Gluten Free Festive Party Food

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There are so many gluten free party food items in the shops this year that I decided a little round up was in order. Many supermarkets are switching ingredients to make items in their standard canape lines gluten free now and nearly everywhere has gluten free pigs in blankets. This is such a change from a few years ago! My top party food tips:

1) Always check the ingredients list on pre-bought party food. Even if something isn’t labelled explicitly as being gluten free, sometimes other items in the range happen to be gluten free too. Allergens will always be highlighted in bold if there are any included in the recipe. If you have gluten free guests, avoid any party food containing wheat, barley, rye or oats.

2) When preparing gluten free party food for guests, always cook them on a clean oven tray or dish and use clean tongs to transfer them to the serving platter.

3) Serve gluten free party food items on dedicated gluten free plates – don’t mix them in with gluteny canapes as this causes cross-contamination.

4) Eat, drink and be merry :)!

Here’s a round up of some of the gluten free party food available this year – supermarkets listed in alphabetical order.

Gluten Free Party Food 2017

Aldi

I haven’t made it to an Aldi to check out their range in person, but according to their website they have the following gluten free items that I think would work as gluten free party food:

  • gluten free mince pies
  • gluten free white chocolate and cranberry cookies
  • Italian antipasto platter
  • Spanish antipasto platter
  • Korean Sriracha chicken wings
  • Moroccan falafel
  • pigs in blankets
  • mini filled chocolate cups (freezer)
  • chocolate-covered icecream bites (freezer)

Asda

Asda have a huge range of gluten free (over 630 free from products now), with a number of Christmas items in their range. Some of my top picks for gluten free party food are:

  • venison pigs in blankets
  • BBQ chicken dippers (freezer)
  • sausage rolls (freezer)
  • free from pizza
  • Large Baking Camembert with Sparkling Sultanas & Red Onion Relish
  • smoked salmon Christmas trees
  • cheese and bacon potato skins
  • Gratify pretzel bites
  • free from truffle selection
  • mince pies
  • gingerbread santas
  • chocolate, cranberry and orange tiffin
  • Christmas cupcakes
  • free from all butter shortbread selection

Iceland

Iceland have a few naturally gluten free choices available this year – it’s worth snooping in their chest freezers to get your mitts on these gluten free party food goodies:

  • pigs in blankets crisps
  • tiger prawn centrepiece with dipping sauce
  • bacon-wrapped asparagus bundles
  • chicken tikka bites
  • ice cream chocolate shots
  • mini dessert pots

Marks & Spencer

For top quality party food that you can feed to everyone without them suspecting gluten free, Marks & Spencers has the top spot. It’s fairly pricey though so either splash out on your gluten free guests or mix and match with some gluten free party food from cheaper supermarkets.They also do a 64-piece gluten free party food selection that you can order online. Here are my top gluten free party food picks:

  • mini chicken kievs
  • mozzarella pesto filled mini bites
  • sticky asian style chicken lollipops
  • pork belly squares
  • pigs in blankets
  • hog roast on mini crackling plates
  • mini toad in the hole
  • mince pies
  • mini christmas cake bites
  • gold star brownies
  • honeycomb crunch bites

 

Morrisons

Sorry not to be able to provide an update for Morrisons, but I don’t have one near me and couldn’t find much info online. They seem to have gluten free pigs in blankets and a couple of very pretty gluten free cakes. Not much gluten free party food that I can see though.

Sainsburys

I found quite a few gluten free party food items in Sainsburys, although some are not marked as gluten free on the front. I checked the ingredients list and no gluten-containing allergens were listed and there was no cross-contamination risk, so these are included here:

  • pigs in blankets
  • chorizo wrapped in pancetta
  • mushroom arancini
  • breaded cheese bites
  • cheese and bacon potato skins
  • pork belly squares
  • mini hash brown frittatas
  • teriyaki chicken lollipop wings
  • iced mince pies
  • iced fruit cake slices
  • Rule of Crumb profiteroles (freezer)
  • Passionfruit white chocolate cups (freezer)

Tesco

Tesco have one of the biggest ranges (neck and neck with M&S) of gluten free party food, with lots of choices for both meat-eaters and veggies. Here are my faves:

  • mozzarella sticks
  • green jalapenos with cream cheese
  • crispy cheese and garlic stars
  • BBQ chicken wings
  • loaded potato skins
  • pigs in blankets
  • pork, apple, cranberry and honey stuffing stars
  • mushroom arancini bites
  • dough balls (frozen)
  • free from pastry cases (very useful for making your own canape fillings, but last year these weren’t particularly good)
  • mince pies
  • free from shortbread selection
  • finest free from triple chocolate cookies (THE BEST)
  • profiteroles (frozen)

Waitrose

This is the first year I have found any decent gluten free party food items in Waitrose. I can’t believe they are lagging so far behind the other supermarkets! However, the couple they have this year are good ones plus some items in their standard deli range that you can use:

  • ham & cheese croquettes
  • red thai pork snowballs
  • smoked salmon canapes
  • pulled pork and cranberry stuffing croquettes with crackling crumb
  • sweet potato falafels and spinach falafels
  • olives with snowballs and santa hats
  • antipasti platter
  • stuffed vine leaves
  • mince pies
  • Belgian chocolate nut selection
  • St Clements possets

There you go! If you have spotted any especially great gluten free party food items that I have missed, give me a shout at mygfguide@gmail.com. Oh also, if you prefer to make your own canapes, check out my recipes:

 

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