Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Red, White and the Maple Leaf! Celebrate Canada with an over - the - top slider and fries platter!
Wherever I go, Canada will always be home! This Canada day, I wanted to put together a platter that celebrated our home. It was just the four of us this year, yet I still wanted it to be special and a time for us to gather at the table and celebrate Canada's birthday. Even though we would not be with our family and friends, we were with them in spirit.
As a child, the Canada day long weekend was always the official start of summer. Our days were spent playing with our friends and the summer nights were a time to enjoy the long awaited firing up of the bbq for hot dogs and burgers.
What better way to celebrate Canada's birthday but with a fun platter of sliders and fries. As the red, white and maple leaf, our national colors and symbol of Canada, I got to work on building my platter.
With a maple leaf cookie cutter, a few red bowls and my galvanized platter I planned my Oh - to - Canada platter together. The galvanized platter that I used for my platter came from Crate & Barrel. I have used it so many times because I love the rustic look of it and the size is perfect. The handles also make it easy to carry outdoors.
Maple Leaf Brie
Begin by removing the brie from the fridge and remove the plastic wrap.
Taking a maple leaf cookie cutter that is just slightly smaller than the size of my brie, I make sure the cookie cutter is in the center of the brie. Then with some force, push the cookie cutter all the way through the brie.
Being careful, turn the brie over and check to see if the cookie cutter has gone all the way through. If not, then turn it back over and add a little more pressure, but be carefully not to break the brie.
Once you see the metal edge of the cookie cutter through the bottom of the brie, it is time to separate the two pieces. Very gently as you don't want to break the brie ease the two pieces apart.
Place the brie on a brie baker base.
For this platter we will use the center round portion of the brie and save the maple leaf cut out for later.
Super easy strawberry filling!
Dice enough strawberries to fill the maple leaf. I used approximately 10 - 12 small size strawberries.
In a bowl, add diced strawberries, 2 Tbsp of Canadian maple syrup, 2 Tbsp of honey, 1 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp of Sugar in the raw
Mix well and with a spoon, fill the maple leaf cut out in your brie.
Place the lid on the brie baker. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 12 - 15 minutes.
Let cool and then place in the center of your platter.
To hide the base of your brie baker with crackers. I love these tree crackers by Valley Lavosh (see link below)
Using that same cookie cutter (after it has been cleaned from the brie) cut out more maple leafs from provolone cheese slices. Put off to the side.
To make the fireworks, take cheese strings and with a knife slice into 6 smaller cheese string pieces. Wrap a piece of spicy salami around them and place a food stick in place to hold it together. Make 4 fireworks! Place 2 beside the red ramekin bowl on each side of the platter.
Slice 3 red peppers into strips and place into one of the red bowls. Fill the two small metal condiment bowls with ketchup and ranch dressing.
In the next red ramekin, cut up little cherry tomatoes. Add olive oil, salt, pepper and mix.
Slice mozzarella balls in half. Fill the two small condiment bowl with the mozzarella halves and mayonnaise.
Sliders and Fries:
My quick and easy slider recipe for turkey and beef sliders:
Recipe for turkey & beef sliders:
2 lbs of ground turkey
1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs
2 tbsp of parsley
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of pepper
Mix and form into paddies. Approx. the size of the palm of your hand and approx. 1/2" thick.
Repeat recipe to make the beef paddies.
Bbq for 10 mins. Be careful not to lose them through the grill ;)
Place each burger on a Hawaiian sweet roll. Add a maple leaf provolone slice on the top bun of the slider and place a bamboo stick to hold it in place.
To the platter: I placed 6 turkey sliders at the top and 6 beef sliders at the bottom following the curve of the platter.
For the fries: I just purchased my fries and placed them into an air cooker for 20 mins. When done, fill in your platter with the fries.
Oh - to - Canada!
Servings: 6 people
Prep: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Strawberry Filling (Canadian maple syrup, honey, balsamic vinegar, Sugar in the raw)
Valley Lavosh tree crackers
Turkey & Beef Sliders (2lbs of each turkey & beef, 3 cups of breadcrumbs, 4 tbsp of parsely, 2 tsp of salt, 2 tsp of pepper)
1 package of Hawaiian sweet rolls
1 package of french fries
1 package of provolone slices
4 cheese strings
4 slices of spicy salami
3 red peppers, sliced
1 package of cherry tomatoes, sliced (olive oil, salt, pepper)
6 mozzarella balls, sliced
ketchup, mayonnaise, ranch dressing
Decker galvanized tray from Crate & Barrel
maple leaf cookie cutter
2 red ramekin bowls
4 metal condiment bowls
***If you build my Oh- to - Canada platter, please send a photo!
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Love to see it and will give a shout out ;)
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