HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >


Snacking Food

So 6 of us are getting together on Saturday night to watch a movie. My sister will be making her famous spinach dip (actually Martha Stewarts:)) and others are bringing chips, drinks, cookies, etc. I would like to bring something interesting, and perhaps hot, but can't come up with any ideas for some reason.
The problem is I have 1 celiac coming and I can't have dairy.
Please inspire me!!!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I love to munch on Rick Bayless' Chipotle Shrimp when I want snacking food, but not the usual corn chips, popcorn, etc... They can be served hot, but are also great at room temp, and I believe they aren't a problem considering your dietary constraints.


    1 Reply
    1. re: jazzy77

      Thanks for recommending this recipe. I had it for dinner tonight and it was great! It was easy to put together, sooo flavorful and healthy too.

    2. Popcorn tossed in olive oil with chile powder and lime.
      Make a spicy version of Mark Bittan's polenta pizza (polenta as crust, skip the cheese). Could do a thin layer of smashed beans (or refried beans), with veggie topings (and cheese and/or Greek yogurt on the side for non-celiacs).
      Spicy hummus with crudite (including endive for scooping). There are lots of gluten free products (e.g., chips) at Whole Foods, etc.
      You can make salami chips (bake slices of salami til crisp).

      1 Reply
      1. re: sagestrat

        oooo the salami chips sound AWESOME!!!!! I'm going to hold off on that about 1 month because I have some nice fresh salami curing in my cantina as we speak. I think I'm going to go with the flavoured popcorn, and maybe do a whole bunch of dips...hummus, baba ghanouj, maybe something with goat cheese. Thanks for the suggestions.

      2. Check out the NY times Dining Out yesterday... They had a section on two people doing a cook-off, a dinner for 4 for under $50. One of them cooked mexican, and made spicy peanuts as a starter. Looked really good.

        1. One of my favorite party snack foods is a stir fried edamame with garlic and chile. It's addictively good!

          1. mmmm, was going to say flavored popcorn and flavored nuts (easy and delish), nice spicy salsas are great too, make your own pita chips too. Make up a nice spicy breadstick:

            4 Replies
            1. re: lexpatti

              Speaking of which, I have never made a homemade salsa! I always buy either Tositos or President's Choice. Does anyone have a salsa recipe for me? I would assume that in any case, I would be able to control the spice right?

              1. re: icey

                ooooh, salsa is fun and easy and you can build on it, check out this simple one:

                Personally I love sweet, hot and salty so I use this as my base then add some sweet to it, be it apples, mango is great, I've done peaches, pineapple - you get it!!!

                Have fun, you can even make a couple different ones, adding corn or beans too.

                Make a nice quacamole for dipping too.

                1. re: icey

                  and you can add some crabmeat or shrimp, then fill those phyllo cups - so nice and refreshing.

                  1. re: lexpatti

                    Be careful with the Celiac. She can't have pita or phyllo dough.

              2. Barefoot Contessa's Rosemary cashews. I make them for pretty much everything! You could sub some non-dairy spread or oil for the butter without too many probs.

                1. Well, if you don't want to be obvious about catering to someone who is gluten intolerant and want to take something everyone loves, how about a great guacamole with corn tortilla chips for dipping?

                  Nachos are also an obvious but they sog up if not eaten NOW! But you can assemble all the nacho toppings in layers (I think that's how 7 layer dip originated) -- I use refried beans, spiced hamburger, cheese, chopped tomatoes chiffonade of lettuce -- then use corn tortilla chips on the side for loading up and keeping the crunch.

                  Scallops or chunks of really tender steak wrapped in bacon and grilled.

                  Devilled eggs.

                  Hummus with crudites for dipping.

                  Chicken wings, barbecued or whatever.

                  Teriyaki chicken thighs.


                  Cheese tray with corn chips or rice crackers or apple slices

                  Tons and tons and tons of things fit your criteria! We have a gluten free restaurant here in town and you have no idea all of the food is gluten free unless you read the footnote on the front of the menu!

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Caroline1

                    just a few notes as someone who is dairy and gluten allergic...

                    teriyaki sauces have gluten in them
                    some hummus has gluten in it
                    soy sauce has gluten in it - tamari or bragg's amino acids are the alternative
                    and personally, i don't like guacamole at all, so i'd be pretty bummed if my option was chips and guacamole...

                  2. Stuffed Potato Skins - don't use dairy or fill some with cheese for those who can

                    Yakitori - if you can get a gluten free sauce to baste the meat in

                    Roasted vegetables with salt, pepper, olive oil, and herbs -- doesn't get much easier for gluten and dairy free

                    Meatballs with a dipping sauce or two

                    Baked fruit

                    1. Thanks everyone for the ideas. I think I'm going to try to make a salsa! And the baked fruit sounds DELICIOUS! I'm not a huge fruit fan, but would love an interesting baked fruit dish.

                      1. this is a snack dessert afternoon tea type thing, but its healthy and delicious gluten free and dairy free, i eat it for a snack in summer all the time!

                        almond cornmeal cake-
                        1 cup of almond meal and i cup cornmeal, i tea-spoon baking powder mixed with two eggs and a quarter cup of melted nuttelex( vegan no trans fat sunflower oil spread) mix together add vanilla essence to taste a pinch of salt a little almond essence to make it pop (and i add black pepper to give it some heat but totally optional)

                        bake on medium heat in a cake tin until knife comes out semi-clean and before it is totallly dry.

                        now here is where it comes alive- serve with half an orange to a piece, let each person sqeeze the fresh juice of the orange all over cake, also have a little server of honey you can add teaspoons as desired, my favourite is with fresh cut lemon and lemon juice instead of orange or a mixture of both, another optional extra is different nuts and seeds (poppy are awesome)

                        it ends up so moist and sooo fresh its just delectable!

                        3 Replies
                        1. re: umbushi plum

                          this evolved by accident when i forgot to put orange juice in the orange and almond cake i was making and turned into a FANTASTIC suprise soooo yummy my brother (who has no sweet tooth) requested it last time i went to gathering at his place, it was gone in seconds! i was so proud because i never bake (i to have very little to no sweet tooth too) ;-)

                          1. re: umbushi plum

                            this sounds awesome, thank you. I too am not a sweet tooth gal! But this sounds fantatic

                            1. re: lexpatti

                              oh that is so cool! its super easy hope you like it ! ;-)

                        2. Plantain chips and/or hemp chips from TJs might be interesting.

                          1. I love to snack on crispy chickpeas - basically, chickpeas tossed with a little oil and spices, then roasted until crunchy. Totally gluten- and dairy-free (unless you use a spice mix, so make sure to read the label).

                            1. OK, this might sound odd, but...

                              1 box ( 4 sleeves) saltine crackers
                              1 1/3 cup oil ( I use olive oil for more flavor)
                              1 pkg dry ranch dressing mix
                              3 tablespoons red pepper flakes

                              Put crackers in a container that has a tight fitting lid. Mix dressing mix,oil, and pepper flakes in large measuring cup or
                              bowl. Pour over the crackers. Put the lid on and let set for 10 min and then flip the container over. Do this every 10 minutes
                              up to one hour.

                              I promise the crackers are crisp, not soggy. And totally addictive. Garlic olive oil adds nice flavor too.

                              1 Reply
                              1. re: Pylon

                                FWIW, the saltines would take this snack out of the running for the guest with celiac and also might for the dairy free, depending on the ingredients of the packaged ranch dressing mix. I can't say for sure since I don't have access to the list on the package, but I would think there's a chance that there's whey or possibly powdered milk included.