The Tomato Tart http://www.thetomatotart.com Handmade, Homemade, Gluten Free, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:47:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 One Pot Braised Chicken With Mushrooms http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/one-pot-braised-chicken-mushrooms/ http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/one-pot-braised-chicken-mushrooms/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 03:47:57 +0000 http://www.thetomatotart.com/?p=5892 This easy one-pot braised chicken with mushrooms is a perennial favorite. With white wine, herbs, and lemon, this healthy dish is gluten free, grain free, dairy free, paleo, and totally delicious!

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You need to try this one! Kick back and relax while you let your oven do the work for you. NOM!

One-pot braised chicken legs with mushrooms and white wine. A healthy, simple, paleo-friendly, dinner.

Braised Chicken with mushrooms– an easy, beautiful, and comforting one pot meal. Herbs, spices, wine, and lemon make this dish bright and unexpected. With only about 20 minutes of active time, you’ll have an hour to relax with a glass of wine and a book while it’s in the oven. Jump Straight to the Recipe.

ONE POT BRAISED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS

Some evenings, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in my kitchen. On those occasions, I futz around for an hour or two working on new recipes or prepping for the following day’s meals.

One-pot braised chicken legs with mushrooms and white wine. A healthy, simple, paleo-friendly, dinner.

Then there are other nights when all I want to do is decompress from my day while snuggling with my husband and our fuzzy brood. After a long day, it’s hard to resist puppy kisses, purrs, and a comfy sofa. I mean, how could I possibly say no to this smile?

Pitbull Smiles

 

On those “I don’t wanna cook” days, I often turn to the simple dishes I grew up with— the stews and braises that appeared on the table as if by magic. My mother called all of her braised chicken dishes “Poulet en Cocotte”— which is just French for Chicken in a Pot, so I suppose she was correct.

One-pot braised chicken legs with mushrooms and white wine. A healthy, simple, paleo-friendly, dinner.

Whether you call it Poulet en Cocotte, Coq au Vin Blanc, Braised Chicken with Mushrooms, or just plain ol’ Chicken Stew, you really should call it dinner.


 

A note about the stunning Dutch oven and the knives in these photos- they were very generously provided by Staub cookware and Zwilling J.A. Henckels.

I have always longed for a Staub Dutch Oven, and this one has been such a sheer pleasure to own. I am grateful to Staub for spoiling me with such a lovely gift. Though I was provided this beautiful oval cocotte, I was not required to post about it. My opinions are my own and are never for sale, but that oval cocotte is, and the holidays are right around the corner!

One-pot braised chicken legs with mushrooms and white wine. A healthy, simple, paleo-friendly, dinner.

BRAISED CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS

One Pot Braised Chicken With Mushrooms

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This recipe for braised chicken legs calls for a quick sauté of the chicken and the mushrooms, and the sautéing really does give a depth of flavor that I love. But if you’re really strapped for time or drained of energy, go ahead and just throw everything in the pot. You won’t get that round, browned flavor, but it will still be delicious. In the same vein, the final step calls for resting the chicken for 10 or so minutes while you reduce your sauce. Again, you could skip that step, in a pinch. I 100% support self-care, and sometime self-care means dumping everything in a pot while you do other stuff. I guarantee that whatever you make is going to be better than frozen pizza or your local drive through. With a flexible recipe like this, the level of effort isn’t that much greater than either!
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken legs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ tablespoon dry mustard
  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 lb crimini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 lb small onions, quartered
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 4 sprigs of parsley
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca or arrowroot starch (optional)
Instructions
  1. Season chicken legs with salt, pepper, dry mustard, and smoked paprika and rest on the counter for 15 minutes to one hour (or in the fridge overnight)
  2. Preheat your oven to 350º. In a heavy-lidded pot or Dutch oven over medium heat on the stove, brown chicken on both sides.
  3. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the chicken fat into a bowl. Brown mushrooms in the remaining chicken fat. Work in batches to avoid crowding. Add a bit more chicken fat with each new batch of mushrooms (as needed). Remove all the mushrooms from the Dutch oven. (Save the leftover chicken fat for up to two weeks in the fridge. It’s amazing for roasting potatoes.)
  4. Add stock, wine, and lemon juice to the pot, using a wooden spoon to scrape up all of the browned bits from the bottom. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Keep at a rolling boil for 5 minutes then add the onions, mushrooms, chicken, lemon peel, and thyme. Cover, and cook in the oven for 1 hour.
  5. Remove chicken and vegetables to a large bowl and cover with foil. Bring the liquid in the pot to a boil and cook until reduced by half. If you’d like a thicker sauce, you can add two tablespoons of tapioca mixed with 2 tablespoons of cold water and whisk .
  6. Sprinkle the finished dish with fresh parsley. Serve over mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash.

 

 

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Coffee & Macadamia Baked Brie http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/gluten-free/baked-brie-coffee-macadamia/ http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/gluten-free/baked-brie-coffee-macadamia/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:46:35 +0000 http://www.thetomatotart.com/?p=5883 This unforgettable take on baked brie is inspired by the flavors of Hawaii. Ooey gooey warm brie is topped with dark coffee syrup, macadamia nuts, and fresh strawberries. Every bite is a study in balanced, contrasting flavors. The best part is that my Hawaiian Baked Brie is beyond easy and on the table in 15 minutes!

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Baked Brie with Coffee, Macadamia Nuts, and Strawberries

Baked Brie with Coffee, Macadamia Nuts, and Strawberries

Coffee Macadamia Baked Brie

This unique spin on baked brie is inspired by the flavors of Hawaii. Ooey gooey warm brie is topped topped with dark coffee syrup, macadamia nuts, and fresh strawberries. Every bite is a study in balanced, contrasting flavors. The best part is that my Hawaiian Baked Brie is beyond easy and on the table in 15 minutes! Jump Straight to The Recipe

August 28th, 1999, I met a really cute boy at a bar. Little did I know, that six years later—to the day, we’d be married on the island of Maui. I’ll never forget the look on Joshua’s face during the ceremony. He was so serious that my heart exploded into a thousand tiny pieces. At the end, Pastor Lucky blew the conch and it was time to party. The ukulele player sang tiny bubbles as we toasted with our pineapple champagne and chatted with our guests as we munched on a beautiful macadamia-topped baked brie.

Wedding Cake in Hawaii

When the good people of San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee asked me to create a recipe that celebrated coffee and Hawaii, I toyed with a lot of ideas even going so far as to develop and shoot one of the other dishes. But my first idea, the idea of a coffee and macadamia baked brie, just wouldn’t leave me alone. So, I came back to it, and I am I so glad I did.

How to make baked brie with nuts, fruit, and sweet syrup

This coffee macadamia baked brie is inspired by my Hawaiian wedding in 2005. Brie, coffee, macadamias, and strawberries may seem an unlikely combination, but I assure you, it is extraordinary. A rich, dark, coffee syrup plays with sweetness, acidity, and roastiness. The macadamias give fantastic crunch, and the strawberries act as a bright element to balance the richness of the brie.

Baked Brie with Coffee, Macadamia Nuts, and Strawberries

You won’t find an easier or more elegant appetizer. You can have it on the table in 15 minutes from start to finish. I am really excited for you to try it!

Coffee and Macadamia Baked Brie

I am also excited to be working with San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee– in part because I love their coffee, but also because I believe in what this family company stands for. Three generations of the Rogers family are now working together to create delicious coffee and a culture of social good. Since the 1980s, San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee has donated money to build homes and schools to help improve the lives of coffee growers and pickers. From their first donation of $20,000 to $1.7 million in 2015, San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee walks the talk.

Coffee Macadamia Baked Brie

August is National Coffee Month, and to celebrate, San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee is giving away a trip to Kona, Hawaii. The winner will even get to visit their coffee farm and their gorgeous coffee bar in Kona! You have to hurry though- entries close at midnight. I would love to see a reader from The Tomato Tart win a trip to Hawaii. I won’t even make you take me as your plus one.

Sabrina and Joshua Get Married

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Coffee and Macadamia Baked Brie

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This simple appetizer has only a few ingredients, but it’s sure to wow anyone who tastes it! Because there are so few ingredients, each one matters. Choose a mild triple cream brie that is still firm and not too ripe or stinky-- I used Cowgirl Creamery's Mt. Tam. For the coffee syrup, I used the San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee French Roast and coconut sugar to keep it refined-sugar free. If you like, you can use an equal amount of dark brown sugar (not packed!) to replace the coconut sugar. My macadamias were roasted and lightly salted, but you could use unsalted if you prefer.
Ingredients
  • 1 wheel of mild brie
  • 4 oz strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • ⅓ cup macadamia nuts
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350º
  2. Slice the top rind off your brie—removing as little as possible. Put the top back on and place in a small oven-safe baking dish that is pretty enough to serve in. Bake for 7 minutes.
  3. How to make baked brie
  4. While cheese is in the oven, put coffee, coconut sugar, salt and pepper in a heavy bottom sauce pan and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Boil for one minute, then turn heat to medium and continue to reduce the syrup.
  5. How to make baked brieRemove cheese from oven and remove the top rind. Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of syrup over the brie, top with macadamias and another drizzle of syrup, then add diced strawberries and another drizzle of syrup. Return to oven for 5 more minutes and serve immediately.
  6. Hot to make Hawaiian Baked Brie

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Lightened Up Polish Cucumber Salad (Mizeria) http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/lightened-polish-cucumber-salad-mizeria/ http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/lightened-polish-cucumber-salad-mizeria/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:11:57 +0000 http://www.thetomatotart.com/?p=5809 This Polish cucumber salad is lighter than the original, but you would never know it. Rich, creamy, and refreshing at the same time. It's not summer without this creamy cucumber salad.

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Try this healthier version of Polish Cucumber Salad!

Polish Cucumber Salad Lighter & Skinny but just as delicious as ever!

Food, family, and memory are inextricably tied when you come from a family like mine- where food was a central component to every birthday, every holiday, every chance possible. This recipe for creamy Polish cucumber salad is completely tied to my Uncle Fred Swiderski. Now, I thought it was called Polish Cucumbers because my Uncle Fred loved them and he is Polish. Little did I know that Mizeria or Polish Cucumber Salad is a pretty big deal in Poland.

Polish Cucumber Salad Lighter & Skinny but just as delicious as ever!

Mizeria literally translates to misery because Polish peasants invented the dish and the upper class referred to them as “The Miserable Ones”. There is nothing at all miserable about this fabulous cucumber salad. My love for this salad reaffirms my belief that peasant food is the best food.

Joshua and I eat Polish cucumber salad at least once a week in the summer when cucumbers are abundant and local- a perfect picnic dish, a refreshing side, or a great little lunch. I’ve lightened things up by choosing low fat Greek yogurt rather than sour cream. You can certainly use sour cream or even crème fraiche for a treat.

Polish Cucumber Salad Lighter & Skinny but just as delicious as ever!

Another way I’ve strayed from my original family recipe is to use Gourmet Garden Herbs and Spices in place of the fresh. I’ve used the dill paste and the lightly dried chives. Dill is an essential component to this cucumber salad and I can’t imagine eating this without the bright fresh punch of dill. Since I don’t use dill very often, it’s not an herb I grow. It’s also an herb with a short shelf life, and I hate food waste. I always have a tube of the Gourmet Garden Dill on hand because when you need dill in a recipe, there is really no other substitute. OH, and if you can get Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Chives in your neck of the woods, RUN do not walk. I put these on everything. They might be my favorite kitchen time saver in the whole wide world!

Uncle Fred Swiderski with Gilda SwiderskiThis week is my Uncle Fred’s birthday. I believe this is his 96th year. Although he’s been unwell for a couple of months, he is one of the strongest, kindest, funniest men I’ve ever known and I hope he’ll be back to health soon. Known around town for building a wall of boulders in his 80s, randomly rescuing the king and queen of Thailand in his boat, and singing a rousing rendition of “The Night They Invented Champagne” this guy is incredible. Loved and admired by EVERYONE who ever met him is the best way I can describe my Uncle Fred. Here’s to feeling better. Love you, Uncle Fred!

Polish Cucumber Salad Lighter & Skinny

Lightened Up Polish Cucumber Salad (Mizeria)

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This healthy and gorgeous cucumber salad is a snap to put together. It's a fabulous side for a picnic or barbecue and goes great with rich or spicy food, too.
Ingredients
  • This recipe for Polish Cucumber Salad will feed a crowd. Feel free to halve or quarter it.
  • 4 large cucumbers straight from the fridge, peeled in a stripey fashion and thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Gourmet Garden Herbs and Spices Dill (or 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill)
  • 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Chives (or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup low fat Greek yogurt (whole milk or nonfat will also work)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, toss cucumbers with salt. Top with the remaining ingredients and and stir to coat. Serve ice cold. May be made up to 12 hours ahead of time.

 

 

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Paleo Slow Cooker Chili http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/paleo-slow-cooker-chili/ http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/paleo-slow-cooker-chili/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 04:34:33 +0000 http://www.thetomatotart.com/?p=3783 This paleo chili is beyond delicious. Best of all, it's full of healthy grass fed meats and local veggies. Oh, and I did mention you make this paleo chili in the slow cooker?!

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This slow cooker Texas chili is full of healthy grass fed meats, peppers, and heirloom tomatoes. It's easy, healthy, and oh so tasty!

This slow cooker Texas chili is full of healthy grass fed meats, peppers, and heirloom tomatoes. It's easy, healthy, and oh so tasty!

Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

This chili is made right in the crock pot. Full of healthy grass fed meats, lots of chilies, and garden fresh tomatoes, this paleo slow cooker chili can’t be beat! Jump Straight to the Recipe

In my Californian naïveté, I assumed that the great chili debate was simply a question of “to bean, or not to bean”. Apparently, I was wrong. Feelings run deep and they run hot over the “right” kind of chili powder, whether or not tomatoes can be added, to use ground meat or stew cuts, and don’t even get folks started on where chili actually originated.

chilies-chopped

Growing up, chili was one of the few things that came out of a can. My mother, being from France, wasn’t what you’d call skilled in the art of southwestern cooking. My dad, well he just wasn’t real skilled at cooking at all (except for the world’s best scrambled eggs, burgers, steaks, and potatoes). I can’t say where or when I first ate chili, but I know I’ve loved it since I was a small girl. The other kids ordered French toast or Belgian Waffles at our local breakfast spot (hey hey, Millbrae Pancake House). Me, I never strayed from my favorite breakfast, Chili Corn Pancakes.

This slow cooker Texas chili is full of healthy grass fed meats, peppers, and heirloom tomatoes. It's easy, healthy, and oh so tasty!

I first started making chili when I became a vegetarian at 16. Spicy black bean chili was a major staple of my diet. It usually consisted of canned black beans, fresh tomatoes, chiles, onions, and spices. I still love black bean chili, though my recipe has evolved over the years to be a tad more complex.

 

My first taste of Texas  chili was in 2002 during a road trip to eastern Colorado. The savory spicy meat bomb was a revelation, and (I thought) a lark. It took me years to realize that Texas-style chili existed outside of that awesome diner in Colorado (I know, I know). Last March, for the very first time, I made Texas chili. It knocked my socks and the socks of my friends- off.

 

I promised in this post that I would make the chili again and share the recipe. I didn’t expect that I’d take nearly a year and a half to do it. I was inspired to make this chili by an amazing haul from my friend Annie’s garden. I stopped by for a visit and left with bags upon bags of the most succulent tomatoes, bright shiny chilies and freshly picked onions and garlic. I’m lucky to have a friend like Annie, and not just for her generous gifts of produce.

Paleo Chili Recipe

Paleo Chili Recipe

While chili in summer would have once a daunting thought, my slow cooker has made things much easier. I stood over a hot stove for all of 20 minutes- just long enough to brown my gorgeous grass-fed meats. If you don’t have a slow-cooker, you can do this on the stove top too. I love it served over a bed of mashed sweet potatoes which is decidedly un-Texan, but what can I say… I’m a California girl at heart.

This slow cooker Texas chili is full of healthy grass fed meats, peppers, and heirloom tomatoes. It's easy, healthy, and oh so tasty!

 


Paleo Texas Chili Recipe in the Slow Cooker

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This slow cooker chili is our go-to recipe. The beef and pork stew meats are cooked until they're soft and melty and the tomatoes, chilies, and spices form a deep rich chile broth, No beans in this bad boy- so it's paleo, gluten free, and grain free.
Ingredients
  • 4lbs grass fed stew meat cut into 1.5 in cubes
  • 2lbs pastured pork shoulder cut into 1.5 in cubes
  • 2.5lbs tomatoes (I used a wide variety of organic heirlooms) coarsely chopped, juices reserved.
  • 2 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1lb various fresh chilies (I used anaheims, poblanos, gypsy peppers, curly banana peppers, and a couple of very hot purple Chinese chilies), coarsely chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 dried chipotles finely chopped (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika (your choice of hot or mild)
  • 3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • (plus more salt and pepper for seasoning meat and seasoning at the end )
Instructions
  1. Season meat with salt and pepper then rest on the counter for about one hour so it comes to room temperature.
  2. Working in batches or in multiple pans, sear meat over medium-high heat. Turning each piece every 3-5 minutes until all sides are browned.  Be sure not to crowd the pan.
  3. Paleo Chili Recipe
  4. In a large bowl, toss tomatoes and their juices with the garlic, chipotles, paprika, cocoa powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  5. Chopped Heirloom Tomatoes
  6. Place chopped onions at the bottom of the slow cooker, in another layer, add chilies, top with the browned meat, then finally top with the tomato and spice mixture.
  7. chilies-chopped
  8. Turn your slow cooker on low and cook for 10 hours. During the last hour, remove the lid to thicken the sauce. Give it one more taste and season as needed.
  9. Serve with traditional chili toppings. We used raw milk cheddar,  red onion, and cilantro.

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Paleo Chili Recipe

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Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/healthy-carrot-cake-smoothie/ http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/healthy-carrot-cake-smoothie/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 18:18:32 +0000 http://www.thetomatotart.com/?p=5787 Boring smoothies are so last year! Spice things up with this carrot cake smoothie. Not only is it DELICIOUS, it's healthy, gluten free, paleo, vegan and has no added sugar!

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This healthy carrot cake smoothie is gluten free, vegan, and paleo with no added sugar. Have your carrot cake and eat it too!

Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie
This healthy vegan carrot cake smoothie is an awesome departure from the norm. Full of vitamins, fiber, and heart-healthy fats, this smoothie has no added sugar and is completely paleo. If you have five minutes in the morning, a healthy breakfast is at your fingertips. Jump Straight to the Recipe.

Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie (GF, Paleo)

When I Googled the word,  “smoothie” today, I was met with an array of wild smoothie news. Did you know that was a thing?

Here’s what I mean:

Moby, the musician and DJ,  drinks a daily vegan green smoothie. He credits it with saving his life during his former cocaine-fueled days.

In a story that I’m pretty sure is the literal opposite of Moby’s, this lady, used a smoothie to kill her husband.

But the weirdest smoothie story I ready today was about a medicinal smoothie that’s very popular in Bolivia and Peru (nope, this isn’t Moby’s old cocaine smoothie recipe). This smoothie’s magic ingredient is the endangered Titicaca frog. Oh no! People, please don’t eat endangered animals in your smoothie. There are better ways to get your daily dose of vitamins!

Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie IngredientsI heart smoothies, but…

Healthy smoothies are more popular than ever. People go wild with beautiful layers and fabulous toppings. As much as I love looking at those stunning creations, In the real world, my real world, mornings don’t really allow for pretty layers or intricate toppings, but that doesn’t mean my breakfasts are dull.
Recently I was thinking of upping my smoothie game and the idea of a carrot cake smoothie came to mind. Now, I don’t mean I take a carrot cake and blend it up and drink it because… well gross. (Although not as gross as a Titicaca frog smoothie) Instead of actual carrot cake, I’m embracing the flavors of carrot cake. Turns out, those flavors are great for a smoothie. Carrots, ginger, cinnamon, coconut, peacan, raisin, & pineapple? YUM!

Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie

I teamed up with Gourmet Garden to create this vegan carrot cake smoothie and oh my goodness, am I in love. I used lots of Lightly Dried Ginger in mine because I like it spicy. The raisins and pineapple add the perfect hint of sweetness. The almond milk and coconut make this a creamy carrot cake dream, but if you wanted to make it even creamier, you could use coconut milk. It’s vegan, gluten free, paleo, and of course, totally natural- I have to wonder if Moby would like it. I’m going to go ahead and say yeah, Moby would totally dig it.

BTW, Moby has a new memoir out, called Porcelain. I heard him talking about it on NPR yesterday and he was lovely. I’m going to pick up a copy of it for some summer reading.

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Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie

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The flavors of carrot cake morph into a healthy vegan smoothie. Carrots, ginger, coconut, cinnamon, and pineapple all come together to make a fast and delicious breakfast.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and thinly silced
  • 1.5 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 8 pecan halves (about 2 tablespoons if used chopped)
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Ginger
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. I garnished this one with some shredded carrots and a bit of chopped pecan.

 

Check out these awesome gluten free & vegan recipes featuring carrots!

Carrot Cake Waffles from The Crunchy Chronicles

Roasted Carrot Dip (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30) from The Tomato Tart

Caramelized Onion and Carrot Soup from The Tomato Tart

Thai Carrot Salad from Minimalist Baker

Gluten Free Vegan Carrot Cake from Give Me Some Oven

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Spicy Roasted Carrot “Hummus”: Veggie Dip Recipe http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/carrot-veggie-dip-recipes/ http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/carrot-veggie-dip-recipes/#respond Sun, 22 May 2016 02:19:24 +0000 http://www.thetomatotart.com/?p=5766 This spicy roasted carrot “hummus” isn’t actually hummus at all because it doesn’t contain chickpeas, but that doesn’t stop this from being one of the tastiest vegan & gluten free appetizers in your arsenal.

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The BEST dip ever! It's healthy, but tastes super decadent. Vegan, gluten free, paleo, Whole30 compliant crazy addictive! The BEST dip ever! It’s healthy, but tastes super decadent. Vegan, gluten free, paleo, Whole30 compliant crazy addictive!

Roasted Veggie Dip Recipe : Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Allergy Friendly, DELICIOUS!
This spicy roasted carrot “hummus” isn’t actually hummus at all because it doesn’t contain chickpeas, but that doesn’t stop this from being one of the tastiest vegan & gluten free appetizers in your arsenal. It’s big on flavor, a nutritional heavy hitter, but light on calories. Since it’s vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and allergy-friendly, so make this veggie dip recipe and you’ll have something for everyone at the party! Jump Straight to the Recipe

I just dropped Joshua off at the airport. As I watched him walk away in his plaid button-down, pulling his grey suitcase, I got all kinds of mushy. Truth be told, it’s usually him watching me as I head off to conferences, retreats, or sponsored travel. There is something about airports that fills me with gentle melancholy- even when I’m looking forward to wherever I’m going. Airports are full of emotion, from excitement to trepidation and from joyous hellos to longing goodbyes.

This morning, about an hour after he left for work, Joshua texted me “I miss you already”. It’s no wonder I hardly let the guy out of my sight for the past 17 years. It feels so strange to say 17 years. Perhaps by the time I get used to hearing 17, it will be another year.

You have to try this Roasted Veggie Dip Recipe : Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Allergy Friendly, DELICIOUS!

While I’m missing him already, there are some things I love about being alone. The big one is sleeping alone in a king sized bed. Well, not really alone since I let all the animals sleep with me when he’s gone. I’m also planning to listen to all the music he hates on full blast. Mostly early girl-fronted R&B like Wynona Carr  and corny rockabilly like Janis Martin.

Oh the other thing I always do when I’m flying solo is eat like a bachelorette. There will be salad, and eggs, tea and toast, maybe a mug cake and of course chocolate. Also, this roasted carrot dip = a meal.

You have to try this Roasted Veggie Dip Recipe : Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Allergy Friendly, DELICIOUS!

I love everything about this roasted carrot dip. It’s thick and creamy, a little spicy, a bit nutty, and super pretty. Think hummus without the beans or tahini. I brought this to my friend Papabear’s house last weekend and he was shocked to learn that there was no tahini and it was garbanzo-less too. “What the what?”

You have to try this Roasted Veggie Dip Recipe : Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Allergy Friendly, DELICIOUS!

My other favorite story about this carrot dip is that I was teaching some produce-focused cooking classes last fall. One of the programs was all about carrots. I made carrot mac and cheese, carrot top ranch dressing, and this carrot “hummus”. One day, I had two classes scheduled. I made huge batches of the mac and cheese, but made a smaller batch of the spicy carrot dip. Well, boy was I mistaken when I thought the kids wouldn’t be too into my veggie dip recipe. I had to use the entire batch I’d made for the kids + the stuff I was saving for the adult program. You can’t imagine how awesome it is to see kids dipping raw carrots into roasted carrot dip and asking for more. I completely ran out!

roasted-carrot-spread

This roasted carrot dip is vegan, gluten free, nut free, paleo, and even Whole30 compliant. It uses ingredients I always have on hand. You probably have most of them too- except maybe the pepitas. If you don’t know pepitas, they’re just hulled pumpkin seeds. You can find them at many grocery stores. I usually buy mine at Trader Joes or at the Mexican market down the road. They taste nutty and delicious. If you haven’t tried them, holy cow, get out and get some! They’re great on salads, as a crunchy topping for soup, or just eating out of hand.

I’ve been making this for a few years now, and this Mexican-inspired version is the one I knew I had to share with you. I mean, I’ll share the recipe, but don’t ask me to share the dip! Luckily, since I’m solo this weekend, I don’t actually have to share my roasted carrot dip with anyone at all.

You have to try this Roasted Veggie Dip Recipe : Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Allergy Friendly, DELICIOUS!

Spicy Roasted Carrot “Hummus”: Veggie Dip Recipe

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Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients
  • 3 lbs carrots, peeled
  • ½ large red onion thickly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, thickly sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup raw green pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • ½ cup olive oil (divided)
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley or cilantro (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On the baking sheet, toss carrots, onion slices, and jalapeño with one tablespoon of olive oil and spread out so that nothing is touching. Check the onions and jalapeños after 20 minutes and remove if they are cooked through and soft. Turn the carrots and cook for another 25-30 minutes. They are done when they’re caramelized and quite soft.
  2. In a  food processor, pulse pumpkin seeds, olive oil, and fresh herbs (if using) until the mixture is creamy with a bit of texture- not unlike chunky peanut butter. Add the carrots, olive oil, onions, jalapeños (if using), cumin, lime juice, and salt and process until smooth and creamy. I stop just short of completely smooth as I love a bit of texture, but you can keep processing until completely smooth. Serve with crudités, chips, crackers, or spread on toast for a fabulous treat. If you like, you can add a little drizzle of herbed olive oil and some toasted pepitas on top!

Need More Delicious Carrot Recipes?

Carrot Cake Dip from Food, Faith, Fitness

Carrot Ginger Dressing from The Tomato Tart

Carrot Top Pesto from Healthy Nibbles & Bits

Lightened Up Carrot Cake from Ambitious Kitchen

Vegan Carrot Soup with Caramelized Onion The #1 Recipe on The Tomato Tart

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Gluten Free Pretzel Dogs from Scratch

Gluten Free Pretzel Dogs for the Progressive Eats Pretzel Party

These gluten free pretzel dogs take tender and delicious gluten free pretzel dough and wrap it around super tasty all beef hotdogs. These savory snacks make a killer party appetizer or even a fun snack for kids and grown ups alike. Jump Straight to the Recipe

When I was a kid, I was pretty obsessed with pretzels. There was a joint called Hot Sam at the local mall, and my mom could always bribe me to behave while shopping with the promise of a pretzel with mustard. Every once in a while, I’d get the most delicious little mini preztel dogs. Hot Sam is long gone now—their doughy salty goodness replaced by sweet and buttery mall pretzels like Auntie Annies and Wetzel’s. So pretzels and I kind of broke up.

hot-sams

Many years after that sad breakup, I was roaming the gilded aisles of Bi-Rite in San Francisco. Among their many wonders, I found gorgeous Bavarian pretzels baked in a wood fired oven until they shone a deep golden brown. I knew I’d reached the pinnacle of pretzel goodness when I tried those crispy on the outside, soft on the inside Firebrand Pretzels.

My pretzel love only grew when a German restaurant opened two blocks from our house. I was happy with a pretzel, a side of kraut, and beer for dinner.

And then… I got the news that gluten and I were now enemies for life. For a while, I was so focused on getting well that things like pretzels didn’t even enter my mind, but being gluten free is funny- not like this video type of funny. But funny like a food memory pops into my head and takes up residence there. You know, a pretzel becomes more than just a pretzel when you can’t just go get one.

Gluten Free Pretzel Dogs from Scratch

In February, I was having lunch and my server walked past my table on her way to deliver a glorious looking burger on a pretzel bun. That started a serious pretzel craving, so I turned to some of my favorite cookbooks. I made pretzel rolls, pretzel bites, and twisty pretzels from two of my favorite gluten free cookbooks Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread and Gluten Free Girl American Classics. The pretzels from Gluten Free on a Shoestring reminded me of those perfect Hot Sam pretzels from when I was a kid while the ones from Gluten Free Girl called to mind those beautiful golden brown Bavarian pretzels. By the end of a week, my pretzel game was pretty on point, and my belly was pretty full. My craving quenched, I moved on to other food projects.

Mini Gluten Free Pretzel Dogs From Scratch Recipe
Fast forward to early April, my friend Barb from Creative Culinary invited me to join a virtual progressive dinner party called Progressive Eats. Of course, I said yes and imagine my delight when I learned that my first foray into Progressive Eats would have a pretzel theme!

Gluten Free Pretzel Dogs from Scratch

So here you have it. Tiny pasture-raised beef hotdogs wrapped in perfect pretzel dough and baked to a gorgeous golden brown. This recipe takes a bit of planning and requires some specific ingredients, but it’s not a difficult recipe. These little dogs freeze perfectly. As a matter of fact, you can freeze them after they’re wrapped and risen and just throw them directly into the baking soda bath while they’re frozen. Double or triple the recipe and serve them at a party. I guarantee there won’t be a single one left on the plate.

This recipe is adapted from Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread by Nicole Hunn of the awesome website Gluten Free on a Shoestring. If you don’t know her, you should DEFINITELY head right over to her site!

Gluten Free Pretzel Dogs from Scratch

Gluten Free Mini Pretzel Dogs

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Serves: 30 dogs

These gluten free mini pretzel dogs are an amazing treat. The pretzel flavor you remember without the gluten!
Ingredients
  • 330g of Better Batter Flour
  • 80 g Whey Protein Concentrate
  • 50 g Expandex
  • 40 g nonfat dry milk, finely ground in a blender or food processor
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1.25 cups + 2 tablespoons warm water at about 100º
  • Baking Soda Bath
  • 8 cups boiling water
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Coarse Sea Salt for Sprinkling
  • 1 package mini hot dogs, I used Fork In the Road’s mini grass fed beef dogs
  • (or 8 regular or long hot dogs cut into 2-3 inch pieces)
Instructions
  1. Place flour, whey, Expandex, milk powder, yeast, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk until well combined. Add salt, and whisk again. Fit the mixer with your dough hook and add butter and water and mix on low speed until combined. Turn the speed up to medium and mix for five minutes. The dough will be very sticky, so to remove, coat a silicone spatula lightly with oil.
  2. Move dough to a large lightly oiled bowl covered with oiled plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm spot in the kitchen for two hours then place in the fridge for at least 12 hours or up to five days. This rest allows the dough to develop a deep pretzel flavor and also makes the dough much easier to work with.
  3. When you’re ready to bake your pretzel dogs, pull small (about 40 grams) pieces of dough off and shape into a ball then roll into little cylinders. Wrap the dogs in dough and place under a damp towel to keep moist. Once all of your hot dogs are wrapped, allow to rise in a warm area of your kitchen for about an hour.
  4. Preheat your oven to 375º and prepare your baking soda bath. Drop the pretzel dogs into the boiling baking soda bath about 6 at a time for no more than one minute. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Be careful not to overcrowd. Repeat with the rest of the dogs.
  5. Bake the dogs for 18-222 minutes. If you like you can brush them with butter or an egg wash in the last 10 minutes of baking for a deeper,shinier, golden brown color.

Serve with good mustard and gluten free beer!

Meet the other bloggers who are involved with Progressive Eats and check out their AWESOME pretzel-themed recipes.

Pretzel Party!

Pretzels as an Ingredient

Pretzels from Scratch

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Chinese Chili Oil From Scratch http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/chinese-chili-oil-scratch/ http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/chinese-chili-oil-scratch/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:03:52 +0000 http://www.thetomatotart.com/?p=5711 No Chinese meal is complete without some hot chili oil, and this homemade chili oil is made with healthy, clean ingredients. If you’ve never tried homemade Chinese hot oil, you are in for a very serious treat. Just a few ingredients and 10 minutes of your time will yield a stunningly flavorful infused oil

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Homemade Chinese Chili Oil. Way better than the store bought stuff!

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No Chinese meal is complete without some hot chili oil, and this homemade chili oil is made with healthy, clean ingredients. If you’ve never tried homemade Chinese hot oil, you are in for a very serious treat. Just a few ingredients and 10 minutes of your time will yield a stunningly flavorful infused oil. Jump Straight to The Recipe

Homemade Chinese Chili Oil

I once heard Lynne Rossetto Kasper refer to herself as the condiment queen. HEY wait, I thought, that’s my title. Then I realized, I would totally share my queendom with Ms. Kasper.

Chinese Chili Oil, Chinese Hot Oil INGREDIENTS
One of the condiments I am never without is Chinese Chili Oil. Also known as Chinese hot oil, this beautiful bright condiment is a staple in Hunan, Sichuan and Yunnan cuisines and it appears in Chinese-American restaurants from coast to coast. If you’ve only ever had hot chili oil from a jar, it’s pretty good. But I’m here to tell you you’re missing out. Homemade chili oil can feature rich and layered flavors including cinnamon, star anise, and shallot. Best of all, you control what goes into your chili oil- from good quality oil to your preferred spice level!

Chinese chili oil is so simple to make. With just a few ingredients and about 10 minutes, you have yourself some chili oil. The flavor just keeps improving with time, and I’ve learned that I should always make a double batch so it can just keep infusing for a couple of weeks in the fridge.

This Chinese chili oil is not too spicy- the sweetness of the chili pepper really comes through since we’re using Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Chili Pepper rather than the fully dried red chili flakes. I’ve made this with fresh chili, fully dried, and with the lightly dried, and I think this is the best version. Supporting the heat, is the exotic and lovely mix of cinnamon, allspice, fennel seed, garlic, shallot, and citrus peel. The resulting flavor is heady and full of complexity.

Chinese Chili Oil, Chinese Hot Oil INGREDIENTS
I eat this chili oil with any meal of the day. It’s amazing on avocado toast or eggs for breakfast, drizzled over salads or spread on sandwiches for lunch, and with any manner of roasted veggies, grilled meats, or grain bowls for dinner. And don’t think this chili oil is just for Asian food! I think you’ll be surprised how well it enhances all kinds of cuisine.

Chinese Chili Oil, Chinese Hot Oil INGREDIENTS

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Chinese Chili Oil From Scratch

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Serves: 11/4 cups

No Chinese meal is complete without some hot chili oil, and this homemade chili oil is made with healthy, clean ingredients. If you’ve never tried homemade Chinese hot oil, you are in for a very serious treat. Just a few ingredients and 10 minutes of your time will yield a stunningly flavorful infused oil.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup expeller pressed grapeseed oil (or other neutral flavored oil like avocado)
  • 2 tablespoons Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Chili Pepper (you can add more or less according to your desired heat level)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 inch wide slice of orange peel with white pith removed
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
Instructions
  1. In a heavy saucepan, heat all ingredients over medium heat until oil is bubbling fairly rapidly. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool in the pot until room temperature. Important: remove the cloves of garlic from the oil before transferring to a mason jar to store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Check out these aweseome spicy gluten free recipes:

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette

Gluten Free Irish Potato Pancakes (Boxty)

Sweet Smoky Turkey Chili

Cucumber Mango Salad

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hatch Chilies

Chicken Stir Fry with Chili and Garlic

Gluten Free Chocolate Layer Cake with Chili and Cinnamon

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Gluten Free Boxty AKA Irish Potato Pancakes http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/gluten-free-boxty/ http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/gluten-free-boxty/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 11:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetomatotart.com/?p=5031 I can’t say that I nabbed my man by making these gluten free Irish potato pancakes, but I can tell you that everyone who’s tried them has proposed marriage. Okay, fine, no one proposed marriage, but our Irish friend Mike liked them a bunch and complimented me profusely. Close enough?

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Gluten Free Irish Potato Pancakes, AKA Boxty. Serve at your St. Patrick’s Day Party. from http://www.thetomatotart.com

Gluten Free Boxty Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

Boxty is a staple in Irish cuisine, but gluten free boxty was not the first thing that came to mind when I was working on a new St. Patrick’s Day recipe. When brainstorming ideas for St. Patrick’s Day, I thought of my friend Siobhan. Siobhan is from Dublin, and I have had the extreme pleasure of eating her tasty food for many years. We’ve lived together a couple of times in the past, and one of my favorite things about it was coming to the smell of her killer potatoes on the stove. On weekends, I often arose to a hot cuppa, the New York Times, and the sizzle of spuds in a cast iron pan. Jump straight to the recipe.

Siobhan and I at my 30th birthday pajama party! Look at my eyebrows EEP!

I knew I wanted to make a potato dish as a nod to my good friend. Colcannon and champ crossed my mind, but as I dug deeper, I thought of the potato cakes that my mom had made when I was growing up. Leftover mash always became potato pancakes. Siobhan did the same exact thing. In Ireland, it’s called boxty, and boxty is such a fixture of life in some parts of Ireland, there is even a nursery rhyme:

Boxty on the griddle,
boxty on the pan,
If you can’t bake boxty
sure you’ll never get a man

I can’t say that I nabbed my man by making these gluten free Irish potato pancakes, but I can tell you that everyone who’s tried them has proposed marriage. Okay, fine, no one proposed marriage, but our Irish friend Mike liked them a bunch and complimented me profusely. Close enough?

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I looked at a ton of recipes on the web and I think there are as many recipes for boxty as there are Irish grandmothers. What I didn’t find were a ton of gluten free boxty recipes, but lucky for me, it is a very simple task to convert the basic formula. I started with the recipe from a fantastic cookbook by Clodagh McKenna , Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries: Delicious Recipes Throughout the Year.

I decided I wanted to stray a bit from Clodagh’s recipe in that I wanted to spare you rolling the dough. I also knew I wanted to spice things up a little, so I added some Gourmet Garden lightly dried parsley and some of their lightly dried chili. The result is a brightly flavored potato pancake with just a hint of heat. The herbs add a pretty bit of color to the potatoes, too!

If you’re not familiar with Gourmet Garden’s lightly dried herbs, I can’t recommend them highly enough. They’re nothing like the freeze dried, dusty-flavored herbs you might remember lingering at the back of your mom’s spice cabinet. They’re pretty amazing and keep for a month in the refrigerator once opened. Though I love growing my own herbs, my parsley and cilantro (my favorites) never last through the winter. I hate it when I buy a bunch of herbs only to have them turn into a slimy mess within a couple of days. When I first had the opportunity to try these, I was blown away by the way they completely rehydrate as soon as they’re in the proximity of moisture. Even a little steam does the trick.


 

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Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Herbs

These gluten free boxty come together really quickly especially if you have leftover potatoes. They make a great light meal for Meatless Monday when served aside some cabbage or kale. Of course, if you ask my husband and our friend Mike these gluten free potato cakes are a pretty killer snack. Though I haven’t tried to serve these to my friend Siobhan, I’ll venture a guess that she’d approve.

Gluten Free Boxty Recipe

Gluten Free Irish Potato Pancakes, AKA Boxty. Serve at your St. Patrick’s Day Party. from http://www.thetomatotart.com

These gluten free Irish potato pancakes (boxty) are very simple to make. Choose a potato that is not too crumbly or starchy. I like red potatoes here. Be sure to choose potatoes that are all roughly the same size to ensure even cooking. This recipe adapts very well. Try adding crumbly bacon to the mix, or a bit of finely grated Irish cheddar. Green onions are amazing in these too! Have fun and happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Makes 8 potato pancake patties (boxty)
  • 3 lbs red potatoes
  • ½ cup sour cream, greek yogurt, or creme fraiche
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup gluten free flour mix (I used 3 tablespoons extra fine brown rice flour and 1 tablespoon tapioca starch)
  • 2 tablespoons Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Chilies (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 oz Irish cheddar, finely shaved or grated (optional)
  • Extra lightly dried parsley for garnish
  1. Fill a pot with cold water high enough to cover the potatoes by an inch. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until you can easily pierce the largest potato with a fork. Immediately plunge the hot potatoes into a bowl of ice water. Use your finger to gently push the skin aside and remove all the skins.Gluten Free Irish Potato Pancakes, AKA Boxty. Serve at your St. Patrick’s Day Party. from http://www.thetomatotart.com
  2. Mash potatoes with a fork or potato masher add sour cream and eggs and stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, parsley, and chilies with salt and pepper and add to the potato mixture.Stir very well to combine. Using your hands, form the potato mix into 8 equal patties.Gluten Free Irish Potato Pancakes, AKA Boxty. Serve at your St. Patrick’s Day Party. from http://www.thetomatotart.com
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Add a bit of butter, and as it melts, swirl the pan to spread the butter.
    Cook patties on medium high for 4-6 minutes on each side, they should be crusty and golden. Serve with Irish cheddar and herbs.

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Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleon for Valentine’s Day http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/beet-and-goat-cheese-heart/ http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/beet-and-goat-cheese-heart/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetomatotart.com/?p=4957 This little appetizer is made from fresh goat cheese sandwiched in between layers of heart shaped beets. The dressing is a meyer lemon vinaigrette because I believe beets and citrus are a serious love match. Now, this particular love match is a love triangle because there is nothing beets and meyer lemon love more than goat cheese. There is something utterly magical about a mouthful of earthy sweet beets, creamy goat cheese, and the bright pop of lemon.

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Gluten Free Beet and Goat Cheese Appetizer with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette Gluten Free Beet and Goat Cheese Appetizer with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Heart Shaped Beet and Goat Cheese Appetizer with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Heart Shaped Beet and Goat Cheese Valentine’s Day Appetizer with Meyer Lemon Dressing

A couple of years ago, I made a heart-themed dinner for Valentine’s Day. We sat at our little kitchen table, and indulged in a meal of cocoa- dusted beef hearts and heart-shaped beet salad finishing with a hazelnut crusted chocolate tart.

This year, we’re continuing our tradition of having a home-cooked dinner on Valentine’s Day. While I don’t know if there will be beef heart, we have continued incorporating heart beets into our Valentine’s Day with this gorgeous beet and goat cheese napoleon Valentie’s Day appetizer

Heart Shaped Beets and Goat Cheese Appetizer

This little appetizer is made from fresh goat cheese sandwiched in between layers of heart shaped beets. The dressing is a meyer lemon vinaigrette because I believe beets and citrus are a serious love match. Now, this particular love match is a love triangle because there is nothing beets and meyer lemon love more than goat cheese. There is something utterly magical about a mouthful of earthy sweet beets, creamy goat cheese, and the bright pop of lemon.

Fresh Beets

It’s hard to talk about this beet and goat cheese appetizer without talking about how lovely it looks. Whether you go for heart-shaped for Valentine’s Day, leave the beets in natural rounds, or cut them into squares for an elegant and modern look, these beet and goat cheese napoleons are striking. The rich magenta hue from the beets, sunny yellow zest, and green of fresh chives, will leave you thinking it’s almost too pretty to eat. Notice, I said almost.

Heart Shaped Beet and Goat Cheese Appetizer with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Heart Shaped Beet and Goat Cheese Appetizer with Meyer Lemon Dressing

This beet and goat cheese appetizer is pretty with or without a heart-shaped cookie cutter. I find that it’s easier to spread the goat cheese with a Small offset spatula but a regular knife or even the back of a spoon will work.

If you don’t have a meyer lemon, you can use a regular lemon and just add a bit more honey. A deeply flavored raw unfiltered honey works beautifully here.

If you’re cutting the beets into hearts, choose a cookie cutter that is close to the same size as your beets to avoid waste. I usually eat the scraps, but you could dice them and use them in a salad. In short, this pretty appetizer is simple and no need to fuss about it. As good as it looks, it tastes even better.

Makes two beet and goat cheese napoleons

INGREDIENTS:Heart Shaped Beet and Goat Cheese Appetizer

  • 2 medium sized cooked beets (I like boiled beets for this)
  • 1 tablespoons fresh goat cheese
  • zest of one meyer lemon
  • finely chopped fresh chives (optional)

Slice cooked beets into ¼ inch slices. Use a heart cookie cutter to make the heart beets (optional). Place one slice of beet on a plate, spread goat cheese to the very edges of the beet. Press another slice of beet to flatten the layer. Top with another layer of goat cheese and finish with a slice of beet. Use a knife to clean up the edges of the goat cheese and top with meyer lemon vinaigrette, chives, and lemon zest.

INGREDIENTS: Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (slightly warmed if it is crystallized or very hard)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • heavy pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper

Whisk together meyer lemon juice and honey then drizzle in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Add salt and pepper and taste before serving- adjusting seasoning as needed.

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