Hosting an event and want to know what to feed gluten-free guests? As someone who’s been to many events while gluten-free, I’m going to share with you my top tips for safely hosting your gluten-free guests. Because nothing is worse than exposing a gluten-free guest to gluten.
When deciding what to feed your gluten-free guests, you first need to know what gluten is. Gluten is a protein found in barley, rye, contaminated oats, and wheat. It may be helpful to remember the acronym “BROW” when trying to remember what foods have gluten.
In baked goods, gluten holds things together working as a binding agent. It gives texture and chew to foods.
Most people can safely eat gluten. However, some people have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease which means they need to avoid gluten. It can cause digestive issues such as diarrhea and nausea as well as nonintestinal symptoms such as rashes, headaches, or joint pain.
The first step to hosting gluten-free guests is to understand why they are gluten-free. There are a lot of reasons why someone might need to be gluten-free and this will determine how careful you’ll need to be.
The two most common reasons someone might be gluten-free are gluten intolerance and celiac disease. These two conditions look a lot alike but the strictness of the gluten-free diet for both varies.
For someone with gluten intolerance, they may need you to be extra strict on avoiding cross-contact. They also might not react to cross-contact. This is different for people with celiac who need you to always avoid cross-contact.
If your guest is gluten-free due to gluten intolerance, don’t assume anything. You’ll want to ask them what they’re comfortable with and if they have any requests.
This might look like “hey, since you’re gluten intolerant, I just want to make sure that I prepare safe food. Do you have any requests? Any specific steps you need me to take to make sure your food is safe?”
This is a great way to show your gluten-free guest that you’re thinking of them and that you want them to feel comfortable. Depending on how strict your guest with gluten intolerance is, you may want to follow the tips below for catering to guests with celiac disease.
When catering to people with celiac disease, it’s important you always check in as soon as you know they are coming for info on how to support them. This might look like:
If your guest is in the Celiac Crash Course, they can provide you with some handouts and recipes that specify how to keep you safe when cooking for them. You can also read more about hosting people with celiac disease safely in this post.
There are many foods you’ll need to avoid when cooking for your gluten-free guest. Anything made with wheat, barley, triticale (a grain made from crossing wheat and rye), and in some cases oats, is a no-go. Although oats are naturally gluten-free, they can easily be contaminated with gluten. Therefore, it’s important to look for oats that are labeled gluten-free or ask your gluten-free guest how sensitive they are.
There are various types of wheat and it may be called by a variety of names on labels, including durum, einkorn, emmer, kamut, enriched flour, farina, Graham flour, self-rising flour, semolina, or spelt. Gluten can also be hidden in ingredients or in less-known ingredients, including natural flavors, barley malt, caramel color, etc.
You should also avoid foods that are typically made with gluten-containing flour. Don’t serve your gluten-free guest gluten-containing pies, cakes, cookies, bread, beer, pasta, crackers, etc. You’ll also want to carefully check questionable foods for gluten, or avoid them altogether, including processed meats, sauces, seasonings, soup mixes, etc.
Once you know what to avoid, it’s time to find out what you can feed your gluten-free guests. Any food that is naturally gluten-free and is in its natural state is gluten-free. Foods that are great choices are fresh fruits and vegetables, plain meats/fish/poultry, nuts and seeds, etc. Anything made with gluten-free grains is another option.
Packaged foods with a gluten-free claim or certification are also good safe options. Many brands offer gluten-free versions of the snacks and desserts you enjoy serving to guests. Think about gluten-free varieties of chips, pretzels, cookies, cakes, party snack mixes, dips, wing sauces, popcorn, etc.
Finally, you can make your own gluten-free foods for your guests. When you make a recipe yourself, you can ensure that all the ingredients are gluten-free. You can make gluten-free foods from scratch or buy a box mix to make it simple.
Whether you purchase naturally gluten-free foods, get gluten-free packaged foods, or prepare food yourself, it’s important to avoid cross-contact with gluten.
Everyone is going to have different comfort and knowledge levels with cross-contact and celiac, so be sure to check in with your gluten-free guest about what they need you to do in order to keep the food safe.
And if you want the guidance of a celiac dietitian who’s been living with celiac for over 10 years, you can sign up for my Gluten-Free Cookie Cross-Contact Cooking Demo. There I teach you how to prevent cross-contact while baking gluten-free cookies for friends and family.
One of the first things you might feed a gluten-free guest are snacks. Unfortunately, many common snacks contain gluten.
This often is due to a wheat ingredient. However, it can also be due to other grains that contain gluten or have been contaminated with gluten. It can even be hidden in natural flavors, seasonings, etc.
Snacks that commonly have gluten include cookies, crackers, cakes, snack mixes, breaded or sauced shrimp or wings, beer, pizza, donuts, cupcakes, etc. that are not explicitly marked gluten-free.
Cross-contact is another concern. Once the food is sitting out for your guests to enjoy, cross-contact can happen if guests use their hands or serving utensils that have previously touched gluten when they serve the gluten-free snacks.
If the gluten-containing and gluten-free snacks are near each other, they can accidentally get mixed. For example, some gluten-containing pretzels could fall into the gluten-free popcorn dish. Making all of the popcorn unsafe in that dish, even if you remove the pretzels.
To avoid cross-contact:
And ultimately, check in with your guest to see if there’s anything else you can do to make sure they feel comfortable.
And if you’re looking for some recipes to serve to your gluten-free guests, below are some snack ideas you might whip up, courtesy of dietetic intern, Jan Wasmuth.
When I think of gluten-free snacks to serve guests, I think of finger foods and dips. And nothing beats serving guacamole with veggies and chips. Need a guacamole recipe? My fresh guacamole recipe is perfect to serve even the strictest gluten-free guest.
Using all fresh ingredients except for salt and pepper, this recipe limits the risk of cross-contact while serving a delicious dip that’s sure to satisfy your guests.
These Gluten-Free Chex Bars by Mom Loves Baking is the perfect snack to serve gluten-free guests, kids and adults alike. And yes, as long as you’re not buying Wheat Chex, all other Chex cereals are gluten-free and fortified with lots of needed nutrients.
Chex mix is a classic party snack but it can be messy. If you don’t want to find crushed bits of Chex cereal and GF pretzels strewed around your living room when you’re cleaning up after the guests leave, this recipe is a great way to enjoy a party mix in a convenient hand-held bar form.
This bar is sweet and salty with gluten-free pretzels, Corn Chex, and peanut butter M&M’s. It’s held together with peanut butter, mini marshmallows, and butter (all affiliate links).
You can switch it up to have the flavors you enjoy. Try a different flavor gluten-free Chex (such as Honey Nut Chex or Cinnamon Chex) or a different variety of M&M’s.
Looking for a kitchen sink-type snack to feed gluten-free guests? My Basic Energy Ball Recipe is perfect for quickly whipping up a filling and delicious snack using whatever gluten-free ingredients you have in the pantry.
And if you have kids, having them wash their hands and roll the energy ball dough up for guests to snack on is a fun activity for them.
This Gluten-Free Pizza-Flavored Popcorn by She Knows is a perfect snack to feed your gluten-free guests. Pizza is a popular party food and so is popcorn. Why not combine the flavors of both into one crunchy, satisfying snack?
This recipe starts like any other popcorn recipe in a pot on the stove. However, it gets unique when the seasonings are added after it’s done popping. There’s no fancy method… all you need is a large sealable plastic bag to toss your popcorn with the seasonings.
The recipe starts with popping corn and vegetable oil. Then the buttery goodness is added. Finally comes the flavor… dried oregano, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, gluten-free garlic powder, gluten-free onion powder, and grated parmesan cheese. If you want to get fancy, you can add diced dehydrated sundried tomatoes.
This Easy Edamame by A Couple Cooks makes it as simple as a couple of steps to have the perfect snack ready for guests. It all starts with frozen edamame in pods. Then you just boil them and toss them in the toppings. The key to a strong flavor is using toasted sesame oil, instead of regular sesame oil.
What sets this edamame recipe apart from other edamame snacks is the garlic, sesame oil, and salt. Freshly grated garlic adds a depth of flavor. If you are a fan of spicy snacks, you can take it up a notch by adding chili garlic sauce. However you prepare it, this snack is best served fresh and warm. You can’t go wrong with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds on top too!
(Pro-Tip: Use frozen edamame and steam it in the microwave and no one will be able to tell the difference).
Gluten-free appetizers are often considered when trying to decide what to feed gluten-free guests. However, not all appetizers are gluten-free and even if they are gluten-free, the may become unsafe due to cross-contact. It’s important to be mindful of what you serve and how you serve appetizers for your gluten-free guests.
There are many appetizers that commonly contain gluten.
On top of many appetizers containing gluten, the risk of cross-contact when they are served or prepared might also make them no longer gluten-free.
Guests who are mingling may grab a few pretzels and then place a hand that has touched gluten into the gluten-free bowl of peanuts. Or a couple of gluten-containing crackers may fall off the serving spoon as it is lifted across the dish of gluten-free veggie dip.
In order to avoid these situations, it is wise to keep gluten-free appetizers separate (and if you want brownie points, covered) when feeding gluten-free guests. This might look like:
And remember, everyone is going to have different comfort and knowledge levels with cross-contact and celiac, so be sure to check in with your gluten-free guest about what they need you to do in order to keep the food safe.
And preventing cross-contact when serving food isn’t the only time you need to worry about it. You also need to make sure while you’re cooking that you’re avoiding cross-contact too. If you want guidance on how to prevent cross-contact when cooking from a celiac dietitian who’s been living with celiac for over 10 years, you can sign up for my Gluten-Free Cookie Cross-Contact Cooking Demo. There I teach you how to prevent cross-contact while baking gluten-free cookies for friends and family.
Now let’s talk about what to feed your gluten-free guests. Below are some appetizer ideas you might whip up, courtesy of dietetic intern, Jan Wasmuth.
Still wondering what to feed gluten-free guests? This Veggie Dill Dip by Taste of Home is classic… what party is complete without veggie dip? Plus, veggies are naturally gluten-free, so you can fill a tray up with carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, baby tomatoes, bell peppers, and feed it to gluten-free guests.
Of course, you don’t have to stick to veggies. Gluten-free crackers or pretzels are other great dipping options. And if you’ll be serving gluten-filled options along with the fresh veggies, be sure to set aside untouched fresh veggies and dip for your gluten-free guest to help prevent cross-contact.
Cottage cheese, fat-free milk, and mayonnaise give this dip its creamy texture. Then, its amazing flavor comes from dried minced onion and parsley flakes, seasoned salt, dill weed, and garlic salt. Besides chilling time, it comes together with just 10 minutes of preparation.
These Gluten-Free Cheese-Stuffed Breadsticks (Pizza Sticks) by Gluten Free Recipe Box are the perfect appetizer to add to your gluten-free guest menu. The breadsticks are soft and filled with gooey mozzarella cheese. If you are craving pizza, you can even add in gluten-free pepperoni or sausage, bell peppers, mushrooms, or any other pizza toppings you like.
These sticks start with a gluten-free New York-Style Pizza Dough. You can select your favorite gluten-free sauce, from marinara to pesto to alfredo.
They only take 8 minutes to bake before your guests arrive. However, they can be prepared ahead and then frozen for the big day.
These Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs by Crazy Adventures in Parenting are a great savory addition to your appetizer spread to feed gluten-free guests. Meatballs are low-risk finger foods when it comes to cross-contact if you serve them on toothpicks.
The toothpicks make it so there’s no digging glutened hands into a dish or accidentally using a shared serving utensil. Although the recipe calls for homemade gluten-free meatballs, you could always use pre-made gluten-free frozen meatballs if your time crunch calls for it.
Surprisingly, the secret to these meatballs is a unique sauce made from gluten-free chili sauce and grape jelly. Although an unexpected combination, it melts together and blends to give these meatballs the right balance of sweet and spicy.
These Buffalo Chicken Celery Boats by Delish are a fingerlickin’ appetizer to feed your gluten-free guests. They have the spicy addictive flavor of buffalo wings, but without the mess and in a convenient celery boat. Plus, they only take 15 minutes to prepare.
Hot sauce and mayonnaise are the perfect flavor base to coat the shredded chicken. Sprinkled blue cheese adds a distinct flavor that pairs classically with anything that resembles buffalo wings. Salt and pepper enhance the spice and bring out the flavors. Garnished with chives and GF Ranch dressing, these finger foods are a real crowd-pleaser.
This Texas Caviar (also known as Cowboy Caviar) by A Couple Cooks is a great festive appetizer to serve gluten-free guests. Every version of this recipe is a little different, but it’s crucial to include black-eyed peas.
From there, it’s great to get creative! This version adds black beans, corn, red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, green onions, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro.
This recipe comes together easily. Just chop the veggies, make the dressing, and toss it all together. The dressing is made with lime juice, apple cider vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and olive oil. This appetizer has lots of zest flavor and is perfect to pair with gluten-free tortilla chips.
It’s dinner time and you want to know what to feed gluten-free guests. Dinner meals often contain gluten. This could be in the form of bread or wheat products, or it could be hidden in innocent-looking foods that contain ingredients such as malt extract. It could even be due to cross-contact during preparation or serving.
Although many foods can contain gluten, there are some common culprits at dinner get-togethers.
There are many other foods that can easily have gluten too. This is why it’s important to check the ingredients of all recipes carefully and to inspect the label of any purchased foods before serving them to your guests. When in doubt, buy products that are specifically marked gluten-free and save pictures of all of the labels of the ingredients you use for your gluten-free guest to review.
And gluten in the ingredients of dinner isn’t the only thing you need to be aware of. You also need to prevent cross-contact when cooking dinner. That’s because things like baking gluten-free rolls right below gluten-containing rolls in the oven could lead to gluten-containing remnants falling onto the gluten-free rolls baking below.
Alternatively, a counter where gluten-containing pizza was set earlier makes the gluten-free pizza later placed there no longer safe. If you want guidance on how to prevent cross-contact when cooking from a celiac dietitian who’s been living with celiac for over 10 years, you can sign up for my Gluten-Free Cookie Cross-Contact Cooking Demo. There I teach you how to prevent cross-contact while baking gluten-free cookies for friends and family. Taking this class is a great gesture of care for your gluten-free guests.
And finally, when you’re serving dinner, it’s easy for cross-contact to happen too. Make sure you’re keeping gluten-free food and gluten-filled food separate. When in doubt, serve gluten-free guests first and then let gluten-eaters get their food.
Below are some dinner recipes you might feed your gluten-free guests, courtesy of dietetic intern, Jan Wasmuth.
This is The Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust + Sauce by Minimalist Baker. Pizza parties are a blast, and it’s possible to still enjoy them while keeping your gluten-free guests safe.
The crust takes only 1 hour and has just 7 ingredients and it tastes so good, you’d never guess it wasn’t made with gluten like a traditional pizza.
You can use whatever gluten-free flour blend you prefer. However, the recommended blend for this recipe is made from brown rice flour, white rice flour, tapioca flour, and xanthan gum.
The sauce makes or breaks a pizza. Try this amazing combination for the ideal sauce flavor. It’s a combination of tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, dried basil, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder. Next, add your favorite cheese and pizza toppings. Enjoy!
This Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese by Alexa Federico Wellness is the perfect one-dish recipe to make for your guests. Macaroni & cheese is a well-loved entree or side, but combine it with the flavors of buffalo chicken and you have a winner.
You can choose between gluten-free noodles or veggie noodles and the result will be delicious either way. The shredded Chicken can be white or dark meat, whichever you prefer.
Creamy mac & cheese is actually simple to create. Coconut milk, butter, cream cheese, and Monterey Jack cheese all fulfill the need in this recipe.
Garlic powder and hot sauce add the signature buffalo kick. Feeding a crowd? This recipe has an interactive option to scale the recipe x1, x2, or x3.
This Gluten-Free Sloppy Joes recipe by Meaningful Eats is perfect to feed gluten-free guests. It’s juicy and bursting with flavor. It is simple and quick to make, with just one pot. Gluten-free buns are delicious homemade, but you can also buy them for ease. I personally like using Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free rolls for buns.
The delectable sauce in this recipe is thanks to some flavorful ingredients. Onion, ketchup, tamari, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, bbq sauce, and pepper all come together perfectly.
You’ll just want to make sure you find gluten-free versions of the BBQ sauce (such as Stubbs), soy sauce (such as San-J tamari), and gluten-free Worcestershire sauce (such as Lea & Perrins) (all affiliate links).
This Gluten-Free Taco Casserole recipe by McCormick is a great recipe to feed gluten-free guests with. The perfect addition to Taco Night, Game Night, or even just a night with friends.
The best part is that it takes only 7 ingredients, 10 minutes of prep time, and 20 minutes cook time. You can serve it with all your favorite taco toppings, such as sour cream, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.
Most of the ingredients are naturally gluten-free, including ground beef, pinto beans, tomato sauce, Mexican-style corn (watch out for natural flavors, seasonings, or thickeners), and shredded cheddar cheese.
You’ll want to make sure to use gluten-free corn tortilla chips and gluten-free Taco seasoning mix (affiliate link). Buying the taco seasoning in a packet, it reduces the risk of cross-contact with other spices in your cabinet.
This Gluten-Free Chicken Rice Casserole by Cupcakes and Kale Chips is the perfect comfort food dish to feed gluten-free guests. What could be better than a creamy casserole with tender rice, juicy chicken, fresh vegetables, and gooey cheese on top?
Instead of canned cream of mushroom soup, this recipe uses cream cheese, milk, and Greek yogurt so that it’s safe for your gluten-free guests. (But you can also use gluten-free cream of mushroom soup like the one Pacific makes).
Rice is naturally gluten-free, so it’s the perfect base for this casserole. The best kind to use in this recipe is long-grain rice. It holds its texture, yet is tender without becoming mushy. Brown rice or wild rice are also options, but be sure to cook according to package directions, as these types of rice need more liquid and longer cooking times.
Finally, when it comes to what to feed gluten-free guests, no celebration is complete without dessert. While many desserts contain gluten, you’ll be surprised that many desserts are naturally gluten-free or can easily be made gluten-free.
Similar to serving snacks, appetizers, and dinner to gluten-free guests, there are two areas of caution you need to have with serving gluten-free dessert. First, is making sure the ingredients of the dessert are gluten-free. And second, is making sure the gluten-free dessert doesn’t come into cross-contact with gluten during preparation or serving.
Some desserts that commonly contain gluten include
And even if the dessert is gluten-free by ingredient, cross-contact is especially prone to occur with desserts simply because they are often baked. And baking poses one of the highest risks for cross-contact in my opinion as a celiac specialized dietitian who’s had celiac for over 10 years.
For example, an ice cream scoop could be used to scoop gluten-containing cookie dough ice cream, then used to scoop gluten-free strawberry ice cream. Gluten-free cookies could be baked on the same tray as gluten-containing cookies were previously baked on just prior. A cake pan could be dusted with gluten-containing flour before the gluten-free batter is added. And the risks for cross-contact continue.
To avoid cross-contact when making gluten-free desserts, you’ll want to brush up on your cross-contact knowledge as modifying cooking methods to be free from cross-contact can get complex.
And finally, when you’re serving gluten-free desserts to guests, it’s easy for cross-contact to happen too. Make sure you’re keeping gluten-free food and gluten-filled food separate. When in doubt, serve gluten-free guests first and then let gluten-eaters get their food.
Below are some dessert recipes you might feed your gluten-free guests, courtesy of dietetic intern, Jan Wasmuth.
The first dessert to serve gluten-free guests are cookies! You can find a variety of gluten-free cookie recipes online and if you want some of my recommendations, check out this list of 15+ cookies to make.
And if you want guidance on how to prevent cross-contact when cooking from a celiac dietitian who’s been living with celiac for over 10 years, you can sign up for my Gluten-Free Cookie Cross-Contact Cooking Demo.
There I teach you STEP-BY-STEP how to prevent cross-contact while baking gluten-free cookies for friends and family. Taking this class is a great gesture of care for your gluten-free guests.
These Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes by Gluten-Free Palate are a wonderful addition to any gluten-free guest menu. Purchasing cupcakes from a bakery can be expensive. However, these cupcakes only cost about $5 to make a whole dozen of them!
Unlike some homemade cupcakes, they don’t turn out dry and crumbly. Instead, they have an amazingly moist, delicate, fluffy texture that could rival any bakery.
The secret ingredient to the amazing vanilla flavor of these cupcakes is vanilla bean paste. You can certainly just use vanilla extract and they’ll still be delicious. However, the vanilla bean paste adds a richer taste that makes these cupcakes supreme.
Plus, you can add gluten-free dye to the frosting to fit any celebration, from welcoming a new baby girl to being patriotic on July 4th.
You can buy or make gluten-free ice cream to feed your gluten-free guests. If you’re looking to buy gluten-free ice cream, check out my complete guide here!
If you’re looking to make ice cream, you can make this Gluten-Free Ice Cream. This recipe doesn’t even require an ice cream maker.
All you need is a loaf pan to freeze the ice cream and 5 minutes to prepare the ingredients. Then you can get ready for your guests and enjoy some mingling time with them while your delicious treat freezes.
This ice cream is smooth and flavorful, thanks to the simple ingredients. Sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, salt, and heavy whipping cream are all you need.
However, the fun part is being able to make the ice cream flavors of your dreams. Crushed gluten-free Oreos, peanut butter, chopped nuts, chocolate bits, chopped fresh fruits, or mint extract are all great options.
This Gluten-Free Fruit Pizza by Gluten Free on a Shoestring is fun to serve gluten-free guests. Bonus? It only takes 30 minutes total, including bake time, to prepare this lovely spin on pizza.
The gluten-free sugar cookie crust is substantial enough to be a base for the whipped cream cheese topping, yet soft enough to give you the sugar cookie texture you crave.
The recipe calls for strawberries, kiwis, and blueberries. However, you can add whatever fruit you desire. Raspberries or peach slices are great additions.
Whatever fruit You choose, decorating is the fun part! You can make words, designs, or fun patterns to fit the occasion. Your guests will enjoy looking at this beautiful dessert, and they’ll enjoy eating it too!
These Mini Creme Cookie Cheesecakes by Gluten Free Follow Me are the ideal hand-held cheesecake to serve your guests.
Cheesecake can sometimes be difficult to make. This recipe allows you to make simple individual cheesecakes so you can enjoy time with your guests instead of in the kitchen.
You don’t even have to make a crust! The “crust” of each cheesecake is a gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookie, such as gluten-free Oreos (or Glutino if your guest is avoiding oats).
The recipe requires only 5 other ingredients: cream cheese, granulated sugar, egg, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Since they have to be refrigerated for at least 4 hours (or overnight) once they are made, these desserts are perfect to make ahead so you can relax before your guests arrive.
Wondering what other creative things you can feed gluten-free guests? You don’t have to stick to one single recipe. Food bars are a fun way to let your guests create their own delicious combinations!
Just be sure to manage cross-contact either by making everything gluten-free at the bar or by having a dedicated gluten-free and gluten-filled station. Alternatively, consider allowing gluten-free guests to go through the line first and be sure to clearly mark all gluten-free foods.
Whether it be a family Christmas Eve or a sledding day with friends, hot chocolate is a lovely cozy beverage to feed your gluten-free guests. You can make your own gluten-free hot chocolate, heat chocolate milk on the stovetop, or buy hot cocoa packets and have hot milk or hot water available for your guests.
What makes it fun are all the topping options! Classics include mini marshmallows, whipped cream, and mini chocolate chips.
You can get creative with gluten-free mini white chocolate chips, hot fudge syrup, gluten-free sprinkles, or Candy Cane Creme Peppermint Hershey Kisses. Of course, you can’t forget to serve the hot cocoa with some gluten-free cookies!
If you want know which chocolates (including hot chocolate mixes) are gluten-free, check out my complete guide to gluten-free chocolate here.
A popcorn bar is perfect to feed gluten-free guests on movie nights! Your guests can tailor their snack to be sweet, savory, or a combination of both. Start with gluten-free ready-to-eat popcorn, popping corn, or microwave bags.
As for toppings, the options are endless, so let your creative side run wild. Sprinkle on some gluten-free seasonings like butter, white cheddar, or even dill pickle.
Add sweet things like small chocolates, gluten-free mini cookies, or dried fruit. Try savory things like gluten-free mini pretzels, cereal, or nuts.
Nachos are great to serve your guests on game night! Start with your favorite gluten-free tortilla chips, or offer a variety. Then, fill the bar with toppings!
Try different meats, like ground beef, ground turkey, shredded pork, shredded chicken, or even shrimp! Monterey jack, mozzarella, or pepper jack are all great shredded cheeses. You can even make your own queso blanco!
Load up on veggies… lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, banana peppers, etc. Don’t forget the sour cream. Branch out and try adding black beans or sweet corn.
Deciding what to feed gluten-free guests can feel overwhelming. However, it is possible to relax and enjoy the company while keeping your guests safe. It’s a matter of planning ahead, keeping communication open, and offering safe gluten-free food.
Be careful when choosing prepared foods and ingredients at the store to avoid gluten. While preparing food, take precautions to avoid cross-contact. Serve safely, keeping gluten-free food and serving utensils separate. With all these tips and recipes in mind, you’ll have a successful time of food and fellowship with your gluten-free guests!
And don’t forget, if you want my help with learning how to cook gluten-free food free from cross-contact in your gluten-filled home, joining my recorded Gluten-Free Cookie Cross-Contact Cooking Demo is a great gesture for guests.
There I teach you STEP-BY-STEP how to prevent cross-contact while baking gluten-free cookies for friends and family. Taking this class is a great gesture of care for your gluten-free guests.