Gluten Free Potstickers with White Wine Sangria – and a giveaway!

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Gluten Free Gobsmacked/Kate Chan

Gluten Free Potstickers?  Yes, please!

Peach-Mango White Wine Sangria?  Bring it on!

Plated - Go!

NOTICE:  I was contacted by a marketing company for Al Fresco (gluten free sausages, etc) and Columbia Crest wines to create a recipe using Al Fresco meat and pairing it with Columbia Crest wine..  They sent me wine, coupons (2) for al fresco products, and some “entertainment” things (a trivet, spatual, grilling brush, wine opener and bottle stopper) in exchange for a post about wine matching that used Al Fresco gluten free meats.  The recipe is purely mine as are the opinions that follows.  I was not paid but rather was gifted the products and “entertainment” items for my time.


I thought this summer would be lost of leisurely time to do things like, you know, clean our our closets and get rid of stuff stuff STUFF that seems to be everywhere!  It has been filled with work – but not what I anticipated.  More often than not since the weather has gotten HOT, we’ve been seeking easy dinners.  Without air conditioning and living someplace where the hottest time of day is *just when* you want to start cooking dinner, it’s been a struggle.  I hate HOT and the house has been hovering around 86F at 5PM.  The thought of hanging out by the stove or turning on the oven just makes me ill at that time of day.  You can usually find us out on the deck grilling….. that was until we ripped the deck off the back of the house.  Oh yes.  We’ve been doing work (!) this summer.  I’ve spent more time at Home Deport (and more money!) in the last two weeks than I have in the last thirteen years.  Ha!

The Al Fresco meats that we’ve found have been delicious so I was quite happy to participate in a little wine pairing/recipe making.  We typically grill the meat with tons of red/orange/yellow/green bell peppers and then chop it all up and toss it into some quinoa with a dressing.  It’s delicious!  But this time, the coupons and recipe challenge arrived in the middle of our “empanada” vs. “potsticker” debate – as in which one would you rather (1) make and (2) eat?   Potstickers win every time in this house.  Empanadas are a close second with only two of us voting.  If the girls voted, we’d be eating cheeseburgers or sushi every night.  Ha!

And while the wine they sent (4 bottles!) was about the same amount of wine as we buy in two years, it was fun to taste and try.  The wine was delicious and quite easy to pair.  We chose the Columbia Crest Unoaked Chardonnay for our pairing as it fit perfectly with our plan:  White Wine Sangria!  The wine by itself is super smooth, light and with a hint of citrus, so it was lovely with peaches and mango for a sangria.

If you haven’t tried to make a gluten free potsticker before, never fear!  We’ve been making them since 2008 – and while we don’t make them as often any more, it isn’t as giant of an undertaking as you might think.  All in all, our dinner from scratch was ready in an hour.  That is how long it took the two of us to make the potstickers, salad, plate it and sit down for dinner.  It would have taken a little longer had I been flying solo in the kitchen.  Or better, I would have just shaved the brussel sprouts earlier!  (I’m a bit of a last minute Nelly on the salad making lately.)

The only thing missing from our meal tonight was a fabulous outdoor setting with a cool evening.  But until our backyard is put back together, this is not an option.  Maybe the sangria and potsticker fuel will help us get even more accomplished on our major yard projects tomorrow!

Our Friday Night Menu:

      • Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Rainier Cherries and Almonds
      • Sliced peaches and mangos
      • Chicken Potstickers (*al fresco Italian Chicken Sausage)
      • White Wine Peach-Mango Sangria (*Columbia Crest Chardonnay)

So let’s get to the recipes!

Potstickers - ready!


Gluten Free Potstickers

Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Appetizer, Entrée
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Hot
Region Chinese
Kate Chan Kate Chan


  • 1 cup rice flour (Potsticker dough ingredient)
  • 1/3 cup sweet rice flour (Potsticker dough ingredient)
  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch/tapioca starch flour (Potsticker dough ingredient)
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch (Potsticker dough ingredient)
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (Potsticker dough ingredient)
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin (Potsticker dough ingredient)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (Potsticker dough ingredient)
  • 2 eggs (Potsticker dough ingredient & Filling)
  • 2/3+ cups cold water (Potsticker dough ingredient)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (Potsticker dough ingredient)
  • 2-3 al fresco Italian Chicken Sausage links (Filling)
  • 1/3 cup sweet onion, minced (Filling)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (Filling & Dipping Sauce)
  • 1.5 " knob of fresh ginger, minced (Filling & Dipping Sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil (Filling)
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (Dipping Sauce)
  • 1/4 cup gluten free soy sauce/tamari (Dipping Sauce)
  • 1.5 teaspoons sugar (Dipping Sauce)


Step 1 MAKE YOUR FILLING: In the bowl of your food processor, drop 5 cloves of garlic, a knob of ginger (reserve the remaining garlic and ginger for your dipping sauce) and the onion, Pulse until well minced together. Add 2-3 al fresco Italian Sausage links and pulse again. You can continue pulsing until the ingredients are broken down together. Scrape into a bowl. Mix in sesame oil and one egg.
Step 2 dough ingredientsMAKE YOUR POTSTICKER DOUGH: In the (clean) bowl of your food processor, mix together your dry ingredients for the dough (rice flour, sweet rice flour, tapioca starch, corn starch, xanthan gum, gelatin, and salt). Blend the egg into 1/2 cup cold water. Drizzle the cold water/egg into the whirring food processor. Pulse until the dough comes together. Add reserved water and olive oil until you have a pliable, non-sticky dough that you can form into a ball. If it is not pliable, add a teaspoon of water at a time. If it is sticky, add a Tablespoon of tapioca starch at a time until you achieve a pliable, non-sticky ball. Cover with a damp/wet paper towel and set aside.
Step 3 filling it upMAKE THE POTSTICKERS: Separate a handful of dough and leave the rest covered with a damp/wet paper towel while working. Roll the dough out to 1/8-1/4" thickness. (I prefer to do this between two sheets of parchment paper to avoid any accidental sticking.) Cut with a 3.5 inch biscuit round cutter (or the lip of a round drinking glass). Peel off the not cut parts to roll again and fill each of your circles with a teaspoon + of your filling. (Don't try to overfill your potstickers or they will explode while cooking.) Fold the circle in half and pinch/twist the edges as you go to crimp them together well. Set the potstickers aside on a separate plate and continue to roll out dough/fill/crimp until you have finished with your dough. (We make about 18 potstickers with this dough recipe but this will vary depending on the size or your circles/cuts.)
Step 4 COOK YOUR POTSTICKERS: Pour 1 1/2 cups of water into a fry pan and bring to a boil. Add your potstickers (cook in batches). The water should just barely cover them. Boil the potstickers to cook the dough about 5 -8 minutes depending on the thickness of your dough. Take one out and cut it/taste it to test. Strain out the potstickers and pour the water out of the pan. Return the pan to the stove and heat it up high. Drizzle a bit of olive oil into the pan and place the potstickers in the pan to brown. Allow to brown/crisp up along on side (or two, if you prefer) for at least 5 minutes, checking for doneness. Potstickers are done when golden and crispy on the outside.
Dipping Sauce
Step 5 MAKE YOUR DIPPING SAUCE: In a small saucepan, add a drizzle of olive oil over medium-high heat. Scrape in the reserved minced garlic and ginger. Stir until aromatic 1-2 minutes (or less!). Add your vinegar and soy sauce. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Taste. Heat thoroughly. Remove from heat and either drizzle over the potstickers or place in a dipping bowl with the potstickers/family style.

Peach-Mango White Wine Sangria


  • 1 bottle Columbia Crest UnOaked Chardonnay or other white wine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large fresh peach, sliced thin
  • 1 ripe mango, slice thin
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (optional)
  • 1-2 cup Club Soda (optional)


Step 1 Mix together fruit, sugar, wine and Grand Marnier. Put into fridge to allow fruit to soak for several hours. When ready to serve, add 1 cup (or more, to taste) of club soda and some ice cubes. (The club soda lightens the sangria considerably.)


And now a giveaway – I have a Grand Prize and 5 coupons for Runner Ups!

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:  (2) al fresco free item coupons, a lovely wooden trivet/spatula set, a grilling brush and a wine opener/stopper from Columbia Crest.

Five Runner Ups will each receive a free product coupon (1 each) for an al fresco product.

Good luck!
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Gluten Free Chinese Almond Cookies

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Gluten Free Chinese Almond Cookies

I’ve made this recipe a few times.  I’ve added almond flour, coconut oil, etc but this is the basic recipe that gets devoured.  The end result is a cookie that is crunchy and melts in your mouth.  Just what I was looking for to enjoy with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.  I’ve even made “mini-cookies” for our afternoon tea party with the girls and their dollies.  The smaller the dough balls reduces the baking time (obviously) but it was fun to have doll-sized cookies for our tea party today.

GF Almond Cookies


My Love swears these are not Chinese Almond Cookies as I didn’t include almond flour in the final version.  Although technically, I didn’t use a little almond flour in a blend…but certainly not the amount I had put in the other batches.  And while e the other batches were tasty, this one met with picky-kid approval.  They are thinner than the Chinese almond cookies I remember too but they taste the same.  I’ve been vacillating on the title for this post but meh…’s on the photo.  Ah well.  :D


Gluten Free Chinese Almond Cookies

Serves 12-18 cookies
Cook time 9 minutes
Kate Chan Kate Chan


  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup gluten free flour mix
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds


Step 1 Cream together butter, sugar and almond extract.
Step 2 Add baking soda, salt, flour and egg. (Reserve sliced almonds). Mix well.
Step 3 Scrap dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled (one hour or overnight).
Step 4 Preheat oven to 300F.
Step 5 Shape dough balls with a teaspoon. Set on parchment paper at least 2 inches apart. (The butter based cookies will spread a little further apart than the coconut oil ones.)
Step 6 Pressed a couple sliced almonds into the top of each ball. There is no need to mash the ball down - it will do so on its own while baking.
Step 7 Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Step 8 Remove from oven and cool. Cookies will be crispy and melt in your mouth when cool.

Gluten Free Scones

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fresh out of the oven!

Just like mom makes.


Well, I hope.  I have actually never tasted my mom’s scones as they entered her repertoire after I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  And I usually don’t post recipes that I haven’t made many times, but this recipe is hers – save for the gluten free conversion.  I trust it.

The gluten free version (bellow) is a bit heavier and biscuit like than I remember scones to be and it should be eaten warm.   We made some last night and I reheated them briefly this morning for breakfast and they were still tasty.  Fresh is best, but reheated is delicious too.


So far we’ve made vanilla bean scones and the ones pictured above are Coconut-Almond scones (or “Grammy Cones” as my youngest thinks they are called).  Next up?  Cranberry!  I’m thinking some dried cranberries and maybe even a handful of white chocolate chips?   Ro – my youngest daughter – likes to cook and baking is new.  She says she “isn’t patient enough” to wait for things to get out of the oven.  (Ha!)  These, however, have made her curious.  Tonight she told me she wants to try pumpkin “grammy cones”.  Guess we will toss in some pepitas or maybe stir in some pureed pumpkin.  So many options… so many summer days to explore new ideas.

Ah…. it feels so good to be on ‘vacation” right now.  This last school year just about wiped me out.  :D

Gluten Free Scones (Almond and Coconut)

Serves 8
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 22 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Bread, Breakfast
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Kate Chan PB/Adapted by Kate Chan


  • 2 cups gluten free flour mix
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons almond glaze (see recipe notes)


  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 heaped tablespoons Swedish Pearl Sugar


Step 1 Preheat oven to 400F
Step 2 Mix together dry ingredients: gluten free flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt and sliced almonds.
Step 3 Cut in coconut oil until no large pieces remain (pea size or smaller)
Step 4 Add milk and mix until dough comes together.
Step 5 Scrape bowl together and gently shape with your hands into a disc that is about 1.5 inches thick (and about 8-9 inches in diameter). Top with Swedish Pearl Sugar, if using. Cut disc into 8 pieces (like a pizza).
Step 6 Carefully separate the 8 pieces and gently place them on parchment paper on a baking pan.
Step 7 Bake for 9-12 minutes until golden brown on the edges and top.
Step 8 Remove from oven and drizzle with almond glaze if using. Serve warm immediately. Without the glaze, serve warm with butter and jam.


We finished the scones with a light almond glaze (butter, powdered sugar, milk and a hint of almond extract).   The glaze was made by melting a bit (1 tsp) of butter, 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract, adding a teaspoon of milk and stirring in powdered sugar until it formed a glaze consistency.


-Kate and family