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Gluten-Free Smokehouse Burger Recipe

February 1, 2011

Happy Super Bowl week! We are gearing up for an epic gluten-free Super Bowl party here at ATX Gluten-Free. We will definitely be serving these burgers. As well as some other gluten-free appetizers and cocktails, of course. The buns used in this recipe were kindly provided by Gluten-Free Kneads. They are the official sponsor for our Gluten-Free Pizza Fest. Find Gluten-Free Kneads at several locations around town, or order online.  Stay tuned for the launch of our new website this month. It has been a fun process and I can’t wait to share the results with you all.

Gluten-Free Smokehouse Burger Recipe:

Makes 4-6 burgers, depending on size preference


  • 1 lb. ground sirloin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • more barbecue sauce for baking (depends on your preference level)
  • cheddar cheese slices for burgers
  • 1 large onion
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • hamburger buns, provided by Gluten-Free Kneads


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Pre-heat a large, deep skillet to medium-high heat. Coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Add sliced onions and spread into an even layer in the pan. After 10 minutes, add, salt, sugar and balsamic vinegar. Let cook for 30 minutes to 1 hour (or more), stirring often. You will know the onions are done when they are a nice, golden brown.

Pre-heat another skillet (preferably cast iron or oven safe) to medium-high heat. Place ground sirloin, egg, parmesan cheese, spices and 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce in large mixing bowl. Mix ingredients with hands and form 4-6 small hamburger patties, leaving a small indention in the middle of the patty. Add oil to skillet. Sear hamburgers on both sides, about 5 minutes. Top burgers with sliced cheddar cheese, pour more barbecue sauce into cast iron skillet, on top of burgers. Bake in oven until burgers are medium-well done, depending on your preference level (about 12 minutes). Serve on a gluten-free bun.


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A Sneak Peek…

January 27, 2011

The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest 2011

Oven-Dried Tomato Chips

January 25, 2011

Confession: I made these a while ago when tomatoes were in season here in Texas. I ate them so fast that I did not get a chance to photograph them. My finals are fast approaching (my grad school semesters are strange), and I was on the look out for a healthy snack that would get me through some late night studying. I remembered when I made these lovely tomato chips in Jackson Hole this past summer. They were irresistible rounds of sweet, rich, tomato goodness. If you have never had a dehydrated tomato chip before; let me give you a run down. When you dehydrate a tomato, the flavor intensifies. It makes the tomato sweet and slightly bitter. Now, if you have a dehydrator, the cooking time for you might be less (or more). I don’t mind baking tomato chips the old way though… low and slow in the oven. Just don’t forget about them!

Oven-Dried Tomato Chips:

Makes about 1 cup


  • 6 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin. After you slice the tomato, remove some of the pulp with fingers. You do not have to remove all the pulp.
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl, combine sliced tomatoes with olive oil and salt. Mix to merge ingredients. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lay tomato slices in an even layer. You might need two cookie sheets. Bake at 200 degrees for 8 hours (more/less depending on oven strength) or until tomatoes are dehydrated and crispy.


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This recipe is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce

January 24, 2011

Looking for a sauce that will jazz up your chicken or pasta dish? Look no further than this roasted red bell pepper sauce. I’m pretty sure it is my new favorite. I was actually eating it by the spoonful when my boyfriend (known as Chris from here on out) wasn’t looking. No, I am not kidding. We have been testing pizza recipes non-stop here in the ATX Gluten-Free kitchen. It was time for a change of pace this weekend, so we turned to America’s favorite animal protein (chicken), and took it to the next level. This sauce did just that, and I was actually excited to eat leftovers the next day. It seems with leftovers, you either love them or you hate them. This time I loved them!

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce:

Makes 1 1/2 cups


  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Start by slicing off the tops of the bed peppers and pulling out rims and seeds. Begin roasting the bell peppers either in the oven (high broil, turning periodically to char all sides), or directly over burner on stove top (char lightly all sides). Place roasted bell peppers in bowl, cover with saran wrap and let stand for 5 minutes. In a food processor, combine bell peppers with char on (for rustic flavor) or off, and the remaining ingredients. Pulse till a smooth consistency.


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ATX Gluten-Free News: January 2011

January 20, 2011

Welcome to first ATX Gluten-Free News segment of 2011. For those of you stopping by for the first time, ATX Gluten-Free News is a monthly news segment full of gluten-free information for Austin, national news, and general happenings of ATX Gluten-Free. Living gluten-free may be tough sometimes; we are here to make your life easier! Let’s get started…

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January 19, 2011


Raw Carrot and Parsley Salad

January 18, 2011

Pizza, pizza and more pizza. That is about the only thing we have seen in Chef Jess’s (my new nickname) kitchen the past couple weeks. I’ve been busy testing all kinds of pizza recipes for my Gluten-Free Pizza Fest event, which will happen in February. Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza, but sometimes it is nice to have a big bowl of vegetables. Preferably raw, with just the right hint of acidity. It’s perfection. Don’t knock it till you try it.

Raw Carrot Salad with Italian Parsley

Serves 2


  • 5 carrots (you will not use up all the carrots)- peeled with a Titan peeler into spaghetti-like strands
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup loose packed Italian Parsley leaves, keep whole


Using a Titan peeler (the larger one), peel carrots into spaghetti-like strands. Place in small mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve at room temperature.


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Other gluten-free carrot recipes:

Roasted Carrot and Beet Pasta with Goat Cheese (ATX Gluten-Free)

Carrot and Raisin Salad (Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake (Elana’s Pantry)

Candy Carrot Coins (Gluten-Free Easily)


Don’t forget to check out the recent post about Gluten-Free Pizza Fest. The dates are set. We would love for you to join us!

I’m guest blogging today over at Athletic Foodie. Head on over to check out my article on Exercise and Electrolytes.

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.