Gluten & Wheat Free Sides & Snack Recipes

Sag Aloo

Spinach is the base for this traditional, healthy Indian side dish. Mixed with potatoes and fragrant spices, it is naturally gluten and wheat free. Serve alongside curry, rice and gluten and wheat free naan bread, for an authentic Indian feast.

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Cauliflower Cheese

My family love cauliflower cheese and we like to have this with sausages on the side as a main course. We also eat it as an accompaniment to a roast; it’s a must for any Sunday lunch. I also serve cauliflower cheese alongside a joint of gammon, with sweet potato fries. Cauliflower cheese is a British staple and a delicious gluten and wheat free recipe like this should be kept in a safe place and used time and time again.

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Cheese Scones

Cheese scones make a great savoury snack, best served warm with lashings of butter. Try adding herbs, smoked paprika or even some curry powder to create delicious cheesy scones with your own unique twist.

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Cumin Naan Bread

These easy to make naan breads/flat breads are a quick solution when you need something bready to mop up the juices of a delicious curry. They taste great and there is no yeast, kneading, proving etc necessary. They aren't as light as a traditional naan, but the speed in which you can make them, who cares!

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Dauphinoise Potatoes

In my opinion, the best potato side dish there is - thin slices of potato slow-cooked in the oven with cream and garlic. I don’t make these enough at home, probably due to their calorific content!! But when I do, all the family love them. 

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Gluten and Wheat Free Cheese Sauce

Having a classic cheese sauce recipe is crucial, especially if you follow a gluten and wheat free diet, as most shop bought varieties contain wheat. It is very versatile and can be used in many recipes such as pasta dishes, cauliflower cheese or to top a homemade lasagne.

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Guacamole

Everyone needs an easy guacamole recipe in their repertoire. It’s great served with chilli, delicious on toast and the perfect dip to eat with crudités, crisps and tortillas.

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Herb Dumplings

A stew without dumplings is like eating fish without chips! Just because you can’t tolerate gluten and/or wheat, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the best part of a stew. This easy recipe makes enough dumplings for 4 and you can omit the mixed herbs, if you prefer yours plain.

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Homemade Crisps

When you follow a gluten and wheat free diet you will find that often crisps contain gluten and wheat. By making your own, you will know exactly what’s in them. These are a tasty and easy alternative to shop bought crisps and they get cooked in the microwave. A food processor or mandolin makes slicing the potatoes into paper thin slices a whole lot easier.

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Homemade Croutons

Making your own croutons for your salads and soups is so easy. They taste so much nicer than the shop bought varieties, which can be difficult to find when you follow a strict gluten and wheat free diet.

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Hummus

Hummus is so versatile; it’s great in sandwiches and wraps and is the perfect dip for crudités, crisps and tortillas. Can be made in less than 15 minutes and is naturally gluten free, vegetarian and vegan friendly too!

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Leeks in a Cheese Sauce

On their own, leeks aren’t the most interesting vegetable, but served in a cheese sauce – they are a delicious accompaniment to a Sunday roast. Replacing the Cheddar with blue cheese gives a completely different flavour and if you can’t get hold of leeks, you could replace them with broccoli. 

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Lemon and Caper Dip

I make this Lemon and Caper Dip to serve alongside the Oven Baked Fish Goujons. This homemade fish goujon recipe can be found under ‘Main Courses’ and is easy to make and delicious.

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Lemon and Garlic Salad Dressing

If you only have one salad dressing recipe, then this should be it! It’s easy to make and it completely transforms a salad. Gluten and wheat free, this homemade dressing is made with only natural ingredients.

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Onion Bhajis

An Indian meal isn’t complete without onion bhajis! They also make a great picnic snack, are popular served warm in a buffet and can also be eaten as a starter with some mango chutney and an onion and coriander salad. Try out our onion bhaji recipe and see just how easy it is to replicate your favourite crispy and flavourful fritters at home. Naturally gluten and wheat free, onion bhajis are traditionally made with gram and rice flour which are both easily sourced from supermarkets and health food shops.

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Oven Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables

Oven roasted Mediterranean vegetables can be served as a side dish to countless main courses, or makes a great vegetarian meal, especially with the addition of some crumbled goats cheese or Stilton. I have been making this for years and it is a great way to get the family to eat all manner of vegetables without any fuss. You can adapt it to suit your own family’s tastes, but in my experience, they will eat vegetables cooked in this way that they wouldn’t normally touch boiled or steamed.

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Pork, Bacon and Sage Stuffing Parcels

These are a great accompaniment to a Sunday roast.  When you follow a gluten or wheat free diet, stuffing is something that you usually miss out on; but not anymore, with this delicious recipe.

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Quick Cheese Straws

Cheese straws are a popular party snack and in our house we love to eat them dipped in homemade hummus. They are so quick and easy to make, especially with ready rolled flaky pastry, you won’t ever buy shop bought varieties again.

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Red Pepper and Feta Dip

Serve this red pepper and fetat dip with whatever crunchy vegetables you like – carrot batons, peppers, cauliflower florets, cucumber sticks etc. Maybe you prefer some gluten and wheat free tortilla crisps or hand cooked crisps to dip? It’s delicious, whatever you choose to accompany it with.

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Sage and Onion Stuffing

You can use this versatile stuffing in the bird’s cavity, to make stuffing balls, stuffing parcels or just a dish of stuffing. It’s so simple to make, you won’t buy the shop bought varieties again.

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Sausage Rolls

In my experience, shop bought gluten and wheat free sausage rolls are not worth buying. Being able to source ready rolled puff pastry and making your own sausage rolls is beyond exciting in my book! You can’t beat a homemade sausage roll and now those on a gluten and wheat free diet can also enjoy one of life’s little pleasures! These can be made and then frozen raw, so I make a whole load of them in one go and then get them out when needed.

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Smoked Bacon and Halloumi Rolls

So many canapes contain both gluten and wheat, so it’s always nice to have a few free from recipes in your repertoire! These delicious smoked bacon and halloumi rolls are so easy to make, naturally gluten and wheat free and go like hot cakes whenever they are served! They make a great addition to a buffet and are fab served as canapes.

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Sweet Potato Fries

These sweet potato fries make a tasty alternative to chips and wedges and can accompany a whole host of dishes. The smoked paprika and garlic granules make them very moreish and I am yet to find someone who doesn’t love them!

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The Best Roast Potatoes

This recipe will ensure you have the best roast potatoes, time and time again. Crispy skins and soft and fluffy insides is what makes a roast potato perfect. Make sure your potatoes are perfect every time you cook them, whether it’s for a Sunday lunch or Christmas dinner.

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Yorkshire Puddings

The Yorkshire pudding is the perfect accompaniment to a traditional Sunday roast. There are some good shop bought varieties available, but if you want to give them a go yourself, this recipe is the best one I have tried. It makes 8 medium puddings or 12 smaller ones. You could make one large one also.

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