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Gluten-Free Recipes for Appetizers/Snacks

Bacon, Brie and Cranberry Holiday Melts

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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

 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

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 recipeFrom 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 fresh ginger 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

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

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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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 the bottom 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

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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Slowcooker Hashbrown Soup

This gluten-free soup is the ultimate comfort meal that cooks itself in a few short hours. Just dump the ingredients into the slowcooker and wait!

From Cindy Gordon of Vegetarian Mamma

Who doesn't love an easy meal? This comfort meal is perfect served up on a cold day! But honestly, any time of the year will be just right!

You're taking some pretty basic ingredients, then dumping them into your slowcooker. Then once you give it a stir to mix it, set the timer and forget it!

While this isn’t a breakfast recipe, it does come from my love of breakfast.  You know that I love lazy weekend breakfasts.

Most of those breakfasts include potatoes of some sort and typically hashbrowns. I was trying to come up with ways to incorporate more hashbrowns into my life! YUM!

Such an easy recipe! I am telling you, this is such a creamy and delicious comfort food meal. You’ll be begging for seconds!

Ingredients:
  • 1 (20 oz) bag of frozen gluten-free hashbrowns (the shredded kind)
  • 32 oz of gluten-free vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • A dash of salt and pepper, to season
  • ½ c white onion, diced
  • 2 T All-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1 block of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 c gluten-free shredded cheese (I used a blend)
  • Garnish: green onion (diced) and Parsley

GET THE FULL GLUTEN-FREE RECIPE ON VEGETARIAN MAMMA

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Lithuanian Garlicky Farmer's Cheese with Walnuts

A cheesy, gluten-free Lithuanian delight!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

For many years I gave Lithuanian cooking demos at our local ethnic library after attending summer school at the University of Vilnius in Lithuania. I still give talks on Lithuania featuring many photos and a gluten-free buffet with Lithuanian dishes. March 11th is the anniversary of the 1990 Restoration of Independent State of Lithuania, after years of Russian occupation, so it's a good time to try this special snack!

To make this Lithuanian dish, I always use fresh garlic chopped in a food processor and frozen. I never use jars of garlic, garlic powder or garlic salt for this recipe. Also, I recommend using fresh herbs, chopped and not dried.

Gluten-Free Lithuanian Garlicky Farmer's Cheese with Walnuts

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb Friendship brand Farmer’s cheese  ($3.99/lb in my market's specialty cheese section). This Farmer's cheese is like a dry ricotta, but still soft. Andrulis brand is a sliceable brick.
  • ½ c sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • ¼ c light or heavy cream (the mix was too heavy to puree without added liquid)
  • 1 tbsp honey – the cheese is quite tangy so I like little bit of honey
  • 1/2 c finely chopped toasted walnuts – divided in 2
  • 1 clove of garlic peeled and finely crushed
  • 1/4 c parsley
  • 2 tbsp dill. Chop leftover dill and freeze flat in ziploc bag.
  • Green of half a bunch of green onions
  • Pepper, no salt for me as I cook naturally low sodium

Directions:

1. Process farmer’s cheese, sour cream/yogurt, cream, garlic in a food processor until smooth.

2. Add honey and half the walnuts, pulse, add fresh herbs and pulse until slightly chopped. If you run food processor for too long you end up with green colored cheese.

3. Line a round bowl with plastic wrap and fill with cheese mix. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours to allow flavors to mellow and blend.

4. Line a small serving plate with lettuce leaves and unmold cheese ball onto lettuce leaves.

5. Press extra coarsely chopped walnuts into the ball until they almost cover it. Serve with gluten-free crackers.

Sometimes walnuts (even when fresh) taste too strong for me, so I leave them out. Make it without nuts and see what you think. 

If desired, the cheese mix can be mixed by hand so that the nuts remain whatever size you choose to chop them and you chop herbs with scissors or knife. Or place cheese mix in pretty serving bowl with small knife.

You can also sprinkle walnuts on a flat piece of plastic wrap, form cheese mix into a log, place on top of nuts and fold saran wrap around cheese to form a nut encrusted log. Refrigerate.

 

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Chicken, Asparagus and Mango Lettuce Wraps

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Crunchmaster® Original Multi-Seed Crackers, crushed
  • 1 head Red Leaf lettuce
  • 4 Fresh chives
  • ¼ cup Bean sprouts
  • 1 pint Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp Fresh grapefruit zest
  • 1 Ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • ½ Medium red onion, sliced
  • 6 Asparagus, trimmed and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 Small ripe mango, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 tbsp Sunflower seeds
  • 4 oz Chicken cutlets, cooked and shredded
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
  • 1/6 tsp Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp Gluten-free low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Warm water

Directions:

  1. Steam asparagus over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until cooked and bright green.  Remove from heat; set aside to cool.
  2. Arrange lettuce leaves on a large serving dish.  Top with chives, bean sprouts, cherry tomatoes, grapefruit zest, avocado, red onion, sunflower seeds, asparagus, Crunchmaster® Crackers, chicken, mango, sea salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, warm water, soy sauce and grapefruit juice; mix well to combine.
  4. Serve lettuce wraps with peanut butter dipping sauce.
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