A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)

A Gluten Free Christmas Feast (Recipes Too!)

Every year we have a family Christmas Party, which eventually grew to be so large it only made sense for the event to be catered. As the lone celiac, I would prepare my own food for the party, but recently a slew of celiacs have been diagnosed in my family. So, with the help of my mom and sister, we set out to ensure there was some food at this year’s Christmas Party for all the celiacs as well.

A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)
We had a quick turnaround between Christmas in Disney and the party this year!

First we blocked off a little room that was for celiacs only. Then, we prepared three courses. The good news is all these courses (minus the beef which has to go in the oven during the party) can be prepared in advance. And, the best part of this story, all the recipes are on my blog, so I can share this Christmas feast virtually as well!

Course 1: Appetizers

A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)
“All the appetizers, you will find [laying] in a row.”
A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)
Chips and Salsa!
A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)
Salami, GF Crackers, and Cheese (This was the only dairy in the meal.)
A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)
Strawberry Soup with Mint (so it’s red and green!)

Recipe: Strawberry Soup with mint!

Course 2: Dinner

A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)
Dinner- I forgot to photograph this course!

Recipe: Peppered Beef Tenderloin

Cranberry Citrus Muffins Recipe (Gluten and Dairy Free)
Cranberry Citrus Muffins- Yum! Just like bread, but festive AND gluten free!

Recipe: Cranberry Citrus Muffins

Nutted Wild Rice for Thanksgiving (GF, V)
Nutted Wild Rice- One of the biggest hits of the night! 

Recipe: Wild Rice Salad

Fruit Salad

Course 3: Dessert

A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)

Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)
Cozy Gingerbread Cookies

Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies (vegan too!)

A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)
Santa Brownies!

Recipe: Erin McKenna’s Brownie Bites! (Decorated with my vegan buttercream frosting)

Finally, we had some alcoholic (and non-alcoholic beverage options for the celiacs. If you want a sweet, flavored cider, you need to try Rekorderlig from Sweden. While I like the mango and raspberry best, they don’t yet sell it in the states, but the wild berries is pretty good too. And, my cousin’s favorite is the strawberry and lime. 🙂

A Gluten and Dairy Free Feast (with recipes included)
My favorite cider right now!

Which course would be your favorite?! Do you have a favorite dish to prepare during the holiday season?

Merry Christmas, y’all! And I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

P.S: I am of course bringing this meal to my favorite party in the blogosphere- Fiesta Friday. Thank you so much to this week’s cohosts- JudiMollySteffi, and Suzanne. AND, congrats to Angie on #100!!! Love the partying spirit!

16 thoughts on “A Gluten Free Christmas Feast (Recipes Too!)

  1. I first had to laugh at Piglet in his Santa hat. What a feast – wish I was stopping by your home for a taste of some of these goodies. Cute idea with the Santa hat on top of the cupcakes – I’m into Santa decorations too! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Kaila. Thanks for sharing and being a part of Fiesta Friday 🙂

  2. Oh, hello, Piglet! Is Pooh having Christmas party alone? 😀

    And what a lovely feast, Kaila. These yummies you got are perfect for this week’s big celebration, too!

    Happy holidays and have a blessed year ahead. Happy FF#100! xx

    1. Thanks, Julie! They were really easy to make, and one of my favorite treats. (The chocolate crinkle cookies are my absolute favorite, even though they’re a little less cute.) Happy Holidays!! 😀

  3. Hilarious Christmas decorations, Kaila! Loving it! And what a feast you’ve cooked up, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of your family had started ‘mistakenly’ eating the wonderful dishes you prepared!
    Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy Fiesta Friday!
    Ginger x

  4. Kaila, as one of your Celiac guests, I cannot say enough about how amazing your meal was!! As a newly diagnosed person, it was so comforting to know that you were preparing food that I could be comfortable eating!!
    I am so glad the muffins and desserts were mini sized because I had to try them all( at least once!) Somehow I missed the strawberry soup… But everything else was delicious!! I especially enjoyed the rice dish!! The beef was very tender. The desserts were out of this world!! I will definitely try to make them all!
    You have been a great resource to me during my first 6 months on eating gluten free. Because of your example, I am comfortable bringing my own meals when I need to to gatherings where gluten free food is not available. You are incredible!!
    Love you! ❤️Aunt Peg

  5. What a feast Kalia, everything looks scrumptious and I can’t believe it’s all GF, who would miss the gluten, Thanks for bringing this to the party, it’s fantastic,

    1. Thanks, Suzanne! I definitely miss gluten sometimes, but I was so glad to make so many options for the celiacs at our Christmas party (myself included)! 😀

  6. Thank you so much for bringing this spread to the FF party – I can see that Gluten Free doesn’t have to mean denial, and I imagine that it won’t be long until you’ll be doing all the Christmas dinners! 🙂 That strawberry soup especially caught my eye and the Wild Rice Salad, but everything looked so good! Merry Christmas and Happy New YEar!

    1. Thanks, Mollie! I loved how the strawberry soup was seasonal because it’s red and green, but it’s not a heavy wintertime dish. Plus, it’s been so warm in Boston, it seemed plenty seasonal too. Happy New Year! 😀

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