Gluten-Free Holiday Dish for (his) Extended Family
So, I'm going to be meeting the boyfriend's extended family for Christmas. I know his mom is gluten-free, and as far as I know nobody else has dietary restrictions. Without going over the top, we'd like to make something together to bring/contribute to the holiday meal. Any suggestions for something (probably either a pre-meal nibble or a dessert) that would be gluten-free, delicious, and accessible to an audience that includes several kids and not-so-adventurous eaters, and overall is not super spice-tolerant? Suggestions appreciated... I bake and cook, so pretty much anything goes!
if you want to bring snacks, try bringing something that will not require stove or oven space since they may be at full capacity by the time you get there.
i fry up shrimp crackers as nibbles for cocktail times and serve with simple dip of mayo mixed with sambal sauce. people hoover them. you could make an avocado-based dip for non-spicy peeps.
use rice-paper wraps and fill them either with a mix of crunchy veggies, and/or shredded chicken, shrimp or salmon. serve with a peanut dipping sauce.
deviled eggs with bacon mayo.
salmon mousse with rice crackers.
tapenade over polenta squares.
Ideas for nibbles:
Potato and corn chips with dips
Toasted spiced nuts
Nachos (make sure chips don't have wheat flour)
Veggies with dips
Meat and cheese platter
Chicken wings in various flavors
Homemade gluten-free Chex Mix (watch ALL ingredients for gluten, including soy sauce!)
i'd do a cheesecake with a nut crust. happy to post a recipe, but i'm guessing you might a have a recipe, as you bake :-)
pre-nibble -- you could make some parmesan fricos and roll them up tuple style… "cheese crisps" are accessible and explainable to all… cheese… baked… yum.
spiced toasted nuts.
some firm tiny polenta rounds topped with a dollop of a tomato tapenade and cheese
or even something as simple as homemade marshmallows (one or more flavors) can be well-received, is elegant and accessible…
hope it goes well ;-)
As a pre holiday nibble, what about roasted chick peas seasoned with ras al hanout (or hangout as my auto correct wants to call it, sorry about spelling). Festive yet different but familiar and crunchy.
For desert, what about a meringue type cookie. I don't' have a recipe, but the food memory of my grandmother's of basically a meringue cooked in the oven low and slow until dried and fluffy/crunchy.
I make these Blondies for a friend who is also allergic to chocolate, and to egg yolks.
I don't put any chips in, but always use pecans, sometimes shredded coconut. Instead of whole eggs, I use liquid egg whites and a bit of xanthum gum.
They taste like salted caramels and are addictive!