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icey Mar 26, 2009 09:23 AM

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. Pylon Mar 28, 2009 04:33 PM

    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.

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    1. re: Pylon
      agoodbite Mar 28, 2009 05:56 PM

      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.

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      piccola Mar 27, 2009 06:03 PM

      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).

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        lgss Mar 27, 2009 05:52 PM

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

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          umbushi plum Mar 27, 2009 02:41 PM

          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!

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          1. re: umbushi plum
            umbushi plum Mar 27, 2009 11:38 PM

            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
              lexpatti Mar 28, 2009 06:23 AM

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

              1. re: lexpatti
                umbushi plum Mar 28, 2009 11:26 AM

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

          2. icey Mar 27, 2009 05:51 AM

            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. Emme Mar 27, 2009 01:33 AM

              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. Caroline1 Mar 26, 2009 09:12 PM

                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!

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                1. re: Caroline1
                  Emme Mar 27, 2009 01:35 AM

                  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. purple goddess Mar 26, 2009 03:06 PM

                  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.

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                    lexpatti Mar 26, 2009 02:18 PM

                    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:

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                    1. re: lexpatti
                      icey Mar 26, 2009 02:23 PM

                      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
                        lexpatti Mar 26, 2009 03:01 PM

                        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
                          lexpatti Mar 26, 2009 03:03 PM

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

                          1. re: lexpatti
                            Jacey Mar 27, 2009 06:08 PM

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

                      2. Phoo_d Mar 26, 2009 12:53 PM

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

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                          ESNY Mar 26, 2009 12:50 PM

                          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.

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                            sagestrat Mar 26, 2009 12:27 PM

                            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).

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                            1. re: sagestrat
                              icey Mar 26, 2009 02:10 PM

                              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.

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                              jazzy77 Mar 26, 2009 09:44 AM

                              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.


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                              1. re: jazzy77
                                BigSal Mar 28, 2009 07:35 PM

                                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.

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