Here’s an appealing alternative to the big roast bird that includes all of the flavour with little or no waste. For ease of entertaining, assemble ahead of time. Pop into the oven two hours before serving. It’s delicious with seasonal roasted vegetables.
Purchase a butterflied breast from your butcher. Cover with plastic wrap and pound to about 1/4 to 1/2 in (0.6 to 1.25 cm). If butterflied breast is unavailable, purchase a boneless breast. Using sharp chef’s knife and your fingers, remove skin from breast, reserving skin. Turn breast, outer side down and lay flat on cutting board. With knife parallel to board, slice sideways through thickest part of breast, but not all the way through, so you can open it like a book. Pound with mallet to flatten.
Substitute spinach or beetroot greens for chard. Add any type of soft cheese, such as cream cheese or goats’ cheese or feta, in place of ricotta.
For stuffing, blanch Swiss chard in large pot of boiling water for 2 minutes, or until wilted and soft. Drain well and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out as much liquid as possible using your hands. Then place in food processor fitted with metal blade.
Heat oil in skillet. Add onion and garlic and sauteu0301 over medium heat, stirring often, until soft and clear. Do not brown. Transfer to food processor with cooked chard. Set aside to cool, about 5 minutes. Add cheese, lemon, and seasonings to processor bowl. Pulse together until mixture is finely minced.
For turkey, preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). To stuff turkey, remove skin from turkey breast and set aside. Open up butterflied turkey breast, top-side down, on cutting board. Spread chard mixture evenly over flattened turkey breast leaving at least 1 1/2 in (4 cm) border around each edge. Roll up breast tightly and place seam-side down on cutting board. Take turkey skin and place overtop rolled breast. Smooth over breast to seal (it will not cover roll fully). Tie up with butcher string.
Place turkey roll in metal baking pan just large enough to hold it. Brush with 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil or melted butter. Gently season with a little salt and pepper. Bake in 400 F (200 C) preheated oven for 20 minutes to seal in juices. Then reduce heat to 325 F (165 C) and roast until internal temperature on instant-read thermometer reads 165 F (75 C), about 40 minutes longer. Remove and transfer to platter, reserving pan juices. Cover stuffed turkey breast with sheet of foil to rest while preparing sauce.
For sauce, place metal baking pan on stovetop. Scrape turkey drippings to loosen. Sprinkle with flour, and over medium-low heat, whisk flour into pan juices till crumbly. If too dry, add splash of olive oil. When flour is browned, gradually whisk in stock. Continue whisking over medium heat until thickened. Whisk in Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper, to taste, if needed. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into serving container, such as a gravy boat.
To serve turkey, cut roll into 8 slices. Drizzle with a little sauce and serve with your choice of roasted vegetables.
This recipe is part of the Festive Fusions collection.
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.
Coffee-flavoured BBQ sauce? Why not? It’s a strikingly flavourful combo—sweet, tangy, bold, and rich. It can be used not only on pork but on a variety of other meats. We marinated tenderloin in it and doubled up on the smoky flavour by grilling it on a cedar plank. Serve with a side order of grilled broccolini for extra yum. Best beer? You can’t go wrong with an IPA or a honey lager to complement this flavourful dish. Looking for an easy way to grill broccolini? Toss with a little oil and season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Near the end of grilling, place broccolini beside plank with tenderloin on hot grill for about 6 or 7 minutes. Using tongs, turn a few times until tender and lightly charred. Place on platter with sliced pork and drizzle with lemon juice and some shaved Parmesan.
If there’s a vegan or vegetarian in the crowd, then this dish will be sure to please. Chock full of complementary textures and flavours, it not only qualifies as eye candy, but is also a substantial stand-alone meal—a stunning meal in a dish! Best beer? Serve this salad with an IPA or pale ale. For a more adventurous sip, it’s equally delicious with a Belgian pale or dark ale. Endlessly customizable When it comes to this powerhouse salad, the sky’s the limit. Swap out apples with orange wedges, or mix up your greens by substituting spinach for endive. Bump up the protein with some canned chickpeas or black beans, if you wish. Or cut up some corn tortillas into bite-sized strips, fry in pan until crisp, then toss over salad for added crunch.