The festive season always requires at least one buffet – which can be hell on earth for Coeliacs. Whether you’re hosting a party and need some food to make for your guests or you need some bits to take along to the gluten-laden family occasions, look no further than this compilation!
Cheese and herb twists
This is easy finger food! Find the recipe here.
Filled Pastry Cases
Use Lucy’s shortcut pastry recipe to create some easy pastry treats.
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.
Vegan Mushroom and Chestnut Sausage Rolls
An easy festive favourite that meat eaters and vegans alike with adore. Whilst this may sound more complicated than the others, it only takes 30-40 minutes in total, the majority of which is whilst the rolls are in the oven and you can use that time to do other bits! Find the recipe here.
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)
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
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!