Gluten Free Pot Stickers for Chinese New Year



In honor of Chinese New Year 2012, I thought I’d finally post this glorious recipe for Gluten-Free Gingery Pork Pot Stickers from Laura B. Russell’s new cookbook, The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen: Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces, and More, from Ten Speed Press(my publisher too!)  I’ve had this book for several months, but in my own crazy  frenzy to finish up my new cookbook, I haven’t had a chance to crack open anyone else’s, much less, try their recipes.   Until now.  And let me tell you how excited I am to get started cooking my way through this book.

First of all, I don’t often have serious cravings, but when I do, they are for Asian food. But so much of Asian cuisine is off limits to me, between my wheat allergy, my shellfish allergy, my fish allergy, and my tree nut allergy.  Gluten-free Asian food is often very hard to find, even if you can work your way around the other ingredients. Which makes this cookbook so special.  Laura’s beautiful collection is the first gluten-free cookbook to focus exclusively on Asian cuisine, highlighting the delacacies of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Of particular note in The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen is the helpful “Identifying Gluten Section”, which walks you through all the places you might find gluten hiding in your Asian food.  There is also a comprehensive sauce section, a really good guide to stocking your pantry, and one gorgeous photograph after another (styled by the brilliant Karen Shinto, who also styles my cookbooks).  I can’t wait to try the Porcupine Balls (p.48), the Red Curry Soup with Chicken and Rice Noodles (p.87), and the Yakuza Cucumber and Avocado Salad (p.119).  Literally, every page has me drooling.

A note to the soy allergic: this book is not for you. All others, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find many exciting new recipes, that have heretofore been off limits to you.  Thank you, Laura, for writing such a lovely book!


Gingery Pork Pot Stickers

makes 28 dumplings


1/2 cup tapioca flour (also called tapioca starch)

1/2 cup millet flour

1/2 cup sweet rice flour, plus plenty more for rolling out the dough

11/2 teaspoons xanthan gum

3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 cup boiling water

2 tablespoons cold water

3/4 pound ground pork

3 green onions, white and green parts, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari GF

1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

Soy Vinegar Dipping Sauce (page 26), for serving


To make the dough, stir together the tapioca flour, millet flour, sweet rice flour, xanthan gum, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Add the just-boiled water and stir with a fork to combine. Add the cold water and mix well until a dough starts to form. Use your hands to knead the dough together a few times—you can do this right in the bowl—and then form the dough into two balls. Transfer the dough to a large resealable bag until ready to use, up to several hours.

In a second bowl, combine the raw pork, green onions, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.

To form the dumplings, dust your hands, the counter, and a baking sheet with sweet rice flour. Roll one piece of the dough into a long rope, about 3/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into 14 pieces and put them back into the resealable bag. Repeat with the other ball of dough for a total of 28 pieces. The dough will dry out quickly; make sure it stays covered.

Keep plenty of sweet rice flour nearby (up to 1/2 cup) for dusting the counter and the rolling pin to prevent the dough from sticking. Working with one piece of dough at a time, flatten the dough into a circle with the heel of your hand. Using a small rolling pin—a small dowel works best—roll the dough into a 3- to 31/2-inch circle, turning the dough periodically to prevent sticking. (Alternately, put the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap and roll it into a circle.) Transfer the dumpling wrappers to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. (If you run out of space on the baking sheet, make a second layer separated by plastic wrap.)

Dust a dinner plate with sweet rice flour. Spoon a scant tablespoon of filling into the center of each wrapper. Dip two fingers in a small bowl of water and run them around half the circumference of each circle. (This is so the wet side can stick to the dry side.) Lift the sides, forming a half-moon shape around the filling; keep the bottom flat against your hand or the counter. Pinch the dough together at the top and then form two or three pleats along each side; press to seal. (Alternatively, if you have a dumpling press, use it to form and seal the dumplings.) Transfer the dumplings to the prepared plate. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to cook, up to 4 hours ahead.

In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 11/2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add half the dumplings to the pan and cook until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Holding the pan lid in one hand (to control splattering), add ?1/3 cup water to the pan and immediately cover it. Lower the heat to low and steam the dumplings until cooked through, ?8 to 10 minutes. Remove the lid and raise the heat to medium. Cook until the water evaporates and the bottoms of the dumplings are well browned, about 2 minutes longer. Repeat with the remaining dumplings and oil. Serve hot with the dipping sauce or a bowl of soy sauce GF.

Note: If you do not plan on eating the dumplings all at once (reheating them is fine, not great), freeze some of the uncooked dumplings for later. Freeze the dumplings on a plate or tray before transferring them to a freezer bag to keep them from sticking together. Add the dumplings to the pan straight from the freezer and increase the steaming time by 2 minutes.

heads up

The dish calls for Soy Vinegar Dipping Sauce. You can prepare it up to 1 week ahead.

Soy Vinegar Dipping Sauce

makes about 1/2 cup

1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari GF

3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar

11/2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

2–3 slices fresh jalapeño, or large pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Stir together all the ingredients in a small serving bowl. The dipping sauce will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for about 1 week with fresh jalapeño or 2 weeks with red pepper flakes.

Reprinted with permission from The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen: Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces, and More. Copyright © 2011 by Laura B. Russell. Published by Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press and the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. Photo Credit: Leo Gong.


Super Bowl White Bean Chili with Pure Chocolate Extract


I was intrigued when I got this recipe from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for Super Bowl Chili. Chili from a premium Vanilla extract company?  I looked over the recipe and quickly saw that in addition to being innovative, “White bean chili scores an extra point with Pure Chocolate Extract”, it appeared to be easy and allergy-free.  I emailed them right back to ask if their Chocolate Extract was allergy-friendly and gluten-free, and was told, “All Nielsen-Massey products are Allergen-Free and certified Kosher and Gluten-Free including the Pure Chocolate Extract.”.  “Really? How exciting!” I said to myself. “I’ll have to share this with my readers”. So here you are, I’m sharing this super chili bowl for Super Bowl Sunday.

WAUKEGAN, ILL. (January 17, 2012) – Every sports fan knows that the Super Bowl not only involves great football, commercials and an extravagant half-time performance, but the game day grub often becomes the MVP of Super Bowl Sunday.

Chili, along with finger-licking appetizers, sandwiches and desserts, can become a menu that will keep everyone happy — even fans of the losing team. Nielsen-Massey Vanillas Pure Chocolate Extract is a secret ingredient that can take a bowl of chili from mediocre to memorable.

Pure Chocolate Extract offers the full depth of dark chocolate, made from the finest cocoa beans. It can be used to add an extra measure of chocolate flavor to dishes that have a chocolate base or can bring a top note to sauces, chili and other spicy foods. It goes exceptionally well with chile peppers, tomatoes and legumes, making it a great pair to the Hearty White Bean Chili recipe below.

“In my house Super Bowl Sunday means family, friends and food. As the chef for the day, I always use our pure flavors and vanillas to create appetizers, main dishes and desserts,” said Craig Nielsen, chief executive officer of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.

The recipe below puts a twist on the ultimate Super Bowl dish that will have fans requesting seconds at halftime.

Hearty White Bean Chili

Serves 6

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, medium dice
1 cup finely diced onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup organic chicken stock
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (7-ounce) can diced green chiles
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons dried organic parsley
1 tablespoon dried organic oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
1 (15-ounce) can white kidney beans, drained
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Daiya “Cheddar”, “Mozzarella”, or “Pepper Jack” (my innovation) or freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until brown. Remove the chicken from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion to the sauté pan and cook until caramelized, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wood spoon to deglaze.

Pour the stock mixture into a large saucepot and add the cooked chicken, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chiles, cumin, parsley, oregano, cayenne pepper and salt. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chocolate extract and white kidney beans. Cook for 10 minutes.

Ladle the chili into soup bowls and garnish with the cheese.

Note: Caramelization cooks the naturally occurring sugars in food and improves their flavor and appearance.

Deglaze means to stir a liquid, usually wine, in a sauté pan to loosen the cooked food particles from the pan.

About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar and Certified Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Beans.

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas also has a line of Pure Flavors: Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Almond Extract, Pure Orange Extract, Pure Lemon Extract, Pure Coffee Extract, Pure Peppermint Extract, Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water. All Nielsen-Massey products are Allergen-Free and certified Kosher and Gluten-Free. The company is headquartered in Waukegan, Illinois, with production facilities in Waukegan and Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

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For more information about Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, contact:
Gardi Wilks,
Savor – The Food Agency, 847-556-7511


Allergy Friendly Friday 12/23/11


Allergy Friendly Friday

I have an admission. I forgot today was Friday.  What? Yes, it’s true.  Amidst the last minute wrapping, and cookie baking, and running out for stocking suffers, I totally forgot what day it was.  It’s been a very busy week. I turned in the first draft of my new cookbook, Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking (out November, 2012). And I scrambled across the country with my two kids and my cat (we got searched at security, not once, but twice, because I was traveling with baking ingredients, which all look VERY suspicious).  But I’m back on track, just in the nick of time. It’s still Friday, phew, and I can select a few of the choicest of all the very choice allergy-friendly Hannukah, Christmas, and Quanza recipes you’ve all posted over the past two weeks. (more…)