Makes 16 rugelach.
These savoury gluten-free cookies will be the unexpected hit of your holiday gathering. Make sure to source sweet rice flour for this recipe. This type of rice flour is ground from short-grain glutinous rice and, although it’s called “sweet,” it has a mild, almost milky flavour that’s not at all sugary. Sometimes you’ll find this flour labelled as “mochiko.”
The sky is the limit for fillings in these savoury cookies. Other great options include olive tapenade, pesto, or hot red pepper jelly with blue cheese.
In bowl of food processor fitted with blade attachment, pulse together sweet rice flour, millet flour, oat flour, cornstarch, turmeric, xanthan gum, and salt until combined. Scatter butter and cream cheese pieces overtop, and process until dough comes together in large clumps, about an additional 30 seconds.
Transfer dough onto large piece of parchment paper that has been lightly dusted with millet flour. Gather dough into rough log and dust lightly with more millet flour. Place another piece of parchment on top of dough and, using rolling pin, roll dough into 16 x 8 in (40 x 20 cm) rectangle. Peel back top piece of parchment every few passes of the rolling pin to ensure dough is not sticking. If it does stick, lightly dust with additional millet flour. If your rectangle is more oval, trim uneven ends, stick them onto the corners, and continue rolling to form an even rectangle. Set dough aside in a cool spot while preparing filling.
In small bowl, stir together goat cheese, harissa paste, and lemon zest.
In another small bowl, toss together chopped parsley, cilantro, and mint.
Transfer rolled dough, still on its parchment, onto baking tray. Thinly spread goat cheese mixture all over dough leaving 1/2 in (1.25 cm) border along both long sides. Sprinkle herbs evenly over cheese.
To shape cookies, lift up one of the long edges of parchment and use it to begin rolling up dough as tightly as possible. Place seam side down on parchment paper and place in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes. At this point you can also wrap and freeze the cookie log until ready to bake.
Place oven rack in middle of oven before preheating to 375 F (190 C).
Remove frozen cookie log from freezer and place on cutting board. Brush with milk and sprinkle with dried dill. Slice into 1 in (2.5 cm) slices and place seam side down on parchment-lined baking tray and bake until golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer rugelach to cooling rack to cool for at least 10 minutes at room temperature before enjoying.
Make no mistake, meaty grilled tofu, sweet flame-licked salsa, and chunks of crispy sweet potato make for a meal prepared in the great outdoors that puts the yum in plant-based eating. A master’s touch Perfect spuds: Crispy potatoes on the grill are a revelation. But it’s best to give them a head start on the stovetop, so the potatoes heat through before the exteriors grill to a burnt crisp. Flavourful tofu: Giving tofu a 90-degree turn on the grill halfway through cooking each side will produce a nice crosshatch pattern that makes you look like a grill master. Plus, those overlapping grill marks give tofu even better flavour.
Combine pizza and taco night by firing up the grill. Sweet flame-licked onions, melty cheese, fiery salsa, hearty beans, and crispy flatbread crust all marry well in a no-fuss pizza that comes together fast enough to work within the confines of the weekday time crunch. Set up a work area near the grill so you have all your toppings within easy reach and ready to go. You can also use large Middle Eastern-style pitas for your base. Using store-bought pizza dough? If you want to go more traditional and use pizza dough, you can certainly stick with the grill. Stretch or roll pizza dough (about 1 lb/450 g) to roughly 1/2 in (1.25 cm) thick. It need not be perfectly round or square; it just has to be even thickness. Preheat grill to medium using indirect heat (for a gas grill, leave one burner off; for a charcoal grill, shovel coals onto one side of the grill) and lightly oil grill grates. Brush one side of dough with oil, then place on grill in an area not directly over the heat, oil side down. Once dough is lightly charred and just barely set, about 1 to 2 minutes, use pizza peel or big, flat spatula to transfer it to a work surface, grilled side up. Apply toppings and return pizza to indirect heat. Close grill lid, and heat until edges of crust are crispy and cheese has melted, 5 to 7 minutes.
If a falafel and burger had a love child, this would be it. The result of this hybrid is a vibrantly coloured, complex-flavoured veggie burger you’ll flip over. You can also serve them between toasted hamburger buns with toppings such as sliced cucumber, sliced tomato, and arugula. Holding it together Many plant-based burgers are crumbly and weak, risking a patty that ends up between the grill grates instead of intact on your plate. Keep your burgers together by forming patties no larger than 1 in (2.5 cm) thick, which ensures a nice, even crust on the outside and a thoroughly warmed-through centre, then chilling the patties before grilling. You can also consider using a burger mould, which gives you denser, equally sized patties that cook evenly. Be sure your grill grates are well greased. Deep freeze You can freeze uncooked falafel burgers on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet or plate and then transfer frozen patties to an airtight container. When ready, just thaw and cook as instructed. Falafel cooking options To bake: Arrange falafel on parchment-lined baking sheet and brush lightly with oil; bake at 375 F (190 C) for 25 minutes, or until crispy on the outside and heated through. To pan fry: Heat large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp oil (15 mL) for each 2 burgers in the pan, swirl to coat pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until underside is browned. Then flip carefully and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.
Bet you’ve never considered making breakfast or Sunday brunch on the grill. Consider cooking your egg-soaked bread over flames as a way to coax even more flavour out of brag-worthy French toast. You can also use slices of brioche bread and whatever fruit happens to be in season. Of course, nobody could fault you for topping it all off with a drizzle of maple syrup. If you want it dairy free, you can use dairy alternatives such as oat milk and coconut yogurt. Not so fresh Somewhat stale bread is key to great French toast. You want it to be 2 to 3 days old. What if your bread isn’t aged enough? You can speed up the process by slicing bread and then placing it on a pan in 350 F (180 C) oven for about 10 minutes, or until it firms up. Make sure it’s sliced nice and thick to prevent the egg mixture-to-bread ratio being too heavy in favour of egg, resulting in soggy French toast.