Tips to make your Holiday Party A Success!
Brought to you by NOBREAD and Stoli Gluten Free!
Recipe for my Chocolate Banana Bread, a holiday favorite, here!
Navigating the holidays as a gluten-free eater can be tricky. After all, many of the staple holiday dishes and cocktails are full of gluten! To help you get through the holidays, we’ve compiled a few tricks to ensure your holiday party is a success! From cocktails and small bites to tips and hacks, we’ve got you covered!
If you’re hosting a cocktail party, common hors d’oeuvres including cheese and crackers, meatballs, and baby crab cakes all typically contain gluten… and seem to be at every cocktail party! Well, they can totally be at your gluten-free cocktail party, too! Just use the GF alternatives. Cheese on gluten-free crackers, meatballs made with GF breadcrumbs, and baby crab cakes dusted with GF panko! There are also so many classics that are fair game for both the gluten-free and gluten-full! Chilled shrimp, arugula salad, and bacon wrapped dates are a few of our favorites.
Speaking of Cocktails…. What’s a cocktail party without signiature drinks? At NOBREAD, we’ve perfected the spiked Hot Chocolate. Here’s how it’s done!
Hot Chocolate made with Stoli Gluten Free
What You Will Need:
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (or milk of your choosing!)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Part Stoli Gluten Free
What You Will Do:
- In a warm coffee mug, heat your milk. Add in cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and vanilla.
- Stir until combined.
- Add 1 part Stoli Gluten Free
- Top with whip cream and marshmallows, and enjoy!
This cocktail will have everyone at your holiday party embracing the spirit of winter and the holidays!
Host(ess) with the Most(ess)
Now, if you’re the host of the evening (and you’re not gluten-free), making g-free dishes can be a little confusing. It’s easy to avoid adding bread and wheat to meals, but people don’t always realize that gluten is added to sauces and marinades, and it has a sneaky way of including itself in classic dishes. Teriyaki salmon may sound delicious, but I recommend a lemon garlic sauce or spice rub instead. And panko crusted chicken might be simple to prepare and a dinner party favorite, but using gluten-free breadcrumbs is just as tasty! There are so many dishes out there, too, that may seem gluten-filled, but are in fact GF! Hellooo tacos! If you ask me, tacos should be at every party… regardless of the occasion!
Lastly, I recommend making a menu for your party, and noting what items are GF (and vegan, etc.) on the menu! This makes it easy for everyone to find an option that suits their dietary needs, and also saves your guests the awkwardness in asking what they can and cannot have!
Happy StoliDays everyone!