Gluten has no nutritional value. However, there are many reasons you can choose to eat gluten-free food. For starters, you might have a gluten intolerance. In that case, there is no other option but to eat gluten-free food.
Another reason might be choosing to eat gluten-free to avoid any possible inflammation. Whatever might be why you don’t want to eat gluten, serving gluten-free food at a party is always a great idea.
This way, no one will have to skip out on some items because of gluten, and everyone can enjoy everything without tummy trouble. But, of course, it is always better to be safe and provide your guests with a handful of gluten-free options. Here are ten delicious gluten-free tasty treats you can serve at your next party.
Zucchini Cup Ratatouille
Gluten-free appetizers are a great way to serve stomach-friendly items at your party. For example, zucchini cups can be an instant hit, especially if there are a lot of vegetarian or vegan guests.
Try to use the rounded bottoms of the zucchini as cups. Keep the height of the cups to 4-5 inches. Scoop out half inches of its insides. Steam the cups for no more than ten minutes; if it becomes too soft, it won’t hold shape. You can clean and core large mushrooms and use them as cups too.
When we usually make ratatouille, we slice up the vegetables in circles. Instead of doing that, slice them in half circles or smaller. Then, make the ratatouille separately and spoon it into the zucchini cups. Sprinkle with gluten-free bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
Rice Paper Spring Rolls
Chinese spring rolls are quite popular and work great as party food. However, the spring roll shells are pastry sheets made from wheat flour, not gluten-free.
Rice paper spring rolls are a great alternative for those who can’t eat gluten. This is because rice is a naturally gluten-free carb and a great alternative for those who can’t have bread.
Rice paper rolls are very easy to make. First, dip the rice papers in water until soft enough to use. After making the rolls, you can choose to fry them or eat them as is, as rice paper only requires soaking. You can also pan-fry the rolls.
For the filling, you can use fresh salad veggies. Thinly slice up carrot, cabbage, cucumber, etc., and only lightly season them, or don’t season them at all as the dips add the flavour. You can also use cooked fillings.
Try using cooked meat, tofu, or seafood as fillings, along with the veggies. Then, dip them in delicious peanut sauce or plain soya sauce.
You require very few ingredients to make turkey meatballs. All you need to do is mix up all the ingredients by hand, roll them into balls, and then bake them in the oven.
You can also use ground chicken or any fish to make these meatballs. You can also use tofu, minced soya chunks, or other meat alternatives.
Make it easier for your guests by sticking a toothpick in each or putting three or four of them on a long stick to make meatballs skewers.
You can make ginger and sesame sauce using minced ginger and sesame seeds. This savoury sauce uses honey or maple syrup to add sweetness. Try using coconut amino instead of soya sauce in the recipe. It has a lighter taste and is low in sodium.
Mini Corn Dogs
A key ingredient in corn dog batter is cornmeal. Cornmeal is made of gluten-free corn. Mini corn dogs make great party food, as they don’t necessarily require plates, and the skewers make them easy to have and hold. Use mini sausages if you can find them, or cut the sausages in half.
The most important factor with corn dogs is the dip or dressing. The dip adds a wide array of flavours to the corn dog, taking its taste from ordinary to sensational. You can try using peanut sauce, mustard sauce, marinara sauce, etc.
You can also try making Korean corn dogs, but make sure you use gluten-free flour and gluten-free panko bread crumbs in the batter. The bonus of the potato fries covering will make these treats a hit at your party.
Charcuterie & Cheese Board
Did you know that charcuterie is the art of assembling cured meat and meat products? Charcuteries and cheese boards are where meat, cheese, fruits, crackers, etc., are served aboard. These are often enjoyed together with wine.
Charcuterie boards are perfect for parties, especially when there is wine involved. Use a wide array of gluten-free cheeses (most are). Also, remember to use gluten-free crackers. Slice up large fruits into bite-size pieces; you can also stick toothpicks in them.
You can try following a theme like staying heavy on sweeter cheeses, serving mostly adding fruits, chocolate, and nuts. Or you can try keeping it savoury and skip out on sweetness altogether. For example, try using carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, olives, etc., instead of fruits.
Pair our wine with the food. For example, serve reds if you deck the board with meat and whites if you make a sweets-only board.
Baked brie is becoming a party favourite recently. For this recipe, an entire wheel of brie is baked whole. Once you slice the wheel, the molten brie oozes out, which you can enjoy with bread, crackers, etc. You can try drizzling your brie with seasoning before baking or choose to bake it straight.
Try adding some sort of topping to your baked brie. You can add anything from fruit jam and toasted nuts to caramelized onion. Your brie can become savoury or sweet, depending on the toppings.
Add this to your charcuterie board or serve it on its own. Use gluten-free crackers or bread. You can also use fruit slices or vegetable sticks instead. Some people cover up their brie with puff pastry and bake it, which gives it a delicious flaky covering.
Cucumber bites work great as gluten-free snacks. The best thing about these is that you can use any toppings on them. So, you just need to be a little creative. Cucumbers have a light taste that goes well with sweet and savoury.
Wash your cucumbers and slice them up. Don’t make your slices too thin. Keep each slice about ½ inches thick and scoop out some of the insides.
For the topping, you can use about anything; just make sure your flavours match. For example, you can make a Caprese salad bite using cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil. Drizzle the bites with olive oil and give them a light dusting of salt and pepper.
You can also make eggy bites using sliced up boiled eggs, mayo, and sliced up tomatoes. You can also make sweet bites using ricotta cheese, sliced fruit, and/or fruit jam.
Pig In A Blanket
This recipe is a gluten-free variety of the original snack. Pig in a blanket has always been a party hit and is one of the most common entertaining foods. This recipe uses almond flour, tapioca flour, and xanthan gum to make the sausage's dough covering.
Sausages are cut into small pieces (or you can use the small variety). Next, cut mozzarella into small sticks. Wrap both the sausage and cheese with the dough. This will make the cheese ooze out with a single, delicious bite.
Serve it with a tasty sour cream or mayo dip. You can also serve ranch or thousand island dressing as dips.
Deviled eggs work great as entertaining snacks. These are super easy to make, and you can do much with them. They are also quite filling and will satiate hungry guests.
Hard boil eggs, deshell them, and slice them into halves. Scoop out the yolks and put them in a bowl. You can add a few ingredients to the yolks, including mayo, cream cheese, butter, mustard, relish, chopped cold cuts, etc. Mix them into a thick paste and add salt, pepper, sugar (optional) to taste. You can even use smoked salt to add another layer of flavour to this dish.
Add the yolk paste to the egg white hollow, sprinkle with S & P. You can also try pipping the paste into the eggs. Finally, sprinkle them with sliced spring onions.
Serving dessert in shot glasses is a great idea for parties. You can serve makeshift cheesecake shots, custard shots, pudding shorts, etc. Serve at least one dessert option to keep things interesting for the guests.
Try serving a classic trifle in a shot. Trifles are often made with whipped cream, fruits, jam, almond flour, sponge cake, and custard.
Cut up your sponge cake in minute cubes. Add a teaspoon of custard, top it with some cake. Then add some sliced-up fruits and cream. Then some custard and cake. Top it with cream and jam.
You can also make an easy cheesecake cup—whip cream cheese with sugar and lemon juice. Add a layer of gluten-free cracker crumbs, then a layer of whipped cheese. Repeat the process until almost filled. Top it with strawberry or blueberry coulis.
Serving gluten-free snacks at a party is a tasty way to ensure everyone can eat safely. You cannot go wrong with these delicious party treats. So, try these snacks and ‘wow’ your guests the next time you entertain.