Gluten-Free Holiday: Christmas and Hanukkah Favorites- Chipolatas

Gluten-Free Holiday: Christmas and Hanukkah Favorites- Chipolatas Welcome to our Gluten-Free Holiday Celebration.  I’m so glad you could visit.

A Gluten-Free Holiday is off to a wonderful start! Ricki at Diet, Dessert and Dogs kicked us off with tips to stay healthy during the holidays and shared some delicious truffles. Then, Shirley at Gluten-Free Easily shared a no-fail pie crust recipe and we linked our Thanksgiving favorites.  Last week Alta from Tasty Eats at Home got us thinking about Gifts of Good Taste.  She shared her Macadamia Almond Brittle and Pistachio Coconut Macaroons.  Hopefully by now you are aware that each week there are tons of great cookbooks given away.  Check out below and see which really amazing cookbook authors want to give you their books. Next week visit Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl for Holiday Breakfasts and Brunch.

So far there have been 106 recipes shared with this event!  I’d love to see that number hit 150 by Wednesday so please join in and let others know.

Congratulations to last week’s winners:

Winners of Kelli and Peter Bronski’s Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking:

Mommaladybug at mommaladybug.wordpress.com

Genie at glutenfreeandloving.com

Winners of Jules E Dowler Shepherd’s Free For All Cooking:

Valerie at CityLifeEats.com

Priscilla at myswaddlebabies.com

Suzanne at thruthebugsonmywindshield.wordpress.com

Catherine at shiara@gmail.com

JoHanna B at rawkansas.blogspot.com

This week I’m honored to host your Favorite Christmas and Hanukkah Entrees and Side Dishes.  Now I realize we just cleaned up from Thanksgiving, but Hanukkah has started and Christmas is only 23 days away.  So now is the time to get planning and test cooking those dishes.

I’ve been playing with some new recipes that include favorites for Christmas from England.  I’m so excited this year to be hosting a Boxing Day Celebration with some relatives from Lincolnshire.  Tony has informed me that the best sausages come from Lincolnshire.  Well since he can’t bring them with him, and they’re probably not gluten free, I’m working on my version of the favorite Chipolatas.  I did find some resources for gluten free sausages in UK, The Black Farmer which sound great.

I also found a few blogs from the UK for gluten free living:  UK Gluten Free, I’m Gluten Free Baby, Free From Gluten,  Wheat Free Living, Nonni’s Table or UK Coeliac, and the Coeliac UK site.  You have already heard me talk about Straight to Bed Cake Free and Dried but check it out again.

But I digress, so back to the sausages!

This version can be made two ways.  You can either start with my PancettaSage Sausage recipe or use the one I’m sharing here.  Now most of the recipes I’ve seen for sausage in the UK uses rusk or what we call bread crumbs.  Not something I’m that keen on using even if it’s gluten free.  So I don’t add that ingredient.

While researching chipolatas I found that for the holidays there are two key things to be added, sage and bacon.

So here is my US/VA version of the UK Chipolatas.

Gluten-Free Holiday: Christmas and Hanukkah Favorites- Chipolatas

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh ground organic pork

1/2 tsp granulated onion

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp mace

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

2-3 TBS rubbed sage

1/2 cup very cold water

Fresh Sage leaves for each sausage link

Slice of bacon for each sausage link

Directions:

If you like to save money buy a Pork Butt and grind it yourself.  If you don’t have a meat grinder attachment no problem, you can get ground pork at the market.  You can also get the pork butt at the grocery and ask them to rough grind it once for you.  One more reason to get to know your butcher.

Mix the remaining ingredients on the list down to the water into the pork.  To make sure everything is combined really well after the initial mix, I toss it all into the food processor.  Don’t over process it or you’ll have pork soup.  If you pulse just enough to work the seasonings into all of the pork.

Now if you happen to get some sausage casings and have that attachment to your mixer than start making your sausage.  I don’t have that attachement and prefer to roll my sausages by hand with no casings.

Because I do these by hand they will not look like the traditional long thin chipolatas but they taste great.

These are mild sausages so if you like to taste more of the seasonings double the amounts of seasonings called for in the recipe.

Now to cook these sausages for the holidays you’ll want to add a couple more items.   Take each sausage and place a fresh sage leaf on top and then wrap the whole thing with a slice of bacon.  Lay them on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Place into a 400 degree preheated oven and cook until the bacon is crisp which should be enough time for the sausages to cook too.  This should take approximately 20 minutes.  WARNING:  Your house will smell amazing and will draw people from every room.

Now it’s your turn to share your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah Entrees and Side Dishes by using the link at the bottom of this post.

This contest is now closed.  Thank you to all who participated.  Please head over to Ginger Lemon Girl to see who won!

It’s also your turn to get a gift from one of these authors.  They have graciously offered to give you a copy of their cookbook if your comment number is randomly selected. (only shipping in the US for non e-books)  How do you get a number?  Try this To Do List but don’t delay, it’s over on December 8th!

You can do any or all of the following things just leave a comment for each one:

- Link up your gluten-free entree or side dish recipe via the linky at the bottom of this post and leave a comment telling me what you’ve shared.

- Follow @thewholegang on Twitter and leave a comment here saying that you did.

- Post about this roundup on your blog or Facebook and leave me a comment here telling me you did.

- Subscribe to The W.H.O.L.E Gang in a reader or in email, and leave a comment here telling me you did.

- Subscribe to The W.H.O.L.E. Gang Newsletter and leave me a comment here telling me you did.

- Like The W.H.O.L.E. Gang on Facebook and leave me a comment here telling me you did.

-Friend me on Facebook and leave me a comment here telling me you did.

- If by chance you have already read or purchased a copy of either book, leave an Amazon review for the book and leave a comment here telling me you did.

- Tweet about this roundup using @thewholegang and our event hashtag, #GFHoliday and leave a comment here saying that you did.

Leave a comment each time you do something on this to do list.  Don’t leave one comment with a list of things you did, that only gives you one number and one chance!  One comment for each way you share this event.

Gifts they are giving:

1 copy of Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back…And How You Can Too by Shauna James Ahern

Gluten-Free Holiday: Christmas and Hanukkah Favorites- Chipolatas

1 copy of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef by Shauna James Ahern & Daniel Ahern

Gluten-Free Holiday: Christmas and Hanukkah Favorites- Chipolatas

1 copy of Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar by Ricki Heller

Gluten-Free Holiday: Christmas and Hanukkah Favorites- Chipolatas

3 copies of these e-book trios: 1 copy of Sweet Freedom, 1 copy of Desserts without Compromise, 1 copy of Anti-Candida Feast Book

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Leave your comments so these authors will know you are serious and would love the gift of their book. The more ways you share the more chances you have in winning.

I hope you all will have a wonderful holiday season.

Time to Link up!  Don’t forget to add a note to the recipe you are linking from your blog that you have shared it here.  Thank you.

103 Responses to Gluten-Free Holiday: Christmas and Hanukkah Favorites- Chipolatas

  1. Stephanie December 2, 2010 at 1:22 am #

    I posted my pumpkin cheesecake (GF/DF), which technically isn't an entree or a side dish, although I have been eating it with my dinner every night :)

    What a fun holiday celebration! Those sausages look so good! Anything wrapped in bacon has gotta be good, right?

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

      Thank you for sharing. I guess that could be an entree. I'd eat it for breakfast too.

  2. Lucy December 2, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    Thanks for the mention! What a great idea for Celebration posts; I'll have to go and check out some of the other bloggers.

    I can definitely recommend the Black Farmer sausages to those of your readers in the UK – which do come in chipolata form, as well as standard sizes. But most sausages here in the UK contain 'rusk', sadly. The list of ingredients should be very clear on this, and gluten free sausages will almost always say so very clearly.

    I'm very impressed you decided to make sausages from scratch. And you're quite right: for Christmas, the sausages should definitely have bacon wrapped round them!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

      Lucy- Thank you for stopping by. Do you have a recipe you would like to share?

  3. Shirley @ gfe December 2, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    I think Tony will be very, very pleased with your efforts! I'm not sure I could eat a whole chipolata, but I know I'd enjoy the flavors in them. Yum!

    Another great giveaway for our Gluten-Free Holiday event!

    Shirley

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

      Shirley-these are small sausages. About the size of your finger so I'm sure you could handle them. I took a picture of my pig. I might have to change my profile pic again.

  4. @SensitivePantry December 2, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Homemade sausage is by far the best. This recipe takes it up a notch!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

      Nancy- you know homemade sausage is so dag on easy that I really see no reason not to make it. You'll know every ingredient and it tastes about 100 times better. Any fresh sausage you can think of you probably can make in about 10 minutes. A little longer if you're grinding your own meat.

  5. Arielle December 2, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    I would share a link if I had a blog ^__^ But I am subscribed via RSS and would love an e-book!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

      Thank you Arielle. Good luck!

  6. stephanie December 2, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    such a lovely giveaway! I entered my gluten free almond thumbprints!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

      Thank you for sharing Stephanie. So do you eat those thumbprints as an entree or side dish? Personally I'd go for the side dish. :-)

  7. stephanie December 2, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    I already follow you on Twitter, my dear.

  8. stephanie December 2, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    ps – another great blog from the UK is Naomi Devlin's "Straight into bed CakeFree and Dried". It's lovely.

  9. Amy @ SS&GF December 2, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Diane! You did such a lovely job on this post! Thank you – of course I'd expect nothing less.

    I love your dish – anything wrapped in bacon is fabulous. Fully decadent for the holidays.

    Hugs!
    Amy

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

      Thank you Amy. I'm with you on the bacon. It's even great dipped in chocolate! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  10. Ashlie December 2, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I shared the pear harvest salad recipe :)

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

      Ashlie- thank you for sharing your recipe, blogging about the event and the two facebook follows. I really appreciate it.

  11. Ashlie December 2, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I blogged about the event here: http://delshadduo.blogspot.com/2010/11/pear-harve

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  14. Hallie @ Daily Bites December 2, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Great post, Diane (as usual!). I shared my recipe for Last-Minute Skillet Green Beans, an easy side dish that comes together quickly.

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

      Hallie-thank you for sharing your recipe. Love those quick ones.

  15. Stephanie Wasabimon December 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Chipolaaaaaataaaaaaaaaaaaas! Those look incredible. Wow. You just made my morning.

  16. Youthful One December 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Posted on facebook.

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

      Thank you youthful one!

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  21. Neverensz December 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

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  22. Neverensz December 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    I posted the gingerbread recipe from Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef.

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 3, 2010 at 8:01 am #

      Thank you for participating but unfortunately you can only link up your own recipes from your own blog. But that gingerbread recipe is a good one for sure.

  23. Emily December 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    I linked up my Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Holiday dinners need super simple side dishes that taste good, and this definitely fits the bill. Thanks!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

      Thank you Emily for sharing your recipe. They look lovely.

  24. Neverensz December 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    I signed up for your newsletter!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

      Thank you neverensz for the follows and sign ups. I appreciate it.

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    I friended you on facebook.

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    I'm following you on twitter.

  27. Glugle Gluten-Free December 2, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    Those look so good! I never thought to make my own sausage and just not use a casing. Great idea! Did you invent that? :)

    I linked up my new Christmas Lasagna. Lasagna was always our Christmas Eve dinner. This is my updated, a bit healthier version.

    xoxo,
    Tia :P

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

      Tia- Thank you for sharing. Always up for a healthier lasagna recipe for sure. Don't thin I invented casing free sausage but thanks for the thought.

  28. terri December 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

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  31. Jeanie December 3, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    I linked my Gluten Free Sweet Potatoe Casserole. It's a holiday favorite at our home!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 3, 2010 at 7:59 am #

      Jeanie- thank you for participating with such gusto. It's great! Also thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

  32. Jeanie December 3, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    I am now following you on Twitter!

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    I just added you as a facebook friend.

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    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 3, 2010 at 8:00 am #

      Thank you Alisa for joining in the fun. I hope you will come back and see what everyone is sharing along the way and in the future.

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  40. Jayn December 3, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    I love sweet potato casserole!! It's my very favorite!

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

      Jayn I think you're not alone on that one for sure!

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  45. Shirley @ gfe December 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    I finally got my post up, Diane! Linked one of our favorite vegetable dishes for the holidays or any special meal. :-)

    Shirley

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC December 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

      Thank you Shirley. That looks perfect for these cold damp days. I wonder if I could sneak that to my family sometime. They might not know it has butter beans in it.

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  47. Whozyerdanny December 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    Great blog, love the food, the pics and the info. Thanks!

  48. Maggie December 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    Diane I love seeing what you come up with! Your recipes are always so creative! I linked up my recipe for gluten-free pie crust – veggie pot pie makes a great entree for vegetarians or vegans during the holidays! Thanks!

  49. Marisa H December 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    I just followed @thewholegang on Twitter!

  50. Marisa H December 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    I just left an Amazon review for Gluten Free Girl and the Chef, I already own it!

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