The holidays can be a stressful time for those on a gluten-free diet. Since the holidays seem to revolve around food and parties, we too often hear horror stories of how a gathering went awry when the gluten-free food didn’t taste up to par. There is no need to worry about that happening to you this holiday season.
Hosting a holiday gathering in your gluten-free home can be a wonderful experience if you plan ahead.
1. Make sure all of your gluten-free baked goods are as fresh as possible. Gluten-free baked goods tend to dry out over time.
2. If you need special ingredients, make sure to order them ahead of time. Some gluten-free items are hard to find during the holidays, especially pie crusts.
3. If you aren’t a competent cook or baker, prepare a trial run of your meal ahead of time. As they say, practice makes perfect.
4. Use mixes to make baked goods. You can easily take a basic cake mix and add some extras (such as chips, dried fruit, coconut, nuts, crushed candy canes…) and end up with a fancy dessert without much work.
5. Prepare fresh gluten-free dinner rolls using your favorite bread mix. Follow the directions on the package, however,instead of allowing the batter to rise in the bread pan, use a 1/3 cup measuring cup sprayed with oil and measure the dough onto a cookie sheet. Allow the dough to rise for one hour and then bake for 30 minutes at the temperature indicated on the package of bread mix. You will end up with lovely dinner rolls.
And remember, a party is all about friends and family, not if the food is perfect. Prepare your food with love and your meals will taste even better.
This article is an excerpt from The Gluten & Dairy Free Holiday E-Cookbook. You can download the book here.