I'm hosting NYE and one of my guests is on a gluten-free diet. I want a variety of munchies and appetizers (no sit-down meal that evening). What can I serve that is easy-to-make (or can be bought pre-made ) and will meet her dietary needs? How much do you think I need to consider her needs vs. the other guests? IOW, 50% gluten-free stuff and the rest not, or what? Ack, I'm feeling stressed about this. Please help! Thanks!
I'm guessing she is used to this and probably won't be relying on you for her only food for the night, but I'm sure she'll enjoy some treats. My gluten-free student likes m&ms and cheetos. Maybe you can have some of those in a bowl? And then find one appetizer or something that you can make?
Cold roast veges are yum with a dipping sauce.
gluten free flat breads cut and toasted for dipping.
Lentil mix, or guacomole or hummus for putting on above bread.
carrot sticks, celery sticks, capsicum etc.
I can give more details if you like any of the suggestions.
serve chopped raw veggies with a dip, fruit, cheese, any protein-meats, eggs and fish. Nuts, olives, pickles, anything as long as it has no wheat, rye, or other grains. You can buy rice crackers. Corn chips are fine. Bean dip would be tasty. Guacamole or salsa. Hope that helps!
Well, don't stress, there is plenty of stuff. But, you do need to be careful of cross contamination and being sure that your serving spoons, dishes, etc don't get cross contaminated. But, back to your questions...
Veggies and gluten free dip (T. Z. Marzetti (sp?) is gluten free..but double check to be sure)
Tostitos and salsa
Crab dip w/o the dry mustard (use wet or none at all)
Stuffed mushrooms w/o the bread crumbs (we stuff with crab meat..can you tell we love crab, lol )
Puppy chow (this would be a dessert)
A lot of chex mixes are gluten free so you could do different mixes
PM me if you need other recipes...my bff is gluten free and she is sitting next to me right now saying how considerate and sweet you are to accommadate your friend..she usually takes her own food when she goes to parties.
I agree with logger - it is very thoughtful of you to consider her eating needs! I have been GF for a little over a year and it gets easier...
Chips (Trader Joe's tortilla chips are my fav) and any kind of dips
a sampling of cheeses and meats
make sure you have an alternative to beer, as she def can't drink that
Essentially, you're looking for things that don't have:
wheat, barley, malt, and rye, and to be on the safe side, oats
There are a ton of great crackers that you can also get, as well as pre-made brownies and cookies. I've even found some great items at the local grocery chain!
Oh, thanks for the ideas - and keep them coming, please! This is very helpful! I'll probably make my list in the morning and go shopping tomorrow or Wednesday.
This is like Greek to me. I thought of Chex Mix (because Chex is gluten-free, I've noticed it says on the box ) but I didn't know if the other ingredients in Chex Mix are okay. Same with deviled eggs?? I knew eggs are okay, but what about whatever I might put in the filling?
First of all, don't stress. The PP are correct if they are true gluten free people they are used to it. My roommate is & I have found TONS of gluten free cookies/cake mixes (Betty Crocker) then she eats a lot of corn stuff (corn tortillas; corn chips) and tons of veggies. It really is nice of you to think of her!
I agree that most people who don't eat gluten take it upon themselves to monitor what they eat, so I wouldn't worry too much. My BFF has celiac disease and she just eats what she can, and leaves the other stuff alone. I would say that cross contamination is a big issue for her, so keep the veggie tray away from the crackers! Also, if you do decide to do anything with crab, stay away from the imitation stuff. It can have fillers that contain gluten, but real crab is great!