I was introduced to Lauren Kelly's gluten-free cookbook - The Everything Wheat-Free Diet Cookbook a few weeks ago. This book will show you how to substitute common foods (and uncommon foods) with those that are wheat-free. Lauren shares thrilling recipes from around the world that prove you can give up the gluten without giving up the flavor. For sufferers of celiac disease, the necessary diet limitations can seem like a culinary curse. With the right information and a great cookbook, you can still eat most of the foods you love while maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet. This recipe book will inspire you, but it also has pages full of invaluable information for those on a gluten-free journey. I highly recommend this book.
I was inspired immediately after I read Lauren's book to make her Chestnut Crepes with a savory twist.
2 large room temperature eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chestnut flour
1/2 cup rice flour
2 tablespoons salted melted butter
Whisk all the ingredients until smooth. Heat a well buttered 11" by 11" round skillet on medium heat. When hot, pour in half a cup of the batter and tilt the skillet with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Keep crepes warm while you prepare the filling.
1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons butter
4 large fresh garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup blue cheese
Black pepper to taste
Heat a large skillet and add butter. When hot, add garlic, pepper f lakes, fresh herbs f or a minute to combine. Add wine, cream, and cheese to melt, followed by shrimp. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until it's done. Season to taste with black pepper. Fold empty crepe over to form a half circle. Spoon a tablespoon of the stuffing into one half . Fold it over, this time to form a triangular shape (refer to picture). Drizzle some of the sauce over the top.