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Gluten-free holiday appetizers

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Delicious options for gluten-free guests

With a spin on the traditional appetizers, your gluten-free party guests will love and appreciate these delicious nibbles.

Gluten-free brie and fig appetizer

Gluten-free brie, fig and rosemary appetizers

If you are looking for some hand passed appetizers, these are perfect with small serving napkins, plates or with fancy toothpicks.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces Brie, cut into small pieces
  • 10-12 large figs (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place figs in boiling water for five to 10 minutes, drain and cool.
  3. Trim fig stems, cut a small slit on the side of each fig.
  4. Place a piece of Brie inside each fig.
  5. In a large bowl, add stuffed figs, olive oil, salt and pepper; mix well.
  6. Pour figs into a glass dish and heat in oven for eight minutes.
  7. Serve immediately.

Gluten-free lentil bruschetta dip

Everyone loves a tasty holiday dip. With this healthy and flavorful lentil dip, your gluten-free guests are sure to be satisfied and pleased with your appetizer options.

Serves 10-12

Ingredients:

  • 2 (14 ounce) containers fresh bruschetta sauce
  • 1 (17 ounce) package steamed lentils
  • 8 ounces goat cheese or feta cheese
  • Gluten-free crackers or cucumber slices

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat lentils on medium heat until warm.
  2. Mix in bruschetta sauce and goat cheese.
  3. Stir frequently until cheese melts.
  4. Serve immediately with gluten-free crackers or cucumber slices.

Gluten-free shrimp and avocado margaritas

This festive appetizer not only tastes delicious, but it looks amazing, too!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 limes
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 4 avocados, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces baby shrimp, cooked and defrosted
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic
  • Pinch of salt (per glass)
  • Pinch of pepper (per glass)
  • 4 margarita glasses
  • 1/2 cup kosher sea salt (to salt the rim of margarita glasses)

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, melt butter and mix in fresh garlic.
  2. Add baby shrimp, stirring often until warm.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin.
  4. Add diced tomatoes and mix well.
  5. Pour sea salt on a plate.
  6. Slice limes; rub one slice on the rim of each margarita glass.
  7. Turn margarita glasses upside down, and dip each one in the sea salt.
  8. Line each glass with a few slices of avocado.
  9. Squeeze lime on avocado.
  10. Add shrimp to tomato and spice mixture; mix well.
  11. Scoop a large amount of shrimp, tomato and spice mixture into each glass.
  12. Squeeze lime in each glass.
  13. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper to each glass.
  14. Garnish glasses with two slices of avocado and one slice of lime.
  15. Serve immediately.

More gluten-free holiday foods

Gluten-free Christmas treats
Gluten-free goodie of the week: Peppermint brownie cakes
Low carb and gluten-free cranberry and walnut stuffing

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