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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Close up shot of baked gluten-free cheese crackers.

Gluten-free Spicy Cheese Crackers

Here is another recipe you can prepare for a holiday party. These crackers are really easy to make. I used Parmesan cheese, but these would be good with just about any cheese. If you don’t like garlic and cayenne, you could try other spices like rosemary, onion powder or black pepper. I want to try them again using Pepperjack or sharp cheddar cheese.

Package of shredded Parmesan cheese.

I used Parmesan cheese, but you could use any cheese you like.

I would recommend rolling them out as thin as you can, to make them crispier. I was afraid they would fall apart when I transferred them to the baking sheet, so I rolled them out to about 1/8-inch thick but I wish I had gotten them thiner. After baking, they were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Still good, but not quite a crunchy cracker.

After the crackers cooled, I put them in a bowl with a lid on top. (Milo kept sniffing around and I wanted to remove the temptation!) The next day they had lost their crispiness, so I put them on a tray in the toaster oven for about 10 minutes and they came out crunchy and very good.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Carol’s Sorghum Blend)
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • grated cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)

Carol’s Sorghum Flour Blend:

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

Instructions:

Whisk together dry ingredients. Stir in cheese.

White mixing bowl with flours, spices and cheese.

Mix dry ingredients together, then add the cheese.

Mix with oil and water to form a ball of dough. Cover and place in the refrigerator to cool for about 15 minutes.

Ball of gluten-free cheese cracker dough in white mixing bowl.

The cracker dough was soft and slightly sticky.

 

Roll out in sections on floured wax paper and cut into slices or wedges. Sprinkle with additional grated cheese, if desired.

 

Gluten-free cracker dough rolled out on wax paper with some of the crackers cut out of it.

I sprinkled some flour mix on a sheet of wax paper, rolled out the dough to about 1/8-inch thick and cut it into rectangles.

Gluten-free crackers on baking tray.

Crackers cut out and ready to bake.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until crackers reach desired crispiness. Top with your favorite topping or eat them just as they are!

Baked gluten-free cheese crackers piled up on an oblong plate.

Baked cheese crackers ready for snacking!

These crackers can be made ahead of time and frozen for later use. Warm them up in the oven for a few minutes if they lose their crispiness.

Close up shot of baked gluten-free cheese crackers.

Recipe adapted from Balance & Elegance. Thanks Kaci-Ann!

 

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Close-up of zucchini fritter in frying pan after flipping over.

Zucchini Fritters with Sorghum Flour

I like to grow zucchini in my garden every summer and it grows well here in west Texas. But I always have the problem using up all of that zucchini. When I found this recipe I was really excited about having something new to make with zucchini!

One medium zucchini on the counter next to a 1/4-cup measuring cup.

I used three zucchini about this size but I forgot to measure how many cups it made.

Of course, I altered the recipe by adding onions, garlic powder, and a little more flour. It was a little too runny (probably because I forgot to add the cheese!), so I had to use a slotted spoon to scoop it into the ¼-cup measuring cup. I added the extra rice flour because it tends to make fried foods a little crispier. Even without the cheese, these fritters were amazing. My friend Gregg said I could make these every weekend if I wanted to. We were thinking about trying them using eggplant instead of zucchini.

The cayenne pepper gives these fritters a bit of a kick. I actually reduced the black pepper amount to ¼ teaspoon. You could even leave out the pepper if you like and they would be just as good. These make a great side dish with some burgers or chicken cooked on the grill!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 medium zucchini, shredded (about 4 cups)
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup sorghum flour
  • ¼ cup white rice flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ shredded parmesan cheese
  • small amount of oil for frying (I used olive oil)

Directions

Shred the zucchini using a box grater, food processor or juicer. I used a food processor for the zucchini and chopped the onions by hand. If you use the grater or food processor, you will need to squeeze out all the moisture from the zucchini before you add the rest of the ingredients. I just patted it with a paper towel to get out the moisture, but it was still pretty juicy after I added the eggs and tomatoes. If you use a juicer, you can skip the moisture-draining step.

Chopped up zucchini and onions mixed together.

I chopped the zucchini in a food processor.

Sprinkle with the salt and toss well. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Add flour, egg and pepper. Stir to combine.

Flours and spices mixed up in a bowl.

Flours and spices.

An opened bag of Bob's Red Mill Sweet White Sorghum Flour

This is the sorghum flour I used.

Once mixed, gently fold in tomato and cheese.

All ingredients mixed up in a white bowl.

All ingredients mixed together – the tomatoes made it a little soupier than I thought it would be.

Heat a large skillet (or griddle if you’re looking for a less greasy option) with a small amount of oil on medium-low heat.

Pack a 1/4 cup measuring cup with the fritter mixture, pressing it down inside the cup. Turn the cup out onto the pan and flatten the zucchini until you get a patty.

Four zucchini fritters cooking in frying pan.

First batch of fritters cooking.

Close-up of zucchini fritter frying in the frying pan

Frying Fritter!

Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes or until nicely browned.

Four zucchini fritters cooking in frying pan flipped over with crispy side up.

Here’s what they looked like when I flipped them over.

This recipe made 14 fritters.

Zucchini fritters piled up on a plate.

This recipe made 14 fritters about the size of small pancakes.

 

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The BEST thing happened today! Maizy dropped an egg on the floor and I ATE IT! She said I was her little helper. Being a helper TASTES GOOD!