Gluten-Free Recipes for Lunch



Raspberry Wine Glazed Ham

March 21, 2019

Raspberry Wine Glazed Ham

A delicious gluten-free main dish that’s perfect for Easter

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh


T
his recipe (originally from Lithuanian Heritage magazine) would have been made with one of the hams, bone in, really thick layer of fat and skin and selling for about 79c/lb, versus the very expensive (and yes, delicious) spiral cut ham ($10/lb) from that chain that sells fancy hams. At my last Lithuanian cooking demo in March with an Easter menu, I was saying how my father and then I, would soak one of these cheaper hams for 24 hours, drain, fresh water and cook, then drain and finish in oven. This used to be the only type of ham that was available. One of the ladies said her mother always did it that way, so did she until her husband asked her why and she really didn’t know.
To get rid of excess salt–
she and her husband were happy to get a sensible answer.


Last year I bought for the first time, Carando labeled gluten-free, sliced, spiral boneless brown sugar and spice ham. $2.99 or $3.99 per lb, at my local Market Basket with long refrigerated shelf life. Remove red foil cover, then netting. Hold plastic vacuum wrapped ham over sink, cut open, drain off juices and then I put it in large ziploc bag on a dinner plate in fridge. I find that if you separate the spiral slices and immerse them in raspberry wine glaze and refrigerate for 1-2 days, they really absorb flavor of raspberry, wine and butter. Then gently reheat in sauce to serve. The ham darkens in color, remember raspberry glaze will stain white tablecloth.

Gluten-Free Raspberry Wine Glazed Ham

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup dry white wine or sherry – I used Fetzer Gewűrtztraminer
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons gf cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam _ I use Trappist, ~$3 for 12 oz jar in my local store -Market Basket.
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Elsbeth, a German lady from my Lithuanian cooking demos, suggested adding 3 crushed Juniper berries (I buy juniper berries from Penzey’s –Nationwide mail order or stores) and one whole clove to deepen flavor as you make glaze, just remove them as you serve.


Roughly three times quantity, so more glaze for soaking slices of spiral cut, rather than glazing whole ham:

  • jar of seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 oz butter, I actually used a 4 oz stick last time.
  • 3/4 c wine
  • ¼ c lemon juice – ~1 lemon, genuine lemon please, not the bottled stuff.

Directions:


1. Preheat oven to 325*. Place whole boneless spiral ham in deep serving dish, If you are leaving the spiral ham whole.


2. In a small saucepan, blend wine and lemon juice with cornstarch.


3. Add about half the jam. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the remaining jam and butter. Heat and stir until butter and jam are melted.


4. Brush ham with the raspberry glaze. Bake in 325 * oven until glaze is bubbling and browning without burning- 15-30 minutes. Check internal temperature of ham. It needs to be cooked or reheated to 140*. Spoon any remaining glaze over ham. With a spiral cut ham left whole, you can ‘persuade’ the glaze to drizzle down between slices.


Remove from oven, let stand 15 minutes before serving. You can really taste the butter so don’t leave it out. Or just gently reheat the slices in glaze/sauce.

Or


1. Drain soaked raw ham, cover with fresh water, gradually bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 1-2 hours, timing from when the water boils (which could take almost an hour). This helps remove more salt (there seems to be more salt in cheaper cuts) and keeps ham moister during cooking, rather than drying out in oven. I normally only give the ham one hour in the oven to finish off with a glaze after simmering. With a fully cooked ham, I still prefer to soak it, change water and simmer for about 45 minutes, then finish with the glaze.

 

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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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Blackened Chicken with Grilled Peaches

January 14, 2019

Blackened Chicken with Grilled Peaches

Courtesy of Crunchmaster

Gluten-Free Blackened Chicken with Grilled Peaches


Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Crunchmater® Multi-Seed Rosemary & Olive Oil Crackers, ground
  • 4 Fresh peaches, sliced
  • 1 Large apple, chopped
  • 1 Head bibb lettuce, torn
  • 4 Skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tbsp. Ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil, plus more for grill grates


Directions:

  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat; brush with olive oil. In a bowl, combine 1 Tbsp. olive oil, paprika, pepper, sea salt, cayenne, thyme and Crunchmaster® Crackers; rub olive oil mixture onto chicken and peaches.
  2. Grill chicken breasts and peaches for 4 minutes each, then flip and cook for another 4-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside and peaches have grill marks.
  3. Transfer to a serving platter; serve chicken atop a bed of Bibb lettuce with chopped apples and grilled peaches.


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Quinoa Cilantro Taco Salad

January 2, 2019

Quinoa Cilantro Taco Salad

Courtesy of Crunchmaster

Gluten-Free Quinoa Cilantro Taco Salad


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Crunchmaster® Roasted Garlic Multi-Seed Crackers, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Chili powder
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
  • 2 tbsp Poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup Sunflower seed
  • 1 cup Quinoa, cooked
  • 4 cups Mixed salad greens
  • 5 Fresh chives
  • ½ cup Cabbage, shredded
  • 6 Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Medium red onion, sliced
  • ½ cup Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 Medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 Ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 Papaya, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup Shredded mozzarella cheese


Directions:

  1. Combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, cumin, chili powder, sea salt, poppy seeds and quinoa in a large mixing bowl; gently toss to combine.
  2. In a large serving bowl, add mixed salad greens; top with quinoa mixture. Add crushed Crunchmaster® Crackers and remaining ingredients; mix well.


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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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Tomato and Red Pepper Soup with Cracker Melts

November 26, 2018

Tomato and Red Pepper Soup with Cracker Melts

Courtesy of Crunchmaster


Gluten-Free Creamy Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Cheddar Cracker Melts


Ingredients:

  • 24 Crunchmaster® Tuscan Peasant Fire Roasted Tomato Basil Crackers
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives, divided
  • 1 cup chopped prepared roasted red peppers
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup 35% heavy cream
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Pinch chili flakes
  • 1 can (28 oz) no-salt added diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups organic no-salt added vegetable broth


Directions:

  1. Heat oil in Dutch oven or large saucepan set over medium heat; cook onion, carrot, garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, pepper, paprika and chili flakes for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are slightly softened.
  2. Stir in broth, tomatoes, roasted peppers and bay leaves; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaves. Let cool slightly. Transfer to blender; purée in batches until smooth. Stir in cream, remaining salt, half of the chives and vinegar.
  3. Cheddar Cracker Melts: Meanwhile, preheat broiler to high and position rack in center of oven. Arrange crackers on parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. Divide soup among 6 bowls. Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve with Cheddar Cracker Melts.

Tip:Use mild, medium or aged Cheddar, or substitute smoked mozzarella if desired.


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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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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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Mexican Salad

August 30, 2018

Mexican Salad

Spice up your lettuce with this delicious gluten-free spicy Mexican Salad…

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

The key to this zesty recipe is the pepper jelly. There are quite a few varieties of pepper jelly on the market. You can also make your own pepper jelly by following the directions for pepper jelly in a packet of Certo pectin. Obviously there is a difference in both taste and heat between individual brands, so use half the stated quantity of pepper jelly to start with and then add more to your individual taste. Even if you used exactly the same pepper jelly as I did, your taste could want more or less heat. Also realize that the vinaigrette tasted on a spoon will taste far hotter than once it is mixed with a salad. The sweetness of the jelly mellows the vinaigrette and makes a vinaigrette with a sweet spicy but mild kick. Just enough to realize the heat without your nose running and lips tingling madly.

Gluten-Free Mexican Salad

Ingredients:

Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp (30ml) gluten-free hot pepper jelly placed in small microwave safe bowl and melted in microwave 10-20 seconds. I like to clean, sterilize and reuse jam jars for these sauces as you can see what’s in them in the fridge. I buy Trappist Hot pepper jelly.
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) honey
  • Zest of 1/4 lime
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh lime juice – about ½ to 1 lime. Half of a lime can produce only about 1+1/2 tablespoons of juice, you need to add more to total 2 tablespoons. The extra little bit of lime does make a difference in taste for me.
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or more or less to taste)
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (120 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) Koops Arizona heat mustard, labeled gluten-free
  • green of 2 green onions
  • about 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley and/or cilantro

Salad:

  • Deliberately leftover, 2 corn on the cob, roasted or bbq’d and niblets cut from cob
  • Shredded romaine or other lettuce, enough for 4 people
  • Tomatoes, either large cut up, or small grape or cherry
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, depitted and cut into small dice
  • Mexican cheese of your choice, shredded or crumbled
  • Gluten-free salsa of your choice for heat
  • ½ red pepper deseeded and cut into ½” dice – optional
  • ½ c cooked chick peas – optional
  • fresh cilantro chopped – optional
  • Whatever other salad ingredients you personally like
  • Tortillas – I like the crunch of Tostitos, labeled gluten-free, crushed a little
  • I got real lobster salad at the market – that was fabulous, but salad shrimp, cooked chicken, spicy sausage, pulled pork without sauce. Or an egg and it can be vegetarian

Directions:

1. Mix all vinaigrette ingredients together, lightly pulse with immersion blender to chop herbs and also thickens vinaigrette and leave for about 1 hour for flavors to blend together.

2. On individual plates or one large platter, attractively arrange lettuce and top with circles of tomatoes, avocado, red pepper and any other salad ingredients you think would be suitable. Top with crushed chips just before serving.

3. You can also leave shrimp, chicken, in 1/4 c vinaigrette for an hour to absorb flavor. Then pour shrimp, chicken and vinaigrette on top of salad.

Vinaigrette keeps in fridge for several days. If you used olive oil it will appear solidified, like melted butter chilled.


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Chilled Beet Soup

May 30, 2018

Chilled Beet Soup

This chilled gluten-free Lithuanian soup, also known as šaltibarščiai(pronounced shaltee-barsh-chay), is ideal for a summer luncheons and garden parties.

Fgluten free beet soup recipe rom Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

I gave Lithuanian cooking classes demos for about 10 years at our local ethnic library and spent July 2005 in a Lithuanian language course at the University of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. And no, I am not of Lithuanian descent, but I was given so many old and new Lithuanian cookbooks, tried the recipes, made them for class and was told they brought back memories of grandmother making them. This particular recipe is a mix of two cold beet soup recipes. One is taken from the Lithuanian Heritage magazine and the other is from ‘Treasures of Lithuanian Cooking.’ The recipes are almost identical as to ingredients. Now I give talks with vibrant photos of Lithuania with history, culture, and a gluten-free Lithuanian buffet to libraries, clubs etc.

Chilled Beet Soup

Makes about 12 half-cup servings

Ingredients:

  • About 1 lb raw beets, cooked, peeled, and shredded in food processor
  • Half a European cucumber, peeled, quartered lengthwise and finely diced
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled, peeled and finely diced – optional
  • 4 green onions, leaves only finely scissored
  • 2 c buttermilk (I buy Kate’s of Maine that is genuine buttermilk, labeled gluten-free, not from a culture)
  • 1 c cold water or beef broth
  • ¼ tsp sugar or honey or more to taste once chilled
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ c sour cream (or more)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill – dill is a strong flavor, so don’t add too much at first

Directions:

1.Mix all the ingredients together and chill for 1-2 hours or overnight. The flavor does improve on chilling as everything melds together.

2. Taste after chilling and add more salt, pepper or herbs to taste.

Traditionally this soup is served with a dollop of sour cream (100% of course – Friendship brand is most authentic) in the middle of each bowl and an individual plate of slices of hot, plain boiled potato. You take a spoonful of hot potato from the plate and dip the spoon into the cold soup so you get the contrast of hot and cold in each mouthful. It tastes really good this way.


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