Thank goodness it’s gluten free
There are many reasons to be thankful this season and for those of us that are gluten-free, having food you can eat without getting sick is one of them. We’ve put together some original gluten-free recipes that are bound to become a tradition at your table, including a gluten-free cake that New Planet founder, Pedro Gonzalez says, “is way beyond anything I ever expected.”
Gluten Free Butternut Squash Pale Ale Soup
Soup is a warm hug for your belly. This classic beer cheese soup has a fall twist with butternut squash, tart apples, and New Planet Pale Ale. This soup is very versatile and can be altered to meet different dietary needs. It’s the perfect starter to your meal and can be made a couple days in advance and rewarmed on the stove. Pair this soup with the Pale Ale or Seclusion IPA.
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cups butternut squash (thaw frozen precut or roast your own)
1 medium Granny Smith apple, chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 ½ cups chicken stock
1 can (12 oz.) New Planet Pale Ale
½ tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. nutmeg
Ground pepper to taste
½ cup half and half
½ cup chicken stock
1 tbsp. white rice flour
1 tbsp. tapioca starch
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt to taste
Make the soup base:
Heat oil in a dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion until translucent (not brown), about 5 – 8 minutes. Add the butternut squash and apple to the pan, cook until softened, approximately 10 minutes. Stir in paprika, nutmeg, and ground pepper. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Pour in New Planet Pale Ale and 1 ½ cups chicken stock. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and reduce to a simmer, cook 10 – 15 minutes until cooked through. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.
Make the cheese sauce:
While the contents are in the blender, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in the pot on medium heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, white rice flour, and tapioca starch to the pan. Stir constantly until paste forms and the flour is cooked, about 1 -2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the half and half and the chicken stock, whisking vigorously to eliminate any lumps until the mixture thickens about 3 minutes. Add in the cheese in small handfuls, whisking after each addition until melted. Once cheese sauce is smooth, whisk in the contents of the blender. Salt to taste.
Serve the soup hot. Garnish as desired. Suggested garnishes—parsley, chives, bacon, more cheese, or pumpkin seeds. Mix and match to suit your tastes.
Yield: 6 – 8 servings
Variations: For vegans, make only the soup base and use a vegetable stock, garnish with parsley, vegan cheese, or a scoop of vegan sour cream. For dairy-free, make only the soup base and garnish with parsley, chives, or your favorite dairy-free cheese.
Gluten Free Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Cranberries and roasted pecans add a Thanksgiving twist in this classic appetizer. Easy to prepare a day in advance, these crowd pleasing appetizers are sure to wow your guests. As a bonus, these are safe for those who eat dairy free too. These pair great with the Blonde Ale or Tread Lightly Ale.
18 medium to large cremini or button mushrooms, caps and stems separated
½ lb. Italian sausage, mild or hot
2 tbsp. cornmeal
2 tbsp. pecans, roasted and finely minced
2 tbsp. dried cranberries, finely minced
1 egg white
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. olive oil
Preheat over to 325 degrees.
Put minced garlic and olive oil in a small bowl. Set aside.
Clean the and dry the mushrooms. Trim the mushroom stems and finely chop. Set aside. Hollow out each mushroom scrap, taking care to keep the cap intact. Reserve the scrapings with the mushroom stems.
Heat skillet over medium heat. Cook the sausage and reserved mushroom stems and scrapings until sausage is browned and cooked through, 6 -8 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Place sausage mixture
in a bowl. Stir in pecans, cranberries, and cornmeal. Stir in egg white until thoroughly combined.
Brush each mushroom cap with garlic and olive oil mixture. Stuff each cap with a generous spoonful of
sausage mixture. Place in baking pan or on cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes until mushrooms are cooked through and stuffing is golden
Serve with parsley garnish or sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Yield: 18 mushrooms, plan about 2 per person
Maya’s Gluten Free Apple Upside Down Cake
Turning the apple dessert upside down may become a new tradition at the table. At a party, New Planet founder
, Pedro Gonzalez, savored this cake made by a family friend, Maya.
In his words, “Maya is the maker of the best apple upside down gluten free cake. I paired it with the Blonde Ale, and wow! It was way beyond anything I expected.”
Maya advice, “the pan is the most important part, I have a wonderful old seasoned cast iron skillet.” She was generous enough to share her recipe with us. As Pedro recommends, pair this with the Blonde Ale.
6 tbsp. butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups apple, packed, chopped small
½ tsp. vanilla
¾ cup sugar
1 heaping cup Pamela’s baking mix
2 tbsp. water
Heat butter and brown sugar together in a heavy skillet until sugar is all melted. Cool. Arrange apple slices over the surface of the mixture. Beat eggs until very light. Beat in sugar gradually – add alternately the water and dry ingredients. Pour batter over apples.
Bake in 350 degree over about 40 minutes until cake is set. Turn out of skillet while hot.
Yield: 10 – 12 servings
Try one or all of these recipes and surprise your guests when you tell them it’s gluten free. You might just start
some new traditions at your table. And remember to stock up on your favorite New Planet beer to pair with
your meal. After all that cooking, you deserve a cold beer.
At New Planet, you, our uncompromising and discerning beer fans, are one of the reasons we are thankful.
Cheers to you and those you cherish!
About the author:
April DeMinco Serves cold New Planet with a smile at events. Gluten-free since 2007. Best beer friend is New Planet Pale Ale. Superpower is baking gluten-free treats and cupcakes. In constant pursuit of the perfect gluten-free donut.