Close up of finished salad.

Sorghum, Apple and Kale Salad

I adapted this salad from a quinoa recipe I found Quinoa salad. The apples and walnuts give this salad a nice, sweet crunch. I added turmeric to the sorghum while it cooked to give it a little extra flavor. I hope you enjoy this easy, nutritious dish!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 cups cooked whole grain sorghum
  • 3 medium apples, pealed and diced
  • 3 handfuls finely chopped kale
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon (about 1/8 cup)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Soak 1 cup of uncooked, whole grain sorghum in water for 2 hours. Rinse sorghum grains and cook in 2 cups of vegetable broth plus 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of turmeric, until liquid is absorbed and sorghum is tender – about 1 hour. Set aside to cool. This will yield about 3 1/2 cups of cooked sorghum. I only used 2 cups of it for this recipe, but feel free to use more if you like.

Cooked sorghum with turmeric in pan.

The turmeric gives the whole grain sorghum a lovely yellow color.

Ingredients for salad on kitchen counter.

While the sorghum was cooking, I prepared the remaining ingredients.

Sauté chopped onion in olive oil with chopped kale until kale is wilted and onions are translucent.

Washed kale in a colander.

Freshly washed kale.

Set aside to cool. Make dressing while onion-kale mixture is cooling.

Sautéed onions and kale added to the cooked sorghum.

Onions and kale were sautéed and added to the cooked sorghum.

Mix cooked sorghum with kale and onion mixture. Add apples, walnuts and dressing.

Sorghum salad with apples and walnuts added in a brown mixing bowl.

Apples and walnuts added.

Chill salad in refrigerator and serve cold.

Sorghum, apple, kale salad in white serving bowl.

I chilled the salad for about 2 hours so it would absorb the flavors of the dressing.

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Whole grain sorghum pilaf with toasted corn in a serving bowl with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Sorghum Pilaf with Pan-Roasted Corn

Here is another whole grain sorghum recipe developed by Barbara Kliment of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. I added chopped kale to the recipe to give it more color and just because I love kale.

Metal bowl containing chopped up kale.

I added chopped kale to add color to this dish.

I soaked my sorghum for two hours before cooking, which made it a little softer and more sticky. I cooked the sorghum for about an hour until all of the broth was absorbed. I think I could have taken 10 minutes off of the cooking time and drained off the excess broth and the texture of the sorghum would have been a bit better.

The chicken broth gives the whole grain sorghum a nice flavor and the almonds give this pilaf a very pleasing crunch. Enjoy this pilaf as a meal by itself or as a side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked pearled sorghum
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced thin
  • ½ cup celery, sliced
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cups kale, chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Package of chicken broth next to rinsed sorghum grains in a strainer.

The whole grain sorghum absorbs the flavor of the chicken broth.

Rinse and drain sorghum grains. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 3-quart saucepan, add sorghum and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes, until tender. Drain off any excess broth and set pan aside.

Cooked whole grain sorghum in a saucepan.

I cooked the sorghum until it absorbed all of the chicken broth (about an hour) and it was a little bit mushy.

While the sorghum is cooking, chop the vegetables. Measure out two cups of frozen corn and let it sit out to thaw. I didn’t have slivered almonds so I chopped up some whole almonds in my food processor.

Corn and almonds in measuring cups next to bowl of cut of carrots, celery and onions.

Chopped vegetables, almonds and frozen corn.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add corn and cook until toasted.

Corn sautéing in a skillet.

Sauté the corn in a skillet in olive oil until it starts to brown a little.

Add onion, garlic, celery and carrots and sauté until onions are translucent, 3 – 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to season to taste.

Carrots, onions, celery and garlic added to the sautéed corn in skillet.

The rest of the vegetables are sautéed with the toasted corn.

Add chopped kale, cover and steam for 2 minutes.

Skillet containing vegetables with glass cover on top.

I covered the skillet after adding the chopped kale to let it steam for a few minutes.

Add almonds, cover and cook for 2-3 more minutes, until nuts begin to toast.

Vegetables and almonds mixed together in skillet.

I steamed the kale until it was wilted (about 3 minutes) and then added the almonds.

Add cooked sorghum and heat through, adding extra broth if the mixture looks too dry. Add cheese and stir until melted.

Skillet containing cooked vegetables, whole grain soghum and parmesan cheese.

Cooked sorghum is added to the vegetables, warmed up, and then the Parmesan cheese is added.

Remove pilaf from heat and pour into serving dish or platter. Garnish with additional cheese and almonds, if you like.

Plastic container of grated Parmesan cheese.

You can use shredded or grated Parmesan cheese.

 

 

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Slice of gluten-free rosemary focaccia on a plate, golden brown on top with melted Parmesan cheese.

Gluten-Free Rosemary Focaccia

Here’s another recipe from Gluten-Free Quick & Easy. I had some of Carol’s Yeast Bread Mix left over from the dinner rolls I made a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to try another yeast bread recipe.

Focaccia is a type of flatbread, almost like a thick pizza crust. I topped this one with Parmesan cheese and rosemary, but you can try any seasonings and/or any cheese you like.

This is a very flavorful bread and is good dipped in olive oil. It can be sliced in half for sandwiches or used for a thick-crust pizza.

Bread Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups Carol’s Yeast Bread Mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2/3 cup warm (110 degrees F) 1% milk (cow’s, rice, soy, potato or nut – I used almond)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar

Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Combine all the bread ingredients in a food processor (I used a large spoon and it worked just fine.) Process the ingredients until they are thoroughly blended. The dough will be soft and sticky.

Gluten-free focaccia dough in white mixing bowl with spoon.

The dough was very soft and sticky.

Transfer the dough to a 7 x 11-inch nonstick cake pan that is generously greased with olive oil. Using a wet spatula, spread the dough evenly in the pan.

Gluten-free focaccia dough spread out in the bottom of a non-stick cake pan.

The dough covered the bottom of the cake pan and was about 1/2-inch thick.

Cover the dough loosely with foil and let it rise in a warm place (75 to 80 degrees F) 45 to 50 minutes, or until the dough is about ½ inch below the top of the pan. The dough will rise further during baking.

Rosemary focaccia dough in baking pan, puffed up about 1.5 inches.

My dough didn’t rise very much – I think it wasn’t warm enough in my kitchen.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. For the topping, drizzle the oil over the dough and tilt the pan to distribute evenly. Sprinkle evenly with the rosemary and salt.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and clicks when tapped with a spoon. Cover the bread with foil if the top browns too quickly. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Let cool in the pan 10 minutes, then cut into 10 slices. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Baked rosemary focaccia in baking pan covered with grated Parmesan cheese.

I took the focaccia out of the oven after 25 minutes, put the cheese on and cooked it for five more minutes. I used more than two tablespoons of cheese, I think.

 

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Whole grain sorghum butternut squash risotto with chicken on a plate.

Whole Grain Sorghum and Butternut Squash Risotto with Chicken

Here is a tasty dish using whole grain sorghum in place of rice for risotto. I added chicken breast pieces to this recipe to make it more like a casserole/all-in-one dish. I found that my cooking time for the sorghum was longer than the original recipe, possibly because I live at a higher altitude and things like rice and beans take longer to cook here.

I didn’t have any vanilla beans or paste, so I used vanilla extract. I’m sure it would be even better with real vanilla.

Butternut squash has a very tough skin and is difficult to peal and cut up, so be sure your knife is sharp and you are very careful. Here some good instructions if you have never done it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts (optional)
  • 2 Tbls olive oil (for cooking chicken, if using)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lg. vanilla bean or 1 Tbls vanilla paste (I used 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 3 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (about 1 medium squash)
  • 2 Tbls butter, plus 1 Tbls
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked pearled sorghum
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Brown chicken in olive oil until cooked through, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. I used a little onion powder, also. Set the cooked chicken aside in a covered dish to keep it warm.

Chicken breast pieces in a frying pan with olive oil and spices.

Cook chicken breast pieces in olive oil until just done with a little salt and pepper.

In a medium saucepan, warm the broth over medium-high heat. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise; scrape out seeds and add them, and the bean to broth. (or use vanilla paste.)

Metal bowl containing cubed butternut squash, with chicken broth and chopped onions behind.

Chop butternut squash and onions.

Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low. Add squash, cover and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Use slotted spoon to remove squash to a side dish. Turn heat on broth to very low and cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan or skillet, melt 2 T of butter over medium heat. Add onion; sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the sorghum; stir to coat with butter. Add wine and simmer until almost evaporated, about 3 minutes.

Large skillet containing whole grain sorghum simmering with onions and white wine.

Wine and sorghum added to sautéed onions.

Add 1 1/2 cup of broth that was used to cook squash, cover and cook until almost completely absorbed, about 15 minutes. Continue cooking, adding 1/2 cup of broth at a time, stirring constantly, allowing broth to be absorbed before adding more, until sorghum is tender, but still firm to the bite, and creamy, about 20 minutes. (It took mine about 30 minutes to completely absorb liquid and get tender.)

Discard vanilla bean. Turn off heat; gently stir in squash, cheese and remaining butter, salt and pepper.

Large skillet containing whole grain sorghum with chicken and butternut squash pieces added.

Add squash and chicken after cooking the whole grain sorghum in the chicken broth.

Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with chives or additional Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Whole grain sorghum butternut squash risotto on a plate with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

I added the Parmesan to the risotto on the plate.

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe Developed by Barbara Kilment, Executive Director – Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board.

 

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Sorghum pilaf on a plate with a steak

Whole Grain Sorghum Pilaf

Whole grain sorghum is an especially versatile ingredient in gluten-free cooking. It can be used in place of couscous, bulgur or pearled barley. Nutritionally, sorghum contains more protein than typical wheat substitutes such as rice. It is rich in antioxidants, which makes it a safe, delicious, and healthy choice for a gluten-free diet. You can find more information about sorghum and additional recipes in this Sorghum Handbook.

I purchased this whole grain sorghum online from Nu Life Market. The instructions for cooking the sorghum in this recipe are a little different from my previous recipes, but worked really well. Toasting the grains in olive oil before cooking gives the sorghum a nutty flavor I really like and complements the garlic and onions.

Front of Nu Life Pearled Sorghum Grain bag.

Nu Life Pearled Sorghum has Nu packaging!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked sorghum grain
  • 2 1/2 Tbls olive oil
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, sliced (I used 1/2 cup chopped white onion)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or slivered almonds, toasted (I used almonds)
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt to taste
  • Dash freshly cracked pepper
Chopped carrots, celery and onion in glass measuring cups.

Chopped carrots, celery and onions.

Instructions:

Rinse sorghum kernels and drain thoroughly. In a heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat, combine sorghum and 1 Tbls olive oil. Stirring constantly, gently toast sorghum in oil for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes or until broth is absorbed and grain is tender. Drain excess liquid, if necessary and set aside.

Cooked whole grain sorghum in pan.

Sorghum cooked in the pan.

In a large skillet, heat 1 1/2 Tbls olive oil over med-high heat. Add carrots, celery, and garlic and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes until tender crisp.

Chopped carrots, celery and onion sautéing in a frying pan.

Sauté carrots, celery and onions in olive oil.

Add onions, nuts and tomatoes. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until nuts begin to toast.

Sautéed vegetables with cherry tomatoes and almond slivers added.

Add tomatoes and slivered almonds.

Add cooked sorghum and heat through. Season to taste. Transfer to casserole dish or large platter.

Sorghum pilaf in frying pan.

Whole grain sorghum added to the vegetables and cooked until heated through.

Garnish with sprigs of parsley and additional toasted nuts. Serve hot. Serves 6 (1/2 cup portions).

Recipe Developed by: Barbara Kliment, Executive DirectorNebraska Grain Sorghum Board

 

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Two rolled up gluten-free crepes with vegetable filling on a plate.

Gluten-free Crepes

I had never made crepes before I tried this recipe. I was amazed by how easy they were to make and how good they tasted! I also made up a kale, mushroom and cheese filling to go inside and it turned out really good. The crepe recipe came from Barbara Kliment at the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. Thanks Barb!

Crepes:

  • 1 cup Carol’s Sorghum Blend
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used almond milk)

Carol’s Sorghum Flour Blend:

  • 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour (or brown rice flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups potato starch (not potato flour) or cornstarch
  • 1 cup tapioca flour/starch

Stir together flour mixture and salt in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and melted butter.

Two bowls, one with beaten eggs, one with mixed flours.

Eggs mixed with butter and flours.

Add milk and mix until well-blended. Add flour mixture and whisk until batter is smooth. The batter should be thin, pourable and not very elastic.

Mixed crepe batter in a metal bowl.

The batter is very thin.

Heat a non-stick 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, ladle 1/4 cup of batter into skillet, swirling to spread evenly and thinly.

Crepe batter in green teflon frying pan.

Here’s the first crepe cooking in the frying pan.

Allow the batter to cook until set but not crispy (1 to 2 minutes). Flip crepe over with a wide spatula. Allow the other side to cook for about 30 seconds.

Crepe cooking in skillet.

The first one didn’t look that great when I flipped it over, but each one got a little better.

Remove crepe from the pan and cover with a moist paper towel. Repeat with remaining batter and stack crepes, covered, until ready to serve.

Cooked gluten-free crepe on plate.

Finished crepe ready to put in filling.

Fill with your favorite filling and enjoy! (My filling recipe is below) Makes about 10 crepes.

Filling:

(I made this before making the crepes)

  • 6 slices bacon, fried and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 5 large white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tsps dried basil
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used Italian six-cheese blend)
bacon in a frying pan

Frying bacon is a good first step for any recipe!

Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until tender.

Onions and garlic in frying pan.

Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil.

Add kale, mushrooms and bacon pieces, plus basil.

Chopped vegetables and bacon added to the skillet.

Next the vegies, bacon and basil are added to the skillet.

Cover and cook on medium-low until kale is tender and mushrooms are cooked, stirring occasionally.

Lid on skillet with vegetables and bacon.

Cover skillet and cook on medium low, stirring occasionally until vegetables are cooked.

Cooked vegetables and bacon in frying pan.

Cooked vegies and bacon for filling.

Add Italian blend shredded cheese and stir to mix in. Remove from heat and set aside until crepes are ready.

Cooked vegetables in skillet with cheese added and stirred in to melt.

Add cheese to filling, remove from heat and set aside.

Package of Italian six-cheese blend.

I used an Italian shredded cheese blend. You could use whatever cheese you like best.

Crepe with filling on top.

Added the vegie-bacon-cheese filling and gently rolled it up.

I also warmed up some frozen blueberries in the microwave and tried them in a couple of crepes. Marvelous!

Gluten-free crepe with blueberries inside on plate, one bite cut off.

I tried some with warmed up blueberries, too – yummy!

 

 

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Gluten-free ginger cake slice on dessert plate.

Gluten-free Fresh Ginger Cake – FAIL

This week’s baking project was a near-disaster for me. I was really excited about this recipe – I love the spicy flavor of ginger in baked items. But I made several errors on this one and it came out pretty bad. I decided to go ahead and post it anyway – maybe someone out there will benefit from my mistakes. I’m sure this is a good recipe when followed correctly. All of the mistakes were mine.

The biggest mistake I made was I didn’t read the directions carefully enough and I chose the wrong size cake pan. I used a 1.5-inch deep pan that you would use for a layer cake instead of a 3-inch deep pan. I don’t know what I was thinking! When I put the batter in, it came almost to the top. I should have known it wouldn’t have room to expand. It overflowed the pan while baking and I was really glad I put a cookie sheet under it.

Cake with overflowing batter spilled out onto cookie sheet.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the oven and found this. Hmmm. Something is not quite right here!

The cake that was left in the pan was moist inside, but really crumbly. I think this might have been because of the changes I made to the recipe. I didn’t have any sweet rice flour (I can’t seem to find this at any of my local stores), so I used two cups of Carol Fenster’s gluten-free flour blend. (1.5 cups sorghum flour, 1.5 cups potato starch and 1 cup tapioca flour) I also had only 1/2 cup of corn syrup, so I made up the difference with some dark molasses. Additionally, I mixed the baking soda in with the other dry ingredients instead of putting it in with the syrup and hot water. I’m not sure what this is supposed to do, but it might have made a difference. Another thing that might have helped my cake was an adjustment for higher altitude. I live at 3600 feet above sea level and cakes sometimes turn out crumbly here if you don’t make adjustments.

Gluten-free ginger cake on a plate.

The cake was pretty crumbly around the edges when I took it out of the pan.

The flavor of the cake was very spicy with fresh ginger flavor. Even though the texture wasn’t great, it was still pretty good with some vanilla ice cream. I’m posting the original recipe below without any of my changes. I hope you have better luck if you try this recipe. Be sure to read all of the instructions carefully!

Gluten-free ginger cake in a yellow bowl with some vanilla ice cream.

The spicy taste of the cake went really well with vanilla ice cream – and it didn’t matter if it fell apart!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 cup sweet rice flour
  • 2 tsp dried ginger powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 35g ginger root, finely grated (1/4 cup = 35g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (Beehive) corn syrup (you can replace with light molasses)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Generously butter an 8-inch round, 3-inch high spring form pan. Line bottom with parchment paper and place on baking sheet.

In a bowl mix together sorghum and sweet rice flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger powder and ground cloves.

In a small pan stir together boiling water, corn syrup and baking soda until completely dissolved.

Place eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until light, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium low and add olive oil, beating until just combined.

Add grated ginger and mix to combine.

Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the corn syrup mixture, scraping down as necessary. Batter will be very wet.

Pour batter into prepared pan and transfer to oven. Bake at 320-325°F for 50 minutes.

Let cake cool slightly before removing ring.

Serve warm or cold as it is or with a giant dollop of fresh whipped cream beside each slice.

Recipe from Simple Gluten-free Kitchen. (Sorry I made such a mess of it! I’m sure it’s great if you make it correctly.)

 

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