When you throw a party, do a few different types of crackers and an assortment of cheeses sum up your party snacks?
As a person who suffers from Celiac disease, I’m often faced with an inedible plate of wheat crackers at parties that I don’t eat for fear of suffering a bad reaction. For instance at my recent high school reunion, I was decked out a sexy pink dress — in one of the new Jovani styles — and my whole evening was ruined by a dip containing teriyaki sauce.
The party scene can be often confusing and even scary for those suffering from a food allergy or intolerance—especially for those newly diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Making the transition to a gluten free lifestyle can be overwhelming. However, to help out, as a party host, there are a ton of easy, gluten-free party snacks to prepare for those with food allergies—for instance, foods like popcorn, mixed nuts, vegetable trays, and fruit trays. Not only are these a lot healthier for you—trust me when I say, if you offer the following list of snacks, no one will miss the Wheat Thins.
So to help you spread your party table with foods that everyone can enjoy, I’ve listed my top eight favorite gluten free party treats…
1. Cheese and Crackers
Yes, I know, I listed above that most crackers are inedible for those suffering from gluten issues. However, if you choose to serve your variety of cheeses with rice crackers—voila—everyone can partake.
2. Fresh Fruit Platter
There is nothing better than a fruit tray at a party—sliced strawberries, watermelon, and pineapple—delicious! Top that off with a healthy yogurt-style dip and you’re guests can still lightly satisfy any sweet cravings.
3. Antipasto Platter
A combination of mixed marinated vegetables (roasted red peppers, eggplant, onions, and mushrooms) meets the savory-saltiness of olives. Just remember that some stuffed olives contain gluten—so read the label before buying.
4. Sour Cream Dips
This one is super easy—just mix chunky salsa (whatever heat you desire) with light sour cream or plain yogurt, and stir in some diced avocado or spring onions for a tangy zip. Accompany with vegetable crudités and plain (make sure they’ve gluten free) nacho chips.
5. Shrimp Cocktail
Every party is worthy of a king prawn cocktail—brush with a Cajun sauce or accompany with a garlic and butter dipping sauce.
6. Potato Skins
Cut potatoes in inch-thick slices and top with sour cream and chives, sharp cheddar cheese and bacon, or onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Bake until tender and serve!
7. Succulent Kababs
These can be of the meat, veggie, or fruit variety. For instance try:
- Chunks of beef or chicken with red onion, peppers and mushrooms
- Chicken and pineapple brushed with a balsamic glaze
- Zucchini, eggplant, mushroom, and onion
- Fresh wedges of watermelon, honeydew melon, and pineapple
8. Mini “Pizzas”
Take a traditional party favorite and give it a gluten-free spin by using rice cakes as the base instead of flour. Top with tomato sauce and your choice of fresh veggies, cheese, and meats. Then bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until cheese is melted.
Rachel Barnard is a freelance writer for Apron Addicts, a popular site that features tips on hosting parties, entertaining and recipes. For more ideas on gluten free partying, you can check out this post with some sweet treats and a Superbowl party menu.
I know I’ve been teasing my endurance athletes with my sneak peek of the DIY energy gel I posted on Facebook. I tweaked it a bit more, and will post up next week!