Sunday, February 9, 2014

Oriental Chicken Salad

I think California Pizza Kitchen is the most well known but I have seen and had this dish at many restaurants.  I was in the mood but needed to make a dressing.  I had been putting it off until I had a kitchen full of ingredients.

I had actually prepared toppings for Pho soup but messed up the broth (I used some frozen oxtail and I think it was bad.)  Anyway, I had a ton of cut up cilantro, onions and other stuff.

What to do with the toppings?  Make a really yummy salad.  Many places use cabbage for their oriental chicken salad, but the nice thing about cooking at home is you can do what you and your taste buds want.

The salad consisted of:

Shredded Carrots and Daikon radish
Thin slice yellow onions
Roasted Peanuts
Mandarin orange slices
sliced grilled chicken that I had seasoned with salt and turmeric

For the dressing combine:

4 Tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar
4 Tablespoons of GF Hoisin Sauce (I use Premier Japan)
3 Tablespoons peanut butter (I use Earth Balance)
2 Tablespoons of brown sugar or agave nectar
2 teaspoons of sesame oil
1-2 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger (depends on your taste - we like ginger)
1-2 teaspoon of Siracha (I use Organicville)

Pretty easy.  I went a little heaving on the dressing, but it still tasted great.  It will give you enough dressing for about four salads.


The Un-Gluten Guy

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Gluten Free Recipe Knockoffs

There were two really good dishes I have had recently.  Both were good enough that I made them at home.  Both were easy to make at home.

First up roasted beet salad with micro arugula, feta cheese, hazelnut brittle and honey yogurt.  I had this appetizer at Island Prime which is one of the Cohn Restaurants in San Diego.  It is attached to C Level and you can see my blog post about their restaurant for more information.

We ate here after seeing the Grinch at the Old Globe Theater which is a great San Diego tradition if you are in town around the holidays.  The dish was delicious.

At home I roasted some red, yellow and zebra beets.  Arrange them on a plate.  Top with the brittle and micro arugula.  I found the arugula at a local farmer market.  As for the brittle, we did not have hazelnuts so I used pecans.  There are a ton of brittle recipes on the web but make sure you have a candy thermometer.  For the dressing I mixing some greek yogurt with honey until I liked the consistency.

Here it is.  It did not look as nice as their presentation but it tasted delicious.  You could easily substitute candied or even roasted nut instead of the brittle.  If you like beets your tasted buds will thank you.

Dish number 2 was a dish I had at the Harvester Gastropub.  This was a simple soup that fills the soul on a cold, wet day.

This was a hearty broth with roasted squash, escarole, red quinoa and feta cheese.  Cook red quinoa and set aside for later.  At home I made a vegetable broth.  I think it would go well with a mushroom broth but I believe they used some pork stock.  Cube the squash and roast it.  Sauté some shallots in a pot, add the broth then the escarole.  Add the roasted squash and cooked quinoa.  Ladle into a bowl and top with the cheese.

If you can get your hands on a Harvester IPA it goes great with the soup.

Enjoy and thanks to the chefs at Island Prime and Harvester Gastropub for their creations,

The Un-Gluten Guy

Saturday, February 1, 2014

SuperBowl 2014


There is not one other day where so many Americans will be parked in front of a t.v. and eat and drink and eat.  This year we are laying low and going to watch at home.  I might just spend all day in my pajamas.

In case you were wondering what to cook for you and your friends here is a short list of options.

1.  Super Easy Pulled Pork.  This is one of our regular recipes but it is great for the Super Bowl because  everyone can make a sandwich throughout the game.  You can even make pulled pork sliders by using Brazi Bites.

2.  What can serve along side the pulled pork?  Creamy Cole Slaw of course.

3.  Wings!!  You can't go wrong with Buffalo Wings.  Here is my simple recipe for the wings and sauce.

4.  Want something cheesy?  These Cheese Crisps are one of my kids favorites.  I guarantee if you make them they will disappear like a bag of potato chips and everyone will want more so keep the oven on.

5.  Dessert.  Flourless Chocolate Cake.  It couldn't be easier.

As for beer - I have one bottle left of Harvester IPA - and I'm not sharing.

Have fun, eat a lot and go Seahawks (Since my Eagles and Chargers are out I have to cheer for one team and since those Broncos beat the Chargers) Go Seahawks.

The Un-Gluten Guy