If you are entertaining a guest who is on a gluten-free diet or if you are not able to consume gluten, it does not meant that your food will be tasteless. There are plenty of gluten-free recipe ideas out there that provide plenty of dining pleasure. Here are some ideas for your next dinner party.
If you are looking for the perfect gluten-free recipe for your first course, you are in luck because shrimp is on the menu! For those who enjoy shell fish, this is always a winner.
- 20 large shrimp (thawed, deveined, and peeled)
- 1 tablespoon of fresh basil (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon of lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 10 thin slices of prosciutto
- 8-inch skewers (to hold the shrimp in place)
- Cooking spray to prevent sticking
- Lemon wedges for serving.
- Place the shrimp, oil, basil, salt, red and black pepper along with the zest in a bowl.
- Mix together and set aside.
- Place your prosciutto slices side by side on a flat surface.
- Cut the prosciutto slices in half so that there are 20 pieces.
- Wrap each shrimp in prosciutto and allow the tail to stick out.
- Slide the skewer through the shrimp to hold it in place.
- One skewer can hold five wrapped shrimp.
- Coat your broiling pan with cooking spray.
- Broil the shrimp for 2 minutes on each side.
- Serve warm with lemon wedges.
The Main Course
Now it’s time for a gluten-free recipe for your main course! If you love the idea of a stew but you are worried about the gluten-filled ingredients that usually go along with it, not to worry. This recipe has you covered!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 chopped onion
- 4 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
- 2 cans of white beans (rinsed thoroughly and drained)
- ½ cup of water
- 4 canned, plum tomatoes (drained)
- 1 can of fat-free chicken broth
- 3oz of baby spinach leaves (roughly chopped)
- 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken breast (remove skin and bones)
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
- Heat your oil in a medium saucepan.
- Add the onion and cook until softened.
- Now add thyme and garlic to the pan and cook for another minute while stirring.
- Add your tomatoes, beans, broth and water to the pan.
- Increase the heat and watch for bubbles to form.
- Reduce the heat once the pan is boiling and allow to simmer for approximately 5 minutes.
- Break up the tomatoes using a wooden spoon while cooking.
- Add spinach and stir while cooking. Add more water if needed.
- Add your chicken and cook for another 2 minutes
- Season with salt and pepper.
If you thought gluten-free recipes stopped at the main course, think again! There are some delicious sweet treats that everyone can enjoy! Here is a scrumptious dessert idea and it is particularly loved by pumpkin fans!
- 2 cups of milk (2% reduced-fat)
- ¾ cup of brown sugar
- ¼ cup of cornstarch
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of canned pumpkin
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of pumpkin-pie spices
- Whisk together the milk, cornstarch and sugar in a large saucepan.
- Slowly bring the mixture to a boil.
- Boil for approximately 3 minutes while whisking constantly.
- Beat your eggs in a separate bowl and slowly add half of the boiling milk mixture to the eggs.
- Now return the egg and milk mixture to the mixture in the saucepan, slowly while mixing.
- Continue whisking the mixture until it thickens. This usually takes about 3 minutes.
- Now remove the mixture from the heat and add your pumpkin, pumpkin spice and salt.
- Spoon this mixture into separate cups or bowls.
- Allow to cool and set. Usually, this takes about 30 minutes.
There you have it – three delicious gluten-free recipes that will keep your guests happy from starters to dessert! The key to making gluten-free food is selecting the right ingredients and gluten-free alternatives to the ingredients we have become accustomed to using in our dishes.