Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gluten-Free Pesto Chicken Parmesan Recipe

I just finished posting a pair of my favorite gluten-free recipes online at my free recipe library site - a homemade Gluten-Free Sun-Dried-Tomato Pesto Recipe (as pictured above) and a Gluten-Free Pesto Chicken Parmesan Recipe (pictured below) which puts that homemade pesto to use in a delicious combination of chicken, pesto, and cheese.

I love pesto! I enjoy the traditional / standard basil, garlic, olive oil, and pine-nuts variety quite a bit. And, I also like extensions on this theme; by adding ingredients like Onions and Sun-Dried Tomatoes to the pesto, simple and versatile flavorful variations arise and present new opportunity for further derivative-recipe experimentation - like the enhanced Chicken Parmesan recipe.

This pair of recipes formed the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving dinner this year. We decided to skip the traditional turkey and serve up something a bit different for the event. Since we were only serving a small number of people, cooking an entire turkey (or even a turkey breast) was just more than we wanted to deal with. So, pesto and chicken Parmesan it was - and a great success it was too! These recipes were definitely a hit with everyone that has tried them.

One thing I really like about pestos is how incredibly versatile they are, and how pesto can easily add flavor and excitement to all sorts of dishes. We make a fairly good sized batch of pesto at a time (as shown in the glass dish above), so I nearly always have leftovers for other creations. I put pesto on my gluten-free pasta, potatos, tortillas, baked celeriac (celery root - I have a recipe coming for this soon too), and many other items in my gluten-free diet. It is just a wonderful addition to so many recipes.

Here's hoping you too will enjoy the pesto and chicken recipes as much as I do!


leosatter said...

this looks sooooo good!!!!
Do you by chance, know of any quality online food services? I am starting to order all my food online because of various reasons. (Health being one of them) So far I have found 2 services, Fresh Dining (an LA company) and Celebrity Foods, but you have to call them so they can talk to you about your need. I would really like any suggestions that you may have, so I can widen my list of quality places online where I can order healthy food from.
Thank you and have a great night or day…depending on when you read this. LOL!!!!

Mike Eberhart said...

I don't order much in the way of prepared food online. But, I do use to get various baking ingredients, as well as other online retailers that carry gluten-free items. Wish I had more experience with that, but I (or my wife) tend to bake much of our food from scratch at home.

Crazy Crashed Adrenal Girl said...

I love your blog, beautiful pictures, beautiful recipes. I am battling adrenal fatigue and found one source to be gluten. I have just started a blog and would love to link us up. My blog is I want to add you to my list of links if that's ok and would love it if you add me!

Nekked Lizards said...

This is a great blog. The pictures make my mouth water! I just started blogging (always a few years behind) but would you mind if I added your blog to my site? I have Celiac disease and have a little sidebar thingy for my gluten free info finds. Again, great blog. -Nekked Lizards

Mike Eberhart said...

adrenal girl and nekked lizards,
Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks for the kind comments. I appreciate it. Sure, link to my site, I definitely welcome it.
Keep in mind, if you want others to find your blog postings and gain some readers, check out my Gluten-Free News Aggregator, which anyone can sign up to be a content-provider right from their blogger site (see BLOG-FEED SETUP instructions link at top of that page for how to join). Enjoy!

ryles said...

My sisters birthday is this weekend.. and your chocolate cake is the best looking cake I've found..
I went to your book's website and it gave me the variations.. but where is the actual recipe??????
I really really really need it!
Her only happiness relies on this chocolate cake! (Am i sounding pitiful enough?? :oP )
Am I just overlooking the recipe.. or are you purposely withholding it from me????????? :o)
Can you please let me know where to find the recipe??
Please please please?????
Thanks Mike!!!

P.s. If you do.. I promise to send you pictures!! She was just diagnosed with Celiacs about a month ago.. she’s going to be 27 and all she wants is a Barbie Cake.
You know the kind where you bake the cake in a bowl..and still a Barbie in the middle??
It’ll be really funny!! :o)

Mike Eberhart said...

Thanks for the comments on the Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake. I appreciate it.

That particular recipe variation you are talking about is in my book. Although I post quite a few free recipes on this blog and our book website also, that particular recipe is one of the reasons people buy the book - the cake is as good as it looks!

If you call only putting that recipe in the book "withholding the recipe" (by not just posting it online), I guess I am. After all, I need some reason for people to actually purchase the book (which by the way is satisfaction guaranteed) if I am ever to get this pile of books I had printed out of here. I don't advertise or sell at Amazon or Borders or anything, so my online sales are the only way to ever move these books, and the great recipes are the reason people buy the book.

I guarantee that chocolate cake would have been a hit with your sister, but unfortunately, even if you were to order the book today, I doubt it could make it there for your weekend without costing some ridiculous amount to ship it FedEx or something. And, you will also want to allow time to make sure you have all the ingredients ready too. So, unfortunately the cake may have to wait til another future event.

By any chance, are you anywhere near Cleveland, Ohio? If so, I could deliver one to you myself if within an hour of here (as well as the ingredients you'd need). Also, I have friends in a couple other cities that could help perhaps. That's the best I can do on short notice right now.

ryles said...

Thanks for the idea's Mike..
Unfortunitley.. we are in Utah..
I think thats more than an hour from Ohio!! :o) right???

I understand your with holding of the recipe.. I'll definitly have to buy it for future ventures!

And we'll just find some other sub standard cake for her birthday.. :(

just kidding..
Thank you for your quick responce.. and i look forward to reading about all of your other yummy things.. both on your blog and in your cook book!!

Rose said...

This looks fabulous! I am newly diagnosed and am thrilled to find so many delicious gluten free recipes.

Mike Eberhart said...

ryles, yep, Utah is just BIT too far to drive a cookbook :) Thanks for reading the blog, and I hope I post some great recipes and things you find useful. I have a cookie recipe coming tomorrow.

Rose, thanks for reading too! Stay tuned for more as I try to meet expectations. Enjoy!

Wellsphere said...

Great recipe, thanks for sharing it! Would love to feature you on, a site that helps people to live healthier. Can't find a contact form so thought I'd comment; look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Larisa

Mike Eberhart said...

I keep the contact-info a *bit* difficult to find, just to avoid SPAM. But, if you were to look at Step 3 in the Gluten-Free News Aggregator setup procedure/instructions, you'll find my contact info. :)

Sorry about any added contact aggravation, but I just get overloaded with junk Email. Not sure what you have in mind regarding "feature me on...", but send me an Email and let me know, and I'll try to help you get whatever you are looking for, so long as the goal is to help others with Celiac Disease (or wheat-free / gluten-free people) and their diet. Thanks. Mike