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Jan 1, 2011 01:41 PM

gluten free mac 'n cheese

Want to do it from scratch...
Simply switch out the regular pasta for gluten free? And pick a good recipe?
Any suggestions?

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  1. Yep. I use tinkyada pasta. Don't forget, you'll probably need some GF flour to make a roux as well. I use Bob's Red Mill GF flour when it's just for a couple of tablespoons/as a thickner.

    Sorry that I can't offer a recipe, as I haven't found a great one I love. I will be keeping track of this post though!

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    1. re: sulbin

      Well, how about the ultimate challenge...just realized my friends can't have cow's milk as well as gluten (they do goat, feta, sheep).
      Soooo.either I just don't do the mac 'n cheese, or has anyone ever done anything like this?

      I'm serving ham tomorrow night and would love to do mac n cheese...then I remembered who I invited. I'm perfectly fine changing plans, but now I'm curious.

    2. yes, and yes...*and* you'll have to make a GF cheese sauce, which i've personally found is best done with a combination of sweet rice flour and potato starch in place of the conventional flour. don't use cornstarch - it lends a funny taste to the sauce.

      are you looking to just make the sauce from scratch, or the pasta as well?

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        any thoughts on no cow's milk/gluten free mac n cheese? possible?

        If not, I was thinking about roasting some veggies (incl. sweet potatoes)..
        Any other thoughts for gluten free/non dairy side dishes for ham?

        1. re: rcburli


          use GF vegan cheese - i haven't tried it yet myself, but i've heard good things about Daiya - apparently it's the only one that melts and tastes like the real thing. i'd use that, and you can make the sauce with unsweetened almond or soy milk.

          other side dishes for ham:
          - gratin (potato, turnip, sweet potato, cauiflower or parsnip) with vegan cheese & GF bread crumbs
          - braised swiss chard, kale or broccoli rabe
          - roasted green beans, asparagus or brussels sprouts
          - cole slaw
          - corn pudding or casserole
          - GF cornbread
          - broccoli-rice casserole

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I suggest scrapping it and doing something else. Its pretty hard to do well. The sauce really wants to break on you in the oven and the gf pasta tends to absorb everything and get super mushy. It can be done well but takes a lot of love and is something I would run thru once before I do for others . The gratin is a good idea....instead of vegan cheese I would use parm reggianno ( sheep) or some other harder goat or sheep cheese. Rice milk thickened with cornstarch or arrowroot with a egg yolk liason can provide a rich result
            I did a kind of gratin with sweet potatoes and cocnut milk custard... even bruleed the top when it was done. That would go nicely with ham

      2. I made gluten free vegan mac and cheese the other day from the Veganomicon. It isn't like traditional mac and cheese, but my roommates and I ate the whole pan.

        I used corn and quinoa elbows with the nutritional yeast sauce. Not for everyone, but if you are interested I'd check out the cookbook.

        I'm new to gluten free/egg free/ and dairy free lifestyle, but my health is so much better without it.