Presidents Choice: Recipe to Riches Montreal Deli Dip

Well, that was a fast season – so it seems! The last category for Recipe to Riches season is almost over! This category is for Condiments and Dips, and I love Montreal Style smoked meats – so I was delighted when I heard this was the winner! It comes in a little tub, kind of like purchasing hummus or salsa, so it was very convenient!

This dip is advertised as delicious either cold or hot! The texture is chunky and the flavour is plenty! I find it tasted a lot like sauerkraut or even pickles – like a relish, but kicked up a notch or two! I did fine this dip was too hearty and thick to become an actual dip, but would probably work if you spoon it onto little crustinis or baguette or something like that.

For serving this dip hot, I decided to make a “smoked meat sandwich” and used the dip toasted with some deli meat and cheese! it was fantastic, and it would be the preferred way I enjoy this – hot/warm!

I do like this dip, but I dn’t eat enough sandwiches or make enough hor dourves for this to make sense for repurchase. However, next time I entertain, it would be an awesome back up plan though!

Presidents Choice: Recipes to Riches Butter Chicken Lasagna

This week on Food Network’s Recipe to Riches was my favourite catagory – Frozen Entrees! Winner Rick Matharu created this amazing fusion on an easily accessible food, the Lasagna! We were not only shocked but amazed how delicious the Butter Chicken Lasagna really was and right after we ate it, we were already talking about purchasing more and keeping it in our freezer! This episode was a great episode as all the competitors were great and the products were awesome! I was rooting for Rick, so I am ecstatic that he won this category! These Lasagnas come in a frozen “dish” weighing in at 1KG and it’s a great value in my opinion at $7.99!

I love how even the box has such personality, funk and style – as Rick did in the episode! When it came to making the product, I could either zap the entire thing in the microwave for about 16-20 minutes or pop it in the oven for about an hour at 375F and then peel off the top film for anther 10 minutes. (well, I did mine for 10 minutes as it was a beautiful colour already). So, with that said, it’s not an instant frozen meal, but it’s not harder than a frozen pizza, and I must admit, I would run for this butter chicken lasagna over a frozen pizza now!

As this was completely prepared and ready to serve, my husband came home and said “smells like curry!”, and he was right for a change! The house had a beautiful delicious curry aroma, and honestly, it’s not a scent we get at home often at all! When we actually sat down to enjoy this product, we couldn’t stop eating! I’m sure the both of us could have finished the entire lasagna in one sitting, but I put it away to refrain from doing that!

The Lasagna was not only rich in flavours, more Tandoori style than “butter chicken”, but regardless, it was excellent and delicious!! Tons of actual pieces of chicken, and layers of vegetables. We’re already planning to pick this product out while we pick up the item for next weeks show! This product is now our favourite and could be in our household to stay! Hope Rick brings home the big one! 😉

Presidents Choice: Recipes to Riches Triple “S” Korean Meatballs

This week, the category 3 candidates were competing against was Hors D’Oeuvres on Recipe to Riches, and the three finalists this week was Montreal student Benji Greenberg, with his Curry Crab Sticks which was the item I was cheering for this competition! I always love crabcakes, and to have it conveniently on a stick makes it a great snack/hor d’oeuvres and for any occasion! The second finalist was Belen Welch from Dieppe, N.B., with her cheese-stuffed, cumin-spiced quinoa balls would be the New Jalapeno Popper. I was really unsure about this product, but it would be a product that could cater to a large market these days – which could be good. Finally, the last finalist was Vancouver’s Jackie Koh, with her Smoky Korean Meatballs supposedly jammed packed with Korean flavours as a part of her heritage. I wasn’t convinced that this product would win as there are tons of meatball products out there, and Jackie didn’t look like someone who would be easy to work with. With all that said, it was Jackie Koh that did win this weeks category with her meatballs.

After watching the episode on TV, I wasn’t sure I wanted to purchase this product as Jackie did leave a bitter taste in my mouth, and it was a product I just didn’t want to try due to her personality and attitude. It was hard to over come it, but as I saw at my local store – the product was almost sold out, so I figured I needed to try it, regardless what I was thinking inside. A box of these meatballs come with about 20 meatballs for $7.99, which is at a reasonable price range for such products.

To prepare these meatballs, you just bake them for about 10 minutes and then flip them for another 10 minutes. It is simple preparation, and it does smell great. The flavours are intense and spicy with a hint of sweetness and tang. The meatballs are quite large as I think more of “bite-size” when I think about Hor D’Oeurves, and the texture is actually really processed and quite dry actually. I think this would be amazing if we made it ourselves with “good” ground beef. Overall, this was a product I was thinking/hoping I would hate, but it turns out to be a product I don’t hate, but I don’t love either.