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Gluten Free Sausage Cheese Balls!

1 Pound GF Pork sausage, uncooked ( I used JC Potter)
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1 Cup GF Bisquick ( or your own GF biscuit mix)
2 Cups Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Optional ( 1-2 finely chopped Jalapeñoes)

Preheat Oven to 375*
Add all ingredients to food processor or large mixer, using the dough hook or blade. Mix until well blended, then using a 1 to 1 1/2 inch scoop, ( or your hands) make balls from mixture. Place each ball onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. ( I like to use my stone ware, it makes them really crispy). Bake for
25-30 minutes. Turning each sausage ball half way through baking time. When cooked through, remove and serve. Enjoy!

 

Greek Sausage

 

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We have been working on Party food this week. I love the make ahead kind that you can pull out and just reheat!

Greek Sausage

1-  2 Pound stick of Gluten Free Sausage ( I used JC Potter)

1/4 Cup Gluten Free Greek Seasoning( Recipe Below)

Preheat oven or smoker to 260*

Cut the plastic wrapping off of the sausage and place in foil. Sprinkle Greek seasoning over sausage, turn sausage roll to completely cover the whole exterior of the meat. Then fold foil completely around sausage and seal at each end. Then place in oven or smoker and roast for 6 hours. ( you can also do this in the slow cooker on high) When done  remove from oven or smoker and let cool before slicing.

This is great to serve with chips and dip!

Greek Seasoning

2 Tablespoons Dried Sweet Basil Leaves

2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley Leaves

1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano Leaves

1 Tablespoon Dried Rosemary Leaves

2 Tablespoons Dried Thyme Leaves

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder ( not Garlic Salt)

2 Teaspoons Onion Powder

2 Teaspoons table Salt

Combine all of the Herbs and spices into food processor or spice grinder and pulse or grind until all the leaves are finely chopped and well mixed. Store in an air tight container or freezer until ready to use.

Optional : add 1 tablespoon of Pepper flacks if you want it spicy.

 

Gluten Free Gingerbread

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Gluten Free Ginger Bread

3 Cups fine ground GF Flour ( I like Better Batter)

2 Teaspoons GF Double Action Baking Powder ( Clabber Girl)

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Additive Free Ground Cinnamon

¼ Teaspoon Additive Free Ground Nutmeg

1 Cup Sugar

4 Large Eggs

1 Tablespoon Peeled and Freshly Grated Ginger Root

2/3 Cup Water

1   Stick melted Salted Butter

½  Cup GF Oil

1 Cup Pure Additive Free Honey

In large mixing bowl whisk together, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. In another bowl beat the eggs and add the freshly grated ginger and whisk together. Add water, melted butter, oil and honey, to the eggs and ginger. Stir all liquids together and pour into flour and spice mixture. Beat with mixer just until well blended. Don’t over mix, it will make the bread rubbery. Let batter set in fridge for about 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325*F.

When ready to bake, pour batter into four small greased and floured ( with GF Flour) 3 ½ x 5 ½ inch loaf pans, or two large 9×4 inch loaf pans. Fill pans to about ½ inch from top of pan. I like to swirl the batter on top, so that it will split and look more like artisan bread. Or you can smooth out the dough if you prefer. Remember to place a 9×13 inch pan half full of water on bottom rack of oven. Evenly space loaf pans on top rack, over water and bake for 40 minutes. Remove water and bake loaves for another 20 – 25 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted into center loaf comes out clean. Remove pans from oven and cover with foil. Serve warm with butter. Or give to friends for Christmas!

 

Cake Pop Eye Balls

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Gluten Free Cake Pop Eyeballs

1/2 Cup Plain GF Greek Yogurt ( or 4oz. cream cheese)

1 Cup Sugar

3 Large Eggs

1 Cup All Purpose Gluten Free Flour (I used Better Batter)

1 Teaspoon Gluten Free (Clabber Girl) Baking powder

1 Teaspoon pure Vanilla

Cream yogurt, sugar & eggs. Add remaining ingredients & mix well on high speed until blended. Let dough set in fridge for about 30 min.  When ready to bake preheat oven to 350*F. Butter both sides of non-stick cake pop pan and fill bottom half of pan with batter. (without the holes). Place top on, and lock together. Place in oven and bake for 9 minutes, then turn pan over and bake another 9 minutes. (18 minutes total). Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before removing top.  If batter comes through holes in the top be sure and remove those little bits before cooling. After 5 minutes remove from pan and lay them out to cool on cooling rack ( It may be necessary to trim the seam side of pops) When cool dip in melted GF almond bark and decorate.

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Or use the Simi Royal Icing recipe below. You must cover cake pops with a crumb coating ( thin glaze icing) then let set before covering with royal icing.

Simi Royal Icing

6 ½ – 7 cups Powdered Sugar (or icing sugar)

1/4 Cup Pure Light Corn Syrup

1/4 Cup Milk ( plus 1-2 Tablespoons if needed)

In food processor add 6 ½ Cups powdered sugar then add remaining ingredients. Blend well until all ingredients are smooth and forming a stiff dough. If dough is too wet then add the other ½ cup of powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until dough is stiff.   If dough is too stiff add 1 Tablespoon milk.

I would not advise adding water. It makes the icing too sticky.

Remove Icing from processor and place on wax or parchment paper covered with powdered sugar roll out icing to about 1/8 inch thick and cut a 3 inch square from icing to wrap around each cake pop. Trim bottom of eyeball and finish decorating with pipping icing any color you prefer.

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.

Cucumber Mint Thirst Quencher

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Cucumber Mint Thirst Quencher

2 Cups peeled, seeded and cubed Fresh Cucumber ( about 4 -5, 5 inch Cucumbers)

1/4 Cup chopped Fresh Mint Leaves

4 Cups Ice Cubes

2 Cups Cold Water

1/2 Cup Organic Blue Agave Nectar

Place all ingredients into large blender, set to crush and blend until ice and cucumbers are well blended. Serve cold. Enjoy!!!

Pea Carrot Salad

Pea Carrot Salad

Pea Carrot Salad

2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Sweet Peas (Hulled, Washed and drained)

2 Cups Freshly grated Carrots ( about 3 large carrots)

1 Cup Freshly grated Cheddar Cheese

3/4 Cup Gluten Free Mayo ( I use Hellmans)

1-2 Tablespoons Sugar ( Or Stevia)

Optional 1/2 Cup Crisp Bacon Crumbled over top

In large mixing bowl add all vegetables and cheese. In small bowl whisk together mayo and sugar, pour over Vegetables and cheese. Refrigerate over night.( it is much better when you make ahead) Then top with bacon if you choose, before serving. Enjoy!