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Croissant, Fig & Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

BT Calgary | posted Friday, Nov 13th, 2015

If you’re hosting a holiday party in the coming weeks — and still looking for that perfect appetizer try this tasty recipe from ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen’s new holiday cook book.

Ingredients:

  • 7 cups cubed day-old croissants (about 4)
  • 2 cups sliced dried Mission figs
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp grated orange peel
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine croissant cubes, figs and cheese in a bowl.
  3. Place croissant mixture in a greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
  4. Whisk together eggs, sugar, cream, orange juice, orange peel, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and salt.
  5. Pour egg mixture evenly over croissant mixture.
  6. Bake, uncovered, until light golden and a knife inserted in centre comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

ENJOY!

Nutritional analysis per serving:  502 calories, 23.4 g fat, 10.8 g protein, 64.9 g carbohydrate, 5 g fibre, 410 mg sodium

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Bacon and Blue Cheese Risotto:

BT Calgary | posted Friday, Sep 4th, 2015

risotto recipe

Bacon and Blue Cheese Risotto

Ingredients

  • 5 cups pork broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 1/2 cup arborio rice
  • 5 slices cooked bacon (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup mild blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grainy dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt and pepper (to season)

 Method

  1. Place pork broth and cream in a medium pot on medium-high heat. Just before it simmers, reduce to low heat to keep hot, but not boiling.
  2. Heat bacon fat and oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add diced onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add arborio rice and continue to cook, stirring regularly for 2 minutes or until the rice absorbs excess oil in the pan.
  4. Ladle some of the hot broth into the pan and stir until it is almost completely absorbed by the rice. Reduce to medium heat and continue this process, stirring regularly over the next 25 minutes or until the rice has absorbed most of broth, but is still slightly al dente.
  5. Add remaining ingredients to the pan, stirring to incorporate. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Serves 4

Total cook time…30 minutes

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