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6 tips for a gluten-free Christmas

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6 tips for a gluten-free Christmas

There are lots of gluten free options if your are making dinner this Christmas.

This Christmas, it’s easy to offer your guests a gluten-free festive menu packed with delicious dishes. Take a look at Tesco's top tips to help you put together a hearty Christmas dinner that all of your guests will enjoy.


1. Go for Wheat-Free Canapés
Swap bread and pastry canapés for ones that are vegetable or fruit based. Serve houmous in chicory lettuce cups, stuff sweet peppers with cream cheese or top mushrooms with chopped nuts.


2. Swap Sausages for Figs
While many sausages are gluten-free (including Tesco's finest Pigs in Blankets) it’s worth checking the packaging just in case. For a sweet, salty and buttery alternative to pigs in blankets, swap sausages for prunes or figs. Either enjoy with your roast as a festive side dish, or add cocktail sticks for a tasty canapé. 


3. Use Rice in Stuffing
It’s really easy to make a gluten-free and veggie stuffing that doesn’t compromise on texture or flavour. Follow your usual recipe, replacing normal breadcrumbs with homemade or shop-bought gluten-free ones, or try a stuffing with rice and dried fruits.



4. Add Cornflour to Your Gravy
Making a rich, juicy, homemade, gluten-free gravy is simple. Use the delicious juices from your roasted meat, then add gluten-free chicken stock, wine, herbs and cornflour (which is naturally gluten-free) to thicken.


5. Enjoy Gluten-Free Desserts
You can always use gluten-free plain flour to make a delicious Christmas pudding, but if you are looking to impress with some homemade winter warmers, why not try this dairy, egg and gluten free brownie recipe (see photo above)? These allergy-friendly chocolate brownies are the perfect treat for kids. 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Servings: 12 

Ingredients
1/2 tsp lemon juice
400ml soya milk
100g dairy-free chocolate buttons
100g dairy-free sunflower margarine
Pinch of salt
50g walnut pieces, roughly chopped
125g caster sugar
150g self-raising flour (use gluten free flour, to make this dish gluten free)


Preparation
Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Use a little dairy-free margarine to grease the sides and bottom of a 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in) brownie tin. 

In a bowl, mix the chopped nuts, flour, sugar and salt. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a saucepan with the margarine. Melt over a low heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in the soya milk and lemon juice until everything is well combined.

Now tip the chocolate mix into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix for about 10 seconds, then pour the mixture into the brownie tin.

Use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin, then cut into 12 pieces.

If you’re cooking with a nut allergy in mind, follow the instructions above but leave out the walnuts. For the perfect side order why not try some dairy free ice-cream. 

If you are looking to make this dish gluten free, simply replace the self raising flour with a gluten free flour (also self raising if possible).


6. Provide Crudités and Nuts for Snacking
Go for snacks that are naturally gluten-free, such as crudités, olives, and nuts. Crisps and boxes of
chocolates may contain traces, so make sure to buy specific coeliac-friendly products, or have a go at
making your own.

For more hints, tips and recipes see here.