Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Years Eve Party Recipes - Gluten Food Ideas

by clarita

It's that time of the year again to ring in a New Year!  Time to reflect (hopefully full of wonderful memories) and look to the hope of what the future can bring!

As you may gather with friends or family, there must always be good food to go with those great people.

Here are some food ideas for ringing in the New Year.

Good, simple, and raw food is a great place to start:

  • Fresh fruit and veggie platters are always appreciated.  Use a dairy free ranch (I use Penzey's)  or something like the firecracker onion dip.
  • If you can do seafood, fresh seafood and sushi is a wonderful gluten free, dairy free option, especially if you cook it up yourself.
Using a theme is also helpful in planning a coordinated feast.   Everyone loves things in miniature!  Bite sized portions are cute and welcoming.  Here are some themes that may fit the bill!

  • Mexican bar - have open faced tacos.  I make these by cutting out rice tortilla circles (lightly oil these and bake at 350˚F until they are toasted - about 5-7 minutes), add refried beans, cooked taco meat, and cheese (dairy free if necessary).  Heat for 15 seconds in the microwave to melt the cheese, add lettuce, salsa and serve.  Here they are:

          Continuing on the Mexican theme - serve taquitos, or you can use the same rice tortilla rounds and make quesadillas, and how about making individual Enchilada-Casser-Ole- from Taste of Home ( be sure to use dairy free cheese and sour cream, and you can use these recipes for taco seasoning and italian salad dressing.  You can use the same tortilla rounds from above and layer in individual ramekins.  Individual fajitas would be scrumptious. Taste of Home Grilled Fajitas has a good recipe, though I like to use my Penzeys Fajita Seasoning.
  • Tapas bar - I read a great idea in Living Without about having a Mediterranean spread with a roasted red pepper garlic dip, baba ghanoush, empanadas, hummus, and flatbread.  
  • Hot wing bar - use all your favorite sauces. 
  • Pizza bar  - make all the pizza dough ahead using Premium Crust recipe.  Be sure to use your favorite all purpose gluten free flour in the recipe and follow the instructions from there.  I use this recipe to make ahead all my pizza dough for my kids parties.     
Buffalo Chicken Pizza

 For dessert, how about making cookie pizza!  This is versatile and can be made according to your tastes.  You can make smores pizza, a sundae pizza - spreading your cooked crust with ice cream and your favorite toppings, rocky road or anything else your taste buds crave.  Make your favorite gluten free sugar cookie dough ( I used this one. )  Shape the dough into a pizza shape.  Bake cookie crust for about five minutes at 350˚F.  Add toppings and bake for another 2-5 minutes.  Here is my personalized rocky road pizza.

  • Baked potato bar - this needs no describing.  (But make sure there is lots of bacon and cheese!)
  • Soup bar - soup is wonderful and be sure there is your favorite bread on the side.  (I have several favoriteses but I like the size of these Better Batter Italian Rolls). Make sure that your soups are a variety of colors as well as tastes.  This is great if you have meat eaters and vegans all at one party.  Here are some of my favorite soups: Black Bean SoupSpicy Lentil Soup (remember you can add color to your table with lentils, they come in colors!), potato soup, split pea soup, hardy chicken noodle or chicken and dumplings, and if you can do dairy I make this one and it is deelish - Zuppa toscana.
  • Pie bar -  how about different pot pies, Gluten Free Mommy has a fresh pot pie,  a beef pot pie from one of my favorite blogs - The Art of Gluten Free cooking (formerly Four Chickens).  Be sure to end with a choice of sweet mini pies - chocolate pecan pieblueberry cherry pievaried flavors of pie pops, just to name a few.
  • Waffle Bar - make savory and sweet waffles.  Remember that you can make side dishes in a waffle iron. ******  Check out these ideas:  Zucchini Potato Wafflettes , gingerbread waffles ( Elizabeth Kaplan has a great recipe in her bookFresh from Elizabeth's Kitchen: Gluten-free & Allergy-Free Recipes , chocolate waffles, cornbread and jalapeno waffles, oyster waffles, Waffled hash browns,  and in the  Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy Delicious Meals there are several wonderful recipes for savory waffles.  At Food Network Emeril has a wonderful recipe that is easily converted to gluten free, Pecan waffles with roasted pecan and banana syrup. Don't be shy with your favorite waffle batter, try different add ins like bacon and cheddar,  or how about a sticky bun flavor by adding cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins, and walnuts, and there is always a snickerdoodle or apple pie waffles. You can just get so creative with your favorite dishes and waffelize them! ****** Don't forget toppings.  You can have toppings like chili for the cornbread, cheese for the hash brown and zucchini potato wafflettes, whipped cream and fresh fruit for the sweet waffles, as well as dairy free ice cream, glazed fruits, blueberry lemon curd, it is endless! *****If that is just to much waffles for you.  I have used Silvia's idea and used plain waffles as bread and made sandwiches with them.  They make an great alternative to bread, so there is always providing waffle sandwiches.  Meatloaf is my favorite! 
  Whatever you do, where ever you are, 
I hope you have a fun filled and joyous New Year!

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