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In the kitchen, she creates recipes for beautiful, tasty gluten-free foods that most people could never tell are gluten free. As a writer, she produces a steady stream of baking tips, living advice, encouragement and insights through magazine articles, her web site (gfJules.com), newsletter, e-books and on sites like http://celiac.com and others. Jules also maintains a busy schedule of speaking at celiac and gluten-free gatherings, appearing on TV and radio shows, baking industry conventions, as well as teaching classes on the ease and freedom of baking at home.
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For a traditional green bean casserole, Funyuns are gluten free and can be used as a topper to replace fried onions or you can fry up your own onions with Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and your favorite recipe. For a slightly healthier version, try these baked (“fried”) onions.
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1/3 cup Jules Gluten Free™ All Purpose Flour*
¼ tsp. sea salt
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 475 F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
Combine the chopped onions and dry ingredients in a large bowl, tossing until totally coated with flour. Pour out onto baking sheet and separate the onion ring slices so they are not touching each other too much. Bake for 15-20 minutes, tossing one or two times while cooking to golden brown. Remove when cooked and set aside while you are making the casserole.
Green Bean Casserole
With a few substitutions, you can still enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving day casseroles, like green bean casserole. Progresso Cream of Mushroom Soup and Health Valley Organic Cream of Mushroom Soup are two gluten-free options. For a dairy-free option, Imagine Foods has a mushroom soup that is both gluten free and dairy free.
1 pound green beans, canned or fresh, rinsed, trimmed and halved
2 Tbs. unsalted butter or non-dairy substitute (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
2 large portabella mushrooms, sliced
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
1/3 cup dairy or non-dairy sour cream
2 Tbs. Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour*
2 cups cream of mushroom soup
1 fried onion, thinly sliced (see recipe above)
*See my bio (top-right)
Preheat oven to 400 F. If using fresh beans, boil in lightly salted water for 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water and drain. If using canned beans, rinse and set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter and toss in sliced mushrooms and pepper. Stir over medium heat for 5 minutes, then add spices and flour, stirring to coat. Cook an additional minute then add the sour cream and soup and lower the heat to medium-low.
Cook while the mixture thickens, approximately 5-8 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in half of the fried onions and all of the drained beans. Pour mixture into a large casserole and cook for 10 minutes, or until bubbly. Sprinkle the remaining onions on top and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve warm.