In honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month, we are bringing you three beautiful gluten free cookbooks that we think are worth purchasing to have on hand or gifting to someone new to the gluten free diet. The second, Gluten Free Girl Every Day is something that anyone—gluten free or otherwise—can enjoy.
The highly anticipated third book from Shauna and Daniel Ahern, aka Gluten Free Girl and the Chef lives up to the hype. It’s quite simply, beautiful. It’s well written and the photography is lovely. Shauna writes from the heart and her recipes are an extension of her zest for life.
This cookbook isn’t about expensive ingredients or fancy techniques and it’s is most definitely not about what you can’t have (gluten). This book is about cooking balanced, wholesome meals with ingredients that you CAN have. You won’t miss the gluten, we promise. This is what has made Gluten Free Girl, both the blog and the previous two books, really shine. The recipes are solid and gluten simply isn’t missed. That’s not to say that this book excludes baking. Shauna includes her go-to flour blend and a wide variety of ways to use it: Biscuits with Sausage Gravy, Peach Brown Butter Buckle, Fresh Gluten-Free Pasta, Chocolate Chip Cookies with Hazelnuts, to name a few.
I value that anyone could pick this book up and make a recipe without feeling stumped or confused. But what I love about Gluten Free Girl Every Day is the “Feel Like Playing?” sections with most of the recipes. These little gems give you tips for tweaking a recipe or substituting ingredients that you might not have on hand or simple twists to take it in a new direction. That, to me, is something special. Make a recipe once as is, then, try it again with the “Feel Like Playing?” tips for a delightful variation.
Suffice to say, we love the book. Enjoy this recipe (we sure did- even Bob who notoriously detests raisins) and enter to win a copy of Gluten Free Girl Every Day. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has generously offered up three copies of this book and we’re going to pair each book with a package of millet flour, sweet rice flour and potato starch so that you can get started with this book right away. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only, please see complete terms and conditions in the app below. To enter, simply follow the prompts below (be sure to read what the question is for commenting). The giveaway will run until 12:01 am on 5/28/13.
Millet Fritters with Feta, Spinach, and Golden Raisins
These little millet fritters are something special. We were inspired by our friend, Heidi Swanson, and the recipe for her quinoa fritters in her wonderful cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. I loved the idea of repurposing some leftover cooked grains into something that shimmered. Millet is wonderful since it has such a neutral taste. It takes on the flavors of sage, golden raisins, fresh spinach, and French feta. Okay, I want some right now!
- 2 cups cooked Millet
- 3 large Eggs
- 1 Yellow Onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and chopped
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh Sage (use 1⁄2 teaspoon dried if you want to)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 2 cups chopped fresh Spinach
- 1⁄2 cup Golden Raisins
- 1⁄3 cup French Feta Cheese
- 1 cup Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Making the fritter dough. Combine the millet, eggs, onion, garlic, sage, and salt in a large bowl. Toss together with a rubber spatula (or, really, your hands). When fully combined, add the spinach, raisins, and feta and toss together. Add half of the breadcrumbs and combine together. Let the mixture sit for a few moments to give the breadcrumbs a chance to absorb some of the moisture.
If you can form the mixture into a small patty, easily, you’re done. If the fritters still feel wet, add more of the breadcrumbs, a bit at a time. You should be able to pinch together a bit of the mixture and have it stick together without oozing.
Frying the fritters. Set a large skillet over medium heat. Pour in the oil. When it has heated, add 6 or 7 fritters to the skillet, taking care to not overcrowd. Cover the skillet and cook the fritters until the bottoms have browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Flip the fritters and cook until the second side has turned a golden brown, about 5 minutes more. Put the cooked fritters onto a wire rack and cook the remaining fritters.
Feeds 4 to 6
Excerpted from Gluten Free Girl Every Day, © 2013 by Shauna James Ahern. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.