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Gluten Free BBQ IdeasGluten Free Summer BBQ Ideas

Being gluten free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the summer pleasures of grilling outside on the BBQ in the company of good friends...

These days there are lots of options for hosting a gluten-free BBQ and your guests might not even realise the food is gluten-free. BBQs can also be a great meal to have at other people’s houses because your host can cater gluten-free without too much stress.

There are gluten-free versions of most popular BBQ foods and you can source or make your own breads and bread rolls. or try lettuce, corn tortillas or rice wraps instead of traditional hamburger buns.

Homemade BBQ marinades and sauces are easy to make and taste better than the bought ones.

Grilled veges can transform a simple BBQ into a feast, as well as being a healthy accompaniment to any main meat or fishdish. Make a simple salad by grilling a mixture of seasonal veges: try aubergine, zucchini, red peppers and onions. Toss with a light mixture of olive oil and apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.

Avoiding cross contamination
If you are going to someone else’s home, check in advance that your hosts know you are gluten free and how to avoid cross contamination.Try to cook gluten-free foods first while the grill is clean toavoid cross-contamination.

Alternatively reserve a special area, or second BBQ, for gluten-free foods. if these measures are not possible use aluminium foil or packets avoiding cross contaminationto keep the food separate. Don’t use the same utensils – keep a set for the gluten-free foods. Watch out that they are not in contact with any gluten-containing marinades or sauces.

Make sure the chefs wash their hands, bowls and utensils well. if serving the food buffet style, avoid cross-contamination by inviting guests with allergies to serve themselves first...

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Issue: Summer 2013