We had friends over for dinner this past weekend. When you’re gluten free with multiple food issues, this could present a problem. But it doesn’t have to.
So what do you do when the people you are entertaining want to eat “real” food? Here are some tips for a smooth and pleasant experience.
- Be honest. Let your guests know what they are eating is gluten, dairy, or allergen free. They will most likely realize this anyway if they know you have food issues.
- People have preconceived notions that gluten and allergen free foods are “yucky”. Gluten free products are improving as far as taste. Texture can still be an issue. Avoid gluten-free bread if possible, as this is an acquired taste. However, gluten free pasta is pretty close to the real thing.
- Provide some gluten free and some wheat based products. Again, you might want to provide regular bread for your guests, unless you have celiac disease, and are afraid of cross-contamination.
- If your guests enjoy it, serve wine and cocktails. This will relax both you and your guests.
- Stick to tried and true recipes. This is not the time to experiment. If you can, have someone who is not gluten free try out the recipe and give you feedback before you give it to your guests.
- Leave out the gluten-free carbohydrates and serve meat, veggies, and rice. You can’t go wrong with that.
- Have guests bring a “gluten-filled” side dish. But be careful of cross contamination.
- If you are baking a dessert, keep it simple. Better yet, serve fruit or a fruit based dessert, like a crisp.
Your guests might find it surprising that they have just eaten a gluten free and allergen free meal. Gluten free foods, along with kitchen skills, can be made delicious.