Gluten-Free Recipes for Side Dishes



Strawberry Vinaigrette

June 30, 2020

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

I’ve tried some strawberry vinaigrette recipes with sour cream and yogurt and didn’t like them. So I went back to my old faithful of a maple herb vinaigrette.  Use honey if you don’t have maple syrup. Strawberry jam sweetens and helps intensify the strawberry flavor. You MUST use sweet ripe strawberries or you’re wasting your time and money. It’s not sticky sweet. A girlfriend that doesn’t like sweet loved it. My husband thinks a salad isn’t complete without feta cheese and cashews. 

The following was filmed and edited by us at home. It aired on ABC-TV on June 3, 2020.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Vinaigrette
Makes about 1 cup of vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, or white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.  Please make sure vinegars say made from wine or grapes, apples or cider. 
  • 1 tsp gf honey mustard or regular Dijon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp strawberry jam – I’ve used Bonne Maman or Trappist jams
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey or 2 tbsp jam. 
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley 
  • green of the stalk of one green onion – none of the white end.
  • 4 med to large ripe strawberries, washed, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 c light tasting oil. Extra virgin olive oil overpowers the flavor. I tend to use 3 tbsp avocado oil and 1 tbsp evo. I never use canola oil.

Directions:

  1. Put everything in a 2 cup jug and blend it with an immersion blender, or a liquidizer. If you don’t have either, mash the strawberries really well with the rest of the ingredients. 
  2. Cover and leave for at least an hour for the flavors to meld. Taste then and adjust salt, sugar, vinegar to your taste.  But remember a dressing tasted on its own on a spoon or fork tastes very different from a dressing on a salad with other fruit, veggies and cheese. So stir dressing and dip a lettuce leaf in to taste after dressing’s sat for a while.

I like fresh crisp lettuce, some more sliced strawberries, some chopped celery or Gala apple for crunch, and some feta cheese.  I’ve tried it with Brie but it didn’t taste right. Add cooked chicken, shrimp, tuna for more protein. Spinach leaves. Try making it with fresh raspberries, peaches, mango and appropriate jam. 

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Orange Sauce

March 26, 2020

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

This gluten-free sauce goes well with an Easter ham, chicken, waffles/pancakes, over a cake or with ice cream.

In my wheat flour days, I had skinny sweet potato fries with a dipping sauce of roughly equal quantities of butter, maple syrup and bourbon—it was dangerously addictive. This is a gluten-free variation that my husband and I enjoy. I normally keep a container of concentrated orange juice in the freezer, transferred to a screw top container as it doesn’t freeze solid. I use orange juice concentrate in various recipes using orange juice for a more intense flavor.

Gluten-Free Orange Sauce

Ingredients:

  • ½ stick, 2 oz butter 
  • ½ c orange marmalade – I use an orange marmalade that has thin pieces of orange peel, not the expensive thick and chunky marmalade. 
  • ½ c orange juice concentrate
  • ½ c chopped toasted nuts
  • 2 tbsp rum, brandy, orange liqueur, bourbon – whatever you like and can have. Optional but does give a lovely flavor. 
  • 2 tsp gluten-free cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp water. 
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Melt butter, marmalade and concentrate together.
  2. Add nuts and rum, etc.
  3. Simmer for a minute, add cornstarch and water mix, stir well, bring back to a boil, simmer for 2 minutes and then serve. This does reheat well, keeps in fridge.  Add it to the skillet of fried chicken, pork so it mixes with meat juices and sugars caramelize slightly. For meat, add some rosemary to pan or mint to go with lamb.
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Spicy Sausage and Peach Cornmeal Muffins

January 2, 2020

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

The original (non-packet mix) wheat flour recipe for these muffins came from Better Home and Gardens. It appealed to me in the middle of a New Hampshire winter. Prosciutto (Italian ham) is delicious but also expensive, so I use one of the Al Fresco fully cooked, labeled gluten-free, sweet and smoky bbq sausages, weighing 3 oz instead of 4 oz chopped prosciutto. They have a nice texture, still a slight graininess of cornmeal, excellent warm with butter. 

Some of you probably know that I don’t normally use packet mixes. I do have a culinary arts degree and always cooked from scratch so even in wheat flour days I couldn’t see the point of using a packet mix that tasted commercial and still needed egg and oil as well as containing unpronounceable ingredients. But I am realistic and know that plenty of people will use a packet mix. Friends that I trust about food recommend the ‘Krusteaz gluten-free honey cornbread and muffin mix’, 15 oz box which includes both millet and sorghum flour for better nutrition the same as my blend.  No rice flour or potato starch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Krusteaz mix, which includes baking powder, xanthan gum and honey powder so no additional baking powder, xanthan gum or sugar added.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup half-and-half or light cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup chopped peaches. The recipe recommended using frozen peaches if fresh weren’t available.  I have found lots of frozen peaches are tasteless and not sweet. I used 6 slices/3 oz of Del Monte canned peaches, rinsed off juice or syrup, patted dry and chopped. The muffins will be soggy if you don’t dry off the peaches.
  • 1 x 3 oz Al Fresco sweet and smoky bbq sausage, quartered lengthwise and chopped small. You can leave the skin on. 4 to a packet.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.  l used paper liners in 2 1/2-inch muffin cups, less clean up and portable; set aside. 
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together half-and-half, eggs, and melted butter. Stir in peaches and sausage. Stir in Krusteaz mix and salt. Stir just until combined. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. They say filling 2/3 full so I only get 8 muffins, but they don’t rise much and are not the huge monsters you get in-store. 
  3. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are golden. Remember that ovens vary and so does the size of the muffins you make and can take longer to cook.  I literally pull one apart to check all the way to the bottom. 
  4. Serve warm with butter.  They reheat nicely in the microwave.

 

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Cooked Cauliflower Rice and Cauliflower Rice Salad

August 29, 2019

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Directions:

  1. Break cauliflower in florettes and cut off most of stalk. Stalk just doesn’t shred nicely.
  2. Rinse cauliflower, drain and pat dry.
  3. Put shredding blade into your food processor and shred cauliflower. It shreds into rice looking grains except for little pieces of stalk.
  4. Melt some butter and olive oil together in 9 inch skillet.
  5. Add finely chopped onion, half a red bell pepper deseeded and cut into small dice, 1-2 cloves garlic crushed. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes until softening.
  6. Add cauliflower rice, cook for about another 5 minutes until cauliflower is as cooked as you like it.
  7. Add a knob of butter if you want, it really adds to taste, a handful of fresh herbs and serve as a side dish or top with some nuts, cheese for meatless Monday.

Add hot peppers, pepper flakes.

Cauliflower Raw Rice Salad

1.Break cauliflower in florets and cut off most of stalk.  Stalk just doesn’t shred nicely.
2.Rinse cauliflower, drain and pat dry.
3.Put shredding blade into your food processor and shred cauliflower. It shreds into rice looking grains except for pieces of stalk.
4.Add some maple herb vinaigrette (below) to lightly moisten cauliflower rice.
5.Add chopped, fresh tomatoes, including any juice, small diced cucumber, shredded carrot – really whatever you would normally add to a rice salad. Stir and serve.

Salad is crisp when freshly mixed, but cauli does soften if refrigerated overnight. But then you could stir fry it for fried rice. Lovely light crunch without the softness of rice. Stand over bowl eating before serving good.

Maple Herb Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1 tbsp gluten-free white wine or red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
good pinch of salt to taste
freshly ground pepper
1 tsp gluten-free Dijon Mustard. You can also use honey Dijon, spicy for variation.
2 tbsp maple syrup – I use stronger tasting maple syrup – Grade A medium amber.(think of using honey if you don’t have maple syrup)
2 tbsp olive oil
6 Tbsp avocado oil or sunflower oil
1/2 cup fresh parsley measured before chopping
green of 4 green onion/spring onion, scallion stalks
few celery leaves if you have them

Directions
1.Put vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and maple syrup in jug or 2 cup Tupperware style container or clean jam jar. Stir to dissolve salt etc.
2.Add oils and fresh herbs. Run immersion blender to finely chop herbs. If you don’t have immersion blender then chop herbs finely with scissors and add to dressing. If you do use immersion blender, dressing will thicken and go almost white/green in color.  On refrigeration, olive oil will solidify and then revert to liquid at room temperature.

This dressing mellows on standing so that no one ingredient overpowers the others.  Try it this way first and then experiment with different vinegars, other fresh herbs but try less total quantity of herbs, add different mustards etc. Remember your taste for salt or sugar can be different to mine.

With the scandal over olive oils, I find that most evo’s are far too bitter and overpowering in a vinaigrette/salad dressing.  This is my go-to dressing, easily made, loved by everyone.  Please don’t substitute fake sugar or agave nectar.  Maple syrup or honey add to taste, they’re not just a sweetener.

 

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Mardi Gras Dirty Rice

August 28, 2019

Recipe courtesy of ZATARAIN’S® 

Dirty Rice is a one-pot meal that starts with flavorful and easy-to-prepare Zatarain’s Dirty Rice, which can be customized to each guest’s unique tastes.

Gluten-Free Mardi Gras Dirty Rice
Prep 5 minutes/Cook Time: 35 minutes. Serves 7

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add bell peppers; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until tender-crisp. Remove from skillet. Add sausage to skillet; cook and stir 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
  2. Stir in Rice Mix and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes. Return bell peppers to skillet. Cover and cook 5 minutes longer or until rice is tender.
  3. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.

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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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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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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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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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