Gluten-free what? Do you mean there’s people in the world who can’t eat wheat bread? pasta? No pizza? What does being gluten-free actually mean?
Those were questions we’d often ask ourselves, but never delved into because we never spent any considerable time with someone who had celiac disease or who were gluten intolerant. We first were given a glimpse into the gluten-free world a little over two years ago when we met up with Carol at Simply Gluten Free. And now, thanks to our blog friends Shauna James Ahern and Daniel Ahern from Gluten Free Girl & The Chef, we’ve become a even less ignorant about the intriguing world of gluten-free and Celiac.
Shauna and Danny also helped us head-dive into this amazing community of gluten-free food, recipes and home cooks. It’s been a mind blowing journey into the world of gluten-free eating and because of it, it’s made us become better home cooks.
We spent 2 days with the Shauna, Danny and sweet Lucy in Seattle a few months ago to film the video promo for their recently released cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl and The Chef. They both fed us terrific home cooked gluten-free meals & shared so much of their lives with us that we never missed eating gluten in our meals.
Their new cookbook isn’t just a collection of recipes, but also of a story of who they are and why food is such an integral part of their lives. It’s a cookbook, a memoir and a love story all bound up in one beautiful package. There’s someone in here for everyone, gluten-free or not.
Versatile rosemary bread recipe can be made into rolls. Great with jam or preserves.
There’s a gluten-free cooking craze happening today and Shauna reached out to anyone and everyone who wanted to share a gluten-free recipe. The response has been amazing and every single recipe shared by amazing bloggers today will feed and happily satisfy all eaters at your holiday table.
To keep in theme with the holiday recipes, we decided to adapt their beef/lamb sloppy joes to turkey sloppy joes and rosemary bread.
It’s turkey season and we’re celebrating the big bird and gluten-free challenge day with two recipes from their fabulous book. One is for a really really good gluten-free rosemary bread that we made into rolls. And the second recipe is for veal sloppy joes that we made with turkey.
This combination of the these two are outstanding and get your stomach ready to eat a few of these juicy turkey sloppy joes (aka Turkey Joes). The turkey is cooked with bacon, so there’s plenty of flavor to the ground bird and the rolls have equally wonderful flavor and texture.
Your gluten-free friends will love you to death if you made any one of these recipes and your gluten tolerant friends might not even know that gluten is missing. Hush, don’t tell them till after they’ve licked their plate clean.
-diane and todd
*For those new to gluten-free baking, you are going to have to hunt down some ingredients, so plan ahead. If you are planning on baking gluten-free for the upcoming feasting holiday, aka Thanksgiving, we’d suggest finding out where you can get the needed ingredients soon, like… now. The last thing you want to do in the couple days before Thanksgiving when you are planning and cooking your menu, is to spend hours searching, hunting, stressing… We were able to find most everything at our local super-well stock Whole Foods and Mother’s Market. You may have to order ingredients from online if you don’t have a good local resource.
Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef Cookbook trailer we produced: P.S. ** They’re having a giveaway on their blog, including a Kitchen Aid Mixer! Go to their blog and enter.
Yield: Serves 8-10
Total Time: 4 hours
Gluten-free Rosemary Roll recipe adapted from Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef. As Shauna and Danny say in their cookbook,"...don't expect gluten-free bread to be the familiar gluten bread." That's doesn't mean this gluten-free bread is lacking in deliciousness. The texture will be less elastic, giving the gluten-free bread a crumb texture more like a biscuit. We make this dough using the same convenient method as when we make our 5 minutes a Day bread, using only one large sealable container to mix and proof the dough in. Less kitchen clean up! The addition of rosemary make these rolls perfect to house the turkey sloppy joes.
Turkey sloppy joes recipe adapted from Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef. Rosemary is a perfect herb for turkey, taking these turkey joes over the top. Shauna and Danny recommend hunting down some Piment d'Espelette for their Sloppy Joe recipe, giving it a little smokiness and a little bit of a spicy kick. If you can't find any, try substituting a little cayenne and a touch of smoked or traditional paprika.
Preheat oven to 500° F.