why passover is awesome for GFers.
That’s not to say that Passover isn’t awesome just in general. It totally is because it commemorates the story of the Exodus wherein the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery. But on a note that’s more relevant to gluten-free eating and the gluten-free lifestyle, no leavened bread is eaten for the duration of Passover, which, this year (2011), falls April 18 – 26. Sure, there’s a lot of Matzo (flat unleavened bread) but if you start looking around cooking blogs and magazines, you’ll see that recipes turn away from typical wheat-based foods and get creative with other ingredients. Some recipes may still call for a very small amount of mazo meal, but it’s usually such a trivial amount that it can easily be substituted — measure for measure — with a good ol’ almond meal, GF flour or starch.
What’s not to love about THAT?!
Here are some great Passover recipes to get you started down the path of gluten-freedom:
grain-free matzo @ Real Food Forager
grain-free matzo crackers @ Real Food Forager
cauliflower matzo au gratin @ Matzo Outside the Box
dora’s gefilte fish @ One for the Table
wolfgang puck’s braised short ribs @ One for the Table
tangy spiced brisket @ smitten kitchen
And a whole cache of Passover-friendly (read GF-friendly) recipes that sound delectable from one of our favorite recipe resources, epicurious.com:
pistachio and dried-fruit haroseth
spicy potato stacks
branzino & roasted baby vegetables with tarragon-chive oil
spice-rubbed cornish game hens with haroseth stuffing
potato, carrot & zucchini kugel
salmon & whitefish cakes with horseradish cucumber sauce
almond olive-oil tuiles
crunchy pecan cookies
flourless chocolate-walnut cookies
flourless chocolate cake with toasted hazelnuts & brandied cherries
brandied peach compote cake
walnut & almond cake with orange-pomegranate compote
honey nut cake in soaking syrup
chocolate truffle pie with orange-champagne sabayon & strawberries
almond macaroon torte with chocolate frosting & orange compote
hungarian chocolate-walnut torte
almond-lemon torte with fresh strawberries
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