Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Gluten Free Holiday Dinner at Grandma's

Unlike last night's potluck, tonight's dinner was entirely gluten free, and completely delicious.  We had dinner at my mom's, kind of an early Christmas with my Aunt and Uncle who we probably won't see again until after the New Year. 

If you're concerned about how to host a gluten free dinner party without sacrificing taste, this menu plan has some great options. 

Starters: Spinach and strawberry salad served in homemade Parmesan cheese bowls, and Bocconcini and tomato skewers.  Since my son can't have cow's milk cheese, he had his own goat's cheese version of the skewers. 

Parmesan Bowl

Cheese and Tomato Skewers with Basil

Main Course: Roast Chicken on a bed of caramelized fennel and onions, steamed carrots, mashed sweet potatoes, roast peppers and cornbread muffins

Dessert: a traditional Christmas log made with a gluten free cake mix and gluten free cupcakes

The presentation of the food made it look extravagant, while the ingredients were simple, easy to find and prepared with minimal fuss (except for the Parmesan bowls, which I'm now in love with).  No one missed the gluten, and the flavour certainly didn't suffer as a result. 

After dinner, the kids discovered my Uncle's iPad and even got to open an early Christmas gift. 

With some careful planning, throwing a gluten free dinner doesn't have to involve complicated, time-consuming dishes that involve weird sounding ingredients.  This menu included a nice variety of flavours and colours, had some sophisticated touches, and was all gluten free. 

Happy Cooking!

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