Appetizers - Gluten Free Recipes

Yummy Gluten Free Appetizers

Yummy Gluten Free Appetizer Recipes
Appetizer Recipes - Gluten Free

Yummy gluten free appetizers aren’t exactly known to be a thing. I don’t know about you, but one common issue I’ve found in my 11+ years of being gluten free is that almost every single appetizer is usually not gluten free. You might as well forget about ordering one in a restaurant as well. But fear not, times are changing, and here are some yummy gluten free appetizers for you to try!!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, gluten free can be delicious! As it should be!

Gluten Free Jalapeño Poppers

If you’re like me, you miss this spicy and sweet appetizer. Most jalapeno poppers you’ll find at a restaurant are deep fried, which also means they aren’t likely gluten free! This delicious twist is not only healthier, it’s also one of the best recipes jalapeño popper recipes I’ve ever had! My husband stumbled upon this recipe a few years ago and it is a staple appetizer we will bring to any event because of how well loved it is!

Stuffed Jalapeños - Gluten FreeIngredients Needed

25 jalapeno peppers
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 lb bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Click HERE to see the full recipe.

Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks

Gluten free mozzarella sticks…you know that illusive item you will pretty much NEVER see on a menu while eating out. These are stringy, crunchy and full of flavor. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure a gluten free version out for mozzarella sticks. Years of missed opportunity. LOL

Mozzarella Sticks - Gluten FreeIngredients Needed

1 16 oz bag of mozzarella sticks
2 beaten eggs
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups Ian’s Gluten Free Italian Breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp garlic salt
2/3 cups gluten free flour – My favorite is Namaste Gluten Free Flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 qt oil for deep frying

Click HERE to see the full recipe.


Marinara Sauce

If you’re already making a killer homemade mozzarella stick appetizer, you might as well go all out with this easy marinara sauce to add the finishing touch! You can also use this as an amazing marinara prep for all red sauce recipes you have! I use it for meatball subs and it’s SO good! Another yummy option is to start your homemade spaghetti sauce with this base. I prefer to add a bunch more garlic when using it for my simmer all day long spaghetti recipe!

Marinara Sauce - Mozzarella SticksIngredients Needed

3 Tbsp olive oil
5-6 cloves fresh minced garlic (or more to taste…I like a lot of garlic and usually use more)
1 28 oz can tomato puree
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt to taste
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, or 1 1/4 tsp dried basil
3 Tbsp fresh Italian parsley, use dried if not available
Pepper to taste

Click HERE to see the full recipe.

Gluten Free Onion Rings

I’m talking real and yummy and crunchy with a soft and gooey onion center! Seriously! These are magical! My husband wasn’t sure this was a recipe worth trying but he was incredibly wrong! And he actually admitted that. Ha!

Onion Rings - Gluten Free

Ingredients Needed

1 large onion, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup gluten free Namaste Flour
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup Ian’s Gluten Free Italian Breadcrumbs
1 qt of oil for frying

Click HERE to see the full recipe.


Which Are You Planning to Try First?

If you’re on the fence, I suggest a having an evening in watching movies and having these yummy gluten free appetizers for dinner! Haha!! That’s actually how we chose to celebrate Christmas last year since we’re a small family of 4. No need to spend countless hours making a dinner when all I want to do is relax with my family as well, and it was such fun! It’s going to become a yearly tradition for us!

Regardless of how big or small your plans are, these yummy gluten free appetizer recipes are sure to please your guests. Let us know how you plan to use these fabulous recipes and what you think of them! Do you have a well loved and tremendously  missed appetizer? I’m always up for finding that perfect recipe and tweaking it to be JUST RIGHT, so be sure to comment!!

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