Fall-Apart Beef Brisket

Hearty, comfort food at its best.  A wonderful winter meal.  Buy beef brisket that weighs almost 2 pounds before trimming as there is quite a bit of fat to discard. If a “sliced” brisket is preferred over the shredded variety, cook about 30 minutes less than recommended above. 2 Tbsp (30...

Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic-Coffee Sauce

3/4 tsp (4 mL) coarsely ground black pepper 1/2 tsp (2 mL) garlic powder 1/2 tsp (2 mL) onion powder 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt 4 beef tenderloin steaks (5 oz/140 g each), about 1-inch ( 2.5 cm) thick 2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil 4 large shallots, peeled and finely chopped 6 oz/170 g sliced portabella...

Deep, Dark and Stout Chili

2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil 1 1/2 lb/750 g extra lean ground beef (or 1 lb/500 g extra lean ground beef and 15-oz/426 mL can kidney beans, rinsed and drained) 2 cups (500 mL) diced green bell peppers 1 cup (250 mL) diced red onion 3 cans (14.5 oz/412 mL each) no-salt-added stewed tomatoes 1 bottle...

Canadian Lentil Meatballs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

This is a wonderful home-style Persian dish, the kind that Hamid grew up enjoying.  The Cucumber Sauce is more of a method than an actual recipe.  Like all great chefs, he tastes as he goes. He’ll combine a cup or so of rich yogurt and grate in a clove of garlic (or more if you like garlic)....

Lentil Lasagna

2 boxes of ready-to-bake lasagna noodles 1 lb. each 1 cupful (250 mL) or so of shredded mozzarella cheese A big splash of olive oil 2 onions, chopped 1 whole head of garlic cloves, minced 1 28 oz can (796 mL) of crushed or puréed tomatoes, juice reserved 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of dried oregano 1 or...

Lentil Chili

1 lb (500 g) ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 19 oz (475 g) can tomato sauce 1 cup (250 mL) green lentils, cooked or canned 10 oz (250 g) can whole mushrooms, drained ½ cup (125 mL) water 1 Tbsp (15 mL) chili powder ½ tsp (2 mL) black pepper 1 Tbsp (15 mL) white vinegar...

Beef and Lentil Samosas

These samosas could also be baked: set on a rimmed, parchment-lined sheet, brush with oil and bake at 425˚F for 20-30 minutes until golden. 1 pkg. samosa or spring roll wrappers, thawed if frozen Filling: 1 small onion, finely chopped 1/2 lb. (250 g) lean ground beef 1 cup (250 mL) cooked green or...

Spicy Lentil Beef Burger

• 500 g (1/2 lb) lean ground beef • 2 garlic cloves • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) honey • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ginger • 1 cup (250 mL) cooked lentils • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce, reduced sodium • 1 egg • 10 sprigs parsley or cilantro, chopped • 2 green onions, chopped • 1/2 cup (125 mL) bread crumbs Put all...

Tangy Beef Stew

• 1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper • 2 lb (1 kg) stewing beef, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil • 1 cup (250 mL) water • 1/2 cup (125 mL) ketchup • 1/4 cup (60 mL) brown sugar • 1/4 cup (60 mL) vinegar • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)...

Winter Wine-laced Beef Stew

As the snow seems to never end, a heart-warming stew is as close to a perfect winter dish as one can get and this Basque version of Boeuf Bourguignon is all about the flavour.  You’ll never see it in another food column.  It’s Basque-chef Roger Dufau’s version of the traditional wine-soaked...