Recipe Makeover with Tre Stelle®

An old classic recipe with a modern twist

It’s time to dust off those old dog-eared cookbooks you got from your Mother, or even your Grandmother, and put a modern twist on some classic recipes! Start with a basic recipe and have some fun experimenting with different ingredients. You may surprise yourself with a new family favourite.

There’s a bounty of wonderful, fresh ingredients within reach that our Mom and Grandmothers never had access to. With such an abundance of spices, fresh fruit and vegetables available year round it’s easy to add pep to recipes of days gone by.  Cooking can be an adventure when you take a traditional recipe and give it a modern makeover. So put on your apron and add pizzazz to a recipe or two.

My family loves my Santé Fe Salad recipe, so I got creative and put a new flair on my basic recipe.  One of the highlights of my recipe is the addition of Tre Stelle®’s high quality premium Feta Cheese.

This recipe makes a great side dish for this summer’s backyard BBQ’s and parties. Easily adaptable to include fresh elements like cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, peas just use your imagination. What about adding some cooked spiral pasta and turning it into a main course? Experiment with a variety of flavours and Tre Stelle® Bocconcini or Tre Stelle® Mozzarella Cheese. Have fun with those old recipes and let your creativity soar. The Art of Cooking is all about using what you have on hand, not following a recipe exactly and adding your own personal touch!

Feta Santa Fe Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can (19oz) can black beansrinsed and drained
  • ½ red bell pepperdiced
  • ½ green bell pepper diced
  • ½ cupchopped red onion
  • 1 can (12oz) kernel cornor use fresh cooked corn from cob
  • 1 jalapeño pepperseeded and finely diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • ½ – 1 cup Tre Stelle® Feta Cheese

For Dressing

  • 1/4 cupolive oil
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tspcumin
  • salt and pepperabout 1/4 tsp each, or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix together black beans, red pepper, green pepper, onion, corn and jalapeño pepper.
  2. For Dressing -In small jar mix together olive oil and lime juice.
  3. Add cumin, salt and pepper and shake well.
  4. Mix cilantro and Tre Stelle® Feta cheese into salad ingredients.
  5. Toss together with dressing

Berry and Mascarpone Blintzes for a Special Mother’s Day Brunch

For my family, crepes mean it’s a special occasion. A holiday morning, an anniversary brunch, or company is over. Crepes elevate breakfast or brunch to something a little more elegant.

Blintzes are crepes that are a touch more fancy. The extra step of filling and baking the crepes truly make them a special meal. And the steps used to make these can involve the whole family, so kids will really feel like they’ve had a hand in making a treat for mom on Mother’s Day. There’s beating the batter,  chopping the berries, mixing the filling, or even wrapping and folding the crepes.  Make it a true family affair to share and enjoy.

The berries, with a hint of mint or thyme (this may be omitted if children are too young) combine perfectly with the luxurious and velvety Mascarpone. Mascarpone makes every recipe an indulgent experience.  Any other time, if you’d prefer, you could choose to use Ricotta, but for a special brunch, Mother’s Day treat or special times, go all out and use this wonderful Mascarpone by Tre Stelle!

Final touch – a drizzle of macerated berries on top is fresh and full of colour. Visually impressive, and a treat for the taste buds!

Feeds 4 (12 blintzes or 3 each)

Crepe Batter

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tbsp. sugar

1/8 tsp salt

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

Zest from one lemon (save the lemon for the rest of the recipe)

2 tbsp. canola oil

 

  • Whisk the flour, sugar and salt together in a small bowl
  • In a medium bowl lightly beat the eggs.
  • Alternating flour mixture and milk, add by the 1/2 cup to the eggs. Mix thoroughly before adding the next portion. Once completely blended together, add the lemon zest and blend some more. Add the canola oil, and blend well. The final batter should be the consistency of heavy cream. Let the batter rest for at least 1 hour, covered, on the counter.
  • Heat a 6-8 inch shallow pan (ideally a crepe pan) over medium heat. Have canola oil ready to grease the pan with. Add enough to coat the bottom of the heated pan.
  • Lifting the pan from the heat, add enough batter to coat the entire bottom, swirling it around (but don’t add any more than that- you don’t want them thick)
  • Place pan burner and cook for about 40 seconds, or until the edges are cooked through and dry. Using a small spatula, slide it under the crepe all the way around to loosen. Flip and civil the other side till just golden.
  • Place on a plate.
  • Add a little oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Repeat until all the batter is used up. You should get between12-14 or more (depending on the size of your pan) set aside.

 

Berry Topping

2.5-3 cups of fresh berries, chopped if larger (it can be a combo of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, currants etc)

2/3-3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 tbsp. fresh chopped mint (or combo of mint and thyme)

3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice.

 

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, except for the lemon juice. Set aside. The sugars will draw out the berry juices. This will turn into a lovely sauce. Just before serving, add the lemon juice, 1 tbsp. at a time till you achieve freshness to the sauce that you like.

 

Mascarpone Filling

400 grams of Tre Stelle Mascarpone cheese

1 cup fresh chopped berries (use what is in season, almost any fruit can work!)

1/3-1/2 cup icing sugar (you decide how sweet you want it!)

3 tbsp. fresh chopped mint (you could also use thyme or a combination)

2-3 tbsp. lemon juice (just to thin it out a touch, what you need may be affected by the berries you choose)

 

  • Mix all filling ingredients together.

 

Prepare the blintzes:

 

  • Preheat the oven to 325F
  • Lightly grease the bottom of a large baking dish with some melted butter or canola oil
  • Take one crepe and place a small mound of the cheese mixture in the middle (about 2.5-3 tbsp.) Fold two sides in. Then wrap the top and bottom in (you’ve created a little envelope or parcel). Place with folded edges on the bottom into the baking dish.
  • Repeat till you have made up all the blintzes. Lightly brush the tops with a bit more butter or oil.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes, or until warmed through.
  • Place three on a plate and spoon the fruit topping over them. You can also sprinkle everything with more icing sugar.