If anyone has tried going gluten-free, you know that cocktail parties, where most everything is served on some variation of cracker, baguette, or canapé, can pose one of the bigger challenges. By nature, finger foods tend to involve carbs and in our wheat-obsessed society, carbs often entail gluten.
But I always tell newcomers to the gluten-free club that if you have to abstain, it’s a pretty good time to be gluten-free. When I first stopped eating gluten and tried to explain this in public, I often got looked at like I had three heads. But today there is so much more awareness and information – including loads of shared recipes on the web – that it makes things much easier.
I’ve compiled a list below of some of my favorite recipes and substitutes for classic cocktail hors d’oeuvres that you can easily use when you host a gluten-free cocktail party. And I’m willing to bet that not one of your gluten-loving guests will notice anything missing!
Variations on Classic Hors d’oeuvres
Almond flour crab cakes * to make these into finger foods I make 1-inch patties instead of the 2-inch patties specified in the recipe.
Stuffed mushrooms * I have swapped in gluten-free breadcrumbs (you can easily make your own or use store bought) or gluten-free panko and either works great
Gluten-free cracker recipes for a cheese or antipasto platter:
Parmesan crisps – my favorite and couldn’t be easier with just ONE ingredient
And here are some fun cracker alternatives that you can use as a base for any spread or topping you desire – they are always a hit
Bite-size potato pancakes – you can use these in a variety of ways, like in this potato pancakes and gravlax with dill recipe
* I recommend using full fat sour cream!
Mini polenta cakes like these herbed goat cheese polenta bites – sub in gluten-free panko or bread crumbs, they work just as well.
Naturally Gluten-free Finger Food
I love finding recipes that don’t involve any tweaking and are naturally gluten-free:
Greek salad skewers (if you don’t like the dip you can make a simple vegetarian aioli to go with)
Tell me: What is your favorite food at a cocktail party?