Whole Roast Duck With Apples And Cranberry Stuffing

Impress your holiday guests this year with crisp, delicious and full of juices roasted duck. This recipe is very simple and easy to make. The best way to serve it is with mashed potatoes.

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Whole Roast Duck With Apples And Cranberry Stuffing
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry duck with paper towels. Season inside and outside with salt and pepper.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  3. Cut celery into thin slices.
  4. Peel, core and cut apples into small cubes.
  5. Heat olive oil or butter in a frying pan. Add onion and celery and sauté for 3-4 minutes until golden. Season with some salt and pepper.
  6. Add apples and cranberries. Remove from the heat.
  7. Add bread crumbs and mix well.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Stuff duck with prepared stuffing. Secure skin underneath with skewer or toothpicks.
  9. Rub the skin with olive oil and place it into the roasting pan with the breast side down. Roast for one hour.
  10. Baste all over every 15-20 minutes with juices from the bottom of the pan.
  11. Flip the duck over and continue to roast for another 20-30 minutes. Cover wings and legs with foil if it gets too brown.
  12. The duck is done if the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted in the thickest part of the leg. Remove from the oven and cover the duck with aluminum foil for at least 10 minutes.

Juicy French Style Pork Tenderloin

I lived in France more than 10 years. My husband is French but neither he or his parents have heard of this dish. The French don’t even suspect that this dish is called French style meat, but Russians eat this meat and know that it truly is “French style meat”.

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Juicy French Style Pork Tenderloin
The main ingredients in this dish are mayonnaise, cheese and onion, lots of onion.
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Line medium baking dish with aluminum foil.
  2. Place each piece between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with the flat side of meat tenderizer until about 1/4 inch thick. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Lay the meat out on a baking dish. Peel and cut onion (half-moon). Arrange onion on top of the pork. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Spread mayonnaise all over the meat.
  4. Bake for about 40 minutes until golden brown.

Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimps

The reason I love making Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimp so much is because the ingredients are so simple and I almost always have frozen shrimp and puff pastry in my freezer. The puff pastry wrapped-shrimp are my kids favorite appetizers, they call them shrimp in the blanket.


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Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimps

The best way to thaw frozen shrimp is to put them in a colander and let cold water run over it. Let them sit under water for 10 minutes. Once the shrimps are not attached to each other, drain them.

Course Appetizers

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes

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Course Appetizers

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes

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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Season shrimp with salt, pepper and seasoning.

  3. Roll out the pastry dough and cut into 1 cm wide strips.

  4. Starting at the top, wind one pastry strip around one shrimp, slightly overlapping the pastry and ending just before the tail. Repeat with each shrimp.

  5. Place shrimp onto the baking sheet. Beat the egg in a small bowl with a fork, to make egg wash. Brush the shrimp pastry with egg wash.

  6. Bake for about 12 min, or until golden brown. Do not overcook.

Salmon Wrapped In Puff Pastry With Sour Cream

Who says you need to make a special dough for amazing appetizers? Thank goodness for puff pastry! It is so easy to use and you can buy it in the freezer section at any grocery store. I want to introduce you to this delicious puff pastry packets that are filled with salmon, sour cream and herbs. And can be served with any green salad of your choice. It’s great for brunch, lunch, or light dinner. This will definitely be on my holiday table this year.

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Salmon Wrapped In Puff Pastry With Sour Cream
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add finely chopped onion cook and stir until tender.
  2. Cut salmon into small cubes. Season with salt and pepper, add sour cream, cooked onion and fresh dill. Gently mix.
  3. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Gently roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/2 cm. Using 8 cm round cookie cutter carefully cut out circles.
  5. Place pastry rounds on a flat surface, divide salmon mixture between them and spread one tea spoon over pastry, leaving a 1/2 cm border all around.
  6. Brush pastry borders with water. Top with pastry rounds and press edges together firmly to seal.
  7. Place the pastry packets on baking sheet and brush with egg yolk.
  8. Make a small hole in the middle of the top of each lid. Use a paring knife to score the top of the pastry as desired. Be careful not puncture through.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

Salmon Теrrine

An elegant french recipe made of fresh and smoked salmon, eggs, sour cream, and parsley. This refined and delicious appetizer is perfect for cold buffets. Serve the Salmon Terrine with mayonnaise, vegetables, or a green salad.

 

 

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Salmon Terrine
This Salmon Terrine is served cold and gets even better the next day. Very convenient to prepare in advance.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 390° F (180°C). Grease a loaf pan using cooking oil.
  2. Cut the fresh salmon into pieces and mix with a food processor.
  3. Add the eggs and mix well.
  4. Add the sour cream and parsley.
  5. Add the smoked salmon, salt and pepper. Mix with a spatula.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Allow the salmon terrine to cool before removing it from the pan. Serve the dish chilled.

Pumpkin Soup

French recipe of a silky and smooth Pumpkin Soup with only two main ingredients. Healthy, colorful, and easy to make. If you have a blender, you have to try this recipe as soon as pumpkins are in season.
To impress your guests, serve this soup in individual pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Soup
This soup is delicious and silky even without any cream. I add very little, just to make it look beautiful.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Wash and chop the leeks.
  2. Wash the pumpkin and cut it in half horizontally. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin clean with the spoon or ice cream scoop (you can use the seeds for another recipe).
  3. Peel and cut into regular cubes.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook and stir leeks until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add pumpkin cubes and cook for 5-7 more minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Transfer the veggies into a large pot. Add just enough water to cover them, and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Simmer about 15 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked.
  7. Puree the soup with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Add a little more boiling water if the soup is too thick. Taste for flavor, and feel free to add more salt or pepper.
  8. Serve hot, with sour or heavy whipping cream and fresh herbs.
For a special presentation:
  1. Cut off the top of a small pumpkin and scrape the inside.
  2. Before adding the soup, heat the pumpkin for few minutes in the oven, then add the hot soup and serve immediately.

Green Mango Salad (Кalawang)

Green and unripe mangoes can be eaten, and are often delicious. For example, this salad with shredded green mangoes is very popular in French Guyana, and if you like spicy food, you will love this salad! Serve cold, as an appetizer or as a side dish with fish, shrimp, or meat. For a pretty presentation, I serve the Kalawang in individual plates with shrimps.

 

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Green Mango Salade (Кalawang)
Fresh chili pepper can be substituted with chili powder.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
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Instructions
  1. Peel the mangoes with a peeling knife. Shred the pulp and discard the pit.
  2. In the salad bowl, toss the mangoes, onion, salt and pepper. Drizzle with lemon juice and oil. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in a refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, transfer the salad on to the serving plates, embellish with fresh herbs, and prawns.

Oven Roasted Eggplant Cubes

It doesn’t take much time to roast an eggplant in the oven, all you have to do is: cut it, salt it, drizzle with some lemon juice and olive oil, toss it and mix it couple of times while it is cooking. You can serve it by itself or as a main dish, with meat or fish. It tastes even better next day. Perfect for next day lunch or picnic.

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Oven Roasted Eggplant Cubes
If you are not a garlic lover like I am, add only 2-3 garlic cloves instead of a whole garlic bulb.
Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to its hottest setting,typically around 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and turn on the broil. Cut the eggplant into 1-2 inch cubes. Transfer them to a baking sheet and spread out into a single layer.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Peel garlic and smash it with a heavy knife.
  4. Add garlic and pepper, give it a good mix with spatula or your hand.
  5. Place a rack on top of your oven and cook the eggplant cubes for 10 minutes. Carefully take the eggplant out and stir it with a spatula. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes. Taste the eggplant. Cook for another 5 minutes if needed.
  6. Remove the eggplant from the oven. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve hot or room temperature.

Vegetable Tian

This is not a ratatouille, it is a “tian!” I often have to correct my guests when they ask me if this is a ratatouille. 😉

Tian is a french recipe of baked vegetables made with alternating rows of sliced eggplant, tomato, onion and zucchini. A tian itself is an earthenware dish that goes from the oven to table. Everything baked in this dish is called tian.

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Vegetable Tian
To make the tian look more appealing, use vegetables with similar widths.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the onion into half moons. Peel and cut the garlic into 2-4 pieces.
  2. In a medium skillet heat 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil until hot, add onion and sauté until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400℉. Spread the cooked onion on the bottom of a baking dish.
  4. Cut zucchini and summer squash into 1/4 inch slices.
  5. Cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.
  6. Core and cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  7. Arrange the zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes in alternating rows. Continue until the baking dish is filled.
  8. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
  9. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and golden. If the vegetables are not ready, but the top is starting to burn, cover the tian with aluminum foil.

Chunky Guacamole

The secret to perfect guacamole is ripe avocados. If you prefer a smoother guacamole, use a blender. Personally, I prefer avocados crushed with a fork with finely cut tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.

 

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Chunky Guacamole
Guacamole can be served not only with tortilla chips, but also with fresh sliced vegetables, such as radishes, cucumber, or celery.
Instructions
  1. Slice the avocados in half along its length and dispose of the seed and skin. Crush the flesh of the avocado using a fork. Drizzle with the lemon juice.
  2. Chop the onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. Crush the garlic.
  3. Mix all the vegetables and avocados together. Salt, pepper, and add the cayenne pepper.
  4. Put the guacamole in a bowl and serve along with tortilla chips or sliced vegetables.
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