to set up a mini fruit bar station for my kids that includes various berries, sliced oranges, nuts, whipped cream and maple syrup. And of course, we cannot forget the dusting of icing sugar that crowns the top!

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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.

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Whole Grain Orange Waffles Recipe

Makes 6 Waffles

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Organic Whole Wheat Flour

2 tblsp buttermilk powder

½ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp ground vanilla bean

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1 ¼ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

3 tblsp raw sugar

¾ cup Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice

1 large free range egg

3 tblsp unsalted butter, softened or melted

Toppings:

Fresh berries

Whipped cream

Icing sugar

Maple Syrup

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender mix all the ingredients in the order listed and mix on medium-high for 1 minute or until the ingredients are combined. Set aside.
  2. Preheat your waffle iron
  3. Add enough batter to the hot waffle iron (approximately ¾ cup) and cook until nice and golden.
  4. Transfer to a cooling rack and continue making the rest of the waffles
  5. Transfer one waffle to a plate and top with your desired toppings such as mixed berries, maple syrup and finish with whipped cream and a dusting of icing sugar.

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This post is sponsored by Tropicana Canada. I have partnered up with Tropicana Canada to bring you delicious new recipes that will highlight the goodness of cooking and baking with Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice and how I enjoy it in my daily life.

Orange Tea Cakes

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(This post is sponsored by Tropicana Canada. I have partnered up with Tropicana Canada to bring you delicious new recipes that will highlight the goodness of cooking and baking with Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice and how I enjoy it in my daily life.)

I am a big advocate of orange juice, always have been. Not only do I love the refreshing taste but I enjoy the immense benefits it brings such as a daily dose of vitamin C. A lot of love into a 250ml glass of 100% Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice. Each glass contains:

  • Two servings of fruit
  • Full day’s supply of Vitamin C
  • As much potassium as a medium banana

I have been buying Tropicana Pure Premium® Orange Juice for myself and my family for as long as I can remember as it is apart of our healthy diet. I never realized all the added benefits I was getting as we primarily drink it because it tastes good – the additional benefits are a bonus!

I love incorporating ingredients that I trust into my cooking and baked goods and this new recipe for Orange Tea Cakes is no exception. It’s delicious, straightforward and requires little fuss or expertise. As these are petit fours, you can be creative with your choice of molds. I have used mini madeleine molds, but you can also use mini savarin ring molds as well as mini muffin tins.

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 cookie exchange or holiday brunch, they’re sure to become your new holiday favourite, get the recipe below.

Orange Tea Cakes Recipe

Makes approximately 25 mini cakes

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean or extract
zest of 1 small orange
1/3 cup Tropicana Premium Orange Juice
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350F Line a mini madeleine pan or mini muffin tray with butter. If using silicone bakeware, do not coat with butter, but place silicone moulds over a baking sheet for the oven. Best eaten on the day they’re baked.

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking power, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat on medium high for 3 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time and continue to beat for 5 minutes. You want the batter to be light and fluffy.
  4. Lower the speed on the stand mixer and pour in the vanilla, orange zest and orange juice, mix until combined.
  5. Keeping the mixer on the lowest speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined – do not over mix.
  6. With a small teaspoon or cookie scoop, transfer the batter to your mini cake pan and bake at 350F for 15 min or until slightly golden.
  7. Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve.