Happy Canada Day

You know what celebratory poutine needs? A gravy buffet

You know what celebratory poutine needs? A gravy buffet. Like this.

Celebrating Canada Day? Here’s a dinner menu:

  • Poutine Appetizer – baked new potato + cheese curd on a toothpick with gravy dipping sauce. Want regular poutine? Here’s a Saveur recipe.
  • Vegetable Tray (to offset the poutine)
  • PEI Mussels – I love love love mussels
  • Canadian Bacon Empanadas – I used a dough of 2 cups of flour processed with 2 sticks of butter in a food processor until coarse, then processed with a cup of sour cream until just mixed. Refrigerate wrapped for at least 1/2 hour. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick, cut into medium sized rectangles and fill with shredded cheddar cheese and diced Canadian bacon. Bake at 375 until golden brown (about 15 minutes). Inspired by the Cheese Knish recipe in the King Arthur Flour 250th Anniversary Cookbook.
  • Salmon cured in Canadian Club Whiskey on Oatcakes (which are Canadian because I got the recipe from a Canada Living Robbie Burns Dinner menu) with fancy cheese
  • Maple Baked Beans – This page has a mix of molasses and maple based recipes
  • Pan Fried Deviled Eggs with Maple Rub Crust – from the Splendid Table cookbook, sounds gross, tastes heavenly – the maple rub crust was created by putting maple rub on the face of the egg before frying.
  • Cabbage Slaw with Dill (that’s not Canadian but, you know, vegetables)
  • Nanaimo Bars – These are intense. You can substitute instant vanilla pudding mix for custard powder.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream and Strawberry Slices – Red and white. Like the Canadian Flag.
  • Canadian Beer
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