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The Best Gluten Free Bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeno Beer Bread

Every weekend, like most of you, I go to the grocery.
I stand in line at the deli counter and peer out at the vast assortment of breads at the bakery section next to me. Truth be told, I don’t just look…I lust.

I lust for the focaccia, ciabatta, the baguettes, and the french bread. I dream of sandwiches piled high on yeasty dinner rolls and jam spread over English muffins. And the bagels, the bagels nearly bring me to tears.

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread www.maebells.com

Alas, my fate awaits me in the frozen food section with a loaf of Udi’s gluten free bread.

Generally speaking, I have come to terms with this. But sometimes, my longing for a good crusty bread is just beyond my control. This was just the case over the weekend. Now keep in mind I have tried for ages to come up with a good artisan bread. Each and every time it is a waste of time and expensive gluten free flour. However, my inner rebel was not willing to accept defeat so I decided to go a different route with a yeasty beer bread.

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Whyyyyy didn’t I think of this sooner?! It was amazing! I mean look at it! Perfectly thick, chewy and gooey Smoked Gouda and spicy jalapeno!

I served this with chili, and it was perfectly dippable. I can think of so many more flavor variations and soup combinations I want to try for the fall!

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread #glutenfree www.maebells.com

The process was actually super simple. I just added warm water and yeast together and let it sit until it got all bubbly. Then I mixed the yeast, flour, and beer together until a super thick, very sticky dough formed. Then I added the cheese and chopped jalapeno. Covered, and let it sit all day.

When I got ready to bake it I turned the oven to 425 and put my dutch oven inside, so it gets super duper hot. Then I turned the dough out onto a floured surface and made a big ball. I took my dutch oven out of the oven, sprayed it with cooking oil, and added a little olive oil (for good measure) and dumped the ball of dough right in there! I drizzled a little more olive oil on top (why not?!) put the lid back on and baked it for 20 minutes covered, then 10 more minutes uncovered.

No kneading, no wresting with sticky dough. Just mix, rise, dump, and bake!

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread #glutenfree www.maebells.com

The Best Gluten Free Bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeno Beer Bread
Recipe type: Bread, Side Dish
Prep time: 
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose gluten free flour (I use cup4cup brand)
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast (one ¾ ounce package)
  • 1 12 ounce gluten free beer (I used Redbridge)
  • 1 cup smoked gouda cheese, cubed
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the warm water and the yeast, mix well and let sit for about 5 minutes until little bubbles form.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, yeast, and beer. Mix well until a thick, sticky dough forms. (This is easiest if using an electric or stand mixer)
  3. Add the cubed cheese and the diced peppers. Stir so they are evenly distributed.
  4. Cover dough and let sit for at least four hours.
  5. When ready to bake place dutch oven with lid in the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Dump dough out onto a well floured sheet of wax paper and form into a ball.
  7. When oven is up to temp remove dutch oven and spray well with cooking spray (bottom and sides) and add one teaspoon of olive oil.
  8. Pick up the sheet of wax paper with the dough and carefully slide it into the dutch oven.
  9. Drizzle last teaspoon of olive oil over the top.
  10. Place lid on oven and bake for 20 minutes covered.
  11. Remove lid and bake for 10 more minutes.

 

As always, I made this using gluten free ingredients. However, if you are not gluten free simply sub regular all purpose flour and regular beer! :)

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce ...a super simple sauce from scratch, so much better than the canned stuff! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Mexican food!
It is all I want. I tend to go overboard so generally whatever I am craving at the moment I go grocery shopping is what we have for an entire week. This week included nachos, tacos, enchiladas, and tex mex stuffed peppers. Ha!

Variety is not my middle name.

I love enchiladas and could eat them all the time, but I am kind of picky about my enchilada sauce. I want a thick full bodied sauce, not a thin sauce that obsorbs into the tortillas. I want to taste the chili powder and the cumin, and cilantro must be absolutely nowhere in sight.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce ...a super simple sauce from scratch, so much better than the canned stuff! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

And the enchilada filling? Pure and simple. Ground beef and sharp cheddar cheese. Oh yes. I might trash up and complicate all kinds of other recipes but my enchiladas are simple. Why mess with perfection?!

This sauce is such a cinch to throw together. Just tomato sauce, garlic and loads of spices. I just let it simmer on the stove to make sure all of the flavors meld together perfectly and voila, your done!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce ...a super simple sauce from scratch, so much better than the canned stuff! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (ancho chili powder works well if you want more spice)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. Heat a small sauce pan to medium heat.
  2. Add olive oil and garlic, stirring for about 20 seconds until garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion powder, hot sauce, garlic salt, and salt, stirring mixture for about thirty seconds.
  4. Add the tomato sauce and water, stir well.
  5. Bring mixture to a light simmer, cover and reduce heat to low. Let mixture simmer 20 minutes.
  6. This makes enough for a 9x13 pan of enchiladas.

 

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream

I don’t know about you guys but it has been a week and a half around here. And it is Thursday…Thursday morning to be exact. How we will make it to Saturday I have no clue. I am thinking I might have something to ease the pain though.

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

Slushy anyone?!

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

Let’s face it. Drinks are way more fun with whipped cream.

Want to know what makes fun drinks even more fun? Chocolate whipped cream.

Want to know what makes it super fun? If it is a wine slushy topped with chocolate whipped cream.

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

After I made the Mango Moscato Smoothies I was totally hooked on the idea of a wine slushy. I have never liked slushies before but I was fairly sure I could get on board with the idea of wine+fruit+ice in a nice, ice cold drink. After all, we still have two official weeks of summer left!

So I tried and failed at a red wine slushy several times. I tried strawberries, blueberries, a mixture of the two, and a couple different wines until I settled on a sweet red wine and frozen raspberries. Ah-mazing! Totally what I had been searching for, but something was missing. It needed a little extra oomph.

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When in doubt add whipped cream. Always, always add whipped cream.

So I beat some heavy whipping cream, sugar, and cocoa powder in the mixer, topped these babies off, and called it a day.

Perfection my friends. Complete and total perfection.

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream...the ULTIMATE girls night drink!! www.maebells.com

What are you waiting for?! Drink up!

Raspberry Red Wine Slushy with Chocolate Whipped Cream
Recipe type: Drink
Prep time: 
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • For the Slushy
  • 1 cup sweet red wine
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup ice
  • For the Chocolate Whipped Cream
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. To make the slushy blend the wine, frozen raspberries, and sugar (optional) for 30 seconds. Strain slushy mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any raspberry seeds. Place the strained slushy mixture back in the blender with one cup of ice. Blend 30 more seconds. Place mixture in freezer while you make the whipped cream.
  2. For the chocolate whipped cream: Beat the heavy cream, sugar and cocoa powder with an electric mixer for approximately 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  3. To assemble, pour slushy into glasses and top with whipped cream.

 

 

 

 

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles

These. Waffles.
Omg. There are just no words.

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles..the ultimate breakfast! Make ahead of time for a grab and go breakfast! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Cornmeal+flour+cheddar+sausage+squash+black pepper, a pretty impressive line up if you ask me!

I made these as part of my meal prep for the week. I needed a breakfast dish that could be made ahead of time and reheated quickly for a great grab and go breakfast. I wanted to try to incoporate everything you would want in a full breakfast like protein, veggies, and carbs. These totally fit the bill!

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles..the ultimate breakfast! Make ahead of time for a grab and go breakfast! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

I have kind of mentioned the prep work I do on the weekends before, but in case you are interested in getting a little more done on the weekends to help during the week I usually divide the work into three categories, breakfast, lunch, and dinner prep. Sometimes I do all of them, and sometimes I don’t. This week in particular I only prepped our breakfast and lunch for the week because our evenings won’t be too busy.

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles..the ultimate breakfast! Make ahead of time for a grab and go breakfast! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

For breakfast I made these waffles, these Strawberry Muffins, and chopped a big bowl of fruit. For lunch I made these Pizza Puffs, then washed and chopped a bunch of vegetables for easy salads. It just makes life so much easier. Breakfast is ready and lunch just needs to be packed. I generally feel more on top of things when I do a little extra work on the weekends. In my opinion it is a small amount of work that goes a long way.

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles..the ultimate breakfast! Make ahead of time for a grab and go breakfast! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Anyway, these waffles. Do it my friend! They are delicious!

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
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Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup gluten free Bisquick
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked sausage, crumbled and drained
  • ½ cup shredded squash, as much water removed as possible
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1¼ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Shred the squash (2 small) and place in a small mesh strainer. Using your hands, push as much water as possible from the squash. When you have removed as much water as you can it should measure about half a cup.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the cooked sausage, shredded squash, and cheddar cheese. Stir so it is evenly distributed.
  4. Add the beaten eggs and milk.
  5. Stir very well. Mixture will be thick and lumpy.
  6. Heat a waffle iron according to manufactures directions.
  7. Place batter in the middle of each waffle iron, close and cook according to your waffle makers directions.
  8. My waffles were perfect in about 2 minutes.
  9. Let cook on a wire rack.
  10. To reheat you can microwave for 20 seconds or put in a toaster on medium low setting.