Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
May 29, 2014 07:02 PM

Help! Gluten-free dish to make for new neighbors.

My usual standby dishes are lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs. She said that she just can't have regular pasta or bread.

I was hoping to make a "main" dish for them to have or freeze for future use. I apologize for being too lazy to look it up but it is late and I'm tired. I'd like to have some ideas by 2pm tomorrow before I go grocery shopping.

Thanks for any and all suggestions!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Moussaka.
    Gumbo with rice.

    1. hmm trying to stay close to your "go to" dishes because you want to be yourself

      I have never made porcupine meatballs - but I want too - they seem fun and with rice as the "filler" they are gluten free - its a typical "church cook book" recipe but Paula Dean's will do for reference

      Or in place of lasagna - go Mexican and do Enchiladas - same basic concept - but corn tortillas instead of pasta - and... spicy! (as you want it to be) reheats well and always a favorite in my world. You can be as DIY as you want. Use a lot of short cuts or go from scratch, local, in season. - a wonderfully flexible dish that is satisfying from cans from the quick-mart or from farmers market bounty. From CHOW

      1 Reply
      1. re: JTPhilly

        My first thought was a mexican lasagna kind of dish too- really easy crowd pleaser.

      2. Chili, oven fried chicken, hamburgers.

        1. arroz con pollo - or any kind of baked chicken with rice or potatoes. Not necessarily freeze-able but it'll definitely make for a good dinner. chicken strips sautéed with peppers and onions, or pepper steak or beef with broc - any Chinese dish (just watch the ingredients) with rice

          1. I've made lasagna with GF noodles for years and it tastes just as good as made with wheat lasagna noodles. I boil GF (brown rice) noodles for about 5 min just to make them pliable and then layer as usual, whatever your usual is, and bake as usual.

            1 Reply
            1. re: herby

              herby, I have a question for you. Do you find gf pasta dishes reheat well? A friend who is a terrific home cook and has a child with celiac disease warned me about saving leftover gf mac and cheese that I had brought to a potluck. It was good enough to fool everyone but the gf Mom who I clued in. I had found this true when I made a low fat mac and cheese so I was not surprised at the news that gf was also a bad reheat.