My first recipe advice is to make sure you keep the menu simple enough that you’re actually having fun at your own party! I’m telling you from experience that if you’re having a blast, your guests will, too. The way I would organize the meal would be to have some room temperature finger foods ready when guests walk in the door. I’m thinking olives, crudités, gluten-free salami, gluten-free crackers and cheese or depending on if you have a theme, this could be something as easy as gluten-free chips and salsa.
While guests are busy enjoying the company and finger foods, I’d have some hors d’oeuvres I’ve made ahead of time cooking in the oven, like sticky chicken wings or homemade spinach-artichoke dip that you can serve with warm corn tortilla chips.
Now, when I say keep the menu simple, what I really mean is that the main dish needs to be something that you can at least assemble, if not cook, the day before the party. Think gluten-free lasagna, gluten-free chicken potpie, gluten-free chicken foil packets, slow-cooker chicken divan, even just a nice rosemary pork roast with roasted potatoes.
For dessert, I’d stick to the same plan and bake perennial favorites, like cookies or brownies (or some of both!) a few days ahead of the party so I wouldn’t be stressing out last minute. You can’t go wrong with a classic, like gluten-free chocolate chip cookies or you could spice things up with a seasonal favorite, like gluten-free ginger molasses cookies or get fancy with my gluten-free orange-cocoa nib pecan florentines. Your guests will be having so much fun loving the food that no one will even be thinking about whether anything is gluten-free or not. That’s when you know you’ve successfully hosted a dinner party!
- Silvana Nardone
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