Fall is finally here! Canadian Tire and Yahoo Canada are here to help you embrace the changing seasons and chillier temperatures by bringing you everything you need, from hearty Canadiana-inspired recipes to decor tips for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Crisp Fall weather has a knack for triggering an urge to stay in and cook warm hearty meals.
As you start browsing your recipe cards, you may realize your typical Fall staples like beef stew, chili and pumpkin pie seem kind of...well, boring. As satisfying as those dishes can be, it might be time to expand your horizons with some new Fall favourites. Today, we’re zeroing in on traditional Canadian recipes, both sweet and savory.
Given Canada’s track record for long Winters, it’s no wonder we have some of the best recipes to warm the soul on cold days.
Of all the Canadian classics, poutine has got to be the dish with the widest appeal. At the very least, it’s the one thing everyone associates with Canadian cuisine. While poutine is considered an all-season dish, it’s especially comforting when temperatures drop. Rich savoury gravy, squeaky cheese curds and crisp french fries are undeniably indulgent.
This recipe breaks down all the necessary ingredients and how to make each element in the most straightforward manner. Pro tip: If you’re going for a true authentic experience, cheese curds are a must. For this recipe, the Ninja Air Fryer will be your best pal. Not only will the fries come out perfectly crispy, but you’ll also use a fraction of the oil typically used when deep-frying.
Bannock is a traditional Indigenous fry bread that can be served with soup or with butter and preserves. The Métis mainstay is typically made in a skillet on a stove but can also be baked. Like most bread recipes, bannock requires only a few common pantry items and is easy to make. We recommend a nonstick pan like the Lagostina Ticino Skillet.
There are many variations of bannock -- so today, we’re sharing one of our favourite recipes that allows you to make it two ways: scone style and a traditional rolled version.
Canadian Fried Dough a.k.a. Beaver Tails
Canadian fried dough is a flat piece of fried wheat dough resembling the tail of a beaver. As a kid, you probably have fond memories of tucking into the warm sweet treat at a Winter fair or at Ottawa’s famed Byward Market. If the fried dough part wasn’t good enough, there’s usually an endless array of toppings like cinnamon sugar and Nutella that can be smothered on top.
This simple recipe allows you to make your own with ease, no matter what your Fall plans look like. For best results, you’ll need a stand mixer like the KitchenAid Classic. While the treat is usually deep-fried, if you’re looking for something a bit easier and less greasy, we recommend pan-frying in a deeper cookware dish like the MASTER Chef Round Dutch Oven.
Tourtiere (Canadian Meat Pie)
You may associate meat pies with Brits or Aussies but Canadians are fiercely proud of their version of the comfort food. French Canadian tourtiere is traditionally served at Christmas but let’s be honest, there’s never a bad time to enjoy a hearty meat pie with a buttery crust.
Tourtiere’s unique flavour profile usually includes some combination of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The filling can be made with pork, veal, or beef. This “lazy” recipe cuts down on prep time because it uses a store-bought crust. Busy parents, we have your backs! For this recipe, you’ll need a large deep pan to cook the filling in. We recommend the PADERNO Classic Non-Stick Jumbo Cooker if you’re making a large pie for a big family gathering.
Nothing says Fall like sticky hands after eating a warm butter tart oozing with gooey sugary filling. Although, Canadians are pretty staunch on whether they like runny or firm filling. There’s certainly an ongoing debate about crust to filling ratio as well as crust texture. Should it be more flakey or more like a shortbread? We may never see an end to this serious pastry discussion but we do have a recipe that has garnered undeniable praise.