Holiday Meal Prep Continued!

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Since I can’t have a lot of the chemicals and gluten that is in many of the bottled salad dressings, I make my own. So today I’m working on the Salad Dressings I use on my Salads for the Holidays. If you make them now it helps the flavors to blend with the oils so much better! I use this one on my Frito Salad!

Jan’s GF Catalina Dressing

This dressing just literally bursts with FLAVOR!
½ Cup White Vinegar
3/8 Cup GF Thick Tomato Sauce
1 Cup Canola Oil
½ Cup White Granulated Sugar
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Teaspoon Additive Free Paprika
½ Teaspoon Original Williams Chili Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Additive Celery Flakes
½ Teaspoon Additive Free Dry Mustard
1 ½ Tablespoons Additive Free Onion Powder
I like to use my smoothie maker or juicer attachment on my blender to make this, it grinds up the spices really fine. Or you can use the blender. Pour all liquid ingredients in first, then add dry ingredients and blend until all dissolved. Pour into pint jar, or air tight container, put lid on, and store in refrigerator. Shake before each use. Enjoy!

 

Holiday Meal Prep Day 3

GFMixes

Working on Gluten Free Mixes today. I have my Gluten Free Flour mixes for Pie Crust, Sweet Rolls, and Gravies all ready and waiting in the freezer for Thanksgiving! All I have to do is add the wet ingredients!

Here’s the recipe for my Honey Sweet Rolls.

Gluten Free Honey Sweet Rolls

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Honey Sweet Rolls 

3 ½  Cups Gluten Free All purpose Flour ( I used Tom Sawyer and Betty Crocker mixed)

½ Teaspoon Salt

½  Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Heaping Tablespoon Gluten Free Baking Powder

1 Cup Pure Egg Whites

½ Cup Gluten Free Canola Oil

1/2 Cup Pure Butter Milk

½ Cup Pure Honey

In large mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Then add egg whites, oil, butter milk, and honey. Gently fold liquids and flour together until all dry ingredients are wet. Don’t over mix! Cover mixing bowl and store in refrigerator at least 2 hours. ( I like to mix this the day before and let it set overnight.)

When you are ready to bake rolls, remove from fridge and prepare yeast mixture below.

Yeast Mixture:

¾  Cup White Granulated Sugar

½ Cup Scalded Milk (in microwave about 1 minute)

¼  Cup Cold tap water

2 Heaping Tablespoons Dry Active Yeast

In medium glass mixing bowl, add sugar, scalded milk, & water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Temperature should not be over 110 degrees. (It will kill the yeast) Add yeast and mix with plastic whisk. Set aside and let it foam about 15 minutes. I like to set it near the stove to keep it warm.

Preheat oven to 325* Add a 9×13 inch baking pan filled half way with water, to bottom rack of oven. This will keep rolls moist while baking.

When yeast is ready, add dough and yeast mixture to food processor or mixer. Blend on highest setting until well mixed. Do not over mix, it will make rolls rubbery. I usually blend no more than 30 to 40 seconds or until all lumps are gone and dough is smooth.

Pour dough onto wax paper that has been lightly greased and floured (with GF flour). Lightly sprinkle more flour on top of dough, just enough to roll out. Roll out dough to about 1 inch thickness. Using a 2 ½ in round cookie cutter, cut rolls and place in a lightly greased nonstick pan. Or if you are using a glass baking pan you must lightly grease and flour the pan or the rolls will stick. I can get 18 rolls into a 9×13 inch pan. This will make 24 – 25 rolls depending on how big you make them. I use a smaller pan for the rest of the rolls. Try not to handle the dough any more than you have to. The more it is worked the tougher it makes the rolls.

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Melt ½ stick of salted butter and generously brush top of rolls. Let rolls rise in a warm place for about 20 minutes.  Place in top rack of oven, above water,  when rolls have risen and bake for 20 minutes then remove pan of water from oven and let rolls finish baking for another 5 to 10 minutes or until completely brown and done in the center. Insert a wooden toothpick in the center roll, if it comes back clean, then they are done.

Remove from oven and butter again while warm. Lightly cover rolls with foil that you have pierced with a fork, ( so rolls do not sweat) until you are ready to serve.

 

 

Day 2 of Holiday Prep

Gluten Free Corn Bread

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Today I’m working on the cornbread for my Stuffing. ( if your from the South, we call it Dressing) The Stuffing or Dressing recipe I use calls for 2 pans of corn bread, which equals about 12 cups of crumbled corn bread. So I double the recipe below.   I try to make my corn bread early, measure it out and put it into bags and freeze it. That way when it’s time to make my dressing for Thanksgiving, all I have to do is add it to the recipe.

Gluten Free Corn Meal Mix

1–24 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Stone Ground Whole Grain Corn Meal

2- 24 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Corn Flour

Mix well with whisk, in a large mixing bowl, and pour in air tight container. Be sure and label container.

The reason I like to use the mix of corn flour and cornmeal, is because the GF corn meal is coarser than regular cornmeal. So when you add the corn flour it just evens it out. If you like the grit of the corn, then just use the cornmeal. ( I have a thing about texture. I don’t even like regular pears because of the grit!)

If you like the finer grind of the Corn Flour, just use the Corn Flour alone instead of adding the Whole Grain Corn Meal

Gluten Free Corn Bread

2 Cups GF Corn Meal/Corn Flour Mix (2 bags Bobs Red Mill Corn Flour, 1 bag Bobs Red Mill Corn Meal)

½ Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoon GF Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Sugar

¾ Stick of softened Salted Butter (6 Tablespoons or 3/8 cup of oil)

1 Cup Water or Milk

2 Eggs Beaten

In large mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients, then add butter, water and eggs. Mix well and pour into a greased, 9 – 10 inch skillet, or baking dish. Bake at 350* for 25 – 30 minutes, or until set and browned around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool.

White Chocolate Ghosts

Gluten Free Halloween Candy

 

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Gluten Free White Chocolate Ghosts

“Buckeyes”

2 Packed Cups GF Peanut Butter ( Most peanut butter is GF but check the label. I used Peter Pan Crunchy)

3 Cups Additive Free Powdered Sugar

1 Stick Melted Butter ( salted or unsalted doesn’t matter)

In food processer mix all ingredients. TIP: If you add melted butter last, it helps to keep the powdered sugar from poofing up on the lid of the processor. (Yes I know poofing is not a word, but that’s what it does!) Keep processing and scraping down the sides until all is mixed, and there is no powdered sugar lumps. Refrigerate until cold, about 30- 40 minutes.

Roll peanut butter mixture into balls about the size of walnuts, and dip into melted chocolate one at a time. Lifting each little ghost out of the chocolate with a spoon or small spatula, place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. They don’t have to be perfect, when the chocolate starts to run it will look like a ghost. Depending on how big you make them, it will make about 4 -4 1/2  dozen.

White Chocolate:

2 – 20 oz. Packages Gluten Free Vanilla Almond Bark ( I used Best Choice)

Melting only half the package at a time in a small glass bowl for about 2 minutes, or until smooth when stirred. When the almond bark starts to get thick add more bricks to the bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes. Make sure not to get any water in the almond bark, it will make it gritty.

Ghost Eyes:

5 to 6 frozen strawberries, or blueberries, puréed in food processor. You can thicken the fruit with powdered sugar it you want. I didn’t because I like the red eyes. The powdered sugar mixed with the strawberries will give them pink eyes.

Slow Roasted Grilled Chicken

Slow Roasted Chicken

Slow Roasted Grill Chicken

1 Whole Chicken (I get the cage free, with not additives)

Rub

1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder

1 ½ Tablespoons Course Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Black Ground Pepper

Preheat Grill to 300*

( Only the burners at each end. Leave the middle burners off)

In medium size mixing bowl whisk together all rub ingredients.

Remove giblets from inside bird and wash whole chicken very well, including the inside.  Place whole chicken into a greased 9×13 inch foil pan. Using your hands dip rub from bowl and start rubbing entire chicken with the sugar and spice mixture, on top and under the skin and inside the cavity also. When you have used all of the rub, place pan on grill in the center between the outside burners. Close lid and keep grill at 300 – 350*F.  After the first hour start rotating the pan a half turn every 30 minutes. Also as juices start to fill the pan baste the chicken with those juices. Try not to open the lid unless it’s time to rotate pan. Roast a total of 3 hours or until a meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the bird and internal temp. is 165* F. or 75*C.  (The last 30 minutes of cooking time, remove bird from pan and place over grate with fire under it, to crisp the skin for 15 minutes on each side.) Save drippings in pan to pour over chicken and serve! Enjoy!

 

No Crust Garden Quiche

Garden Quiche

No Crust Garden Quiche

8 Eggs

1/2 Cup Milk

1/2 Cup Gluten Free all-purpose flour

1 medium yellow Squash, peeled seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)

1 Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped

1-2 Jalapenos’ seeded and finely chopped

1 medium Tomato, chopped

1 medium Sweet Onion, chopped

4-5 Minced Cloves of Garlic

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese

6-8 Slices Cooked Bacon, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350*F

In medium bowl break eggs, add milk and whisk together. Sprinkle in flour and whisk together until smooth. In another large bowl, add all chopped veggies. ( I like to chop all of my vegetables ahead of time and store them in the fridge until I’m ready to use them, they will last 2-3 days.) When you are ready to make the quiche sprinkle salt over veggies and stir in, fold in grated cheese and bacon. Then pour egg mixture over veggie mixture and fold together. When completely mixed pour into a greased deep dish pie plate. Bake for 35- 40 minutes or until set in the center. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Another do ahead tip: Fry extra bacon a day or two before you get ready to make your quiche.

 

Deli Style Broccoli Salad

DeliBroccoli Salad

Deli Style Broccoli Salad

2 Small heads of fresh Broccoli about 4 Cups of Florets

1/2 Cup Golden Raisins

1/2 Cup Roasted and Salted Sunflower Seeds

1 Large Shallot or Green Garden Onion Chopped

Optional: 1 cup shredded carrots

Dressing:

1/2 Cup Crushed Pineapple with juice

1/2 Cup Gluten Free Mayonnaise

2 Tablespoons Stevia or Sugar

In medium size mixing bowl, cut up broccoli florets to bite size pieces. Add raisins, sunflower seeds, and onion. In small bowl mix pineapple, mayo, and sugar. Whisk together until smooth and pour over broccoli mixture. Refrigerate until chilled, serve cold. Enjoy!