Scotch Eggs

Scotch EggsLove breakfast foods but get tired of making the same scrambled eggs and sausages? Try a Scotch egg. They’re easy to make and can be served with fruit or oven potatoes for a filling and simple meal.

Never had a Scotch egg? Essentially, it’s a boiled egg wrapped in breakfast sausage and then breaded and deep fried. It’s easy to make gluten-free, and many people enjoy the eggs with mustard.

Scotch Eggs

  • 6 organic, very fresh eggs
  • 1 pound organic bulk gluten-free breakfast sausage
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup duck fat or another paleo-friendly fat
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Place four eggs in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Place the pan on the stove and bring to a boil.
  3. As soon as the water boils, remove from heat and cover. Allow to sit off the heat for four minutes.
  4. Plunge eggs in a bowl of ice water. Refrigerate and allow to cool completely.
  5. Carefully peel eggs.
  6. Pat sausage into four thin patties.
  7. Place an egg in the center of each patty, and wrap patty around the egg, sealing carefully.
  8. In a small bowl, combine almond meal, thyme, pepper, salt, and mustard powder.
  9. Whisk two remaining eggs in a small bowl.
  10. Dip each sausage/egg ball into egg wash and then into the almond meal mixture.
  11. In a large pot, heat the duck fat over medium-high until it shimmers.
  12. Add the eggs and cook until browned on all sides, about four minutes per side.
  13. Put the eggs on the prepared baking sheet and transfer them to the preheated oven. Cook until sausage is cooked through, ten to 15 minutes more.

Pub-Style Bison Burger

burgerby Karen Frazier

These delicious burgers use grass-fed bison. You can make them gluten-free and dairy free, as well. I especially love the sauce on these burgers – it’s addictive.

Pub-Style Bison Burgers

  • 2 pounds organic ground bison (or grass-fed beef)
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 6 gluten-free (or regular) ciabatta rolls, halved and toasted
  • 6 strips uncured bacon, cooked crisp and halved
  • 1 tablespoon bleu cheese crumbles per burger (omit for dairy-free)
  • 2 tablespoons burger sauce (recipe follows)
  • Fried shallots (recipe follows)
  1. Fry shallots according to recipe below. Set aside to drain on paper towels.
  2. Form bison into patties and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill patties to medium.
  4. While patties grill, toast buns, cook bacon, and prepare burger sauce.
  5. Top burgers with two half-slices of bacon, crumbled bleu cheese, and fried shallots. Spread buns with burger sauce.

Fried Shallots

  • 6-8 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • Peanut oil
  1. Heat 2 inches of peanut oil in a large dutch oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place shallots in a small bowl and toss with flour, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add shallots to oil and fry until golden brown.
  4. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Classic Burger Sauce
(Cook’s Illustrated Recipe)

  •   3/4 cup mayo
  •   2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
  •   1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins is gluten-free)
  •   1 tablespoon brown sugar
  •   1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  •   1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  •   1-2 cloves of garlic, through a garlic press or finely minced

Whisk together all ingredients.

Mediterranean Lamb Burgers

lamburgerLooking for a little different burger to grill? Try these delicious lamb burgers with Mediterranean spices, herbed mayonnaise, feta cheese, pickled onions, and arugula.

Mediterranean Lamb Burgers

  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 3 teaspoons of garlic, through a garlic press
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly
  • Herbed mayonnaise(recipe below)
  • Pickled onions (second recipe in this post)
  • Baby arugula
  • Feta cheese
  • Toasted buns
  1. Place ground lamb in a large bowl.
  2. Add garlic, oregano, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and egg.
  3. Mix to combine thoroughly (I use my hands to do this in order to get it well combined).
  4. Form into six patties and grill on high heat, about four minutes per side until lamb has an internal temperature of about 145 (for medium rare) to 160 (medium).
  5. Allow lamb to rest while you prepare the mayonnaise and toast buns.
  6. Spread toasted buns with prepared mayonnaise.
  7. Top burger with pickled onions, arugula, and feta cheese.

Herbed Mayonnaise

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • leaves from four sprigs of fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups lite olive oil
  1. In a food processor, pulse garlic and oregano several times until well chopped.
  2. Scrape down sides of food processor.
  3. Add salt, egg yolks, and vinegar.
  4. Turn on food processor to blend.
  5. With food processor running continuously, add oil a few drops at a time to start, and then in a slow, steady stream until mayonnaise emulsifies.

For gluten-free burgers, serve burger on a bed of rice or arugula topped with herbed mayonnaise and pickled onions.

For dairy free, make sure you’re using a goat’s milk feta cheese or eliminate feta altogether.

Bacon-wrapped Meatloaf

baconmeatloafSometimes, my friends, bacon just has to happen. While many people bemoan just how bland meatloaf is, for me it is a comfort food from my childhood. Still, I’m all for jazzing up even the classics, and this bacon-wrapped meatloaf does it in spades, with smoky bacon and a sweet, tangy sauce. So the next time you’re looking for a little classic comfort food, give this baby a try. Serve it with some smashed taters and a side of roasted veggies.

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (or gluten-free bread crumbs for gluten free)
  • 1 cup milk (or almond milk for dairy-free)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha (optional)
  • 1/2 pound thin sliced bacon


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat oil in a saute pan and cook onion until transparent, about four minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. While onion and garlic cools, combine milk and bread crumbs in a dish and stir well. Set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, veal, salt, pepper, eggs, bread crumb/milk mixture, cooled onions and garlic, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, garlic powder, hot sauce, and onion powder.
  7. Stir (I use my hands) until all ingredients are extremely well combined.
  8. Turn out mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet (line it with foil to make clean-up easier) and form a free-form loaf.
  9. In a small saucepan, heat ketchup, vinegar, sriracha and brown sugar until sugar dissolves.
  10. Spread half the sauce over the loaf. Return the remaining sauce to heat and allow to boil before removing it from heat.
  11. Arrange thin sliced bacon in a single layer to coat the entire loaf.
  12. Bake in a 350 degree oven until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, about 60 minutes.
  13. Remove meatloaf from oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes, tented with foil.
  14. Serve with remaining sauce on the side.

Maple-Orange Glazed Pork Shoulder Roast

porkshoulderJim got a smoker for Christmas, so right now he’s totally into smoked meat. I, on the other hand, am getting tired of it. Still, we’re having a New Year’s Eve dinner gathering of friends, so we decided to break out the smoker. I’m adapting a recipe I enjoy making either in the oven or on the grill to the smoker – Jim will smoke it low and slow for several hours. If you’d like to cook it in the oven, then I recommend roasting at 325 for about an hour per pound. For the brine:

  • 8 quarts of cold water
  • 1 cup sea salt

For the roast:

  • 5-6 pound pork shoulder roast
  • Salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

For the glaze

  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
  • Zest of one orange
  • Juice from two oranges
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha or to taste (red pepper flakes for paleo)
  1. Combine water, brown sugar, and salt in a cooler, mixing well.
  2. Add pork shoulder and allow roast to brine for about 5-6 hours.
  3. Remove roast from brine and rinse. Pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Season pork with salt and pepper. Smoke at about 225 degrees, one hour per pound.
  5. While roast smokes, combine syrup, soy sauce, whiskey, orange zest, orange juice, and sriracha in a small saucepan.
  6. Simmer the glaze until syrupy.
  7. Begin brushing glaze onto meat in about hour #3 of cooking, and brush glaze every 15 minutes.
  8. Cook meat to an internal temperature of 190 degrees.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to sit, tented with foil, for 30 minutes, before slicing.

Nut Butter Noodles

PBNoodlesWhether you like peanuts, almonds, or cashews, making noodles with a nut butter sauce makes a fast and delicious week night meal. I’ve made these with peanut, cashew, and almond butter, and they are equally delicious served hot or cold.

  • 1 package spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions (or soba noodles or rice noodles for gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free nut butter (peanut, almond, or cashew)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated ginger root
  • 6 scallions, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Sriracha or chili oil to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  1. Cook spaghetti or other noodles (such as udon or ramen) according to package directions and drain them.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse garlic, ginger, and 4 scallions until thoroughly chopped (set aside remaining two scallions).
  3. Scrape down vegetables from side of food processor and add nut butter, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, coconut milk, and sriracha. Pulse food processor to blend.
  4. Taste and add salt or more sriracha as necessary.
  5. Toss sauce with hot noodles and add sesame seeds and remaining two sliced scallions.
  6. Serve hot or cold.


  • Add cooked marinated chicken or other meat.
  • Add steamed veggies such as broccoli.
  • Replace soy sauce with teriyaki sauce for a sweeter sauce.
  • Add your favorite curry.
  • Garnish with chopped nuts or bean sprouts to vary textures.

Beer Braised Beef Short Ribs

srWhile people traditionally think of ribs as a summer BBQ food, beer braised beef short ribs are the perfect hearty food for the winter, especially when served over a bed of smashed red jacket potatoes.

  • 2-4 lbs of beef short ribs
  • Salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 4-6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 red onions, sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour (sweet rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 cups Guinness Stout (gluten-free beer for gluten-free)
  • 2 cups gluten-free chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme)
  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Season short ribs liberally with salt and pepper and bring to room temperature.
  3. In a large, oven proof dutch oven, crisp bacon over medium high heat. Remove bacon from oil with slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. Working in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan, brown short ribs on all sides in bacon fat over medium high heat. Put them in the pan and maintain contact with the bottom without moving it, about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove short ribs and set aside.
  5. Add red onions to bacon fat. Allow to sit in contact with medium high pan for 2-3 minutes before stirring. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add garlic and cook just until it releases its scent – about 30 seconds.
  7. Add flour. Cook, stirring constantly, until flour loses raw flavor, about 3 minutes.
  8. Add vinegar and beer to pan, scraping up all the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  9. Add thyme and return short ribs and bacon to pan. Bring to a simmer on the stove top.
  10. Cover tightly with the Dutch oven lid and place in the preheated oven.
  11. Cook for about 3 hours, until meat is tender.
  12. Remove ribs from pot and set aside on a plate, tented with foil.
  13. Put pan back on the stove over medium heat. Simmer liquid in pan until reduced to create desired consistency.
  14. Serve ribs on a bed of smashed potatoes with sauce spooned over the top.

Roasted Garlic Red Jacket Smashed Potatoes

  • 2 heads garlic
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • Salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
  1. Several hours before you make the potatoes, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the tops off the heads of garlic and place garlic, root side down, in an oven-proof glass dish.
  3. Drizzle the garlic with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Cover the glass dish with foil. Put in the oven for 60 minutes – until the garlic is soft.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. When garlic has cooled, squeeze it out of the bulbs into a dish and set aside.
  7. Clean red potatoes and place them (whole) in a large pan. Cover with water.
  8. Put the lid on the pan and bring potatoes to a boil over medium-high heat.
  9. Boil potatoes until they are soft – for baby potatoes it should take about 20 minutes.
  10. When potatoes are done, drain them and put them back in the pan.
  11. Add garlic, butter, and heavy cream to the potatoes.
  12. Use a masher to roughly mash the mixture to the desired consistency.
  13. Stir in chives.
  14. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pasta Carbonara

  • carbonaraFresh pasta, such as angel hair or spaghetti
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • Fresh cracked pepper and salt to taste
  • Grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. Saute bacon in olive oil until crisp.
  3. Add shallot and saute until soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and saute until garlic releases scent – about 30 seconds.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add one tablespoon of your pasta water to eggs and whisk. Do this two to three times to temper eggs.
  7. Add pasta and eggs to pan with bacon and aromatics, stirring to combine.
  8. Add salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
  9. Serve immediately, topped with grated cheese.

Soy/Honey Chicken Legs

  • drumstick2 lbs chicken legs
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place chicken legs in a baking dish.
  3. Whisk together soy sauce, honey, ketchup and garlic powder.
  4. Pour over drumsticks.
  5. Bake for one hour.


  • Wrap chicken legs in thin sliced bacon before coating with sauce.
  • Replace honey with maple syrup.
  • Grill chicken legs and brush with glaze

Crab Artichoke Dip

artichokeThis is great on crostini, bagel chips, or even on a baguette. You can also make it and bake it in rolls for a crab artichoke sandwich.

To make, use equal parts:

  • Cooked crab meat
  • Artichoke hearts


  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1-2 bulbs of garlic, roasted
  • 1 cup regular mayonnaise per 2 cups crab/artichoke
  • 1/2 cup parmesan or asiago cheese, grated per 2 cups crab/artichoke
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Bake in an oven-safe dish at 400 degrees until warmed through and bubbly – about 15-20 minutes.