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Delicious Fermented Foods Recipe
In recent years, many of us have found new joy in the kitchen. For some, spending more time at home has meant experimenting with new cooking techniques and recipes.
Whether misadventures with baking bread or take-out meals were more your style, one of the top eating trends has been naturally fermented food. That includes treats like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha drinks, or even sourdough bread. The fermentation process to make these foods has been practiced around the world for generations.
But what makes fermented foods so popular? According to registered dietitian Abbey Sharp, “Fermentation provides probiotics or ‘good’ bacteria, which are great for supporting our immune systems and for regulating digestion. Fermentation is also known to bring out rich and delicious flavours.”
Aside from great flavours, eating fermented foods can boost the production of good bacteria, known as probiotics, in your gut. Probiotics are microorganisms that health keep your body healthy, improve digestion, and can aid in immunity and weight loss. Yogurt, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, and tempeh are just a few of many fermented foods that naturally contain probiotics. However, even fermented foods without naturally occurring probiotics can ease the digestive process.
A once rare bakery specialty turned popular quarantine DIY for curious bakers, sourdough is lower in sugar and higher in protein than a regular slice of white bread, as it is made with no sweeteners or oils. Instead of using a baker’s yeast, sourdough uses wild yeast produced in the starter, made from a combination of flour and water.
Unlike other fermented foods, the probiotics in sourdough are burned off in the baking process. However, sourdough releases more fibre and creates lactic acid, making it easier to absorb and digest nutrients, ultimately making it the most gut-friendly option for your sandwiches.
Chevre, Pear, & Prosciutto Sandwich
Naturally fermented sourdough bread is a great source of flavour in this elevated lunch or brunch sandwich—paired with thirst-quenching kombucha, it’s perfect for your next gathering.
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: approx. 1 hour | Serves: 6
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter, divided
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
- 3 large onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tsp (10 ml) honey
- Salt and pepper
- 1 loaf (12 slices) Stonemill Bakehouse Authentic Sourdough Rye Multigrain Bread
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) chevre, softened
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) cream cheese, softened
- 2 red pears, thinly sliced
- 12 thin slices prosciutto
- Balsamic glaze, for serving
- In a large skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium-low heat until melted.
- Add the onions and cook until caramelized and golden, about 45-60 minutes.
- Add the honey and a pinch each of salt and pepper and cook another 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mix together the chevre and cream cheese.
- For each sandwich, add 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture onto one slice of bread. Add 4 thin slices of pear, two slices of prosciutto, and top with a generous spoonful of caramelized onions. Drizzle with a tablespoon of balsamic glaze.
- Serve with hibiscus and rosehip kombucha.
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