Alternative gluten-free roast dinners

December 17, 2018 6:23 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Eating gluten-free? But still want to join in with everyone else? It’s nice and easy, with Naturally Good Food. Today, we’re looking at good old British roast dinners – and working out what (if anything) you need to do to this meal if you’re catering for someone who’s eating gluten-free.

 

The good news is that for the most part, you don’t need to make any alterations at all! Roast dinners are one of the meals frequently suggested to those on this specialist diet as being ‘naturally gluten-free’. Meat contains no gluten, and neither do potatoes and vegetables. However, it’s in the trimmings – the little bits and pieces – in effect, the things that really MAKE your roast dinner, that gluten can creep in, sometimes quite unexpectedly. Let’s take a look

Gravy

No roast dinner is complete without gravy. But standard gravy is often made with wheat flour (and if you’re not making it from scratch, then check the jar – you’re likely to find it’s not gluten-free).

No need to despair, however. Marigold, maker of the best ready-prepared stock powders and bouillons, produce organic gluten-free gravy (it’s vegetarian, too). It’s got no artificial colours or flavourings and is based on rice flour.

Orgran, the leading gluten-free brand, has its own gravy powder too, this time based on maize starch. Free and Easy, meanwhile, plumps for a mixture of brown rice flour and corn starch.

If you’re not a jar-of-gravy type of person, then you can of course, buy these flours in their natural forms themselves and simply make your own. We’ve got brown rice flour, maize starch (corn starch or cornflour) as part of our comprehensive range of gluten-free flours.

Stuffing

Some love it, some hate it – if you can’t stuff down a roast dinner without stuffing, then you need Mrs Crimble’s gluten-free sage and onion stuffing mix. Made from rice flour and gram flour (chickpea flour), this is a great option for absolutely everyone around the table. And of course, you can also buy gram and rice flour direct from us to make your own.

Yorkshire puddings

Yes, you can still eat Yorkshire puddings: they just need to be gluten-free. Here’s a great recipe from the BBC for Yorkshire puddings that puff up beautifully, with a lovely golden colour. You’ll need our gluten-free plain flour and our cornflour for this recipe.

The otherwise excellent Orgran range fails to include a Yorkshire pudding ready-mix, which we can only assume is because they’re an Australian brand (apparently, Yorkshire puddings haven’t made it big down there yet).

Crunchy roast potatoes

You’re quite safe with roast potatoes as a coeliac, of course – unless, that is, that alluring crunch on the top of them has been produced by a sprinkling of wheat flour….No need to take the risk. Make your own crunchy roast potatoes by sprinkling on a gluten-free flour of your choice.

Custard

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We don’t know what you’re planning to have for pudding – but it will almost certainly involve one of our gluten-free flours. (Crumble! Sponge! Spotted dick! They’re all back within your grasp!) The one thing we can be certain of is that you’ll need custard and that you’ll need that gluten-free too. We therefore stock Just Wholefood’s gluten-free custard powder, based on cornflour.

Our full gluten-free range

Inspired? Thinking of doing some more gluten-free cooking once your dinner has gone down? Then you need to check out our full gluten-free range – there’s an ingredient to cover every eventuality.

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