As many of you who are gluten free and vegetarian will know, family gatherings or Christmas parties can be a minefield of gluten filled treats and the potential for cross contamination. I always make my own food for such occasions. I know that Christmas is a busy time and so these ideas are quick and easy to make as well as being delicious! I hope you will find some inspiration for your own parties this Christmas and New Year.
Filled Pastry Cases
To my delight, Tesco recently came out with these gluten free pastry cases, already cooked and ready to go. They have a long shelf life and are suitable for savoury and sweet fillings. Here are two savoury ideas for your Christmas feasts!
Mushroom, Rosemary and Walnut Pate filling
A handful of walnuts
Rosemary (preferably fresh). Remember to keep some for the garnish.
Gluten free bread
Vegetable stock or water
- Cook the mushrooms and walnuts in a frying pan with the rosemary. Remove the rosemary after cooking if desired.
- Add the cooked mushrooms and walnuts to a food processor with 1 slice of gluten free bread ripped into four. Add a small glug of vegetable stock or water. Add the nutmeg and some salt and pepper.
- Blitz until smooth (add more liquid if needed but be careful not to make it too wet!).
- Place into the pastry cases and top with a sprig of fresh rosemary for decoration.
Spinach, cheddar and pine nut filling
A handful of pine nuts
- Wilt the spinach in a frying pan with the nutmeg and spices.Remove and squeeze out the liquid.
- Add the pine nuts to the pan and gently toast. Be careful not to burn (they go from brown to completely burnt in a matter of seconds so keep your eyes on them!)
- Mix the spinach and cheddar in a bowl and add to the pastry cases. Top with a couple of pine nuts in each.
Allium Free Potato Salad
A traditional potato salad includes a few things that I can’t eat due to IBS (onions and chives) so this is my version!
4 medium sized potatoes
- Peel and chop the potatoes. Boil for 15-20 mins or until soft.
- Allow to cool in a bowl for 15-30 minutes.
- Add the mayonnaise and paprika (and salt and pepper if desired) and stir. Best served chilled!
Dips and an assortment of dippers
1 red and 1 orange pepper cut into strips
1 carrot cut into strips
1 bag of Schar gluten free pretzels
Tyrell’s or Kettle Chips (always check the ingredients)
Gluten free cheese straws (either Mrs. Crimbles or these ones that I found in Tesco!)
1 pot of soured cream
Allium free salsa (see my recipe here)
- Cut the vegetables and assemble on a platter or into bowls.
- Place the dips into bowls (add herbs or spices to the soured cream if you would like).
Mini plum tomatoes
Fresh basil leaves
- Chop the mozzarella into cubes.
- Chop the tomatoes in half.
- Arrange the mozzarella, tomatoes and basil leaves onto cocktail sticks.
Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers
Halloumi cheese, cubed
1 small courgette, sliced into bitesize chunks
3 mushrooms, quartered
1 red peppers, sliced into bitesize chunks
Small plum tomatoes
- Prepare the vegetables and arrange onto long skewers
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning half way.
Gluten free Cous Cous salad
Gluten free Cous Cous
1 beetroot, grated
Fresh mint leaves, chopped
Vegetable stock or boiling water
- Follow the packet instructions to cook the cous cous. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
- Add the beetroot, chopped fresh mint and feta and stir.
Cashew and Mushroom Burgers
Something a bit more filling for the buffet! These burgers are not only delicious but also suitable for dairy free people and vegans! Serve by themselves or in a bun if preferred! See my recipe here.
Schar pizza base
Dried oregano, basil and thyme
- Layer the passata and herb mix on the pizza base. Top with the cheese.
- Allow to cool and then cut into individual slices.
I hope that a few of these ideas are useful! There are lots of gluten free party options available from Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s if you are able to eat alliums. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!