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GREAT GLUTEN-FREE PARTY FOOD IDEAS

If you’re throwing a dinner party or get-together and need to make sure it’s gluten-free friendly, dip into these ideas for a stress-free spread of that everyone will love.   

By Selina Altomonte
gluten-free party food ideas: grazing platter with gluten-free crackers

Here at Gluten-Free Living, we celebrate our status as foodies who just happen to live with coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance. Next time youre celebrating something special, or just want to have some good friends or family over and need to cater for guests on a gluten-free diet, bookmark this list for some ideas – and don’t forget we’ve got an ever-growing collection of great gluten-free recipes for you to get entertaining and everyday inspiration too. 
 
Now, let’s get the party started. 

A SPECTACULAR SPREAD

We’re all about assembling great ingredients to save ourselves some cooking time: and a grazing platter ticks all of our boxes. Pull together some amazing cheeses and charcuterie from the deli, fruits and nuts for a centrepiece. Gluten-free crackers are incredibly easy to source, and if you’re game, you can even make your own.

Delicious morsels: these smoked salmon gluten-free blinis are sure to impress. Add salmon roe if you’re feeling indulgent.

BITE-SIZED TREATS

We have no discipline at all when there’s a tasty little appetiser in the offering. Want to impress your crowd? Make them yourself. Light and crispy zucchini balls with a side of fresh tzatziki is a crowd-pleaser, and would do well at a kids’ party too. Want to take things up a notch? With a little forward planning, homemade blinis with smoked salmon will add some serious wow factor to your party.  

DIP IN

Who can resist a colourful dip? Along with tzatziki, guacamole, hummus and beetroot dips are all easy to whip up at home and are naturally gluten free (most bought dips are also suitable – just double check packaging when you purchase them). Load a platter with vegetable sticks or gluten-free breads that invite guests to dip in.

THE MAIN EVENT

Quiches and tarts are easy to prep in advance and are made for sharing. Try our French onion tart or make your favourite quiche with our fantastic shortcrust pastry recipe. Or, make a batch of individual Greek ricotta and mint pies. Serve them up with colourful salads on the side and invite your guests to dig in.

This allergy-friendly pavlova is made without eggs, and uses chickpea brine instead

JUST DESSERTS

We love a do-ahead dessert: we want more time enjoying the feast with company than hustling in the kitchen. If you feel the same way, you can never go wrong with a classic lemon cheesecake, or indulgent tiramisu. For a summery gathering, end on a sweet note with a pavlova, loaded with fresh fruits.

gluten free entertaining: mojito cocktail

RAISE A GLASS

Get the party vibe flowing with a welcome drink. Go for a pre-mixed cocktail or mocktail, such as a mojito with fresh mint. And don’t forget as the party host that it’s just as important that you kick back too, say cheers and enjoy, knowing just how great a gluten-free feast can be.  

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