Who says finger food can’t be healthy? Gently steaming these wontons helps their delicious filling stay succulent and full of flavour. They can be served as an appetizer or paired with a vegetable stir-fry or green salad for a light and delicious meal.
Place chicken, prawns, 2 chopped spring onions, garlic, ginger, and oyster sauce in food processor or blender and blend to a paste. Transfer paste to medium-sized bowl and stir in 2 Tbsp (30 mL) sesame seeds.
Take a wonton wrapper and place about 1 tsp (5 mL) paste in centre. Dampen edges of wonton wrapper with a little water and bring them up around filling, enclosing it completely. Seal and crimp the little bundle. Repeat with remaining wonton wrappers.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Place half the wontons in skillet and sear until golden brownu2014about 1 minute. Turn wontons over to ensure they cook evenly, and add 1/2 cup (125 mL) water to skillet. Place lid on skillet, reduce heat to medium-low, and let wontons steam until skillet is dryu2014about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer wontons to warm serving plate and repeat cooking procedure with remaining wontons.
When all wontons are on serving plate, sprinkle remaining 2 Tbsp (30 mL) sesame seeds over top.
Mix all dipping sauce ingredients in small bowl and add remaining chopped spring onion. Serve immediately with steamed wontons.
This recipe is part of the Warm Up to Sesame collection.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.
This dark beer-marinated chicken uses the convection setting on your oven to create a crispy skinned bird. Convection cooking circulates air around the meat, crisping it like rotisserie without needing a spit or a lot of oil, similar to an air fryer (which you can also use!). If you don’t have a convection setting on your oven, you can simply bake the chicken for longer at the same temperatures as below, until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 F (74 C). You can use any dark beer, but our pick is, obviously, something German. Oktoberfest barbecue You can also grill the whole chicken on a barbecue—which makes for an impressive presentation and a gorgeously crispy bird—but it’s best to spatchcock it first (take out the backbone) so it cooks more evenly and quickly. Make it fast! If you don’t want to make an entire chicken—or if you want your dinner to cook faster—use this marinade (without stuffing the chicken cavity) on chicken breasts, thighs, or iron-rich chicken livers instead.
At Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich, there are always people walking around selling large pretzels, says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who moved to the city in 2018. The large pieces of golden, twisted pretzel dough come topped with coarse salt for a savoury crunch with every bite. “They don’t come with any dipping sauce,” Gilles says, “but you could dip it in sauce if you had ordered something else”—say, the honey mustard or stone-ground mustard you might have with your bratwurst or sauerkraut balls. But don’t feel bad if you prefer to break from German tradition and dip them in caramel or tahini instead! There’s no need to flour a surface when rolling out your dough; the psyllium keeps it from sticking.