Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gluten-Free Fudge

            1 pound confectioners sugar
            ½ cup good cocoa mix (powder)
            ¼ cup milk (whole or 2%)
            1 stick of unsalted butter
            1 tsp. of alcohol free vanilla

            If possible, sift the sugar
            Combine all dry ingedients in a microwave safe bowl
            Add milk
            Add butter
            Microwave the ingredients in bowl on high for 3 minutes
            Then add vanilla and stir
            Freeze for 10 minutes or longer!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gluten Free Flour Mix

4 1/2 cups white rice flour
1 1/2 cups sweet (glutinous) rice flour (there is no gluten)
2 Cups potato starch (not potato flour)
1 cup tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour)
4 tsp. Xanthan Gum

I place all the ingredients in a freezer bag and shake the bag. All the flours are inexpensive and the recipe makes 9 cups flour mix. This can be stored in the freezer when not in use.

The ingredients for this recipe can be found at a health food store.

Note: Xanthan gum is expensive however, you will have it for a long time and it will not go bad in the freezer.
This gluten free flour can be used in all regular recipes. Ex: if a recipe calls for 3 cups all-purpose flour then you would use 3 cups of this flour blend.

This recipe is taken from Carol Kicinski's Simply... Gluten-Free Desserts.

Chicken Burgers

1 lb. ground chicken or 4 preformed chicken burgers
½ tsp. Italian seasoning
Black pepper

Marinara Sauce (store bought or homemade)
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Prosciutto slices

In a mixing bowl add ground chicken, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and salt and mix together
*If using already formed burgers, sprinkle Italian seasoning, black pepper and salt on both sides

Cook in a skillet or on a grill until fully cooked

Add a slice of prosciutto on chicken
Spoonful of Marinara Sauce
Sprinkle Mozzarella Cheese

Add bun if desired

Herbed Chicken

1 lb. Chicken

Handful of Parsley
Handful of Oregano
1 tbsp. Marjorn
1 tsp. Rosemary
1 tbsp. Garlic powder
1 tbsp. Minced Onions (dried)
2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
Black pepper
Parmesan Cheese*

Olive Oil

Rub the herb mixture onto the chicken on both sides

Add two tablespoons olive oil into a non-stick skillet

Add the chicken
Wait till the chicken is cooked on one side and the herbs started browning
**Herbs will be brown
Flip chicken.

 Fresh herbs hold better then dry. if you are using fresh herbs double herb amount.
* Optional: Add a small handful of Parmesan cheese to herb mix.

Double Stuffed Burgers

1 lb. ground beef (80/20)
1 Sweet Onion
2 Cloves of Garlic
2 tsps. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tbsp. Olive oil
1 cup Cheddar Cheese
Black Pepper

Chop onion
In small pan sauté onion and garlic until light brown
            Start with onion then add garlic once onions are mostly translucent

In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients (including onion and garlic)
Mix ingredients together

Make round 6oz patties

Cook the patties in a pan on medium high until desired temperature

Add bun if desired

Take one patty add cheddar cheese in the middle
Add another patty and crimp the edges together