Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Shrimp and Mushroom Ramekins - Gluten and Sugar-Free

 My notes on this recipe of Joseph's are simple: "Awe-inspiring."

Something about sherry, shrimp, cheese, and mushrooms sends me (Lianne) over the moon. And the creamy sauce is gluten-free! Yay!

Shrimp and Mushroom Ramekins
Serves 2

8 oz. frozen cooked shrimp, tail off
3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
4 to 6 oz. large oyster mushrooms, cut in 1/2-inch chunks
1 scallion, sliced
2 tablespoons white rice flour
1/3 cup Homemade Chicken Stock
1/8 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 shakes of ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dry sherry
Sliced goat cheddar (or cheese of your choice)

Defrost shrimp under running water for a few minutes. Set aside. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees.

In medium-sized skillet, over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the ghee. Add mushrooms and scallion and cook until soft. Add another tablespoon of ghee and gradually stir in the rice flour, stirring constantly into a smooth paste. While stirring, gradually add chicken stock, mustard, then cream. Turn off heat.

Add sherry, salt, and pepper. Divide the shrimps into two oven-proof, individual ramekins (about 1 1/2 to 2-cup size). Divide sauce between them. Place cheese slices on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Serve with green salad, and Japanese noodles or other carbohydrate of your choice on the side, with fresh fruit for dessert. Serves 2.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Fresh Apricot Breakfast Pudding - Gluten and Sugar Free!

 It's apricot season! 

This breakfast dish is full of juicy and tangy bits of fresh apricot, surrounded by a chewy-soft pudding. The perfect use for not-quite-ripe or overripe apricots.

And it's one of the simplest of all of Joseph's breakfast pudding recipes!

 Fresh Apricot Breakfast Pudding
 Serves 2 or more

1 T. ghee to melt in baking dish
4 fresh apricots, approx. 8 oz. when pitted (leave skin on)
Zest of one fresh lemon
1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla bean, or 1 teaspoon Homemade Vanilla
5 eggs + 1 yolk
3 of the tiny scoops found inside a bottle of Trader Joe’s 100% Pure Organic Stevia Extract, or 3/64ths of a teaspoon (read how to use and measure stevia here)
1/2 cup Minute Tapioca, uncooked

Follow the basic directions for creating a steam bath and baking a steamed pudding here. 

After melting the ghee in your glass baking dish in the steam bath, arrange sliced, thick wedges of two apricots around the bottom of the dish. Grind the other two apricots in the blender with the remaining ingredients, adding tapioca at the end while the blender is running. Then quickly pour into the baking dish or the tapioca will settle on the bottom. 

Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. Serves 2 for a complete breakfast, or more for dessert.