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Gluten-Free Recipes for Thanksgiving

EverRoast Chicken & Winter Squash Soup

Courtesy of Boar's Head

Delightful for frosty afternoons and evenings, this aromatic soup is full of flavor. The diced EverRoast Chicken, cubed winter squash and chopped vegetables blend wonderfully for a complex, distinctive taste.

Gluten-Free EverRoast Chicken & Winter Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 4 fresh thymes, chopped
  • 4 cups winter squash, seeded and cubed
  • 4 cups gluten-free chicken broth
  • 3 cups EverRoast Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup Fresh parsle stem, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. In large saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter. Add the chopped onions and garlic and sauté until soft. About 10 minutes.
  2. Once garlic and onion are softened, add the cubed squash and chicken broth to the pan. Bring all ingredients to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer until squash is very soft.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the cooktop, do not turn off stove.
  5. With a potato masher, mash the squash into the soup until pureed.
  6. Add the chicken and chopped parsley and stir to combine.
  7. Return the saucepan back to the stove and heat for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy.
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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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Boneless Stuffed Turkey Breast

Instead of whole turkey for Thanksgiving, try this stuffed turkey breast recipe for a delicious gluten-free twist on Turkey-Day...

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

For my wedding, my father and I boned and stuffed five 30-pound turkeys. It’s actually easier to bone and stuff a turkey than a chicken. I’ve also made the ‘turducken’ - boned turkey, stuffed with boned chicken, duck and stuffing. Fun to do...once.

Instead of whole turkey for Thanksgiving, or just for less people, you can stuff a boneless turkey breast and cook it the day before. This takes much less time and stress than whole turkey. Then, you can also cook turkey legs and thighs in slow cooker or braise in oven to melting tenderness. Chilled, the stuffed, boneless turkey slices easily and can be reheated in gravy. It’s also excellent cold with salads.

Gluten-Free Boneless Stuffed Turkey Breast

Ingredients:

  • fresh or thawed, 7 lb hotel style breast, remove both breasts, or get butcher department to remove for you.
  • 2 cups gluten-free chicken stock
  • ¼ c sherry or wine – optional
  • Gluten-free cornstarch to thicken
  • 4 slices of gluten-free Oscar Meyer Center cut bacon or Jones Dairy Farm bacon, scissored into small strips
  • 1 small to medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Gala, Fuji or Braeburn apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped – like shredded cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely crushed
  • ½ c craisins - optional
  • ½ c chopped pecans - optional
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dried sage, 'rubbed' into small pieces – buy fresh in store in advance of Thanksgiving, and gently dry in oven or microwave. Store in glass jar.
  • ½ c fresh parsley, chopped
  • pepper
  • Gluten-free corn muffins, to total about 10-12 oz in weight broken into small pieces. Or make homemade gluten-free cornbread.

Directions:

1. Place bacon, onion, apple, garlic and butter in a microwave safe 6-8 cup jug  (I use pyrex/anchor hocking jugs) and cook in the microwave for a few minutes until bacon is giving up its fat and onion and apple are soft.

2. Add craisins and stir well so they start absorbing juices and plumping up.

3. Stir in herbs and freshly ground pepper, pecans. I personally don’t add salt since both bacon and corn muffins contain salt.

4. Mix in gluten-free corn muffins. I prefer the corn muffins to be broken into really small pieces not left as chunks.

5. Place the turkey breast on a chopping board. If the skin was left on, carefully remove it and retain. Cut breast in half lengthwise, almost all the way through and open the breast up like opening a book.

6. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on top and bottom of the meat and pound the meat as flat as you can without tearing.  If you bought turkey tenderloin, pound it flat. Or make individual portions or use boneless chicken breasts.

7. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap and spread stuffing out over all of the breast almost to the edges and use the bottom sheet of plastic wrap to help you roll the breast up like a jelly roll. Don't roll the plastic wrap inside the meat. I spear the breast with about 4 short stainless steel skewers to hold it together – available in grocery store. Don't use toothpicks, the wood swells and is difficult to remove.

8. Place the breast/s in roasting pan or large skillet, cover with retained skin if you have it and pour stock and sherry over meat.  Cover with foil or lid and bake in a preheated 350* oven, basting every 20 minutes for about 1+1/4 hours, but check at 45 minutes and again at one hour. Cooking time depends on coldness of meat going into oven, size of breast, oven temperature.  Check the temperature of the inside of the meat with an instant read thermometer.  It should read about 155/160*.  Remove from oven and allow to stand  and firm up, temperature will continue to rise.  Overcooking will make the meat very dry.

9. Thicken the juices and pour over slices of turkey. Reheat slices of cold turkey in the gravy the next day. Serve carved very thin as part of a cold buffet

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Cornbread

An easy and delicious recipe for gluten-free cornbread... perfect for the holidays... and can be made dairy-free easily as well!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Gluten-Free Cornbread

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (3 oz, 84g) my gluten-free flour mix
  • 1/2 c (2 oz, 56g ) gluten-free almond meal or almond flour for better nutrition or use 1+1/4 cups gluten-free mix
  • 1 cup (4+1/2 oz, 126g) gluten-free cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) gluten-free baking powder
  • ½ tsp (3 ml) salt - you will probably have to adjust the amount of salt after first time of baking to your personal taste preference. I found without sugar the corn muffins needed more salt
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) potato flour (not potato starch) - optional but makes moister bread - grind instant potatoes in your food processor to make potato flour
  • 6 tbsp (90 ml) sugar -also decrease after first baking if cornbread is too sweet for you. I don’t find it particularly sweet. I’m lazy and just use 1/3 c (80ml) sugar, quicker
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs or 2 large eggs and ¼ cup egg substitute or all egg sub. -Papetti is meant to be gf and no onion etc.
  • 2/3 c (160 ml) milk (I use fat free). I have also used buttermilk, lactose free milk and almond milk
  • 1 stick of butter/Earth Balance/coconut oil (4oz, 112g) melted or ½ c (120 ml) olive oil (even a mix of evoo and regular olive oil)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350*

2. Mix all the dry ingredients together.

3. Whisk egg, milk, butter or oil and vanilla together.

4. Pour wet mix over dry mix and gently stir together. Don’t over work, you can use an electric mixer, but do make sure to mix in all the dry bits. They don’t disappear on baking. Mix will look very wet so leave batter for about 2 minutes when it will have thickened due to baking powder and xanthan gum.

5. Divide up amongst greased muffin top pans, 8x8 or greased muffin pans. If you use muffin top pans, wet your fingers and spread the mix out to edges and only about ½ fill muffin top pans. Use a scant ¼ cup measure for muffin tops. I measure oil in ¼ cup measure and then use oily cup to scoop out batter which glides out of cup because of oil.

6. Bake for about 15-18 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown but the tops are barely colored if you are going to toast them. They don’t mound above the pan but rise evenly. Regular muffins and 8x8 pan I cooked until golden on top. Each oven is different so start checking at 12 minutes and even cook longer than 15 minutes, sometimes it seems to take 20 minutes to cook. Dark colored pans will brown outsides before inside is cooked through. I literally poke a fork into middle of biggest muffin or center of 8 x 8 to see that it is cooked through. A moister gf batter often takes longer to cook than regular flour batter.

Remove from oven and let cool for 10-20 minutes before removing from pans. I do toast the muffin top shape or just nuke them.

7. OR put batter into greased 8 x 8 pan and bake at 350* for about 35 minutes. I dig in to bottom center of pan to see that corn bread is cooked throughout. It frequently feels firm on top, nicely browned, but when you dig to bottom of center it is still wet raw.

Remove 8x8 from oven, cool and then eat as corn bread, use for corn bread stuffing, or cut into squares, and then cut in half to make a corn bread sandwich. Really good.

I cut corn bread pan into 3 inch squares, cut it in half and then toasted it, spread with mayo etc topped with turkey and tomato and ate as two pieces/open face sandwich. Far too messy to try and eat as a sandwich. My son totally approved of cooked bacon on top of warm cornbread as a breakfast.

Make mini muffins in cases set in mini muffin pans for less clean up.

NOTES: I have tried this with melted butter and fat free milk. That’s the best flavor for muffin or toaster cake in my opinion. But olive oil substitute is still excellent and has no cholesterol.

I make it with earth balance butter substitute and plain almond milk for my son. It doesn’t have the gold color of butter and looks very pale. But my son happily ate it. But it definitely doesn’t have the taste from butter.

I use oil for the corn bread, same fat calories but reduced cholesterol from not using butter. I have made it with egg replacer or flax seed meal egg replacement. I notice flavor of flax seed. With egg replacer it is more like a corn bread short bread toaster cake but my cousin was very happy with gf, cf and soy and egg free.

Get cooking hints and a recipe for turning this into gluten-free stuffing on Oonagh Williams' website!

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Swirls – for Halloween or Thanksgiving

A gluten-free pumpkiny delight that's perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving meals! 

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

A friend told me this was a ‘Libby’s’ recipe. I got it years ago at a Pot Luck, made it often, and then adapted it to gluten-free. Easy, moist and moreish. 15 oz can of Libby’s solid pack pumpkin will make three times recipe, that is 3 cakes. And yes, there is no oil or butter in this recipe, pumpkin is used the way apple sauce can be used. This month, a wheat eating friend had posted a picture of a pumpkin cake cooked in a jelly roll pan with diagonals of cream cheese filling. The quantities given for that cake were roughly double the pumpkin jelly cake recipe I make.  Probably to give enough depth for the cream cheese swirls and so cake wouldn’t collapse as you picked it up.  Remember a jelly roll is literally rolled with filling or layered.  So I put all of my jelly roll recipe into a 9+1/2 inch springform. 

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Swirls 

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 c (5+1/2 oz, 160g) 100% pumpkin from a can (not pumpkin pie filling). Don’t increase amount of pumpkin, cake won’t work
  • 3 large or 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 c (7+1/4 oz, 210g) sugar
  • 1 tsp (5ml) gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp (10ml) gluten-free baking powder and pinch of salt 
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice
  • ¾ c (3oz, 85g) my gluten-free flour blend or ½ c (3oz, 85 g) King Arthur all purpose gf flour, doesn’t contain xanthan gum or baking powder (see below)

Cream cheese swirls to top raw cake batter:

Mix together until smooth

  • 4 oz (112g) cream cheese softened - lite is fine but gives a softer texture 
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk or 1 Tbsp liquid egg substitute

Frosting for around outside of cake:

  • 2 oz, (½ c, 56 g) cream cheese softened - lite is fine but gives a softer texture
  • 4 oz (1 c, 112g) powdered sugar  (icing sugar)  – I do sift the sugar as that’s quicker than trying to get frosting smooth with lumpy powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp (5ml) gluten-free vanilla extract

And no, Please do not use the frosting as the cream cheese swirls. The higher sugar content makes the cake far too sweet and sugar also caramelizes and sinks more into cake batter. I did try doing that.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350*F, 180*C.  Spray springform pan and line base with parchment paper, dust with gluten-free  flour – I use white rice flour.

2.  Mix together pumpkin, eggs, vanilla and sugar and beat for 2 minutes to incorporate air.

3.  Add baking powder, spice, salt and flour and mix well.

4.  Pour onto lined springform pan, gently spread out.

5. Spoon cream cheese into ziploc bag, snip off corner and pipe spirals from center out on top of raw batter.  Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect lines. Take a small sharp knife or skewer and pull tip of knife/skewer through the cream cheese batter from outside to center of circle to give spider web design.

6.  Bake for 30-35 minutes until well risen, springy but still soft to the touch. I literally dig a fork into middle of cake to check it’s cooked and taste a piece of cake. If it still has grainy flour taste, give it 5 minutes more.

7.  Remove cake from oven. Wait 10 minutes, then run a thin spatula around outside of cake and loosen and remove springform ring. 

8.  Allow to cool completely and then move to serving plate, lining paper should easily remove. Pipe cream cheese frosting around outside of cake.  Unless you use a huge pipe you should have leftover frosting that you can pipe on individual serving plate or freeze for another recipe.

I used various Halloween jewelry to decorate as well as mini ceramic pumpkins for Thanksgiving.

My Gluten-Free Mix:

I use for one cup of GF mix.

  • ½ cup potato starch – substitute arrowroot for nightshade allergy
  • ¼ c tapioca starch from Asian market or Goya or Yoki brand in supermarkets
  • 2 tbsp amaranth or millet flour: Bob’s Red Mill (millet is roughly one third the price of amaranth, is not so nutritious, but is more readily available.)
  • 2 tbsp sorghum flour: Bob’s Red Mill

Larger quantity:

  • 1 x 14 oz bag potato starch, which is 3+1/2 cups - that's the size I can buy.
  • 1+3/4 c of Tapioca Starch is 7 oz
  • Just under 1 cup of Amaranth or Millet (actually ¾ c plus 2 Tbsps is 4 oz)
  • Just under 1 cup of Sorghum (actually ¾ c plus 2 Tbsps is 4 oz)

Making about 7 cups total of mix.

Watch me make this on NH's ABC WMUR TV--recipe is still the same but I now leave out xanthan gum.

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Whipped Gingerbread Spice Butternut Squash

Courtesy of Enjoy Life

 

 

 

Serves 4 as a side 

Ingredients:

  • 2-pound butternut squash
  • 2 T. melted vegan margarine
  • 2 T. favorite dairy-free milk
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • ½ t. salt
  • olive oil, for coating squash

Gingerbread Spice Crumble

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a small tray with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the top and bottom off the squash and slice in half lengthwise. Drizzle cut side with a little olive oil and lay cut side down on the parchment paper.
  3. Place in the oven for 40-50 minutes until the squash is very soft and bubbling around the edges.
  4. Let cool a few minutes. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Scoop the inside of the squash into the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth.
  5. Add the vegan margarine, dairy-free milk, maple syrup and salt and continue to puree until super smooth, about 1-2 more minutes.
  6. Spoon into a bowl and set aside while you make the Gingerbread Spice Crumble.
  7. Using your hands crumble up the Gingerbread Spice Cookies.
  8. Warm a small nonstick pan and add the olive oil. Pour in the cookies and the toasted seeds. Sauté for 4-5 minutes until the cookie crumbs are lightly browned.
  9. Mix in the minced parsley and then sprinkle all over the butternut squash puree.
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Bread Pudding with Butternut Squash, Bacon and Onion

The perfect gluten-free Thanksgiving side dish. 

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Make this as a side dish for Thanksgiving or use leftover roasted butternut squash or mashed butternut squash and serve with leftover turkey for breakfast or dinner. Bagel, egg and milk mix can be prepared in fridge before Thanksgiving and the rest of ingredients added. This is mild comfort food.

I normally use an Udi’s gluten-free plain bagel, it doesn't disintegrate and doesn't have any funny taste. I do also like Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free plain bagels, which has even more of a roll's softer texture to me. Aldi has gluten-free hamburger rolls that I do like for hamburgers, but haven't tried them for bread pudding. We love Against the Grain tapioca cheese bread, but it was wrong texture to us for bread pudding.

Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 2 plain gluten-free bagels. Cut into tiny cubes about ½ inch square
  • 4 eggs or 1 c (250 ml) gluten-free egg substitute. I normally use 50/50 whole egg and egg substitute 
  • 6-8 slices of Jones Dairy Farm Bacon or Oscar Mayer center cut, both are labeled gluten-free. Or leftover ham. Cut small
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely crushed
  • 1 Tbsp oil (15 ml)
  • 2c (500 ml)  milk, fat free is fine, but cream and whole eggs are wonderful
  • 12 oz (375g) peeled butternut squash, cut into small cubes, no more than 1" square. Or use leftover roasted squash or mashed squash
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) finely scissored green of green onion
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 c (4oz, 125 g) shredded Swiss cheese or Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste. If you used leftover roasted squash or mashed squash be aware of existing salt or fat content
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup added to bread pudding and more to serve. Optional, maple syrup is in most NE fridges
  • 8x8 baking dish

Directions:

1. If you are using raw bacon, then put oil and bacon in saucepan or microwave safe dish and cook bacon until it starts releasing its juices. Add onion, garlic and raw butternut squash, stir, cover and cook for about 5 minutes until onion is soft and squash is just cooked. If using leftover cooked squash, just cook bacon, onion and garlic then stir in leftover cut up butternut squash or mashed squash.

2. Then I like to mix the casserole ingredients in a glass bowl/jug, cover and refrigerate overnight. 

3. In the morning preheat oven to 350*, make sure to spray the 8x8 baking dish as this makes it far easier to clean dish. Stir the bread mix well to make sure bacon/squash is evenly distributed, and then pour into sprayed baking dish.  Place on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 40-50 minutes.  It will rise, brown and there should be no liquid 'sloshing' around in the middle when it is cooked.  Do not cook above 350*. Photo shows half quantity cooked in 9" pie plate.

Serve with maple syrup, or my hard apple cider gravy (recipe below).

Gluten-Free Hard Apple Cider Gravy

makes about 3 cups (750 ml)

I grew up on what is known as just 'cider' in England; English and Irish brands are now being sold in US and in New England we have quite a few cider makers. Every cider tastes different depending on apple variety used, some are sweet, some dry, some even effervesce (bubble) so every gravy will taste different. I can buy a six pack of Woodchuck Amber Cider for $9.99 in my local store, so quite a reasonable price. With hard apple cider you do need to check that it says gluten-free on bottle or on website. For some unknown reason some cider makers ferment the cider with barley so it's no longer naturally gluten-free. Hard apple cider is definitely alcoholic and goes down very easily so you don't notice the effect of the alcohol when you drink it. I've always drunk hard apple cider in preference to beer and cook with it.

Use this as a different, gluten-free gravy at Thanksgiving, serve with ham, pork, sausages, even fish and with the butternut squash, bacon, onion bread pudding/strata I make. You can make this a few days in advance of Thanksgiving without thickening with cornstarch, refrigerate, then reheat and thicken when you want it. Sauces thickened with corn starch can be quite lumpy when reheated from the fridge.

Ingredients:

  • 2 x 12 oz (2 x 375ml) bottles or cans of gluten-free hard apple cider
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely crushed
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) neutral oil
  • 3/4 c (180 ml) cream 
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) gluten-free cornstarch (UK cornflour) mixed with 2 tbsp (30ml) water.
  • 1/2 tsp (3 ml) gluten-free chicken stock concentrate, I often use this as a way of adding seasoning not just salt to sauces.
  • fresh pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) chopped fresh parsley plus stalks
  • 4 sage leaves, fresh or dried
  • 1-2 tbsp (15-30 ml) maple syrup, optional if needed

Directions:

1. Gently cook onion and garlic with butter and oil in 1 quart (1 litre) saucepan until very soft and only slightly golden.

2. Add cider, some stalks of parsley and sage leaves and let mix simmer for 10-20 minutes until reduced to about 2 cups (500 ml).  The higher the heat the quicker it reduces so watch that it doesn't boil away to nothing.  This is known as a reduction (really a concentration). Note that if you reduce a salt containing mix the final sauce can be quite salty, if you reduce a cream containing sauce then the fat content per serving will be higher.

3. Add cream and stock concentrate, very light grinding of pepper and simmer for a few minutes.

4. Taste sauce. If too tangy for you or family add maple syrup.  Remove parsley stalks and sage leaves.

5. Add cornstarch slurry, bring to the boil, simmer for 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens and raw cornstarch flavor is cooked out.

6. Taste and adjust seasonings, add chopped fresh parsley for color.

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Roasted Beet(root) Salad with Pecans

A colorful and flavorful gluten-free salad or side dish--perfect for special holiday meals.

gluten free beet salad recipe with feta cheese thanksgiving side dishFrom Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonaghadapted from a recipe by Marjorie Marino, Bulacan, Philippines

We spent 2 weeks in South Africa and with my husband's professional photos, (including videos of stroking 2-month-old white lion cubs and adult cheetah purring with its head on our sneakers) have given talks on South Africa as well as a gluten-free South African buffet.

I was given this vegan recipe, and then used butter, etc to make it my own. It quotes maple syrup since vegans won't use honey.  I use honey since I really don't know if maple syrup was available in South Africa. And no tofu. Feta cheese would be widely used in South Africa. We saw huge platters of feta cheese and chunks of ripe tomatoes and cucumber everywhere as there are very large Greek communities.  

Gluten-Free Roasted Beet(root) Salad with Pecans

Makes 4 servings

"(English and South African name), also known as the table beet, garden beet, red beet or sometimes simply as beet, is one of the many cultivated varieties of beets and arguably the most commonly encountered variety in South Africa."

Ingredients:

Salad

  • 9 small to medium red and yellow beets
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) butter
  • 1 cup  (4oz) chopped pecans, toasted in oven for about 10 minutes
  • 1/4 c (60 ml) maple syrup or honey
  • Salt & pepper
  • Feta Cheese to taste, or no cheese, my husband loves Feta. 

Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup (60ml)  white balsamic vinegar - I used Trader Joe's
  • 1 tsp (5ml) gf Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) olive oil, I mix olive oil and avocado oil
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) chopped chives or green of green onions (spring onions, scallions). South African friend suggested cilantro (coriander leaves)
  • Salt and pepper
  • No sugar added to vinaigrette since nuts are mixed with maple syrup or honey and beets are sweet.

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F if roasting.

1. Wash and dry the beetroots and place in an oven-proof casserole dish. Bake covered from 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the beets are tender when pierced with a knife. Allow to cool, then cut off each end and peel. I also cook them in a pan with water to cover for 45-60 minutes depending on size. Watch the water doesn't boil away. To me, they lose flavor if I pressure cook them.

2. Heat the skillet/frying pan over medium heat and then add the nuts and let them heat if they were cooked in advance. Add the maple syrup/honey, let sizzle and nut honey mixture almosts turns to chewy toffee. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and set aside. Don't overcook, it burns easily.

3. To make the dressing, add all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until smooth.

4. To assemble the salad, slice the beets and arrange them on 4 plates. Sprinkle with the nuts and crumble the tofu over the beets. No tofu, feta would be more normal in South Africa and I don't like tofu, plus over 90% soy is gmo.Whisk the dressing once more, and then drizzle some over each plate. Serve immediately.

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Brownie-Bottom Pumpkin Bars

Courtesy of Enjoy Life

Makes about 16 large bars 

Ingredients: 

For the brownie mixture:

For the pumpkin mixture:

  • 1 1/4 C. mashed pumpkin
  • 1/4 C. pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 C. Enjoy Life Foods All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t. ground ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch salt

For the topping:

  Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. To make the brownies, put the Brownie Mix in a large bowl. Add the cold water and oil. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan, smoothing evenly. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. While the brownies are baking, prepare the pumpkin mixture. Put the mashed pumpkin, maple syrup, All-Purpose Flour, cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt in a large bowl. Briskly whisk until well combined.
  5. After the brownies have baked for 15 minutes, remove from the oven. Dollop the pumpkin mixture onto the par-baked brownies, swirling throughout the batter.
  6. Bake for an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the brownies comes out clean, and the pumpkin portions are firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for at least 1 hour.
  7. To prepare the topping, put the Mini Chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 15 seconds and stir. Repeat in 10 second intervals until melted and smooth. Drizzle the chocolate mixture over the top of the brownies.
  8. Carefully remove the brownies from the pan, then cut into squares.
  9. Serve, storing leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, and any other leftovers to the freezer.
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Gingerbread Cake

This gluten-free cake is pumpkin, spice and everything nice!

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

I first tried making my English gingerbread (cake, not cookies) recipe gluten-free but I wasn't happy with how it turned out. Plus, in the UK we use golden syrup (not corn syrup) and black treacle, (like molasses) which are not easily available. Then I thought that my gluten-free pumpkin bread has the same moistness as gingerbread, so let's try using ginger rather than pumpkin pie spice. I even asked my wheat-eating girlfriend if she thought I was crazy.

But it was a success! No xanthan gum, which gave this cake an even fluffier texture. I've increased the amount of ground ginger and crystallized ginger and used my ginger orange dipping sauce for spring rolls as a glaze... Or butter, rum and pecan sauce. I did use orange juice instead of water and added orange zest in the cake, but didn't really notice the orange. You can also make this recipe into muffins.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread & Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 of 15 oz can (8oz, 225g ) roughly 1 cup solid pack pumpkin, not pie filling (ingredient list should only be pumpkin). Freeze second half of can in labeled ziploc bag in freezer.
  • 1c + 2 Tbsp sugar (8 oz, 225g)
  • 1/2c (4oz, 112g) melted coconut oil or neutral vegetable oil. I don't use canola oil.
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 c water or orange juice
  • Zest of half an orange
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1+1/4 c (5+3/4 oz, 160g) my gluten-free flour mix (see recipe below)
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) ground ginger, aka ginger powder or perhaps ginger flour
  • 1/4 c (roughly 1 oz, 28g) chopped crystallized ginger. I had tiny mini chips that seemed to 'dissolve' in the cake just leaving ginger flavor behind but no noticeable bits to bite on
  • 1/2 c (2 oz, 55g) almond meal
  • 1 tsp ( 5ml) baking soda
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) gf baking powder, I use Rumford’s labeled gluten-free, non-GMO and aluminum-free
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2c ( 2oz, 55g) chopped pecans or other nuts

Directions: 

  1. Put pumpkin, oil, sugar, eggs, water and vanilla in large mixing bowl and beat well for 2 minutes until air bubbles are visible.
  2. Stir all dry ingredients together, then beat in dry ingredients for 2 minutes. Stir in nuts.
  3. Grease and gluten-free flour (I use plain rice flour as cheaper than gluten-free blends) a 10" (25cm) Bundt pan and bake in 350*F, 170*C oven for about 45-55 minutes.

I prefer using a Bundt pan, the cake looks prettier than in a loaf pan and with the hole in the middle, the cake cooks more evenly with less chance of a raw center. Cake should be well risen, it will be dark brown because of spices, firm at edges, soft to touch and pulling away from sides. I poke at middle of cake with a fork, since I find that most gluten-free cakes need longer cooking than wheat flour cakes.

Remove from oven, leave to cool for 10 minutes, turn out onto cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Cake keeps fresh for quite a few days, freezes and nukes well.  If cake still feels sticky on side nearest to bottom of pan, then put it back in oven for about 10 more minutes.

Orange-Ginger Sauce:

  • 1/3 c sugar
  • ½ c water
  • a 2 inch piece of whole ginger, including peel, cut into small pieces. 

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil, simmer until sugar dissolves, add ginger and simmer for about 20 minutes, covered and don’t allow water to boil away.
  2. Cool and refrigerate overnight if you can.
  3. Remove from fridge, warm until runny, strain out ginger and add 2 tablespoons cheap orange marmalade as this normally contains less and smaller pieces of orange peel. You can also peel and chop ginger finely and then leave the cooked ginger in the sauce for more visual appeal as well as extra burst of ginger flavor when you bite on piece of cooked ginger. Your choice. You can also strain out orange marmalade pieces as well. Your Choice.
  4. Soon over warm cake.

Butter-Rum-Pecan Glaze:

  • ¼ c water
  • ¾ c light brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c rum
  • 1/2 c chopped, toasted pecans

Diretions:

  1. Put water, butter and sugar in small non stick pan, gently heat to melt butter and sugar and simmer for a few minutes until sauce like.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in rum and pecans.
  3. Spoon over cake.

My Rice-Free Gluten-Free Flour Blend

I substitute this for one cup of gluten-free mix in recipes.

  • ½ cup potato starch
  • ¼ c tapioca starch from Asian market or Goya or Yoki brand in supermarkets.
  • 2 tbsp amaranth or millet flour: Bob’s Red Mill (millet is roughly one third the price of amaranth, is not so nutritious, but is more readily available.)
  • 2 tbsp sorghum flour: Bob’s Red Mill. 

Larger quantity:

  • 1 x 14 oz bag potato starch, which is 3+1/2 cups - that's the size I can buy
  • 1+3/4 c of Tapioca Starch is 7 oz
  • Just under 1 cup of Amaranth or Millet (actually ¾ c plus 2 Tbsps is 4 oz)
  • Just under 1 cup of Sorghum (actually ¾ c plus 2 Tbsps is 4 oz)

 Making about 7 cups total of mix.

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