Serves 2 as main or 4 as a side.
This Yorkshire pudding-inspired puffed pancake offers an impressive soufflé moment right out of the oven and when settled, so you can still show off your skills when it’s time to serve. Instead of sweet toppings, an umami-rich, heart-healthy olive oil, tomato, and garlic confit (fancy and so easy), spinach, basil, and nigella seeds (commonly used to decorate naan, they’re located in the spice aisle of many grocery and bulk food stores) are snuggled into the fallen centre of the Dutch baby for a ravishing in red (and green) main. Serve this with the Savoury Yogurt (recipe here) for the perfect pairing.
The confit tomatoes and Dutch baby batter can be made a day in advance. Warm the tomatoes and bake the Dutch baby batter when you’re ready to enjoy.
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). For confit, add tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper to small casserole dish, and mix to combine. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until tomatoes burst and garlic is tender.
Increase oven heat to 450 F (230 C). Preheat 8 in (20 cm) cast iron skillet or enamel-coated pan in oven for 10 minutes while you prepare batter. In large bowl, whisk eggs until whites and yolks are amalgamated. To eggs, whisk in milk and 2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil until combined, followed by flour, salt, and pepper. Carefully remove skillet or pan from oven and swirl in remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, and then immediately pour in batter and transfer to oven. Bake until puffed around the edges and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
Fill centre of Dutch baby with spinach, confit tomatoes, basil, and a sprinkle of nigella seeds. Slice in half to serve 2 as a main or in quarters to serve 4 as a side, and enjoy warm.
This recipe is part of the Good Morning, Valentine 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.