Monday, November 25, 2013

Tailgating for gluten-free diet

In addition to loving football, this fan also is on a gluten-free diet. That makes tailgating a little boring so we decided to try and take it up a notch with our tailgating menu.

Today's spread included, GF mac and cheese, GF corn dog muffins, GF make-your-own sandwich wraps (GF wraps, turkey, cheese, lettuce and mayo), a vegetable tray with ranch dip, a grab-you-own fruit tray, GF brownies, GF chips and a cooler filled with  bottled water and soft drinks.

The GF mac and cheese was everyone's favorite. We made cheese sauce from 2 cups whole milk, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, salt, pepper and added three cups of grated sharp cheddar after the milk mixture had thickened, poured it over the noodles, mixed well and dumped it into a crock pot. We covered the top with a cup of cheddar and heated it for about an hour on low in the crock pot.

On the way to the game, we could hear, "Wow, that mac and cheese sure smells good." and "I am getting hungry."

The corn dog muffins were good and easy to make. A GF muffin mix and quarters of hot dogs baked until done. We brought Ketchup with us but we did have a few calls for mustard.

The GF brownies--Yummy!

The fruit tray, which was just all kinds of washed fruit: grapes, bananas, strawberries, apples and plums and blueberries were all gone by the end of the day.

The team won. We had plenty of good-for-you snacks and a few not so good for you snacks. Plenty of fun and excitement. We enjoyed the day and the meal. The best thing was that even if someone stopped by and wanted something we didn't have to warn them that we were serving a gluten free meal.

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