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Party food that works no matter what you can not eat

Party food that works no matter what you can not eat

Party food that works just as much
What you do not eat

Your best friend with celiac disease, your vegan sister-in-law and your neighbor who just can’t sugar, all come over to drink. Delighting them all is easier than you might think with an eclectic selection of hors d’oeuvre recipes. We chose favorites – including paleo-friendly yellowfin salad wraps, gluten-free tostadas, vegan butternut squash dip and sugar-free espresso truffles – to suit all types of diners.

PALEO

Abundant vegetables and some pure protein to satisfy your paleo friends.


Yellow-finned red romaine wraps

Yellow-finned red romaine wraps

These salad wraps are a standby in hot weather for entertainment. They are also delicious with grilled rib eye instead of yellow fin.


Coconut shrimp

Coconut shrimp

Crispy coconut shrimp, no deep fryer needed.


Roasted Pickled Deviled Eggs

Roasted Pickled Deviled Eggs

A light, pickled version of a party. Use plain mayo, homemade aioli or vegenaise instead of Kewpie to keep this paleo-friendly.


Crab salad in endive

Crab salad in endive

Assemble the crab salad in the morning so all you have to do is plate and garnish before your guests arrive.


Avocado Carpaccio with smoked salmon, walnuts and cherries

Avocado Carpaccio with smoked salmon, walnuts and cherries

Use a mandolin to cut ripe avocados into thin slices. That technique and this simple carpaccio are two of our new favorite things.


Summer melon with crispy prosciutto

Summer melon with crispy prosciutto

Sweet melon and salty prosciutto complement each other so nicely and are a nice easy starter.

GLUTEN FREE

Most party foods are easy to customize to be gluten free. Some people with celiac disease may be sensitive to cross-contamination, so be sure to list specific serving utensils for your gluten-free foods.


Avocado Tostadas with pickled red onions

Avocado Tostadas with pickled red onions

Skip the frying and use ready-made toasts for a super simple party app.


Chicken schnitzel on a stick

Chicken schnitzel on a stick

These tenders are muddy in a mustard beer bath before being dipped in crispy, gluten-free panko bread crumbs. Once fried and golden brown, finish with a splash of fresh lemon.


Feta, figs, thyme and honey

Feta, figs, thyme and honey

High season figs are spectacular in themselves, but serving them with salty feta really makes them shine.


Tomato and mint dolma (Yaprak Sarma)

Tomato and Mint Dolma (Yaprak Sarma)

Making these dolmens is a bit of a project, but the yield of the recipe is high and they can be made a few days in advance. If you make them the next day, let them come to room temperature before serving, and plate with thick plain yogurt next to it for dipping.


Parmesan chips

Parmesan chips

Small piles of coarsely grated parmesan baked to crushing crisp perfection.


Smoked salmon dip

Smoked salmon dip

People go crazy after this old-fashioned smoked salmon dip. Suitable for potato chips and champagne.

VEGAN

A few repetitions of crudités and dip, and plant-based bites that are both tasty and substantial.


Cultivated Butternut Squash Dip with Pumpkin Oil

Cultivated Butternut Squash Dip
with pumpkin oil

We are always looking for good dip recipes, and this pickled butternut squash is a unique addition to your spread. Heads up: This provides enough dip to feed a flock, but you can easily halve it for a smaller herd.


Brown rice summer rolls

Brown rice summer rolls

Summer rolls: mostly hand-held salads with a delicious dipsauce.


Vegan cheesy popcorn

Vegan cheesy popcorn

A bowl of popcorn for a party will never be ignored. This nutritional yeast faux-cheese situation is glorious snack bar.


Marinated olives and artichoke hearts

Marinated olives and artichoke hearts

This gets better while sitting, so try to do it at least a day in advance. We like to use Castelvetrano olives, but any blend will work.


Sweet potato chips with white beans and basil dip

Sweet potato chips with white beans
and Basil Dip

A simple pesto-inspired white bean dip with sweet potato chips. Swap in your favorite purchased sweet potato chips if you do not feel like making your own.


Vegan Queso

Vegan Queso

Enjoy it warm with tortilla chips, or get fully loaded by adding salsa, guacamole and cooked soyrizo on top just before serving.

PIPE SUGAR FREE

Sugar-free desserts can be tricky, but these four are reliable hits. If you want to keep it simple, though, the trick is to put out fresh seasonal fruit and some refined sugar-free chocolate.


Espresso, cocoa and coconut truffles

Espresso, cocoa and coconut truffles

A small coffee-inspired truffle to end the night with a (not too) sweet tone.


The best healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie

The best healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie

These babies have it all: the crisp edge that gives way to a tough center; a rich, buttery taste; and rivets of walnuts, oats and chocolate chips. And they are completely grain-free and refined-sugar-free.


Frozen cherry bonbons

Frozen cherry bonbons

The yield of the recipe is quite generous for a quantity. The size and texture of frozen cherries works well here, but also feel free to try some of your other favorite frozen fruits.


Gluten Free Brownies with Coconut CBD Frosting

Gluten Free Brownies with Coconut CBD Frosting

These are adult brownies – and not just because of their CBD-spiked frosting (which you could of course omit): the semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder make the flavors deep, dark and full-bodied.

PARTY REVISIONS


  1. goop Home 5QT coated pot

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    5QT covered pot
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    Whether you’re frying schnitzel, simmering vegan queso or popping corn, any party requires a big do-it-all pot.

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  2. Ninjaplast Essential Home Bundle

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    Essential Home Bundle
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    Everything you need for a successful and painless party cleaning: a solid playlist, a few sets of hands and these eco-friendly garbage bags.

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  3. Coltellerie Berti for MATCH boxwood cheese knife set

    Coltellerie Berti to MATCH
    Boxwood cheese knife set
    goop, $ 466

    Beautiful handmade knives that elevate the look of any cheese and charcuterie cold cuts.

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  4. Casa Velasquez Corosal Bolero Apron

    Casa Velasquez
    Corosal Bolero Apron
    goop, $ 150

    A vintage-inspired apron that looks cute enough to stay on long after guests have arrived.

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  5. Casa Velasquez Mompox dug

    Casa Velasquez
    Mompox dug
    goop, $ 300

    Building a table landscape is much easier when you have a great tablecloth as a base.

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  6. R + D.  Lab Luisa Vine, set of 2

    R + D.LAB
    Luisa Vino, set of 2
    goop, $ 110

    Stemless glasses are less likely to tip over and break, making them a safe game for entertaining.

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