Need Gluten-free, Meat-free (but fish is ok) finger food
As the subject line says, I'm looking for ideas for a gluten-free, meat free, fork-free hors d'eourve. Fish is okay but no chicken/beef/etc. This is going to be served at an outdoor event. Oh, and we'll have to hike a ways to get to our picnic location. Any suggestions for something easy, tasty? Bonus points for unique.
Not so exciting or unique but so delicious goodhealthgourmet's Healthy Black Bean Dip with Corn Tortilla chips might be a nice one to include and easy to lug in a basket. How about some spiced nuts? All kinds out there on the 'net and have also been discussed at length here.
Initially, I was thinking deviled eggs (if fish is OK, probably eggs are too?).....but given the transportation issues, my mind transitioned to stuffed mushrooms, which are a little more stable, IMHO. There's such a variety of gluten-free fillings, including:
Goat cheese, fresh thyme caramelized shallots
Spinach, blue cheese and Parmesan cheese
Roasted garlic, neufchatel and chives
Pesto mixed with neufchatel
Roasted tomatoes mixed with neufchatel
You do need to make sure that any cheeses you use (e.g. reduced-fat cheeses, pre-shredded cheeses) do not have any gluten-containing starch stabilizers, but other than that, you have endless possibilities! Have fun, whatever you end up making!
Crispy roasted chickpeas, spiced as you like. Stuffed grapeleaves, either homemade or from a good Middle Eastern or Greek market. (Funny, I was thinking devilled eggs too until I thought about carrying them.)
I like eggplant "rollatini". Slice eggplants into long, thin slices and roast until soft. Meanwhile, mix up some cheese (I think I use ricotta, grated mozzarella and parmesan) with some minced fresh herbs. When the eggplants are soft, let them cool then spread them with the cheese mix. Lay a roasted red pepper strip across one end of the eggplant, roll it up and stick it in place with a toothpick.
You could also do something Mexican style. You could prepare the "mix" part of your guacamole (I usually use lots of cilantro, lime juice, a bit of red onion and a tiny bit of tomato) in advance, then peel and mash the avocado into the guacamole right on the spot. Serve it with 100% corn tortilla chips and some salsa.
Tuna Tacos served in Corn Tortillas.
Corn tortillas are gluten free by definition. Since you're hiking in you could just carry cans of tuna; or you could pre-make a tuna salad and carry that in with you. Carry whole tomatoes, onions, maybe avocados, a bag of shredded cheese and a head of lettuce to slice up on-site.
I also think chilled, roasted vegetables with a few simple herbs are a great idea. Edamame would also survive the transport. Would you consider bringing gazpacho in a thermos? How about using potato gnoccci in a pasta salad recipe? Maybe even sushi rolls?