Lentil and Herb Stuffed Mushrooms

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Lentil and Herb Stuffed Mushrooms

 

Makes 6 servings
Free From gluten and all top 8 allergens

 

Lentils are said to resemble mini coins, and an abundance of these tiny edible legumes symbolizes wealth in the New Year. This rich and flavorful gluten-free appetizer can be prepared through Step 4 and chilled a day in advance. Just before your guests arrive, drizzle the stuffed caps with olive oil and bake.  To make vegan, omit the pancetta.

 

30 crimini mushrooms (2-3 inches wide)

4 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 1/2 oz (42 g) pancetta, diced (optional)

1/2 cup (120 mL) minced red onion

1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

1 tsp chopped fresh sage

pinch crushed red pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed

1/2 tsp salt + additional for mushroom caps

2 tbsp dairy-free, soy-free buttery spread

1 cup (250 mL) cooked lentils (1 15 oz can, drained)

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 cup (250 mL) gluten-free, allergen-free bread crumbs

1/2 cup (120 mL) shredded dairy-free, soy-free cheddar cheese alternative (such as Daiya)

freshly ground black pepper

paprika, for sprinkling

 

1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. With a dry paper towel, gently wipe dirt off mushrooms. Remove stems. Trim off the rough bottoms of stems. Finely chop remaining stem portions. Place mushroom caps, top-side down, on the prepared baking sheet.

3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan or a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pancetta and cook 2 minutes, stirring often. Add onion, thyme, sage and crushed red pepper and cook 2 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, while stirring. Add chopped mushroom stems and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Add buttery spread and stir to combine. Remove from heat.

4. In a medium bowl, mash 1/2 cup lentils until relatively smooth. Stir in remaining lentils, cooked mushroom mixture and parsley. Add bread crumbs, shredded cheese alternative, and a few turns fresh black pepper. Stir gently to combine.

5. Lightly sprinkle mushroom cap cavities with salt. Stuff each with a rounded tablespoon of lentil stuffing. Lightly sprinkle tops with paprika.

6. Drizzle stuffed mushrooms with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes, until mushroom are tender and filling is golden brown. Transfer to a platter and serve warm.

 

Lentil and Herb Stuffed Mushrooms © 2015 by Cybele Pascal

This recipe first appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Allergic Living Magazine

Gluten Free Mushroom Gravy

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Versatile Gluten-Free Mushroom Gravy

Versatile Gluten-Free Mushroom Gravy

 

Makes 3½ cups

Free From gluten and all top 8 allergens

 

This flavorful gravy is great on just about anything savory, but it was tailor-made for my Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes and Meatloaf Meatballs (recipes to follow). Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 1 week in an airtight container. If it thins in storage, whisk in a little more cornstarch and heat to thicken. ALSO GREAT FOR THANKSGIVING.

 

½ cup minced yellow onion

2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely minced

¼ tsp dried thyme

1 pound sliced mushrooms

¼ tsp salt

4 cups allergen-free beef stock (look for allergen-free brand), divided

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

freshly ground black pepper

 

1. Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté 1 minute, until starting to soften. Add garlic and thyme and sauté 30 seconds.

2. Reduce heat to medium, add mushrooms and salt. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms have cooked down and are browned.

3. Add 3 cups beef stock and bring to a simmer. In a medium bowl, whisk remaining 1 cup beef stock with cornstarch and drizzle into pot while whisking.  Simmer on medium-low heat, stirring often, until thickened, about 20 minutes.

4. Whisk in parsley. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve hot.

 

Versatile Gluten-Free Mushroom Gravy  © 2014 by Cybele Pascal

This recipe first appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Allergic Living Magazine

Grilled Tuscan Pork Loin

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Grilled Tuscan Pork Loin

 

Makes 6 servings

Free From gluten and all top 8 allergens

Enjoy summer dining al fresco with this Italian-inspired entrée. It pairs beautifully with panzanella (recipe coming later this week), a fresh tomato, basil and bread salad that can be prepared on the barbecue, right alongside the pork, with your favorite crusty gluten-free loaf. Also great with my Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad or my Allergy-Friendly Focaccia and simple greens.

 

Ingredients

2 1 lb pork tenderloins

1½ tbsp minced garlic (5 or 6 cloves)

1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

2 tsp chopped fresh thyme

1½ tsp grated lemon zest

½ tsp rubbed sage

½ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (4 lemons)

¼ cup honey

1 tbsp kosher salt

few turns freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

 

1. Rinse tenderloins and pat dry. Trim off silver membrane and place in a sealable 1-gallon plastic bag.

2. Combine garlic, rosemary, thyme, zest and sage in a small bowl. Whisk in lemon juice and honey until dissolved. Add salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Pour mixture into tenderloin bag. Squeeze out air and seal. Turn to ensure meat is well coated. Let marinate in refrigerator 4 hours or optimally overnight.

3. Remove pork from refrigerator. Heat grill on medium-high 10-15 minutes. Brush grates liberally with oil.

4. Pull tenderloins from marinade and place on preheated grill. Grill 4 minutes, lid closed, flip, grill 4 minutes, lid closed. Flip again, and grill 4 minutes, lid closed. Flip pork one more time, turn off heat, close lid and let rest on grill 6 minutes.

5. Transfer pork to a platter and let rest 5 minutes. Carve into ½-inch slices against the grain. It will be light pink in the center but well done on the ends. Serve with juices that have collected.

Grilled Tuscan Pork Loin © 2014 by Cybele Pascal

This recipe first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Allergic Living Magazine