Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket

These Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket are as perfect for a large holiday gathering as they are for game day eats. They are made using an easy gluten-free and nut-free dough that doesn’t need any chilling time. These are a sure crowd pleaser for both kids and grown-ups alike!

Gluten free pigs in a blanket with mustard

Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket

Just because we don’t eat wheat doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be able to eat pigs in a blanket, right? This Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket recipe saves the day because this adorable appetizer is both tasty and easy to put together for the next time you need to feed a crowd!

I’ll let you in on a little secret, this recipe was in development for a while! Sometimes you get a recipe right in the first trial or two, and sometimes you question whether you are ever going to get it to right where you want it to be! And there was a moment when we didn’t think we would ever hit publish on our Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket.  But we had a breakthrough and we’re so happy with the final result.

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The first few times we tested this we were using our typical almond flour and tapioca flour blend that is usually our first stop in baked goods. Unfortunately these resulted in dough that had good flavor but was a bit too crumbly for our liking, and was somewhat hard to roll out.

While we were testing these we were also testing our new gluten-free and nut-free crust on Pumpkin Pie. We really loved the ease of working with that dough and thought it had a nice neutral flavor so we gave it a go on our Pigs in a Blanket and it was then we knew we were on to something. We changed up a few things including introducing more savory elements and at last we had a winner! We added apple sauce to this dough and loved the results. You don’t know there is apple sauce in it, but it contributes to an improved flavor and texture.

Gluten free pigs in a blanket dough

Ingredients needed for Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket

  • Oat flour (store-bought only)
  • Tapioca flour
  • Butter (we always use grass-fed butter such as Kerrygold)
  • Applesauce
  • Spices
  • Mini Hot Dogs

The dough comes together in a food processor in a few minutes. Just make sure that you don’t overprocess the dough: Once it has come together stop running the processor. After it’s made you CAN roll out the dough right away, which we love. This is unusual for pie crusts, that usually need to wait to rest and firm up. We found it easiest to roll the dough between two sheets of plastic. Normally we shy away from plastics, but in this crust it really is easiest if you use that vs. parchment paper. But if you don’t keep plastic in your home (we get it!), parchment will do in a bind!

During testing we discovered that oat flour is a bit difficult to measure out properly in the cup measurement because sometimes it is more densely packed in the bag than others. For fool proof measuring you can weigh out the oat flour instead. If you find your dough a bit more wet than the above photo add in oat flour a tablespoon at a time until it feels workable.

Gluten free pigs in a blanket dough

Working with Oat Flour Crust

To roll it out we suggest using plastic wrap. Parchment paper can work too, but it isn’t as easy. Wax paper might work as well, but we did not test that.

Once it’s rolled out we use a simple round cookie cutter, with the width the same size as the hot dogs we were using to stamp out a piece of dough and then wrap it around. We preferred this method than cutting out triangles and rolling them, because this method gave us equal portions of hot dog and dough!

Making gluten free pigs in a blanket

Pigs in a Blanket

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Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket

Prep Time 00:20 Cook Time 00:17 Total Time 00:37 Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (120g) store-bought oat flour (see note)
  • 1 cup (120g) tapioca flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup apple sauce (see note)
  • 12 ounces cocktail hot dogs, drained and dried off

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. In a food processor combine oat flour, tapioca flour, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt, and cold butter and pulse until the butter is broken down into pea-sized pieces.
  3. In a small bowl whisk egg and apple sauce together. With the food processor running, add egg mixture and process until the dough just comes together.
  4. Roll out your dough immediately: Place dough on a large piece of plastic wrap and top with another piece of plastic wrap. Roll out to a thickness of 1/16" and using a cookie cutter stamp out circles about the same length as your cocktail hot dogs. If dough is getting too warm at any
  5. Wrap the stamped out circle around the dried off hot dog and pinch together until it has sealed. Place on baking sheet. Continue working until all of the hot dogs are wrapped.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes. Take out of the oven and turn the Pigs in a Blanket over and continue to bake for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove and serve warm or room temperature along side some grainy mustard.

Recipe Notes

  1. Apple sauce contributes a very minor sweetness to the dough that is needed because of the oat flour, and it also contributes to the texture. You won't notice there is apple sauce in here necessarily, but the apple sauce is needed for improved taste and texture.
  2. See post for trouble shooting if you run in to issues with the dough. 
  3. We tested this with homemade oat flour made in a high-speed blender and do not recommend using this. We had much better results using store-bought (gluten-free) oat flour.
  4. If you find that your pastry is on the wetter side, add in a bit more oat flour until it feels workable. Oat flour can be a bit tricky to measure out because sometimes it is densely packed in the container, and sometimes not. For a foolproof way to measure weigh it out instead of using a cup measurement.
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How To Make a Charcuterie Board (& Bacon Onion Jam Recipe)!

How To Make a Charcuterie Board Festive For The Holidays - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #charcuterie #holidays #appetizers #entertaining

A charcuterie board is a quick, delicious and beautiful appetizer idea to feed a crowd. Fill a big board (or platter) with all of your favorite meats, cheeses, and crudités, and follow my tips to make it gorgeous, for the most festive spread this holiday season! Made in partnership with my friends at Applegate!

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When entertaining season rolls around, a charcuterie board can be such a festive spread to make for your guests! I’ve talked about building them before, but today, let’s talk about creating the ultimate festive charcuterie board with cheeses and fun additions! Plus, you’ll get my Bacon Onion Jam recipe! Meat and cheese boards are customizable, gorgeous, require no cooking, and are the perfect hearty appetizer spread! 

What is in a charcuterie board?

Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree) is a French word devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, cured meats and confit. It is often served with various cheeses, crackers & bread, and other fun additions like jams, candied nuts, and more!

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How to Make a Charcuterie Board

Follow these guidelines for making the most epic charcuterie board, with something for everyone.

  1. Start with the platter! Grab one or two platters or other unique serving idea  You may be surprised to find that you may already have things to use at home like wooden boards, wood cutting boards, slate or chalk board, or even a marble slab!
  2. Next move on to the cheese: You’ll need approximately 3 ounces per person that you plan to serve. Pick your variety of cheeses (3 or more, depending on how many people you are hosting) & add labels and separate knives for each cheese. Try to get a variety of different types of cheese such as cow, goat or sheep cheese, as well as factoring in the different types such as soft, hard, aged, etc.
  3. Then add in your meats: Cured meats, pâtés and sausages go well. Try to pick a variety, and ones that are relatively easy to eat on-the-go. Roll up any large ones so they are easy to pick up.
  4. Fill in with Crackers & Breads: I always like an assortment that can work for anyone and everyone! Do a variety of grilled breads or crackers, making sure to get both gluten-free if you can who need it.
  5. Add some nuts: Candied or regular nuts are a great accompaniment (or just to snack on)! Grab bowls to place around your board to place your nuts in, or scatter around!
  6. Something sweet: Some fresh or dried fruit is always wonderful, along with jams (a must!). Grab some small bowls to place around your board to place your sweet additions in.

 

A charcuterie board with bacon jam on it

How to Make a Charcuterie Board Beautiful

After you’ve selected everything you’d like to place on the board, go ahead and make it festive! I’ll place a few bowls throughout the spread and add olives, chocolate candies, marinated cherry peppers, etc. I’ll also garnish the board with festive holiday touches such as rosemary, pomegranate seeds, pears, and cranberries. 

Make sure to fill in as much blank space as possible with those extra items, because the fuller it looks the more beautiful it is.

Keep some back-up cheese, meat and crackers to fill in as the night goes on.

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The Best Meats and Cheese for a Charcuterie Board

I am so excited to partner with Applegate today to bring you this festive holiday entertaining spread! I truly love Applegate because they offer a wide variety of high quality natural and organic products that I know I can trust. Their animals are raised humanely without antibiotics or hormones and are fed a vegetarian or 100% grass diet. Their meats are free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates or phosphates, and free of artificial ingredients or preservatives. I know I can find my trusty Applegate at a retailer nearby wherever I am during the holidays!

Large Charcuterie Board full of meats and cheese

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How To Make a Charcuterie Board Festive For The Holidays!

Prep Time 00:25 Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:25 Serves 10

Ingredients

    Condiments

    • Bacon Jam (Recipe Below)
    • Fig Jam
    • Grainy Mustard
    • Honeycomb

    Cheese

    • Manchego Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese, Cheddar (Hard Cheese)
    • Brie, Humboldt Fog, Forager d’Affinois (Soft Cheese)

    Crackers

    • Bread Sticks
    • Gluten-Free Crackers
    • Other Crackers

    Meat

    • Applegate Salami
    • Applegate Prosciutto
    • Applegate Salami Trio

    Other

    • Olives
    • Rosemary Sprigs
    • Mini Marinated Peppers
    • Marinated Artichokes

    Sweet

    • Apples
    • Pomegranate Seeds
    • Fresh Cranberries
    • Candied Pecans

    Bacon Jam Recipe

    • 1 package Applegate Sunday Morning Bacon
    • 1 red onion
    • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1.5 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, picked
    • 1.5 teaspoon pepper

    Directions

    1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook finely diced bacon until crispy.
    2. Drain bacon, leaving 1 tablespoon of fat in the pan. Add butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
    3.  Slice onion thin and add to pan and cook on low heat for 40 minutes. Add bacon back into the pan.
    4. Deglaze pan with ¼ cup water: Deglaze the pan by adding in the water and scraping up the browned bits in the bottom of the skillet for about 30 seconds.
    5. Add balsamic vinegar, thyme leaves, and pepper and remove pan from heat.
    6. Serve warm on top of brie or in a dish on your board.
    7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, and reheat before serving. Yields about 1 cup of jam.

    Recipe Notes

     

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    Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken

    Fall is here and that means it’s definitely crock-pot time! My new favorite slow-cooker addition is a whole roasted chicken. It is so easy to throw together, and super flavorful! Who needs store-bought when you can set it and forget it, am I right?

    Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken A quick prep and there you have it… 

    Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken

    A perfect whole chicken, ready to devour! 

    Now, before we get to the chicken, my blogging friends are back with me sharing FIVE other slow-cooker recipes for you and they are AH-MAZING.

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    Let’s get rolling…

    Chicken Fajita Soup from Eating Bird Food

    Craving Mexican? Simply toss all the ingredients for fajitas in your slow cooker and a few hours later you’ll have a comforting soup that’s packed with flavor and a hint of spice.  

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    Slow Cooker Apple Sauce from The Healthy Maven

    All you need are two ingredients (apples and cinnamon) and your slow cooker to make this super easy and sugar-free slow cooker applesauce recipe! Perfect for Fall snacking or to use in baked goods!

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    Short Rib Ragu from Running to the Kitchen

    Serve it over mashed sweet potatoes or toss it with pasta, either way this slow cooker short rib ragu is the perfect comfort food as the weather gets cooler.

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    Honey Sriracha Chicken from Fit Foodie Finds

    All you need are 5 ingredients to make this delicious, clean-eating crock-pot honey sriracha chicken that’s made with REAL food!

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    Salsa Pumpkin Shredded Beef from Food Faith Fitness

    This tender, paleo slow cooker roast beef is mixed with pumpkin and salsa and then shredded! It’s perfect in tacos or on a salad for a healthy, weeknight meal, that is full of fall flavor!

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    Dinner has never been so good! Packed with delicious flavors, this slow-cooked roasted whole chicken is so easy to throw together, and makes for the perfect meal! Pair it with veggies, salad, or anything you’d like and you are ready to go!

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    Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken

     

    Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken
    Serves 4
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    Prep Time
    15 min
    Cook Time
    3 hr
    Total Time
    3 hr 15 min
    Prep Time
    15 min
    Cook Time
    3 hr
    Total Time
    3 hr 15 min
    Ingredients
    1. 1 whole organic chicken (I use around a 4 lb. chicken)
    2. 1 whole lemon, quartered
    3. 2 onions, sliced
    4. 2 tablespoons butter or oil of choice
    5. 3 cloves garlic, sliced
    6. 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
    7. 1 teaspoon rosemary
    8. 3 teaspoons fine sea salt, more as desired***
    9. 1-2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
    10. 1 teaspoon paprika
    11. 1 teaspoon garlic granules
    12. 1/2 teaspoon onion granules
    Everything else
    1. Twine
    2. Tinfoil
    Instructions
    1. Roll 2 balls of tin foil and place in the bottom of your slow cooker
    2. Place 1 clove sliced garlic, 2 quarters lemon, and 1 sliced onion into the center of the chicken cavity
    3. Tie the chicken legs with twine
    4. Rub butter and garlic over the skin of the chicken, and gently lift the skin and place garlic underneath
    5. In a bowl, combine sea salt, pepper, dried rosemary, and paprika
    6. Rub the dry ingredients all over the chicken, and place in crockpot*
    7. Place additional onion, garlic, and rosemary springs around the chicken at the bottom of the crockpot
    8. Cook 3-4 hours on high, or 6 hours on low until chicken is fully cooked and tender
    9. Place the chicken in an oven safe baking dish and broil for 4-5 minutes to get the skin crispy
    10. Serve hot**
    Notes
    1. *no water added
    2. **I use the broth to baste the chicken
    3. ***Some people felt this could use more salt, so perhaps increase by 1-2 teaspoons
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    Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken

    Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 3 hr Total Time 3:15

    Ingredients

    • 1 whole organic chicken (I use around a 4 lb. chicken)
    • 1 whole lemon, quartered
    • 2 onions, sliced
    • 2 tablespoons butter or oil of choice
    • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon rosemary
    • 3 teaspoons fine sea salt, more as desired***
    • 1-2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion granules

    Everything else

    • Twine
    • Tinfoil

    Directions

  • Roll 2 balls of tin foil and place in the bottom of your slow cooker
  • Place 1 clove sliced garlic, 2 quarters lemon, and 1 sliced onion into the center of the chicken cavity
  • Tie the chicken legs with twine
  • Rub butter and garlic over the skin of the chicken, and gently lift the skin and place garlic underneath
  • In a bowl, combine sea salt, pepper, dried rosemary, and paprika
  • Rub the dry ingredients all over the chicken, and place in crockpot*
  • Place additional onion, garlic, and rosemary springs around the chicken at the bottom of the crockpot
  • Cook 3-4 hours on high, or 6 hours on low until chicken is fully cooked and tender
  • Place the chicken in an oven safe baking dish and broil for 4-5 minutes to get the skin crispy
  • Serve hot**
  • Recipe Notes

  • *no water added
  • **I use the broth to baste the chicken
  • ***Some people felt this could use more salt, so perhaps increase by 1-2 teaspoons
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    Free Printable Edible Gift Labels

    December and the holidays make me happy. I love the festive decor, I love the spirit people are in, and I love to give. Truthfully I do. One thing I know for sure is that homemade gifts are always extra appreciated, and especially when it’s food (duh). Think about it: a gift of something special that you spent time making because you knew the recipient would love it. What is better than that?

    Throughout the year I gift Nutella Jars, Granola (grandma), Apple Butter, Pancake Mix (mom), and so on. Everybody always goes nuts! The one thing that was missing all this time? Personalized labels.

    I’m excited that this week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express I can bring you FREE printable labels that you can use on all of your edible gift giving this holiday season!
    Free Printable Edible Gift Labels

    Fill in your name, write in the ounces and there you have it! The perfect customizable gift.
    Free Printable Edible Gift Labels

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    Labels: I use these!

    A variety of mason jars or jars in general: I like these or these for smaller items, and varieties like these for larger ones.

    RECIPES: 

    Sea Salt Trail Mix Bark

    Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

    Homemade Nutella

    Jam

    Gluten-Free Granola

    Pancake Mix: 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup tapioca, 1 tsp baking powder, dash sea salt (the label has what they need)!

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    What edible gifts will you be making this year?