Gluten-Free Recipes for Appetizers/Snacks



Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad

July 29, 2019

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh

I typically make a basic cucumber salad with oil, vinegar, sugar and raw garlic. Then I saw a post with a new recipe, and as usual tried it and did my own thing. You can alter the heat factor of this recipe to your family’s taste. You do need to use salt. Salt crisps up the cucumbers, draws juice from the cucumbers into the vinaigrette and also shrinks the cucumber. 

When you first make this cucumber salad, you look at a huge amount of cucumber and think that’s not enough vinaigrette/dressing. Yes, it is. I like both thinly sliced cucumber and small cubes. Don’t keep it more than a couple of days in the fridge. 

Gluten-Free Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 English/European cucumber, rinsed (aka seedless cucumber even though it does have seeds, just less than regular American cucumber). Remove from plastic wrap when you buy it as it can go moldy rapidly if left in plastic. Or equivalent of small Persian cucumbers, they look really cute sliced or cubed, but are more expensive. 
  • 2 Tbsp HOT pepper jelly. Sweet pepper jelly doesn’t add heat. I buy Trappist hot pepper jelly at my local grocery store. I’ve also made this with Maesri Spring roll dipping sauce from an Asian market. Do not buy Maesri sweet chili sauce, far far spicier hot – nearly killed my husband. 
  • Zest of a lime 
  • Juice of a lime 
  • 1/4 c (60 ml, 2 fl oz) mild oil. I use avocado oil
  • Green of 2 green onions 
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp salt (3-5 ml) – make it with half teaspoon and add more after refrigeration if you like more salt. 
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Cilantro to taste. Start with only 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro. You can also use Thai basil. Or even lime basil, so good. 

Directions:

  1. Melt pepper jelly in a 4 cup microwave safe bowl in microwave, add lime, oil, salt, herbs.
  2. Cut ends off cucumber then I thinly slice the cucumber on a mandolin or cut into small cubes, like a sugar cube.
  3. Stir cucumber into vinaigrette, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.  Stir, taste and serve. Some recipes like to add sesame oil, but sesame oil is a very strong oil and easily overpowers. 

 

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Sweet Potato Hummus and Goat Cheese Snacks

May 22, 2019

Courtesy of Crunchmaster

Ingredients:

  • 24 Crunchmaster® Pumpkin Harvest Crackers
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 5 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • 2 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds

Directions:

  1. In food processor, blend sweet potatoes, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and 1/3 cup water until smooth, scraping down sides if necessary.
  2. Spread 2 tsp hummus over each cracker. Sprinkle with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds.
  3. Tip: Refrigerate leftover hummus in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

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English Scones

May 21, 2019

A gluten-free Mother’s Day treat!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh


I saw the original wheat flour dough for this recipe in one of my English cookbooks and made gluten-free version of the dough, tried it, liked dough, but was bored by filling  But since then I have used my gluten-free version of the dough to make scones, non-yeast cinnamon buns, non-yeast Stromboli, yeast and non-yeast Lithuanian bacon buns, and Italian sweet ricotta Easter Pie. All of this just by altering amount of sugar, butter and type of liquid from fat free milk to heavy cream.

This pastry is a cross between pie crust and cookie dough—soft, rises due to baking powder, very rich.

In all my hands-on wheat flour cooking classes as well as brunch parties for clients, I always had to make my English scones, with raspberry jam and whipped cream with Chambord, or peach jam and cream with peach schnapps. Clients would stand in kitchen watching me make scones, unable to believe that people still baked real food. Scones are a part of life in England, cream teas, Sunday afternoon tea. My mother used to make them by the hundreds for church fair.

Gluten-Free English Scones
Makes 6 scones

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz (1 cup less 1 tbsp, 140g) King Arthur gluten-free all purpose flour – no baking powder or xanthan gum. Available in 24 oz box in grocery store.
  • 3 oz (¾ c, 84 g) almond flour – note finely ground almond flour (white) is less volume than more coarsely ground almond flour or almond meal (freckly), that’s why I weigh. Too much or too little by volume will alter recipe. Not all measuring cups are accurate.
  • ¼ c (1 oz, 28 g) powdered (icing) sugar
  • ¾ stick (3 oz, 84 g) cold butter
  • 2 tsp (10ml) gluten-free baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp (3 ml) xanthan gum, ¼ tsp xg crumbled too much even when cold.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) gf vanilla extract, almond if doing more almond filling.
  • ¼ c (60ml, 2oz)- 1/3 c cream.  I use cream for scones for a richer taste, but also a more tender dough that will crumble a bit when warm, it doesn’t need more xanthan gum.  I use 1/4c cream if I am baking scones on a baking sheet where they will spread. If you are putting scones into mini whoopie pie tins or a ‘shape’ then I use 1/3 c for dough so it’s moister but will spread without walls to contain scone.

Directions:

  1. Mix gluten-free flour, almond flour, sugar, xg, baking powder and salt together, then rub in cold butter until resembles fine breadcrumbs. Food processor is quickest.
  2. Mix egg, cream and extract together and whisk with a fork to blend egg.
  3. You can add liquid mix to dry mix in food processor and pulse to combine.  For scones I prefer to take dry mix from food processor into 4 cup bowl, add liquid and stir until combined.  Gently knead a few times with white rice flour.
  4. Pat dough into roughly 6 inch circle, Cut into 6 pieces, separate and place on lined cookie sheet or skillet and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.  Scones should have risen, be a nice light golden brown color, and look fluffy inside when you break one open. Round each piece into a ball to cook in mini whoopie tin etc.
  5. Remove from oven, let cool slightly.  If you try to halve scones too soon, they will disintegrate. Then halve and serve with good raspberry jam (my favorite) topped with imported clotted cream – about $5 for 6 oz jar in specialty cheese section of my regular grocery store. Or just whip and sweeten some heavy cream.
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No Bake Easter Sweet Cheese Mold

March 21, 2019

Also known as Lithuanian Flowerpot cheese (saldus sūris) or Russian Paskha

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

 

This recipe makes 2 x 1 lb cottage cheese or sour cream tubs, washed well, holes poked in bottom for drainage and lined with damp cheesecloth. Or new plastic flower pots. People in my Lithuanian cooking demo said it was like a cheesecake.
“This rich and lovely addition to the Easter table is reputed to be of Russian origin, but is described as sweet cheese in books on Lithuanian traditions” – Treasures of Lithuanian Cooking. From(1960’s) Time-Life Foods of the World -Russian Cooking. “The Paskha is meant to be a marvel of cottage cheese, rich cream, eggs, raisins, almonds and candied fruits deposited in a four-sided, perforated wood frame in the shape of a truncated pyramid. The mold is lined with cheesecloth and weighed down so that the surplus liquid in the ingredients can seep out. The mold has more than a purely utilitarian function; it usually has a cross and an XB design carved on its inner sides, so that when the paskha emerges it is already decorated. XB stands for the Cyrillic initials of Christos Voskres, the greeting given at Easter Saturday Midnight Mass (therefore being Easter Sunday) of “Christ is risen” “Truly He is risen.” If the mold doesn’t have this imprint then the letter are spelled out on the outside of the cheese in fruits and nuts and they continue to celebrate for the next three days.” (The molds are available to buy on Amazon).
The original recipes would have used whisked raw eggs and sugar to enrich the cheese. In today’s salmonella-conscious world we either make an egg custard or purée hard boiled egg yolks. For cheese now we can buy the ‘Friendship’ brand of Farmers cheese or cottage cheese that we drain and then puree. They would have forced the cottage cheese (which would probably have been home made) through a sieve to give the smoother texture. We have the food processor.

 

Gluten-Free No Bake Easter Sweet Cheese Mold

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1lb Friendship brand farmers cheese –Market Basket, sold in 1 lb packages in specialty cheese section for about $4/lb (500g). Not Andrulis brand which is a slicing farmers cheese
  • ¾ c (5+3/4 oz, 160 g)  sugar
  • 4 oz (112g) cream cheese at room temperature, cut into pieces. I buy Market Basket’s own lite.
  • Yolks of 3 large hard boiled eggs
  • Grated zest of ½ lemon
  • Grated zest of 1/2 orange
  • 3/4 c (6 fl oz, 180 ml) of heavy or whipping cream
  • ½ tsp (3 ml) gf vanilla extract
  • 1/4c (40g, 1+1/2 oz) golden raisins (sultanas)
  • ¼ c candied orange peel – optional
  • 1/3 c (2 oz, 55g) finely chopped blanched almonds

Directions:

  1. Put the farmers cheese, cream cheese, sugar, cream, egg yolks, orange and lemon zest in a food processor and process until the mix is extremely smooth.  Depending on sharpness of food processor blade, you might only get it to tiny dots of cheese not puréed totally smooth. With my new blade mix became very smooth, runnier than instant jello vanilla pudding.  Transfer to mixing bowl.
  2. Add vanilla, raisins, almonds and fruit and stir well to combine.
  3. Line a clean, unused 4 c flowerpot (plastic is fine) with a double layer of rinsed and squeezed-dry cheesecloth. Or 1 or 2 lb cottage cheese/ricotta/sour cream etc tub, rinsed, holes poked in the base.  Spoon the cheese mix into the lined pot, smooth the surface, fold the ends of the cheesecloth neatly over the top. Place a saucer or plastic lid that fits inside rim of container, on the cheesecloth, then a 2lb weight such as a can on top of the saucer.  Stand the flowerpot upright in a bowl large enough to drain into with enough space under bottom of flower pot so it is not sitting in drained liquid. (I made 2 smaller flower pots)
  4. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  5. Discard any liquid that drained out. Unmold the sweet cheese onto a serving plate and carefully remove the cheesecloth.

Cookbooks say this will keep refrigerated for a week once removed from cheesecloth.

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Cucumber, Smoked Salmon and Sweet Mustard Dill Sauce

February 26, 2019

Cucumber, Smoked Salmon and Sweet Mustard Dill Sauce

An easy to make, yet elegant looking appetizer

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

I love good smoked salmon and served it at our wedding and our son’s christening on Irish soda bread. It makes for an easy appetizer, that’s elegant looking, can be made in advance, and is very very popular. The sauce is a variation on the sweet mustard dill sauce that is served with gravlax cured salmon. Gravlax is delicious, not easily available to buy, and normally expensive, so I make the sauce and serve it with regular imported smoked salmon from Costco or Ducktrap smoked salmon from Maine. Not lox salmon.

Directions:

  • 1 English cucumber, removed from plastic wrapping immediately you get home and refrigerated. I find cucumber goes moldy rapidly if left in tight plastic wrap. Wash cucumber, leave skin on and cut into 1/4-1/2 inch slices on a diagonal. Experiment and see what thickness you like best. Too thin and cucumber can’t hold weight of salmon and sauce.
  • Smoked Salmon 4-8 oz– as much as you want to buy or how much you love ‘em all. Open vacuum packed bag and use sharp knife to cut salmon in tic,tac,toe pattern as chopped salmon is easier to place on cucumber slice and easier to eat.

Top with small spoonful of sauce (recipe below), and finely chopped chives or fresh dill.

This is the proportions of ingredients I like for the sauce, everyone’s taste is different. Remember that every mustard can taste different, you might like more or less honey than I do, dill can be overpowering and bitter. It is always possible to add more of any ingredient, but not so easy to remove.

You could fold chopped smoked salmon into the mustard or sour cream sauce and put spoonfuls on cucumber and that’s easier to prepare.

Gluten-Free Cucumber, Smoked Salmon and Sweet Mustard Dill Sauce


Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c mayonnaise – I buy lite
  • 2 tsp honey Dijon mustard
  • and 2 tsps honey
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill


Directions:

1. Mix together and refrigerate for a few hours to allow flavors to blend. Add a bit of water to thin if necessary. If you only have regular Dijon, then you will need to add more honey to taste. Honey mellows the mustard so the flavor doesn’t overpower the cucumber and smoked salmon.


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Warm Olive and Artichoke Dip

January 28, 2019

Warm Olive and Artichoke Dip

From Cindy Gordon of Vegetarian Mamma

This post is sponsored by Crunchmaster®. The opinions are my own.

Because of the name, I am sure that you guessed that olives and artichokes are the stars of this dish. They pretty much run the show in the flavor department.

For this recipe, I used canned olives and canned artichokes. If you have one of those fancy olive bars in a local grocery store the olives and artichokes from there will work too!

Gluten-Free Warm Olive and Artichoke Dip

The other ingredients are:

  • Yogurt
  • Cream cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Crunchmaster crackers for dipping

It is a pretty simple list of ingredients. The best part is that you can easily prep this artichoke dip recipe ahead of time and then bake it on game day!

I am not kidding when I tell you that once your guests see this hot artichoke dip become all golden and bubbly, they will not be able to resist it!


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Sweet Slice Ham with Cranberry Chutney

December 19, 2018

Sweet Slice Ham with Cranberry Chutney

Courtesy of Boar’s Head

This sweet and tangy cranberry chutney perfectly complements the rich flavor of our Sweet Slice Boneless Smoked Ham for an elegant dish worthy of any holiday gathering.
Gluten-Free Sweet Slice Ham with Cranberry Chutney

Ingredients:

Directions:
  1. Heat the juice in a small saucepan and add the red wine vinegar.
  2. Add the dried cranberries, cover and let steep 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in the spices, onion sauce, and mustard. The chutney can be cut into smaller portions if desired.
  4. Serve slightly warm along with ham slices, or store in the fridge until ready to use.


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White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms

December 17, 2018

White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms

Courtesy of Crunchmaster

Gluten-Free White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms

Makes 28 mushrooms


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Crunchmaster® Multi-Grain White Cheddar Crackers, cruched
  • 1/4 Cup grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 2 oz. Soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 Cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 28 Large white button mushrooms, stemmed
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a large baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Stir the Crunchmaster® White Cheddar Multi-Grain Crackers, Pecorino Romano, goat cheese, garlic, parsley, sea salt and pepper and olive oil in a large bowl; mix well to combine.
  3. Stuff the filling into the mushroom cavities and arrange on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake until the mushrooms are tender, approximately 25 minutes.
  5. Serve warm.


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Old World Antipasto

December 10, 2018

Old World Antipasto

Courtesy of Boar’s Head.



Simple yet sophisticated, this antipasto platter is easy to prepare and adds an elegant touch to any affair.
Gluten-Free Old World Antipasto
Serves 6


Ingredients:
  • 10 Grape tomatos
  • 3 slices Red pepper, roasted
  • 3 slices Yellow peppers, roasted
  • 1 cup Olives, assorted Italian
  • 1 jar arrtichoke hearts, halved
  • 1 tsp Capers, drained
  • lb Boar’s Head Prosciutto Cotto – Italian Roasted Ham with Seasoning, thinly sliced
  • lb Boar’s Head Hickory Smoked Pasteurized Process Gruyere Cheese, long thin strips
  • lb Boar’s Head Prosciutto di Parma, thinly sliced
  • lb Boar’s Head Picante Provolone Cheese, halved
  • lb Boar’s Head Sopressata Grande (Hot & Sweet), thinly sliced
  • lb Boar’s Head Manchego Cheese, sliced in wedges
  • lb Boar’s Head Serrano Ham, thinly sliced

Directions:
  1. In the center of a serving platter place a medley of grape tomatoes, roasted red and yellow peppers, assorted olives, grilled marinated artichoke hearts, and caper berries.
  2. Place assorted Boar’s Head meats and cheeses around the center medley (alternating for color) in the following order Italian Roasted ham, Gruyere, Prosciutto, Provolone, Sopressata, Manchego, and very thinly sliced Serrano ham.
  3. Serve with olive oil toasted gluten-free baguette or bread slices.


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Bacon, Brie and Cranberry Holiday Melts

December 3, 2018

Bacon, Brie and Cranberry Holiday Melts

Courtesy of Crunchmaster






Gluten-Free Bacon, Brie and Cranberry Holiday Melts


Ingredients:

  • 24 Crunchmaster® Multi-Grain Aged White Cheddar Crackers
  • 24 small slices Brie cheese
  • 1/4 cup prepared cranberry sauce
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler to high and position rack in center of oven. Arrange crackers in single layer on foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Top each cracker with slice of Brie, 1/2 tsp cranberry sauce and sprinkle of bacon. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Tip: For a vegetarian option, substitute chopped hickory-smoked almonds or pecans for bacon.


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