“I’m on a gluten free diet” This simple sentence from a potential dinner guest can trigger fear to someone unfamiliar with gluten free cooking. If you’ve got a friend who has coeliac disease or has to eat a gluten free diet, it might be a challenge to know what to feed them if it’s not something you’re particularly familiar with. Here’s a few gluten free staples (and luxuries) that you might want to think about keeping in your pantry cupboard to make it easier next time they pop by unexpectedly for dinner.
Gluten free staples
If you like eating with your gluten free friend and want to save them the hassle of eating before they come, or bringing their own food it’s worth thinking about stocking some of these staples in your pantry.
Gluten free flour mix – Having a pack of gluten free flour mix in the cupboard is great if you want to whip up a last minute batch of gluten free pancakes for a lazy Sunday brunch or make a gluten free cake for afternoon tea. Mixes contain a variety of different gluten free flours which aim to mimic wheat flour as best as possible giving the best results with the least amount of hassle.
Gluten free pasta – If you love your pasta, having some gluten free pasta in the cupboard is a must for your next Italian dinner party. Having it on standby means that you won’t have to go out of your way next time your GF friend or family member drops by for tea.
Gluten free crackers – If you (and your friends) like eating cheese and crackers, a pack of GF crackers in the cupboard is handy to have around. Just make sure you put them out on a separate plate to avoid cross-contamination.
Gluten free sliced bread and/or bread rolls – Most gluten free breads freeze well and can be stored in the freezer for a good few months. Buy a loaf of bread or pack of rolls when they are on special and stick it in the freezer so you make a last minute gluten free sandwich or GF hamburger.
Gluten free luxuries
Not essential items by a long shot, these are little extra’s which can be handy should you ever want a last minute gluten free dinner party or afternoon tea.
Gluten free couscous – If you often cook with couscous, having a pack of gluten free couscous in your cupboard means your GF friend won’t go without. It’s made with maize so is pretty yellow, but taste wise it’s just as good as the wheat version. Just cover with boiling water like wheat couscous and let it absorb to cook – ignore any instructions that say to boil it unless you like goopy couscous. I’ve reviewed gluten free couscous previously if you want to know more.
Gluten free pizza base mix – Perfect for your next pizza party, having a gluten free pizza base mix in the cupboard means that no one is left without. There are also plenty of premade bases that you could keep in the freezer if you don’t like dough.
Gluten free biscuits – There are lots of different gluten free biscuits available on the market these days for your gluten-avoiding friend. Some even come in handy portion sized packs which means the whole packet doesn’t have to be eaten at once.
If you’re on the hunt for gluten free recipes, there are a plethora available online both from gluten free manufacturers and free from bloggers. I’ve collated lists of great baking gluten free bloggers in Australia, the UK and the USA that can be a great starting place for someone venturing out into gluten free baking.
Thanks to Udi’s Gluten Free who inspired this post by sending a tasty box of gluten free goodies for my Mum when I visited Zambia! As always this post is 100% my own opinion. See my disclosure policy for more details.