Monday, November 5, 2012

Enjoying the Holidays Gluten Free

I have hosted enough holiday parties to know that I cannot please everyone when it comes to the food that I make but I try really hard to make dishes that everyone can eat, regardless of dietary restrictions. My father is diabetic so I always try to make some desserts sugar free and since I eat very little meat, our veggie loving friends always know there will be a special dish just for them. Now one of the biggest restrictions is gluten free and that one is hard for me because I know nothing about eating or cooking gluten-free so thankfully my friends at Hormel sent some super helpful tips!

 * When craving a sandwich with your turkey or ham holiday leftovers, try using corn tortillas! They make a great stand-in for bread and give your sandwich an extra special crunch! Hormel® Cure 81® ham can provide the juicy flavor tucked into your tortilla as it is 100% gluten-free!

* Creating a pasta salad as an appetizer for a holiday party? Rice based noodles are a perfect substitute for pasta noodles. Combine them with a gluten-free sauce, veggies and meat for a satisfying and delicious dish that guests will love.

* Cold November night-in and all you want is a little pizza as comfort food? Believe it or not, mashed potatoes make a great alternative to pizza crust. Just mix one serving of mashed potatoes (like Hormel™ Country Crock® ) with about ¼ cup of any gluten-free flour, spread into a thin layer on a greased cookie sheet and bake for a few minutes until crisp. Add your favorite pizza toppings, pop back into the oven, and enjoy! Hormel™ Country Crock® also offers other gluten-free side dishes like cinnamon apples and broccoli cheddar rice!

* Looking for a convenient, yet delicious dinner solution when you’re pressed for time? Hormel™ Refrigerated Entrees offer multiple gluten-free varieties including beef roast au jus, Italian style beef roast, turkey breast toast and pork roast au jus. Made from top quality cuts of meat, these home-style entrees are the perfect (gluten-free) centerpiece of a hearty, nutritious family meal.

* Don’t feel ashamed in bringing your own gluten-free dish to a party! You’ll be surprised at how many other guests have similar food allergies and are appreciative of your forward thinking.

What do you find most challenging about holiday mealtime???  Do you make sure everyone has a dish they can enjoy? Do you have any special food allergies to cook around?

*This post was written for my participation in the Hormel Blogger Program. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own*


  1. I never thought about whether I have family that is gluten free. I need to.


  3. My cousin has a severe gluten allergy! This would be awesome for them!

  4. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  5. We don't have any gluten problems but thanks for these tips!!!

  6. This is a really good tip. It would be an easy way to make sure I have a gluten free choice at my next party.

  7. I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Great tips. There are so many out there right now with gluten allergies that I'm sure these will be helpful.


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