Indulge in a taste of Canada

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With Canada Day just days away, it’s time to start planning your Canadian feast. Whether you’re having a big bash with family and friends or keeping it laid back, these patriotic dishes will be a huge hit during your celebrations. 

A catch from the sea 

It’s no secret Canadians love their seafood. Nova Scotia prides itself on homemade seafood chowder. 

DID YOU KNOW? The Nova Scotia Chowder Trail (yes, it’s a thing!) spans from Yarmouth to Cape Breton, and features over 60 restaurants for you to indulge in your favourite East Coast dish!

Get a taste of the East Coast with this creamy and rich Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder.

 

(www.canadianliving.com/food/recipe/nova-scotia-seafood-chowder)

Ingredients:

900 g mussels

 2/3 cups dry white wine –  We suggest using Grand Pre Seyval Blanc

 3 tbs butter

 3 ribs celery thinly sliced

 2 onions chopped

 1/2 tsp each salt and sweet paprika

 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

 3 tbs all-purpose flour

 1 1/2 cup water

 1 bottle (240 ml) clam juice

 2 yellow-fleshed potatoes peeled and cubed

 340 g haddock fillets or other firm-fleshed fish fillets, cut in 2-inch (5 cm) chunks

 340 g sea scallops halved horizontally

 340 g of freshly caught lobster

 3 cups 10% cream

 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Click here to see the entire recipe.

 

A taste of the land

Homegrown Canadian beef is definitely a staple food nation-wide. Which is why this key product should make an appearance in your Canada Day menu. 

Enjoy these Mini Acadian Meat Pies, aka bite-sized morsels of Canadian comfort.

(http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/mini-acadian-meat-pies/19754/)

Ingredients:

Pie Dough

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp kosher salt

½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed

½ cup shortening, cubed

¼ cup ice water

1 tbsp white vinegar

Filling

200 g stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes

200 g boneless pork, cut into 1-inch cubes

⅛ tsp black pepper

1 tsp kosher salt, divided

1 tbsp vegetable oil, divided

1 small onion, finely chopped, about (3/4 cup)

1 tsp ground ginger

1 ½ cups no-salt beef broth

2 tsp dried summer savoury

½ cup peeled and grated russet potatoes

Egg Wash

1 egg yolk

1 tsp water

Get the full recipe here.

 

True north Canadian appetizers

Canada Day is the perfect time to go over the top with shades of red and white. Enjoy light and flavourful Caprese Skewers with Plum Balsamic Drizzle that symbolize the Canadian flag. 

(https://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/caprese-skewers-with-plum-balsamic-drizzle/18315/)

Ingredients:

20 balls bocconcini (mozzarella balls)

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 (15-oz) jar plum preserves

1 cup balsamic vinegar

20 sprigs fresh rosemary

2 pts grape tomatoes

Special equipment: A squeeze bottle

View the entire recipe here.

 

Is there anything Canadians love more than backyard barbeques? You’ll be swooning over these Grilled Cheeseburger Kebabs.

(https://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/grilled-cheeseburger-kebabs/19997/)
Ingredients:

Vegetable oil, for oiling the grill grates and drizzling

Nonstick cooking spray

1 lb ground beef, preferably 80% lean

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

3 tbsp ketchup, plus more for serving

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 slices of cheese

4 slices white sandwich bread

4 small cubes iceberg lettuce (about 1 1/2 inches each), from 1 head

8 cherry tomatoes

12 slices dill pickle

Mustard, for serving

Click here to see the full recipe.

 

Canadian classics

While there are endless desserts out there, there’s something special about decadent delights that share a piece of Canadian history, like these homemade Pecan Butter Tarts.

(https://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/pecan-butter-tarts/12426/)

Ingredients:

Two-Crust Pie Dough

2 ¼ cup cake and pastry flour

2 tbsp sugar

¾ tsp salt

1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

6 tbsp cold water

1 tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar

Butter Tarts

½ cup unsalted butter

1 cup packed dark brown or demerara sugar

2 large eggs

½ cup maple syrup – Hint: nothing beats real Canadian maple syrup!

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp salt

½ cup lightly toasted pecan pieces

Check out the rest of the recipe here.

 

For the chocolate lovers, this one’s for you. Indulge in rich, smooth flavours of The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar, a British Columbia founded dessert.

(https://www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/great-canadian-cookbook/recipe/the-ultimate-nanaimo-bar/16810/)

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer

½ cup unsalted butter

5 Tbsp cocoa powder

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 ¾ cups graham wafer crumbs

1 cup shredded coconut

½ cup almonds, finely chopped

Middle Layer

½ cup unsalted butter, softened

2 tbsp + 2 tsp whipping or heavy cream

2 tbsp vanilla custard powder

2 cups icing sugar

Topping

4 oz semi-sweet chocolate

2 tbsp unsalted butter

Continue reading the full recipe here.

Regardless of how you decide to celebrate our nation’s day, we hope these culinary delights will make an appearance. Canada is fully immersed with cultural delicacies from around the world, celebrating many nations, however, for this upcoming patriotic holiday, what’s better than to celebrate with classic Canadian dishes.