Tuesday, December 20, 2011

G-Free Holiday Cooking, Yes You Can!

G-Free Yule Tide Log

For families who have a family member or friend with Celiac Disease and requires a gluten free diet, holiday cooking can be a challenge.  However, cheer up, it can be done.   There are several websites and stores who's purpose in life is to help you.  Here is my favorite website for recipes and ideas:

I've learned to fix a complete turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a wonderful ham dinner that the entire family enjoyed.  There are some items like stuffing and meatballs that I make a special batch just for my g-free granddaughter, and some foods that are g-free for the entire family.  It just depends on what I'm fixing.

Baked goods are the most difficult of course, so here is a basic flour substitute recipe:

Mary’s All-Purpose Flour Blend

2 cups brown rice flour
2 cups white rice flour
1⅓ cups potato starch (not potato flour)
⅔ cup tapioca starch/flour

1. Mix ingredients together. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator until used.

Each cup contains 564 calories, 2g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 4 mg sodium, 127 g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 7g protein
G-Free Pumpkin Pie

G-Free Blueberry Muffins

And here's a great recipe you can try for Christmas!
Crisp and Custardy

Dairy-Free Crusty Herb Popovers

This recipe is a great substitution for bread at any meal and is easy and rewarding to make. Adding fresh herbs compliments your menu. For best results, do not replace the eggs in this recipe.

4 eggs
1 cup milk or dairy-free milk of choice
⅓ cup tapioca starch/flour
⅔ cup white rice flour
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, rosemary or sage, chopped finely
-Dash salt

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place a 12-cup muffin tin in the oven to preheat. (A warm muffin tin helps the batter rise. Keep the tin in the oven until you’re ready to pour in the batter.)

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until blended. Add tapioca starch/flour, white rice flour, herbs and salt. Whisk until combined and smooth.

3. Carefully remove the hot baking tin from the oven. Lightly grease it with cooking spray.

4. Pour in the batter, filling each muffin cup three-quarters full. (Fill any empty muffin cups with water to ensure even baking.)

5. Place popovers in preheated oven and bake 25 minutes or until popovers are puffed high and turn a rich, golden brown. (For puffiest popovers, do not open the oven door before 25 minutes.) Serve immediately.

Each popover contains 78 calories, 2g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 73mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 3g protein.

Recipes for all of the above and much more can be found on the website linked in this post.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  God bless each and everyone.
Pepper and Family


Unknown said...

Beautiful photography, the food looks absolutely delicious.

VintageEmbellishment said...

Well, as you know I am attempting my first gluten free cookies this week! I bookmarked the website..thanks :)

Doodle said...

I don't know much about g-free stuff. But these all sound really good.

Thanks Pepperhead!!!

Runs With Scissors said...

Where are the P-free recipes?

Unknown said...

Love finding new Gluten-Free Recipes, we had a great Thanksgiving will all the trimmings, I post recipes in my FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LivingGlutenFree/