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4-Ingredient Simple Gluten-Free Appetizers for the Holidays

4-Ingredient Simple Gluten-Free Appetizers for the Holidays

Few Ingredients. Simple. Elegant.

Those are all of the things I look for when I am entertaining and need a good appetizer to serve up. I am not one to spend too much time on what comes before the big meal. So, over the years I have defaulted to a few favorite simple hors d’oeuvres that are simple to whip up but still look fairly fancy-shmancy.

These two Appetizers are a couple of my favorite to serve up and are perfect because you can make the bulk of them ahead of time:

  • Pear and Arugula Stuffed Prosciutto Cups with a Balsamic Drizzle
  • Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Chopped Pistachios and Chives

They are also naturally gluten-free AND dairy-free AND egg-free AND soy-free AND easily nut-free. So…basically perfect for any of those guests (or family members) with food sensitivities.

And…I just happen to be sharing these recipes today as part of our Gluten-Free Holiday Progressive Dinner hosted by Daily Bites.

Simple Appetizers for the Holidays

Each day a different blogger is serving up a different course of a wonderful Gluten-free and Dairy-free Holiday Meal. Each day there will be a new GIVEAWAY hosted at each blog as well.

Hint: My giveaway is below. Do NOT miss out on your chance to win!

Here is the schedule (updated with links as the posts are up):

And now for these 4-Ingredient Simple Gluten-Free Appetizers.

Simple Gluten-Free Appetizers for the Holidays

Pear and Arugula Stuffed Prosciutto Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 3-oz Prosciutto Package
  • 1 Cup Fresh Arugula, chopped
  • 1 Pear, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Fig Balsamic Vinegar, or good quality Regular Balsamic

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Separate Prosciutto slices and cut each slice into quarters so that each cut piece is now about 1 inch wide by 3 inches long.

2. Take a mini muffin pan and press 2 slices, criss-crossed over each other, inside each opening, to form a cup. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes – they will crisp up as they cool – then remove from pan and fill each with 1 Tbsp chopped pears then top with about 1 Tbsp chopped arugula.

3. Drizzle about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of Balsamic vinegar over each cup. Serve and enjoy.

Optional: these are also wonderful topped with a small dollop of goat cheese if you or your guests are not dairy-free.

And now for Recipe Number 2:

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Pistachios and Chives

Ingredients:

  • 30 – 40 Medjool or Deglet Dates
  • 8 – 10 slices Bacon, each cut into 4 pieces, width-wise
  • 1/4 Cup Pistachios, Shelled and Chopped Coursely
  • 2 Tbsp Chives, Chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees. Line a baking sheet with Parchment Paper.

2. Make a small slice in each date to remove pit. Fill space where pit was with chopped pistachios.

3. Lay cut bacon piece on work surface, sprinkle some chives on top of it, then place date in center and roll bacon around date. Place bacon-wrapped date seam side down on parchment paper. Repeat with remaining dates and bacon pieces.

4. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until bacon is nicely crisp. Let cool for about 10 minutes and place on serving platter and top with some chopped pistachios and chives for garnish.

Optional: These are also very good stuffed with a small dollop of goat cheese as well if you or your guests are not dairy-free.

UPDATE: The winner had been notified by email and this contest is now CLOSED.

And now for the GIVEAWAY!

 

Small Plates and Sweet Treats

I am giving away one copy of Small Plates & Sweet Treats, by Aran Goyoaga. To enter simply do one, two, or all three of the following. Just make sure to leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each one that you do so you earn a separate entry for each:

1. Tell me what intrigues you about this cookbook!

2. Follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook, or leave a comment telling me if you already do.

3. Share this post with your friends on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook or other social media and leave an additional comment saying you did so. Help spread the word about this great new cookbook!

The contest will end on Tuesday, December 18th at 9am PST. The winners will be announced then. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.

GOOD LUCK!

Kim Maes - Allergy Free Food CoachKim Maes, CNC, AADP, known as the Allergy Free Food Coach, is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Certified in the Practical Application of Food Allergy Guidelines.. She is also the creator of the Cook It Allergy Free iPhone and iPad Apps and the Cook It Allergy Free website, where she shares her passion for teaching others how easy and delicious it can be to eat whole, pure allergy-friendly meals that the entire family will enjoy.

74 Comments
  1. On December 11, 2012 Hallie @ Daily Bites said

    Your appetizers have my mouth watering, Kim! Your holiday photos look so festive. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your delicious contribution to the party!

  2. On December 11, 2012 Alta said

    Oh gosh, these are so smart and easy! I love them!

  3. On December 11, 2012 kim said

    The small plates intrique me! We love to eat tapas, so I feel like this would be a good addition to our cookbook collection πŸ™‚

  4. On December 11, 2012 glutenfreeforgood said

    Gosh, I’m SO behind in my blog hopping!! I need to spent the whole day catching up on all these awesome posts. I’ll be checking out this “Progressive Dinner” as it looks to be perfect timing for healthy recipe needs. Thanks to all of you festive GF bloggers!
    PS: Bacon wrapped dates sound unbelievably good (and easy). I’m definitely “swiping” this recipe. I need some appetizer recipes and dates are always a winner in my book. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Melissa

  5. On December 11, 2012 glutenfreeforgood said

    Oops! Why do I proofread AFTER hitting submit? When will I learn? I meant “spend,” not “spent.”

    Merry Christmas!

  6. On December 11, 2012 Jeanie said

    Hi! Yum, BACON! I already likes on Facebook, done sharing, and I would love to win the cookbook. Thanks for the offer!

  7. On December 11, 2012 Nikki V said

    The small plates part intrigues me. Looking for some great GF recipes in that area! Thanks for sharing these recipes also!

  8. On December 11, 2012 Patti Westfall said

    YUM!! These look amazing!

  9. On December 11, 2012 Nikki V said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on FB.

    • On December 11, 2012 Nikki V said

      Under this email address. πŸ™‚

  10. On December 11, 2012 Amanda said

    I am intrigued to follow someone else’s gluten free journey as well as discover some new sweat treats/small plates as I’m cooking for one!

    • On December 11, 2012 Lynda said

      Looking for some great ideas that are gluten free for entertaining! Looks very appetizing!

  11. On December 11, 2012 Ana said

    Small plates are always intriguing because the possible combination of flavors are endless!
    Ana

  12. On December 11, 2012 Ana said

    I already like you on facebook!
    Ana Cardia

  13. On December 11, 2012 Ana said
  14. On December 11, 2012 Laura C. said

    I adore entertaining and LOVE the look of small bites (both sweet and savory) so this cookbook would be awesome!!!

  15. On December 11, 2012 Laura C. said

    I Liked Cook It Allergy Free on FB! Thanks!

  16. On December 11, 2012 Laura C. said
  17. On December 11, 2012 alena m said

    I like cook it allergy free on fb

  18. On December 11, 2012 alena m said

    I love appetizers and small treats. Would love more ideas!

  19. On December 11, 2012 Alisa said

    Such a simple yet flavorful recipe – I love it! I need more recipes like this so that I have less anxiety about entertaining!

  20. On December 11, 2012 Amy G. said

    I am intrigued by this cookbook – I thumbed through it at Anthropologie recently and it looked promising. It has some really different and yummy ideas that don’t seem overly complicated. This is a new area of cooking for me and my family so I’m always looking for new things to cook.

  21. On December 11, 2012 Amy G. said

    I follow cook it allergy free on Facebook!

  22. On December 11, 2012 Rachel Lewter said

    It intrigues me that you’ve put together new
    AND flavorful recipes in one book. I don’t have
    to search everywhere.
    GF can be so boring, but not here. I already follow you on Facebook.
    I haven’t found the twitter button, so I’ll do that manually. I have
    some of your recipes saved on Pinterest, I will now
    follow the entire site. Thanks for sharing with us!
    My twitter is toomuch4ne1

  23. On December 11, 2012 Maggie said

    Your pics look soooo pretty Kim! I want to come to your house for a party. xo

  24. On December 11, 2012 May Soas said

    I entertain friends all the time because I love to do it and this book has got so excited because it looks sooo easy and beautiful that I can’t wait to try it all on friends and family. I have several friends who are gluten free/dairy free/ egg free and we are all gluten free in my home so I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win a copy of this book!!!

  25. On December 11, 2012 Nanci said

    I have been taking my family along with me on a Gluten free journey for the past year and a half. We are finding so many good recipies and things we like! I try and collect as many recipies as I can to help with this and keep it exciting and your cookbook catches my attention because we so like to eat hors d’ ouevres style and love our sweets, both of which are hard to find gluten free! Thanks for your recipies today- I look forward to making BOTH of them!

  26. On December 11, 2012 Pat Mahoney said

    My hubby and I are both GFree so I’m always looking for tasty ways to make meals quick and easy or just easy yummy apps!

  27. On December 11, 2012 Kim said

    Liked Cook It Allergy Free to follow on FB!

  28. On December 11, 2012 Kim said

    Shared link on FB!

  29. On December 11, 2012 Kim said

    I am intrigued by this book because I love small plates and love to do parties centered around small plate dishes!

  30. On December 11, 2012 Elaine L said

    Small plates sounds like perfect portions for my gluten free girls. We are always looking for new small meals since they eat smaller portions several times a day around dance.

  31. On December 11, 2012 Pamela Erickson said

    These appetizers look great. And I love that they are quick and easy!

  32. On December 11, 2012 kristina said

    I love the idea of “small plates” that also are gluten free! Half of my family is currently gluten free so I’m always game for ways to help them feel “normal” with food!

  33. On December 11, 2012 Sarah P said

    I follow you on Facebook!

  34. On December 11, 2012 Sarah P said

    The short ingredient list intrigues me, as longer lists usually contain something I can’t eat!

  35. On December 11, 2012 Lily said

    I love that these look simple and easy, right up my alley!

  36. On December 11, 2012 Lily said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  37. On December 11, 2012 Lily said

    I shared this post on Pinterest.

  38. On December 11, 2012 Lily said

    I shared this post on Twitter.

  39. On December 11, 2012 Yvonne said

    Love these simple appetizers.
    Pls, sign me up for giveaways. Already follow you on facebook

  40. On December 11, 2012 Kimberly Smick said

    New recipes!!

  41. On December 11, 2012 Kimberly Smick said

    I follow you on Facebook!

  42. On December 11, 2012 Johanna B said

    I already follow you on FB. Have for awhile now.

  43. On December 11, 2012 Kristin said

    The beet (candycane?) tart(?) on the cover looks amazing! And the amazing canelle & vanille of course πŸ˜‰

  44. On December 11, 2012 Kristin said

    And I DO of course get all your updates on facebook!

  45. On December 11, 2012 Karenw said

    I follow you in fb.

  46. On December 11, 2012 Karenw said

    ALways looking for new recipes!

  47. On December 11, 2012 April said

    I love cookbooks! And this idea is just perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. On December 11, 2012 April said

    Liked on FB!

  49. On December 11, 2012 April said

    Shared!

  50. On December 11, 2012 Tami Hatfield said

    These apps look fab! Will try them for sure!
    Would love love love to win Aran’s cookbook! I follow her beautiful blog and have made and loved many of her recipes!!!

    Thank you!

  51. On December 11, 2012 Gail said

    Shared this post on Facebook.

  52. On December 11, 2012 Elizabeth said

    I have a hard time coming up with idea for small plates so this would be awesome!

  53. On December 11, 2012 Julie said

    I like the idea of appetizers completely allergy free, I’m wondering what yummy recipes are in this cookbook!

  54. On December 11, 2012 Julie said

    liked on facebook!

  55. On December 12, 2012 Janet said

    I like the cookbook because I love having appetizers for dinner. We usually do that a few times a year and everyone seems to enjoy it πŸ™‚

  56. On December 12, 2012 Cara said

    I have never seen a gluten free cookbook like it. I would also like to get into entertaining and this book would be perfect!

  57. On December 12, 2012 Cara said

    I Like CookIT FB. πŸ™‚

  58. On December 12, 2012 Carol said

    Appetizers are my favorite part of any meal! Love these.

  59. On December 12, 2012 Marsha said

    Small plates, what a great idea, keeps us from over indulging.

  60. On December 12, 2012 Gail said

    I already follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  61. On December 12, 2012 Gail said

    I love the idea of a cookbook for appetizers/small dishes. I am definately going to be trying out the Pear and Arugula Stuffed Proscuitto Cups. I have become a big fan of balsamic over the past year.

    Merry Christmas!

  62. On December 12, 2012 Cindy W. said

    I would love to learn more gf recipes – especially appetizers – so this book would be wonderful.

  63. On December 13, 2012 Cassidy @ Cooking Gl said

    I’m in desperate need of some appetizer recipes! This book would be perfect πŸ™‚ BTW-LOVE your blog!

  64. On December 13, 2012 Staci A said

    I’m really interested to see the dessert recipes. It’s the one place I struggle!

  65. On December 13, 2012 Staci A said

    I’m a FB fan.

  66. On December 13, 2012 Staci A said
  67. On December 13, 2012 Katie said

    This book is gluten free. I don’t have any allergies, but know people who do. It would be great to be able to bake foods that I can share with other even if they have an allergy.

  68. On December 13, 2012 EMC said

    I find a lot of gluten-free cookbooks intriguing in part because some friends of mine – who are not into cooking – have had to go gluten-free and are struggling to find things they can eat… I like to help when I can. I also find my allergies are less severe when I eat gluten and dairy-free. Peeking at the cookbook via Amazon, it seems to really focus on seasonal eats as well, which I also like. Thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚

  69. On December 13, 2012 Dorene St. G. said

    I just found and liked your facebook page today. πŸ™‚

  70. On December 13, 2012 Marlene said

    I have been wanting to change our eating habits. This seems like the perfect place to start. I believe this will help lessen my hubbies allergy symptoms, and simply put our family on an intentional path to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Looking forward to gluten free recipes! Thanks for sharing goodness with others.
    Merry Christmas!

  71. On December 15, 2012 Jess said

    I am such a nibbler when it comes to appetizers but am finding it hard at holiday parties as so many are filled with gluten and dairy, this book will give me lots of great ideas for allergy-friendly appies πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  72. On February 15, 2013 Cynde said

    The dates are yummy!! I have a couple of co-workers who always bring their own goodies for work parties and I made the Bacon Wrapped Dates. Not only were they a hit but they were very much appreciated by those who live gluten-free lives.
    Thanks!

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