Easy Gourmet Recipes In 30 Minutes

Try these gourmet recipes that are quick and easy. We love using our specialty foods at Cupper’s Coffee & Tea.

If you’re looking for easy gourmet food recipes, this is a great start. We’ve compiled our top recipes with gourmet ingredients that we source close to us. Local is good! Come on down to our specialty food store for everything you need to make your gourmet dinner tonight.
 
We know that it can be hard to decide what to cook for a dinner party or family gathering. So we’ve put together our favourite, simple gourmet recipes in one easy location. We also considered your time as valuable. If you have limited time these recipes are perfect for you. We curated this list to include only recipes that take under 30 minutes. Now you don’t have to sacrifice quality because of a busy schedule. We all know that a well cooked dinner can turn a crappy day around.
 
These recipes are also scalable. In other words, you can make these meals for yourself, or for your whole family. These dishes will turn your house into a five-star restaurant. All you need to do is follow along. Besides, cooking at home can also save you money. Eating out is expensive, but making the same dishes at home can be an easy, enjoyable experience. Enjoy gourmet food for less with these simple plates.
 
We like to be as inclusive as possible in our cooking. Gourmet meals are for sharing, but you want to make sure they work for everyone. For this reason we have marked all the #Vegan and #Vegetarian recipes.

Quick and Easy Spicy Pasta Salad

Do you enjoy a creamy pasta salad, but find the usual recipes to not be spicy enough? Never before has the perfect pasta salad recipe been so readily available. Try infusing your recipe with Saltspring Kitchen’s Morita + Espresso + Chipotle Hot Sauce. This spicy take on the classic side dish will put a smile on the face of all the guests at your next BBQ. Try adding some grilled chicken or shrimp for an extra kick of protein. Make this recipe your own by substituting the vegetables we used with your own favorites.
 
The preparation time on this dish is under 30 minutes. You’ll have plenty of time after work to make this salad before heading out to fight crime as a caped crusader.
 
Looking for a vegan version of this recipe? Substitute the feta here with this Vegan Feta Substitute.    #Vegetarian   #Vegan

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes

Grilled cheese sandwiches have long been a go-to comfort food in all seasons. If you are looking for a cheery new take on regular grilled cheese, these easy gourmet recipe ideas are for you. We have all kinds of suggestions to upgrade your grilled sandwich. Often we also want a basic grilled cheese. But sometimes you feel like treating yourself. The fun part of this is you can take it savoury, sweet, or spicy. Grilled cheese works with all these!
 
Adding mustards is always a tasty option. We also enjoyed trying many of our Saltspring Kitchen jams and jellies. Or try adding a hot sauce to boost the heat in a new direction.
 
If you don’t want to add anything to your sandwich but still want to switch it up, try a new artisanal bread. Our Orange Crate Beer Breads are a perfect match for making grilled cheese. There’s three different flavours to try, so find the one that suits your mood and weather!
 
The best part of grilled cheese sandwich recipes is that it’s hard to go wrong. When you have great ingredients, it’s only a matter of trying them all!

Creamy Tomato Soup

We have Creamy Tomato Soup Love. The secret ingredient to our Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe is Bart’s Garlic Paste. This recipe uses 1 tablespoon, but if you’re a garlic fan (or a vampire hunter!) feel free to use as much as you want. This paste is a great alternative to fresh garlic without compromising on flavour.

We have strong feelings about tomato soup and grilled cheese. So check out our Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe blog. There’s a bunch of creative ways to customize your sandwich. And enjoy them with your bowl of fresh, piping hot, home-made soup!

Don’t forget to share pics of your Creamy Tomato Soup on social media with the hashtag #CuppersAtHome

Tandoori Butternut Soup

This amazing recipe is from Saltspring Kitchens. We love, love, love their jams and sauces. This soup gets it’s boost from using their Tandoori Chutney. Hold on to your hat while you eat this soup, it has punch. There’s lots of big flavour here balanced with the subtle warmth of a good butternut squash.
 
Butternut Squashes are a delicious seasonal vegetable. They are an excellent veggie to buy in the fall and winter as they last for a couple of months if kept cool. They have a similar flavour to a pumpkin, but tend to be a bit nuttier. For this reason we really love them in a creamy soup. Paired with Saltspring Kitchen Tandoori Chutney, this easy gourmet recipe is the bee’s knees.
 
Best of all this recipe is completely vegetarian and vegan friendly. Make sure to share this recipe with all your vegan friends! #Vegan #Vegetarian
 
When you try this recipe at home make sure to share pictures with us on social media #CuppersAtHome

Vegan Smoked Salmon Recipe, AKA Carrot Lox

If you’re going vegan, vegetarian or cutting down on meat in your diet, you don’t have to give up great flavours. This is a recipe for a smoked salmon alternative for vegetarian or vegan diets. Enjoy gourmet salmon recipes with this sweet maple smoked recipe made from carrots. This works well on a bagels or even add into sushi rolls. It’s a good substitute for regular salmon in our Salmon Tatin, featured above.
 
The seasonings in this easy gourmet recipe are from Saltwest Seasonings. They make hand-harvested salts from natural occurring salt deposits on Vancouver Island. Their seasonings have been a staple at Cupper’s for a long time!
 
You need to give the carrots time to marinade overnight for the best flavour and texture. However the cooking time is brief. Try the Carrot Lox in all your favourite salmon recipes. #vegan #vegetarian

Roasted Peach & Pepper Pork Tenderloin

Pork is the #1 most consumed meat on the planet. Try this fun and savory Peach & Pepper Pork recipe for your next pork creation.
 
Peaches are ready for harvest in July or August and don’t keep well. Saltspring Kitchen has a great alternative. Using their Peach & Pepper Spicy Pepper Spread, you can enjoy this easy gourmet recipe all year.
 
Did you know that there is a scale for measuring the spiciness of a pepper? It’s known as the Scoville Scale. The pepper notes in this spread come from jalapeno peppers. Jalapenos rank low on the Scoville scale, meaning a wide variety of people can enjoy them.

Creamy Spinach & Onion Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes can be very bland by themselves. This recipe spices them up in a fun and easy way. We perked up mashed potatoes with Orange Crate’s Spinach & Onion Dip for a super-easy, tasty side. We’ve been making potatoes this way for years and it’s always been a big hit. No one can resist these creamy and delicious potatoes. Not even the pickiest eater on our staff!
 
Do you know that potatoes are super good for you? They are very high in fibre. They also are full of electrolytes like potassium and magnesium. Potatoes have even more potassium than a banana! Potatoes are a good source of calcium and folic acid. One potato also contains around 6 grams of protein, not to mention the complex carbs. A potato is almost the perfect food, especially for all the endurance athletes that we have on our staff.   
 
#Vegetarian

Best Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts

These Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts are a unique twist on the classic side dish. Both your family and your guests will be impressed with this easy gourmet recipe. 

Brussel sprouts get their name from the place where they first grew: Brussels, Belgium. They are a member of the cruciferous plant family. Other cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and collard greens.
 

Brussels sprouts are an excellent addition to any meal, not just for guests. And when they taste this good, your family will appreciate having them more too! To make this awesome little side dish, we used our Belberry Sweet Raspberry Balsamic Glaze. It balances well against the slightly bitter hint of Brussels sprouts. We also spiced it up with our Saltwest Naturals Roasted Garlic & Onion Infused Sea Salt, and Saltwest Naturals Smokehouse Peppercorns

Slow Cooker Truffle Honey Chicken

A large white bowl of slow cooker chicken with a honey truffle glaze
Next, if you’re in the mood for a meal that’s equal parts sweet and savory, we’ve got a treat for you. Say hello to our Slow Cooker Truffle Honey Chicken – a dish that’s so easy to make, it almost cooks itself. And we realize this takes longer than 30 mins to cook. But with such a quick prep and amazing result, we’re confident you’ll agree this is an easy gourmet recipe.
 
First, let’s Talk Truffle Magic. Truffle Hunters Truffle Honey is like culinary gold, adding a touch of luxury to any dish. Its earthy, umami, sweet flavors pairs super-well with chicken. We also used our Belberry San Marzano Tomato Ketchup for a tangy tomato note. Of course, we have to use our Bart’s Garlic Paste. Some Belazu Chardonnay White Wine Vinegar helps to bring it all together, and our Bart’s Ginger Paste finishes it all off.
 
This easy-prepared meal is going to be one you’ll come back for again and again. Make the sauce using the recipe below and add it to your slow cooker with the chicken. Set it, forget it, and let the slow cooker do the heavy lifting.

Best Portuguese Kale Chips

Kale chips are a favourite snack around Cupper’s. We have tried many recipes to find this one. It works the best and is a nice snack that even kids will enjoy. We use a mix of spices from Saltwest Seasonings that have Portuguese inspiration.
 
Kale is a cruciferous vegetable. It shares relatives with broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, and radishes. Who knew? Now you do!
 
We got this easy gourmet recipe from a vegan who loves us, and we love her. She has put her stamp of approval on this recipe as being vegan and vegetarian friendly. In fact, she makes these kale chips all the time.
 
#Vegan #Vegetarian

Toasted Coconut Kettle Corn

Are you ready to step-up movie night at your house? This Toasted Coconut Kettle Corn will be the talk of your friend group. Gourmet popcorn will make your movie night so fancy you’ll think you should be watching an opera.
 
Our favourite popcorn is the Fireworks Heirloom Popcorns. There are several different varieties to choose from. They’re all GMO free and vegan as well! These popcorns are grown from non-modified seeds. The flavours are the same as the popcorn your grandparents ate. It’s quite different from the popcorn we know today. And if you’re going for the old-fashioned popcorn style, it’s best to use proper old-fashioned popcorn kernels!
 
#Vegan    #Vegetarian
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