There’s nothing like a buttery red wine sauce to evoke the feeling of chalet comfort. This version reduces the butter and honey so there’s just enough to balance the acidity in the wine.
If you can’t find venison, replace it with another lean cut of meat such as beef tenderloin or sirloin, bison, or elk.
In large saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients except butter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until reduced to 3/4 cup (180 mL), about 40 minutes.
Strain through fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth and return to pot over low heat. Whisk in butter 1 tsp (5 mL) at a time. Taste and add salt or more honey if necessary. Cover and keep warm.
In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season venison with salt and pepper and add to skillet. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip steaks and cook for 2 minutes more, or until desired doneness (140 F/60 C for medium-rare on a meat thermometer). Remove meat to cutting board that will catch its juices and let rest for 5 minutes.
Slice against the grain, transfer pieces to serving platter, add juices to Sage and Red Wine Sauce, and drizzle over meat.
This stuffed eggplant is built upon layers of Middle Eastern flavours: smoky freekeh, tender chickpeas, and a herbal tahini sauce. The quick-pickled raisins add a sweet vinegary pop. Sweat it out Salting eggplant before cooking enhances the flavour by allowing eggplant to sweat out its bitterness and breaking its spongy texture.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
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.