Gluten-Free Holiday Dish for (his) Extended Family
**duplicated from original post in Home Cooking**
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.
Baked apples could be a great fall dessert- stuff the insides with a mix of gluten free oats, chopped walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon- bake ahead, warm just before serving with whipped cream.
A panna cotta or pot de creme would be gluten free.
There are lots of delicious recipes for chocolate cake made with almond flour, or you can do a cheesecake with a raw pressed crust of dates and nuts.
Chocolate truffles or fudge would also be gluten free
For a pre-meal nibble I second hotoynoodle's suggestion of polenta bites, and you have a lot of other topping options - pesto, herbed goat cheese or ricotta, sun-dried tomato spread, mushroom ragout...
Sweet or savory baked Brie (without pastry) served with gluten-free crackers would be nice.
If you want more of a casual snack-type food you could make a couple of different varieties of candied/spiced nuts.
Desserts that will appeal to all ages and can easily be made gluten-free: pumpkin pie; banana or chocolate cream pie; apple crisp or tart; gingerbread, fig or maple bars; pumpkin brownies or blondies; whoopie pies; and of course, ice cream!