Go Ahead Honey: Gluten Free Pesto Broccoli Potato Croquette Recipe

April 20th, 2008 yum Posted in Blog Event, Gluten Free Blogs, Go Ahead Honey, Hide your Veggies, Potatoes, Vegan, Vegetables, Web Event, leftovers 4 Comments »

croquette4.jpgsmcroquette.jpgI was fairly astonished to realize recently that there was actually a gluten-free blogging event going on that I somehow had failed to participate in. How could this be? The event in question is the “Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free” Event and was started by the very popular Naomi of Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried. The first event featured tea-party friendly fare, and the second featured Birthday Treats for Kids. This third one is almost the most fun, though, because it’s gone straight to the savory with a call for “finger-food” recipes. Oh, I suppose you could make a sweet dish if you like, but to me, finger food cries out for yummy garlic and crispy coatings… I had just happened across the entry and had it in mind when I went rummaging through my fridge for lunch one day. I found some leftover vegan basil pesto, dairy-free mashed potatoes, and some steamed broccoli. Hmmmm…. And so, these lovely gluten-free pesto-potato croquettes were born. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. And poor DH- he was at work and by the time he got home, not a single one was left! In the spirit of sharing, you might want to double the recipe, because if you like them as much as I did, you might not feel like sharing otherwise!

So, here is my inaugural post for the third edition of Go Ahead Honey, it’s Gluten-Free, hosted by Sheltie Girl at Gluten a Go Go.

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Broccoli Pesto Potato Croquette Recipe
Ingredients
2 cups leftover Mashed Potatoes (made with plain dairy free milk and dairy free margarine, salt and pepper), cold
1/8 cup dairy free homemade pesto (recipe in files)
1/8 cup steamed broccoli, cut into baby pieces, stem ok
1/8 sweet red pepper, diced
1 green onion (scallion), diced
freshly ground sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

italian seasonings, salt, and pepper
2 tbsp. teff flour or other whole grain GF flour

Olive oil

To serve:
Vegan mayonnaise, soy, or rice yogurt
sirachi sauce, gourmet ketchup, or chipotle sauce
Large lettuce leaves

Directions
Combine mashed potatoes, pesto, steamed broccoli, red pepper, and green onion, folding the broccoli in carefully so florets remain somewhat intact. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and add any additional spices to taste.

Heat nonstick frypan over medium-high heat and add a teaspoon or two of olive oil (for the nicest browning) and cover pan evenly. Shape your potato mash into balls and then flatten into a patty. If you like, you can combine the teff flour and seasonings and flour your patty OR you can just leave the croquette as is. Fry your patty until golden brown, turning over to get both sides evenly crispy and brown.

To serve as “finger food” provide your guests (or family) with large lettuce leaves to make a lettuce potato wrap, with a smidgen of aoli or vegan mayonnaise or other creamy sauce and a dab of “red” sauce (your choice). Or just enjoy plain!

Dairy Free Basil Pesto Recipe for Pizza or Pasta
Ingredients
2 cups basil leaves, destemmed, and packed tightly
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted (*Edited to have more nuts)
1/6 cup rice wine or cider vinegar
1/8 cup water
1/6 cup nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
2 cloves roasted garlic (bake with other dishes in the oven or use raw if you like)
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper

Your favorite gluten-free pizza recipe (from mix, scratch (carol fenster) or pre-made)

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender through the garlic, and pulse until ingredients are combined and chopped. Add olive oil in a steady stream with the machine on until you form a nice pesto paste. Scrape out pesto into a bowl and reserve.

Notes
Reserve one or two tablespoons of pesto for other recipes like my buckwheat grit pesto fries! You can use it for pizza:

Prepare your gluten-free pizza according to recipe and top with pesto. Add any other ingredients you like (olives? artichoke hearts? portabella mushroom slices?) and bake according to instructions. (Usually 10-15 minutes). Slice and enjoy!

Or for pasta:
Combine with gluten-free pasta, grilled veggies and plenty of pesto. Yum!

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The Vegetables You Love to Hide: Zucchini Crust Pizza Flatbread

June 14th, 2007 yum Posted in Hide your Veggies, Italian, Pizza, Vegetables, Vegetarian 26 Comments »

zucchinipizasquare.jpg I’m pretty sure we all have vegetables we love to hide. You know what I’m talking about. The vegetables that you’d just as soon not eat. The vegetable you had so many negative encounters with that just the memory of it makes you shudder. You can remember the yucky texture, the yucky flavor, the overwhelmingly yucky essence of it. And, now that you’re a grown up, you think you’re out of the danger zone and just maybe never have to eat that vegetable ever again, if you play your cards right. But a little part of you says- but… isn’t that vegetable good for me? Isn’t it gluten free and full of vitamins and minerals- so, shouldn’t I try to make it palatable somehow? My vegetable that I love to hate and love to hide is the zucchini. I remember it as the mushy squash tainting sautes and curries, the bland illegitimate child of the sweet pumpkin and bland cucumber- the squash that squishes in your teeth and has that underlying bitterness under its watery sweetness. Yes, I have had my fair share of traumatic zucchini experiences, to the point that I generally beg servers to just “leave it out! leave it out” of green thai curries or (if they will permit it) vegetable fajita stir fries.But, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, the farmer’s market is quite beguiling, and when I see the latest in season vegetable piled up so beautifully on the farmers’ tables, sometimes I just can’t resist them. Even when, in my secret hearts of hearts, I have serious doubts about their yum factor. I was astonished to find myself enjoying zucchini recently, along with the equally skeptical DH, in a delicious recipe for a grilled zucchini salad. This gave me hope- maybe zucchini could actually be a yum, prepared in the right way. As I was flipping through my Moosewood Cafe cookbook, I came across an intriguing recipe using zucchini as the base for a pizza crust. It combined cheese, zucchini, eggs, and just a little bit of flour, which meant to me that gluten probably played a minor role in the recipe and the flour could easily be exchanged with a gluten free flour. Also, the protein of the cheese and eggs combined would make the low protein content of the flour I chose inconsequential. So, I boldly went ahead with yet another sneaky wife attempt to get the DH to eat zucchini. Ok, I was also trying to trick myself into it, zucchinipizzapockets.jpgbut it’s more fun if the DH is involved in these little experiments. I made up my crust, baked it up and tried a little sliver before topping it. It was very, very good! Actually, it would have been good just like that as a cheesy “flatbread/quiche” type thing, but I wanted to really go all out, so I topped it with marinara sauce ,veggies, and cheese and baked it until it was almost unrecognizable as a zucchini dish. My face gave it away to DH, though, who right before he bit in, said “OK! What are you trying to hide in this dish???” He knows me too well. And, actually, he did guess that it was made from zucchini. But, that didn’t stop him from gobbling up the pizza and complaining when I tried to take part of his pizza. Apparently cheese will hide a multitude of sins, and this recipe turned zucchini from a yuck to a resounding yum, not unlike the magic of zucchini bread that transforms it into a moist, delicious, sweet bread ingredient. So, the next time you have a surplus of zucchini in your fridge that you would rather hide than eat, how about instead of making yet another sweet zucchini bread, trying it in a savory, delicious pizza crust or flatbread?

zucchinipizunb.jpg*Question of the week:
What Vegetable do you love to hide, and what dish do you hide it in? Recipes welcome…

(Please post as a comment for this blog entry- and save me from the spam monsters- I get so depressed reading and deleting posts about new cars, viagra, and medicines for ailments I’ve never heard of… I’d MUCH rather hear from my readers!!!)

Zucchini-Crust Pizza
Ingredients
olive oil and superfine brown rice flour to coat pan
2 cups packed grated zucchini (about 3 small zucchini)
2 egg whites (+1 egg yolk, optional)
1/4 cup +1 tbsp superfine brown rice flour or Bette Hagman Gluten free gourmet blend (I used the former, this time)
1/2 cup grated mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan
pinch of basil, marjoram, rosemary
Healthy sprinkling of pasta seasoning blend(I use trader joe’s)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato or basil pesto (optional!!!)

Topping ideas:
Thinly sliced tomato or marinara sauce (if will be eating immediately)
extra grated cheese
diced onion
thinly sliced garlic
sauteed mushrooms
diced green peppers
sliced olives

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and oil or spray pan of your choice and sprinkle with flour. If you want a thinner crust, use a pizza pan with slightly raised edges. If you want a thicker crust, it’s ok to use a jelly roll man or pie pan. A nonstick pan might be a good idea!

Mix together zucchini, eggs, flour, cheeses, herbs, seasoning, and 1 tbsp olive oil thoroughly. Bake until golden brown. (Cooking time will depend on thickness of crust, but around 35-40 minutes.) Halfway through baking you can brush with a little olive oil OR with pesto and place back in oven. Remove from oven when done, let rest and cool for 10 minutes and then carefully loosen from pan with your favorite spatula. *note: if you used a pan with tall sides this may be a challenge. Go slowly and use the right tool for the job! You can also cut the pizza into large “slices” if that will make it easier to get out of the pan. You should be able to completely remove pizza from pan at this point. (But leave it in the pan!) Top with whatever you like on your pizza and bake at 400 degrees f (or 350) until cheese is melted and golden brown but crust doesn’t burn.

Notes
Enjoy!

Also good with no toppings or as a white pizza, as a kind of flatbread/ focaccio.

PS Don’t use a pan like the one I used- it was a real pain getting it out of the pan.

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