Tips for Hosting a Gluten Free BBQ Bonanza

Author : Riverina Grove | Published On : 08 Jun 2021

There’s nothing more Australian than a BBQ. The days might be getting shorter and the weather a little colder but having everyone around for an (indoor) Friday night BBQ is a great way of getting your friends and family together to enjoy some delicious gluten free food!

 

Snacks

Your guests are probably hungry, so why not tide them over until dinner with some gluten free snacks? Many standard crackers found in supermarkets are naturally gluten free, but be sure to check the ingredients list carefully in case they have been manufactured using facilities that also produce gluten products. 

 

Simply serve your crackers with cheese and your choice of dip — delicious!

 

Salad

Fortunately, fresh fruit and veggies are naturally gluten free, which makes putting together a salad suitable for coeliacs a fairly easy task. Just double check any oils and dressings that you use as these can contain hidden gluten grains.

 

Classic green salad

Crisp and crunchy! Serves 12.

 

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 4 cups iceberg lettuce, torn

  • 4 cups spinach

  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced

  • 2 carrots, sliced

  • 2 sticks of celery, sliced

  • 6 broccoli florets, sliced

  • 6 cauliflower florets, sliced

  • 6 radishes, sliced.

 

Dressing:

  • ⅓ cup olive oil

  • ¼ red wine vinegar

  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • ¼ tsp dried oregano

  • ¼ tsp dried basil

 

Method:

  1. Combine the greens and vegetables in a large salad bowl.

  2. Add all the dressing ingredients into a blender and process until well combined.

  3. Pour into a jar and cover tightly; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Shake dressing and drizzle over the top of the salad — enjoy!.

 

Meat

All sources of animal protein — be it red meat, white meat, or fish — are gluten free, providing that they have not been processed or coated with breadcrumbs and seasoning. 

 

While most gluten free meats you can purchase from the supermarket are clearly marked, there’s nothing like making your own!

 

Gluten free burgers

You can’t beat a beef burger. Serves 4.

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp oil

  • 700 g beef mince

  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley

  • 1 tbsp mustard

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp pepper

  • Gluten free bread rolls

  • Gluten free sauce

 

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a medium sized frypan.

  2. Add the onion and saute until lightly browned.

  3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

  4. In a medium sized bowl, combine the mince, cooled onion, parsley, mustard, salt, and pepper.

  5. Divide the mixture into four evenly sized patties.

  6. Place onto a tray and refrigerate for up to 30 minutes.

  7. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a medium sized frypan.

  8. Fry the burgers for between 5 – 7 minutes each side, depending on how well down you like your meat.

  9. Remove from the pan and leave to rest for up to 5 minutes.

  10. Serve your burgers in gluten free buns, topped with salad and your choice of gluten free sauce — enjoy!

 

Nothing brings family and friends together like a good old fashioned BBQ. Fortunately, the wide range of gluten free food products that are available today means that putting together a gluten free BBQ could not be simpler.