Gluten-Free Recipes for Side Dishes



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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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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My Father’s Real Mayonnaise

June 29, 2018

My Father’s Real Mayonnaise

A simple gluten-free recipe for homemade mayonnaise that can be jazzed up with spices for a variety of dishes!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

My father always made real homemade mayonnaise, in a bowl with a whisk. It was velvety smooth, just as it has been made for centuries. For years I made mayo in food processor using his quantities along with lots of fresh herbs from my garden, then I found this immersion blender version. It’s very very quick and an immersion blender is far cheaper and takes up so much less space than a food processor.

I now also serve this mayo as a dip with veggies or add garlic to make aioli for beef fondue. Spice it up any way you like!

Gluten-Free Mayonnaise from Scratch

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp (3 ml) salt
  • 50 ground pepper
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dry English gluten-free mustard or jarred mustard
  • Green of 2 green onions, cut small
  • 1/4 c loose fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder or fresh chopped garlic
  • 3/4 c + 2 tbsp(210 ml, 7 fl oz) neutral flavored gluten-free oil, I use avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) genuine white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • Boiling water, if needed
  • 15.5 oz (440 g) empty jar (such as one used for salsa) – you want a jar the head of an immersion blender can fit into

Directions:

  1. Put salt, pepper, sugar, mustard, vinegar and herbs in jar. Add oil. Add egg.
  2. Wait for egg to fall to bottom of jar – room temperature egg, it falls almost immediately.
  3. Insert immersion blender almost to thebottom of jar, you need to leave a space for blender to start pulling up ingredients and blend. It won’t work if you have blender at top of jar. Egg needs to be allowed to form an emulsion with oil and egg is at the bottom of jar.
  4. Turn on immersion blender, run slightly above bottom of jar, for about 20 seconds and then very slowly raise the blender up from the bottom. By the time you reach top of jar everything should be nicely blended, all oil blended in. Run blender a little longer if you need to. If it doesn’t seem to be thickening push blender to bottom of jar again and run a little longer.
  5. Remove blender, taste and adjust seasoning as needed. It can be difficult to remove blender from jar as there’s very little space. If mayo is too thick, add boiling water teaspoon at a time.


Note: herbs will make mayo either completely green or flecked with green. Of course you can make plain mayo and then finely chop herbs and add them on top to keep the white color.


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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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