The Local Dish is a collection of seasonal recipes that encourages you to enjoy more of the fresh and delicious food that’s grown right here in Ontario during peak season. Each highlighted fruit or vegetable is widely available during the month indicated.
There are two recipes in each section below that feature the all-star for the month – one created by a top Toronto chef from a FeastON-certified restaurant, and one submitted by a resident.
Toss beets in canola oil and wrap in foil. Cook at 400° F/200°C until tender (1.5 hours).
Peel cooled beats, purée in a blender.
For the Panna Cotta: Heat the cream, milk, salt, rosemary, cardamom and vanilla over medium heat. Steep for 30 minutes. Add gelatin.
Whip cheese and sugar until light and airy. Fold in beets, reserving ¼ cup for the ganache.
Pour the milk mixture into cheese and whisk until incorporated. Pass through a fine-mesh sieve and divide into ramekins.
Set in the fridge (3 hours).
For the crumble: Mix and toast all ingredients in a pan over medium heat.
For the ganache: Melt chocolate and cream in a bowl over boiling water. Fold in beet puree.
Remove panna cottas from ramekins carefully, slide a knife around the edges.
Top with crumble and drizzle with beet ganache.
Maple Beet Chocolate Cupcakes with Maple Beet Cream Cheese
Thanks to Dawn S for sharing this recipe featuring beets!
1 cup finely grated maple roasted beets
¾ cup unsalted butter softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon maple extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
⅔ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1¼ cups buttermilk*
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons finely grated beets, mashed with a fork
1 teaspoon maple extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon of milk**
Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C.
Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Line a second pan with 2 liners – this recipe makes about 30 cupcakes. Set aside.
Make the cupcakes: Whisk the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream sugar, brown sugar and butter together until fluffy. Beat in eggs until well incorporated. Beat in the beets and maple extract until well combined.
Add half of the dry ingredients and beat at a low speed. Add the buttermilk slowly.
Once combined add the remaining dry ingredients until just combined; do not over mix. The batter will be on the thick side, not pourable.
Spoon the batter into the liners, to ⅔ full.
Bake in batches for 14-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before icing.
Make the icing: With a mixer beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add the beets, maple extract and maple syrup beating until combined.
Add the icing sugar in slowly with the mixer on low speed.
Once it is all incorporated increase to high speed and beat until well combined.
Add milk a few drops at a time to the consistency you prefer. You will have extra icing (I love lots on my cupcakes!)
Notes: *you can use plain-roasted beets if you prefer and add a tablespoon of maple syrup. To maple roast beets, cut three medium beets into quarters, mix 2 tablespoons each of extra virgin olive oil and maple syrup, toss beets in the mixture to coat. Cook at 400°F/200°C degrees wrapped in tinfoil for 40-60 minutes. I grate them with skins on! For this recipe, I made a double batch and kept the leftovers to use in salads!
**I like my icing to be stiff but add milk to get the consistency you prefer.
Roasted Beets with Feta
Thanks to Brook S for sharing this recipe featuring our January all-star – beets!
1 bunch beets (about 1½ pounds) washed
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup feta crumbled (or more if you prefer)
1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped
Cut beets into quarters approximately 1-inch pieces.
Place the beets in a pot and cover with water. Add ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon lemon juice and bring to a boil (lemon juice helps to keep the beets red).
Cook the beets until fork tender – approximately 15 to 20 minutes, drain well.
Toss cooked beets in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 425°F/218°C for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
Place roasted beets in a bowl with the feta and chopped Italian parsley mix together and serve.
Pre-cooking the beets by boiling them prevents them from drying out when roasted and speeds up the cooking time. I do not peel my beets because, there’s nothing wrong with eating the skins.
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February - Carrot Recipes
Carrot, Red Cabbage and Beetroot Salad with Fresh Cilantro, Mint + Toasted Almonds
2 small red beets, peeled and cut into very fine strips
¼ cup sliced and toasted almonds
2 tsp black sesame seeds
1 cup cilantro leaves
½ cup dill leaves
salt to taste
Combine sauce ingredients in a mason jar and shake.
Prepare vegetables as directed.
Toss vegetables in sauce and top with garnishes.
Brazilian-Style Carrot Cake Recipe
Thanks to Carina M for sharing this recipe featuring the February all-star – carrots!
1 cup vegetable oil
1½ cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 pinch salt
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon butter
Cut carrots into chunks and place with the vegetable oil in a blender.
Once well blended, add eggs, sugar, flour and the rest of ingredients into the blender, all the while blending between ingredients.
Pour the well-blended mixture into buttered & floured mould
Bake in a 350°F/180°C oven until a toothpick comes out dry, approximately 40-50 minutes
Over medium heat, add cocoa powder, sugar, milk and butter into a pan
Stir mixture until smooth
Spread mixture over cake while it is still hot
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Fries: Heat oven to 350ºF/176ºC degrees. Splash sunflower oil over julienned potatoes, toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt/pepper. Bake until crisp (30 minutes).
Gravy: In oil over medium heat, cook onions until soft and translucent. Coat onions with brown rice flour (use a sieve). Cook until flour is toasted. Add fresh rosemary, stir for 1 minute. Add tamari and water. Stir well. Simmer to thicken. Press through a sieve.
Mushrooms & Onions: In oil over medium-high heat, cook onions until soft and translucent. Add mushrooms, cook until soft.
Add fries to a deep bowl. Top with mushroom mixture and gravy, then with cheese and shredded spinach.
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½ cup of Local Ontario Pecorino cheese finely grated
1 tablespoon of butter
1 tablespoon of local Ontario sunflower oil
½ cup of local Pecorino finely grated
2 steams of rosemary one finely chopped and the other whole
salt & pepper for seasoning
Mix flour with eggs and knead until smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside.
Place a pot of water on the stove and add lemon juice and sugar
Blanch rhubarb for 2 min until tender
Remove rhubarb from the boiling water
Place in a food processor with ricotta and half cup of grated pecorino and season to taste. Set aside
Place a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Season water with salt
Start rolling out your pasta dough into the thinnest workable setting on your pasta roller.
Once your sheet of pasta is rolled out using the cookie cutter, cut out 2 inch diameter circles
Place your stuffing into a pastry bag and fill one-inch diameter
With a food brush and some room temperature water wet the exterior of the pasta circles
Fold the pasta circles and seal the ends. Set aside on a sheet and dust with some flour
Place a large pan on the stove top to medium-high
Add sunflower oil, butter and rosemary to the warm pan
Just before the butter starts to brown, add ½ cup of the boiling pasta water and continue reducing
Add pasta to the boiling water
Once the pasta cooks for a couple of minutes strain and add to the butter sauce
Add the remaining ½ cup of pecorino to the pan and reduce until you have a rich consistency
Assemble on a warm plate and garnish with rosemary spring and poppy seeds
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Crack eggs and separate the yolks from the whites. Set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil in a pan and fry the guanciale over medium heat until golden brown.
While guanciale is frying, add 25 grams of pecorino to the egg yolks along with a pinch of salt, and ½ teaspoon of red wine vinegar.
Next, whisk over boiling water until cheese has melted and air has been incorporated into the zabaione and set aside.
Once the guanciale is golden brown remove the guanciale from the pan reserving the rendered fat.
Add your sliced asparagus to the hot oil (rendered fat) and toss to coat the asparagus (off direct heat). Season with salt and pepper.
On a warm plate, spoon your tossed asparagus on the plate. Drizzle zabaione over the asparagus, then scatter the fried guanciale over the dish.
Top it off with grated pecorino and drizzle sunflower oil to finish.
Yields 1 serving.
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For the biscuits: Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Grate the butter into the flour and mix to coat. Slowly incorporate the buttermilk (do not over mix), ensuring butter does not melt.
Roll dough on a floured surface to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into 3-inch rounds using a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Bake for 15 minutes.
Chop the strawberries and mix with sugar and a pinch of salt. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Reserve a few fresh strawberries for garnish.
Serve when biscuits are cool and the strawberries glisten with syrup.
Scatter crumbled feta and sorrel leaves on top. Finish with a good amount of black pepper. Garnish with a few slices of fresh strawberry.
Strawberry Chia Seed Jam Date Bars
Thanks to Cara Tegler for sharing this recipe featuring our June all-star – strawberries!
Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
1 pound hulled strawberries
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup quick oats
¼ cup peanut butter or almond butter
¼ cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons almond flour
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup dates
2-3 tablespoons almond milk
pinch of salt
¼ cup unsweetened coconut
Add the strawberries to a food processor and pulse until they are in small chunks.
Transfer to a small saucepan add the water and cook over medium heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally until the strawberries reduce and the mixture becomes very juicy and saucy about 5 to 6 minutes.
Stir in the honey, vanilla extract and chia seeds until combined, then turn off the heat.
Allow the jam to sit at room temperature until it cools completely – it will thicken as it sits. You can refrigerate to speed up this step.
In a food processor combine oats, peanut butter, cocoa, almond flour, vanilla and dates, pulsing to bring the mixture together.
Add almond milk one tablespoon at a time, only adding as much as is needed to bring the mixture together to form a soft dough that is easy to form.
Press dough firmly and evenly into a parchment lined 8×8 pan (even if it does not fill the whole pan) and place in the fridge for at least 15 min to set.
Once the base is set and the strawberry jam has cooled, spread an even layer of jam over top of the base and sprinkle with coconut flakes.
You can cut into squares at this point or refrigerate and cut later (recommended).
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Preheat the oven to 325ºF/163ºC (convection) or 350ºF/176ºC (standard).
Sieve spelt light flour, dried spices, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt into a large bowl.
Whisk ground flax with room temperature oil and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Whisk together the applesauce, sugar, fresh ginger, zucchini and apple cider vinegar in a large bowl.
Add the liquid ingredients to the flour and whisk to combine. Do not over mix the batter. Fold in flax and oil mixture. The mixture will bubble a little.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place in the oven immediately.
Bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Depending on the size of the baking tray used, the baking time will vary. About 15-20 minutes for a cake pan, 45-60 minutes for a loaf.
Yield one 9” x 5” loaf pan or quarter pan tray cake.
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August - Peach Recipes
Grilled Ontario Peach Cheesecake Trifle
Created by Chef Kevin Durkee of CHEESEWERKS
6 Ontario peaches, sliced
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 tablespoon white balsamic
150g each cream cheese, mascarpone, and ricotta
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup Ontario honey
¼ cup heavy cream if needed
4 croissants, cut into cubes
2 tablespoon Ontario maple syrup
½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 cup crumbled cookies or granola
Grill peach slices for 2-3 mins each side, for grill marks and caramelization. Combine sliced peaches, sugar, and white balsamic. Let sit for 10 min.
Whip together cheesecake ingredients until light and fluffy. Thin with cream if needed.
Place croissants on a lined baking sheet, lightly drizzle with maple syrup then sprinkle with cracked pepper.
Bake croissant croutons at 425 degrees for 3 min until golden brown.
In a trifle bowl or individual glasses, layer crunch, whipped cream, peaches, croissant and cheesecake mixture.
Chill until ready to serve.
Peach Honey Thyme Sorbet
Submitted by Ben Maclain.
5 large ripe peaches (pits removed)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Put all the ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.
Place the puree in the ice cream maker cylinder and proceed as recommended in the manual, for about 25 minutes.
Serve at once (it will remain soft) or transfer the sorbet in a container and place in the fridge for a few hours.
Serve sprinkled with additional thyme if desired.
Yield 4-6 servings.
Submitted by Jason C.
8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
¼ cup boiling water
3 tablespoons white sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 425ºF/220ºC.
In a large bowl, combine peaches, ¼ cup white sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine flour, ¼ cup white sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.
Yields 4 servings.
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1 bunch lacinato kale
6 chanterelle mushrooms
50 g pecorino cheese
50 g sunflower seeds
3 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tbsp raspberry vinegar
salt and pepper
1. Heat water in a small pot to 140-150° F and add the egg (in shell) allowing it to sit for 40 minutes. Use a thermometer and keep temperature constant.
2. Remove the tough white stem from the kale leaves, cut remaining greens into thin slices.
3. Combine the kale, a handful of seeds, oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Let sit for 3-4 minutes or until the kale wilts. Grate some pecorino cheese on top of wilted kale.
4. Gently tear the chanterelles by hand and put in a bowl with salt, pepper and oil. Mix lightly.
5. Spread the kale mixture on a plate.
6. Remove the egg from water. Tap shell gently with spoon to create opening on end. Pour out runny egg, scooping up yolk. Place in the centre of salad. Add a pinch of pepper on top.
7. Garnish with raspberries.
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Brush muffin pans with melted butter. Place in freezer.
Melt remaining butter in heavy pan. Add cubed apples, simmer on low for 20 minutes, remove apples.
Mix almonds, sugar, flour, and salt. Add egg whites and blend thoroughly. Add apples and mix thoroughly until thin and pourable.
Spoon the batter into the moulds, filling halfway. Place baking sheet in centre of oven, bake until cakes start to rise (7 min). Reduce heat to 400°F/205°C bake until light brown and they begin to firm (about 7 more min). Turn off heat, let rest in the oven until firm (another 7 min).
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 min. Unmold.
Serve warm financiers* with vanilla ice cream, or caramel sauce, – or both!
*a classic French pastry made of nut flour with melted butter
Apple Sage Pork Stew
approx. 1 pound pork, cubed (2-3 cm cubes)
2 tablespoons oil
1 large green (tart) apple, chopped
½ tablespoon dry sage
¼ tablespoon dry chili or to taste
pinch of ground coriander (optional)
pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
salt, to taste
Potato Celery Root Cauliflower Mash
1 medium potato, peeled and cubed (1 cup cubed)
1 medium celery root, peeled and cubed (1 cup cubed)
1 cup cauliflower florets
¼ to ⅓ cup light cream
1 tablespoon butter
salt, to taste
1 tablespoon salted butter
⅓ cup walnuts
1 medium tart apple, sliced
black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon golden sugar
Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium heat. Add the pork and cook for about 5 min. until golden colour.
Decrease heat to low-medium. Add the chopped apple, dry sage, chili, cardamom, coriander, and about 1 cup of water (to cover the meat). Cover and cook for about 1 hour and 30-50 min. Add water regularly so as not to burn the pork.
When the pork is almost ready, add the salt and fresh sage and cook for another 10 min.
To make the mash, put the potatoes in a pot with boiling water and cook for 5 min. Add the celery and cook for another 7 min or until the veggies are soft. Drain and mash adding the cream, butter, and thyme. Season to taste.
To make the apples, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the walnuts and toss 2-3 min. Add the sliced apple, salt (if using), pepper, maple syrup, and golden sugar and saute 2-3 min, stirring, until the apples are caramelized but still firm.
To assemble, arrange the pork (with some sauce), mash potatoes, and caramelized apples. Sprinkle with some fresh herbs if desired.
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Heat vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat.
Add cumin seeds, onion, and garlic until golden brown.
Add tomatoes and ginger, stirring until tomatoes cook through.
Add salt, chili powder and turmeric. Stir and leave for 1 minute.
Add cauliflower and potatoes, mix into sauce mixture.
Cook on low to medium heat for 45 min, stirring every 5 min.
When potatoes and cauliflower are soft, sprinkle with garam masala and mix.
Garnish with coriander and serve hot with naan or chapatti.
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Drizzle with oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven at 375ºF/190ºC, cut side down until very tender.
Slice the onion, celery and garlic very thinly and sweat in a pot in the remaining oil.
Peel and dice the remaining squash and add to the sweating vegetables. Cover with water; add herbs and spices, salt. Simmer for 10 mins.
Scoop out the roasted squash from the skin and add to the soup. Cook 5 more mins.
Puree in a blender until smooth and adjust seasoning.
½ spaghetti squash
2 tablespoons brown butter
1 tablespoons chopped parsley
¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
4 sprigs cilantro
Season the spaghetti squash and bake cut side down, on a sheet tray until just cooked.
Using a fork, scrape the strands of squash out of the skin and into a bowl.
While still warm, season with the brown butter, parsley, salt and pepper.
Garnish the soup with a generous amount of the squash on top, sprinkle on the seeds and cilantro.
Yield: 4 litres.
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Looking for ways to love local all year around? Check Foodland Ontario’s availability guide to find out what’s in season when. And check out these tips for growing, preserving, buying and cooking locally grown foods, including a list of farmers’ markets that operate through the winter.