Friday, May 14, 2010

GLUTEN-FREE DISHES TO MAKE EVERY BARBECUE OR PARTY FUN--AND SAFE!

Gluten-free diets can be difficult for those who are not gluten-intolerant or celiac to prepare dishes for. For many cooks it's second nature to add a sprinkling of wheat flour to a sauce or some barley to a soup, not to mention serving crackers which, though not made of wheat, contain rye, also "illegal" for those with celiac sprue disease. The safest thing to do at a large gathering, whether it's a potluck or not, is to contribute one or two dishes you, the gluten-intolerant person, know are safe, because you've made them yourself. 

Here's a dish that can be either a side or a main, depending on your eating style. It's a luscious, creamy herbed noodle pie. Slice a wedge and serve along with some barbecued chicken or grilled vegetables. This Fiesta Casserole is a great barbecue dish because it's also good as a side or as a main dish for vegetarians. It's spicy and cheesy and full of vegetables, too. Not bad looking, either! 
Buy a selection of these vegetable souffles(there are ten varieties) if you don't have time to cook. Cut the souffles in small servings and you've pulled together the fastest plate of hors d'oeuvres ever.
Here's a new way to serve potatoes with barbecue. Prepare these potato pancakes in advance and heat them up when you need them. Made from yams. they're naturally sweet and would be delicious with some cranberry  or mango chutney. Totally gluten-free, of course.
The three varieties of hummus, below, are a perfect example of simple dishes you can prepare for a gathering of gluten-eaters and gluten-avoiders.

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