Beef Taco Crostada

Beef Taco Crostada
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    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 40-45 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    35 minutes 1 hour
    Servings Prep Time
    4 people 40-45 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    35 minutes 1 hour
    Beef Taco Crostada
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      4 people 40-45 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      35 minutes 1 hour
      Servings Prep Time
      4 people 40-45 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      35 minutes 1 hour
      Ingredients
      Pastry
      Taco Meat
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      Pastry
      1. Combine flours and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter chunks until pea-size or smaller. Drizzle with 4-5 tbsp of cold water and the vinegar tossing with a fork until dough becomes scraggly. Add another tbsp of cold water if necessary. Turn mixture out onto a clean work surface and knead until dough comes together. Form into a flat disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
      Taco Meat
      1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion and green pepper and sauté over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add ground beef and continue to cook until beef is no longer pink and has started to brown, breaking up beef chunks as it cooks. Remove from heat and dab out any excess fat with a paper towel.
      2. Return to medium heat and add spices and water, stirring to combine. Allow mixture to come to a simmer and cook uncovered until most of the moisture has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
      3. Remove from heat and stir in beans and half of the cheese.
      4. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a large baking tray with parchment.
      5. Roll dough into a 14" circle that will be about 1/8" thick. Fold dough in half and move to your prepared baking tray.
      6. Spread beef mixture in the centre of the dough leaving a 1 1/2"-2" boarder of dough. Fold the dough boarder up and over the beef mixture, crimping the dough slightly as you go.
      7. Whisk egg with a tbsp of water and brush onto exposed pastry edge. Bake for about 35 minutes until pastry is golden.
      8. Remove from oven and top centre with remaining cheese. Cut into wedges and serve with desired toppings.
      Recipe Notes

      -The pastry can be made up to a day in advance and kept chilled until ready to use.

      Stroganoff Meatballs

      Stroganoff Meatballs
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      Servings Prep Time
      6 people 55-60 minutes
      Cook Time
      35 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      6 people 55-60 minutes
      Cook Time
      35 minutes
      Stroganoff Meatballs
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      Servings Prep Time
      6 people 55-60 minutes
      Cook Time
      35 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      6 people 55-60 minutes
      Cook Time
      35 minutes
      Ingredients
      Beef Meatballs
      Stroganoff Sauce
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      Beef Meatballs
      1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
      2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix until incorporated. Roll into 1-ounce meatballs (about 2 tbsp each) and arrange on a large baking tray lined with parchment. Will yield about 38 meatballs.
      3. Bake for 15 minutes and remove from oven. Reduce heat to 350°F.
      Stroganoff Sauce
      1. While meatballs are cooking, heat oil in a large dutch oven. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté until most of the liquid has evaporated and starting to brown.
      2. Add 2 cups water and OXO soup base and heat to a simmer, stirring to dissolve. Whisk together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water. Add to pot, whisking constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and whisk in mushroom soup until smoothed out. Stir in sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, paprika and pepper.
      3. Add meatballs to the sauce and stir gently to coat with sauce. Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately over noodles, rice or potatoes.
      Recipe Notes

      -It is a must to use beef soup base (preferably Knorr OXO Beef in a Mug)  I have tried to use regular beef bouillon cubes and powder, however, they do not have the same level of beef flavour and are not recommended for this recipe.

      -Meatballs can be made and cooked up to a day ahead.  Keep covered and chilled until ready to use.  Cook casserole for 40-45 minutes if using cold meatballs.

       

      Creamy Mustard Dill Sauce

      Creamy Mustard Dill Sauce in a small glass dish nestled on a white tray lined with a white kitchen towel.
      Creamy Mustard Dill Sauce
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        Servings Prep Time
        1 cup 10-15 minutes
        Passive Time
        10-15 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        1 cup 10-15 minutes
        Passive Time
        10-15 minutes
        Creamy Mustard Dill Sauce in a small glass dish nestled on a white tray lined with a white kitchen towel.
        Creamy Mustard Dill Sauce
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          Servings Prep Time
          1 cup 10-15 minutes
          Passive Time
          10-15 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          1 cup 10-15 minutes
          Passive Time
          10-15 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: cup
          Instructions
          1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill for 10-15 minutes to allow sugar to dissolve and flavours to meld. Serve garnished with additional fresh dill.

          Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup


          Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup
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            Servings Prep Time
            10 cups 30 minutes
            Cook Time
            7 hours
            Servings Prep Time
            10 cups 30 minutes
            Cook Time
            7 hours
            Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup
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              Servings Prep Time
              10 cups 30 minutes
              Cook Time
              7 hours
              Servings Prep Time
              10 cups 30 minutes
              Cook Time
              7 hours
              Ingredients
              Servings: cups
              Instructions
              1. Rinse and drain lentils. Add lentils along with onion, celery, carrots, cabbage, garlic, parsley, bay leaf, thyme to your slow cooker.
              2. Cut excess ham away from bone and save for later.
              3. Add ham bone and 7 cups of broth to slow cooker. Stir to combine, cover and cook on low for about 7 hours, stirring once or twice.
              4. While soup is cooking, coursely chop or shred ham. Cover and refrigerate until soup is ready.
              5. Remove ham bone and bay leaf from soup. Adjust consistency with the additional cup of broth. Stir in chopped ham and white vinegar. Cover and allow to cook for 5-10 more minutes to warm ham. Add a generous sprinkle of fresh dill and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and more fresh dill.
              Recipe Notes
              • a smoked pork hock will work in place of a meaty ham bone.
              • for a vegetarian/vegan option, use vegetable broth and omit the ham and sour cream.

              Chilled Corn and Crab Soup


              Chilled Corn and Crab Soup
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                Servings Prep Time
                5 cups 20 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                40 minutes 1+ hour
                Servings Prep Time
                5 cups 20 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                40 minutes 1+ hour
                Chilled Corn and Crab Soup
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  5 cups 20 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  40 minutes 1+ hour
                  Servings Prep Time
                  5 cups 20 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  40 minutes 1+ hour
                  Ingredients
                  Corn Soup
                  Crab Salad
                  Servings: cups
                  Instructions
                  Corn Soup
                  1. In a large pot melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, fennel and garlic. Sauté until starting to soften but not brown, about 10 minutes. While vegetables are cooking prepare corn by peeling off corn husks and removing silk. Stand corn on end and remove kernels by running a large knife along the body, cutting at the base of the kernels. Trim ends off bare cobs and cut cob in half. Add kernels and cobs to pot along with vegetable broth, water, thyme sprigs and 1/2 tsp salt.
                  2. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Remove cobs and thyme sprigs and discard. Allow to cool at room temperature for 10-20 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 tsp salt and adjust as needed, remembering that cold foods tend to taste saltier than warm. Using a blender, blend soup in batches until smooth. Pour through a fine mesh sieve, pressing against the sides to extract all the soup. Cover and chill until cool, stirring occasionally.
                  3. Scoop approximately 1/4 cup of crab salad into the centre of shallow serving bowls. Ladle soup around crab salad and drizzle with sour cream, swirling into soup slightly. Serve immediately.
                  Crab Salad
                  1. Gently stir together all ingredients. Cover and keep chilled until ready to use. Can be made up to several hours ahead.
                  Recipe Notes

                  Yields a generous 5 cups of soup and will serve 6 as a first course or 4 servings as a main dish. Both the soup and crab salad are best if served slightly chilled but not cold. If both have been completely chilled, allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.