Gluten-Free Recipes for Appetizers/Snacks



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!


CLICK HERE TO GET THE FULL GLUTEN-FREE RECIPE ON VEGETARIAN MAMMA


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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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Mini Quiches

November 7, 2018

Mini Quiches

Courtesy of Crunchmaster

Gluten-Free Mini Quiches

Makes 24 mini quiches


Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups finely crushed Crunchmaster® Rosemary & Olive Oil Multi-Seed Crackers
  • Gluten-free non-stick cooking spray
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. grated fresh nutmeg
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • Oils & Vinegars
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 – 10 ounce package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 roasted red pepper, cut into 48 small slivers
  • 2 large eggs


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a min muffin pan (24 tins) with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the cracker crumbs and melted butter. Divide crumb mixture among the prepared mini muffin cups and press down firmly. Bake for 7 – 8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil and add the chopped onion. Cook the onions until very soft and starting to brown, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Squeeze all the liquid out of the spinach, add to the onions along with the salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Divide the mixture evenly on the cracker crumbs. Divide the shredded cheese on top of the spinach mixture.
  4. Whisk the eggs and milk together and spoon into the muffin cups; do not fill all the way. Top with the roasted red pepper slivers and bake until set and browned, about 20 minutes.


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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

September 26, 2018

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

This gluten-free soup is a good starter for people not sure of curry since it adds just a lift of a different flavor to a soup that is very mild. Perfect for fall!

butternut squash soup recipe
From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

This is a warming soup, both in the fact that it is a hot soup but also the curry provides additional inner warmth. It’s a good starter for people not sure of curry since it adds just a lift of a different flavor to a soup that is very mild. The squash, apples and carrots make a sweeter soup.

Gluten-Free Curried Butternut Squash Soup


Ingredients:

  • 20 oz bag frozen squash cubes, preferably thawed (about $1.20 a bag in my grocery store)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 ribs/stalks celery, washed and chopped – older outside stalks of celery can be stringy even when puréed
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free mild tikka masala curry paste – (if you really don’t want the curry flavor, I have made a similar variation of carrot ginger soup with butternut squash and vegetables by adding 2-3 tablespoons of freshginger to soup instead of curry paste. Or perhaps some red pepper flakes or hot peppers and cilantro)
  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 6 c water with 1 tbsp gluten-free chicken stock concentrate (I use Orrington’s labeled gluten-free, $4 for 12 oz container) or chicken stock
  • fresh nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 c half and half or light cream, fat free half and half, evaporated skimmed milk or Asian brand of coconut milk
  • 1/2 c (2oz) grated Swiss cheese or strong cheddar (optional)


Directions:

Make an herb packet (bouquet garni) of 1 bay leaf, some parsley stalks and1/2 tsp dried thyme in a small coffee filter bag tied shut and let it cook with vegetables for the half hour. Remove for puréeing and return to soup if you are not yet ready to serve soup or will be refrigerating leftovers.

Note that the smaller you chop the vegetables, the quicker they will cook. Chop all the vegetables the same size. But note that if you chop vegetables in food processor they tend to be too small to be puréed by the immersion blender and need to be puréed in food processor. Squash cooks down quite quickly since it is frozen and then thawed.

1. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add apple and raw vegetables, stir well and cook, covered, gently for about 10 minutes until softening, this is known as sweating and brings out the natural sugars in the vegetables. Add squash and stir well.

2. Stir in curry and cook for one minute. Add stock, bring to boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until all vegetables are tender. The length of cooking time will depend on whether the squash was frozen to start with and how large you cut all the fruit and vegetables. Obviously frozen squash and large pieces of vegetable will take longer.

3. Remove herb packet and use an immersion blender in the pan or purée in a processor.

4. Add half and half/cream and cheese. Then once cheese has melted, season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg. I often just offer shredded cheese on the side so people can add their own.

5. For an individual serving. Mix 1 tablespoon sour cream with chopped parsley, celery leaves and green of green onions, all finely chopped and spoon into a Ziploc bag. Cut off tip and pipe little dabs of mix in a circle on soup. Draw a knife through sour cream dabs to make a pattern or pipe sour cream in a whirl.


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Gluten-Free Nachos

September 17, 2018

Gluten-Free Nachos

Cheese sauce, beef, and corn… oh my!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Locally, some restaurants have been ‘expanding’ what they put on nachos. I’ve had and made nachos with cheese and added cooked bacon, sour cream, olives. I’ve also been playing around with the 3 cheese queso dip. Yes, queso is cheese in Spanish. There’s lots of recipes for this and making them seems to depend on where you live for availability of ingredients. Many of them quote White American cheese, from both grocery store and restaurant. White American melts wonderfully but it is processed, so not the healthiest cheese. From labels I’ve read, it has double the sodium of regular cheddars and my mouth was very aware of how salty sauce was. Another recipe had smoked Gouda cheese. Again many versions are processed not regular Gouda and double the sodium as well, but a lovely smoky flavor. Use the cheese sauce for nachos, scalloped potatoes, add to mashed potatoes, a stand alone dip – devoured, I even put it on top of a cheese lasagna.

What I do, vary as you like, what you have, but so easy for a meal anytime with ingredients sitting in the fridge after busy day at work, kids starving and something they can assemble without you. As you can see from list of ingredients, very similar to my Mexican salad, so you can do both for week night rotation. Arrange tortilla chips on jelly roll pan and sprinkle with cheese to melt in oven, or arrange chips on individual plates, sprinkle with cheese and microwave. Then let everyone choose their own toppings, like a taco bar.

Gluten-Free Mexican Nachos

Ingredients:

  • Tortilla chips – I like Tostitos original as they’re flat and crispy and labeled gf.
  • Mexican cheese, either a mixed blend of cheeses or one of the blocks of Mexican cheese you can crumble.
  • Cheese dip (see below)
  • Cooked beef (see below)
  • Deliberately leftover, fresh corn roasted or bbq’d, niblets cut off
  • Salsa of your choice
  • Tomatoes, cut up
  • Avocado, peeled, deseeded and cut into small cubes.

Cheese Dip

  • 2 cups, 16 oz, 480 ml, half and half, or whole milk
  • 8 oz, 250 g soft cream cheese
  • 8 oz, 2 c, 250 g sharp cheddar shredded
  • 8 oz, 2 c, 250 g Smoked Gouda, shredded. Cut off any dark outer skin as it doesn’t melt well
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed.
  • I like to add an Al Fresco sweet spicy gluten-free chicken sausage, skin removed, 1/4’d lengthwise and cut into small slices
  • some green of green onion thinly sliced
  • chopped cilantro if you want
  • add some pepper flakes or smoked paprika, or substitute pepper jack. Add salsa, chopped tomatoes or roasted hot peppers to sauce
  • no extra salt

Cheese Dip Directions

1. Gently melt half and half, cheeses and garlic until smooth. Add rest of ingredients. Add some more milk if very thick.

Beef Topping

  • Make and keep in fridge for nachos, salad, tacos, baked potatoes. Add to chili
  • 1-1+1/2 lbs (750g) ground beef or ground turkey
  • one medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed.
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) smoked paprika or pepper flakes, Tabasco to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Heat a 4 cup (1 ltr) pan over medium heat.

2. Add meat, onion, garlic and gently fry until meat is browning and producing fat. I find with ground turkey you often have to add a tablespoon of oil to stop meat sticking.

3. Add spices and 1/4 c (60 ml) water, cover and cook for about 10 minutes over low heat. Watch meat doesn’t burn and that it is cooked at end of time. Add salsa or substitute salsa for water.

Then assemble the nachos.


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