Monday, September 28, 2009

Mushroom Meatball Sauce

The other night I needed to come up with dinner quick.  After searching my pantry, fridge, and freezer I found these meatballs and decided to make a strogonoff like sauce to serve over rice.  It turned out so delicious, I wished I hade made more.

Mushroom Meatball Sauce (printable version)

3 T butter
2 T chopped onion
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 T potato flour

1. In a small saucepan, melt butter.  Add onions and saute for about 3 minutes.  Drain mushrooms into a 2 C measuring cup and add mushrooms to pan.  Add garlic.  Saute for another 3 minutes.  Add Salt & pepper, stir.  Add potato flour and stir for 1 minute.
2. Add milk to mushroom juice until it measures 2 C.  Add a little milk to the flour/mushroom mixture and stir in.  Repeat until the sauce is really smooth, about 1 C will be added.  Then pour the remaining milk in.  Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute.  Add meatballs, if they are cold, cook, on low, until they are heated through, about 5 minutes. If they are warm just let sit for a couple minutes.
3. Serve over rice or noodles.


We love meatballs at our house.  This is a recipe my mom came up with that is naturally Gluten-free.  She makes a lot of them and then freezes them to be pulled out as needed.

(printable version)
approx 12 per 1/2 lb of meat
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 T minced onion
2 T minced green pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

1. Mix ingredients together until mixed well.  Mold into small balls about 1" in diameter.  Place on a greased pan.  Bake in a 375-degree oven for 30 minutes.  Freeze for use in the following recipes or some of your own.

Hawaiian Meatballs
2 cans tomato sauce
1 tsp worchestershire sauce
dash onion powder
1/2 C crushed pineapple, drained
1 tsp soy sauce
Dash ground ginger

1. Mix together and add meatballs.  Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Served with a bed of rice or noodles.

Spaghetti & Meatballs
Make or use prepared spaghetti sauce.  Add meatballs and heat for approximately 20 minutes so meatballs are heated through.  Serve over spaghetti.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs
1 C sugar (brown or white, your preference)
2 Tbsp corn starch
1/2 C ketchup
1 20 oz can pineapple tidbits

Mix ingredients and add meatballs and heat for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pie for Breakfast

The best thing about September is PIE!  Growing up my mom would can peaches and pears and make lots of pie which we then ate for breakfast (it's like a danish, right??).  I feel it would be a disservice to not pass this tradition on so now we are having pie for breakfast.  .
Personally Pear Pie is my favorite.  If I could only have one dessert for the rest of my life this would be it.  Try it, you will see. 

Chocolate, Almond, Toffee Squares with Carmel Sauce

My cousin Kim is an amazing cook.  Recently, she entered these in a statewide contest and was a semi-finalist.  These bars are so good I just had to make a GF version.  If you like sticky, gooey, sweet, and delicious you must try these.  I cut the recipe in half for an 8x8 so the measurments are a little wonky, but it works great.

 Chocolate, Almond, Toffee Squares with Carmel Sauce
(printable recipe)
1 C GF Flour Blend
1/2 C + 2 T Brown Sugar
1/4 C butter (cold)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp xantham gum
1 lg egg
1/2 C milk
3/4 tsp vanilla
6 T milk chocolate chips
6 T white chips
6 T slivered almonds
6 T coconut*
6 T toffee bites
1/4 C Carmel Sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.  Grease an 8x8 pan and set aside.
2.Combine the flour, brown sugar and cut in the butter to form small crumbs (I used my food processor).  Take out 1/2 C + 2 T of the mixture to be used as a topping later.
3. To the remaining add the baking powder, salt, xanthan gum, and stir together.  In a small bowl combine the egg, milk, and vanilla.  Fold into the crumb mixture  Mix until combined.  The mixture will not be smooth.  Pour into prepared pan.
4. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over the batter.  Then follow by sprinkling evenly the chocolate chips, white chips, almonds, coconut, and toffee bites.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool for about 30 minutes then drizzle with caramel sauce.  Makes about 9-16 squares depending on whether you cut small or large squares.

*Use sweetened or unsweetened coconut.  


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