5 Gluten-Free Wedding Appetizers That Are Delicious
Whether or not you and your fiancé are gluten-free, it's a nice touch to serve food at your wedding that work for a variety of diet plans. And opting for a G-free cocktail-hour menu doesn't mean you need to sacrifice flavor—there are plenty of appetizer recipes that star veggies, meat, and cheese rather than wheat. Take these innovative appetizer ideas from contributing editor Peter Callahan, creative director of Peter Callahan Catering in New York City, which just happen to be naturally gluten-free (and two are vegetarian as well). What's even better, fresh ingredients and elegant presentation keep the gluten-free apps flavorful and interesting, so you won't know you're missing anything.
Stilton Cheesecake with Bacon-Onion Marmalade
A rich and smoky bacon-onion marmalade topping is the final touch that takes this creamy, savory cheesecake recipe to the next level. Guests won't be able to stop snacking on the tasty wedding hors d'oeuvres. We suggest making a few batches, so they don't have to.
Shiitakes with Mushroom Stuffing and Brie
Mushroom lovers, rejoice: This super-simple gluten-free appetizer starts with a shiitake chip, and, after getting piled high with Brie and mushroom filling, ends with a garnish of morel mushrooms. Onion, garlic, and fennel make the morsels surprisingly flavorful.
Potato Pancakes with Smoked Trout and Tomato Confit
Always a crowd-pleaser, this comforting wedding appetizer doesn't need gluten to be hearty and filling. After frying savory potato pancakes into crispy discs, top the finger food with smoked trout and juicy tomato confit. Don't like smoked trout? Feel free to substitute smoked salmon.
Figs with Chevre and Lavender Honey
In this oh-so-easy appetizer idea, halved figs cradle goat cheese, lavender honey, and a chervil leaf. The result? A fresh, one-bite taste of fall with just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy your wedding guests.
Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan Crisps
Parmesan crisps are a mouthwatering, gluten-free alternative to crackers. Plus, they provide the satisfyingly crunchy foundation for these mini beef carpaccio bites. Peppery arugula tossed with touch of truffle elevate the appetizers into cocktail hour treats worthy of your wedding day.