With the holidays approaching fast, many of our minds are turning to the inevitable Christmas party. Entertaining on a budget is challenging.
Entertaining GLUTEN FREE on a budget: Even more challenging. But, not impossible. Here are some ideas to help you keep it simple and yet delicious, whether for yourself, or a guest with a gluten intolerance.
1. Go Natural
Fruits and vegetables are delicious. Make the most of them. A nice plate full of fruit is a great place to start. And who doesn’t love a veggie tray with a yummy dip?
Instead of attempting to recreate the usual “party foods” and make them gluten free (which can be disastrous), work with the foods that are naturally GF as your base, then spruce them up a bit.
A cheese tray with a few sauces is a nice addition. Or a bowl of different types of nuts. My family loves cashews and almonds especially. It doesn’t have to be a plain jar of salted peanuts. Get creative!
Here’s a great recipe for a Party Cheese Ball that I have made for years. I have yet to find someone who doesn’t rave over it. Add a box of Nut Thins or other rice crackers. With this delicious cheese ball, no one will guess they are gluten free.
2. Have a Cozy Drink
Sometimes a warm drink especially in the wintertime, can feed the soul much better than a table full of food. Create a delicious warm drink for your guests, and you can’t lose! Here’s an idea that my family loves:
Makes a wonderful hot, seasonal drink.
3. Serve Something Sweet
Here are a few great recipes that don’t use flour!
- 1 cup peanut butter both chunky and creamy work great!!
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Mix together peanut butter, sugar and eggs.
- Then stir in semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 350.
My entire extended family now bakes these instead of regular chocolate chip cookies. You cannot tell AT ALL that they don’t contain any flour, and they hold together nicely. The flavor is out of this world!
Which gluten free treats do you serve during the holidays?