From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering
This is one of my favorite appetizers for parties. Simply arrange the following on a nice platter or tray.
Sliced Italian meats– My supermarket carries two brands of Italian-style sliced meats, labeled gluten-free and in sealed packaging (no need to worry about a deli slicer). One brand even offers a packet of a variety of salamis that are excellent for an antipasto platter.
Artichokes – I don’t buy the jars of marinated artichokes, I find they are far too vinegary for my taste, so I prefer to drain a jar of regular, in brine, quartered artichoke hearts and leave them in homemade vinaigrette or a store-bought gluten-free Italian dressing that’s not too vinegary.
Freshly roasted red bell peppers– I roast my own in the oven or on the barbecue instead of buying the jars. Once you have tasted freshly roasted bell peppers, you won’t go back to the jars. I also marinate small balls of mozzarella in the same homemade vinaigrette so the background flavors are the same.
Pickled onions – Being British, we love pickled onions with cheese and French bread. Unfortunately, the pickled onions I used to eat are made with malt vinegar, so we can’t eat that anymore. I make my own:
1. Peel a red or Vidalia onion, quarter it, thinly slice, and separate the slices.
2. Place onion slices in a glass jar and cover with apple cider vinegar (you can also use red or white wine vinegar). Add ½-1 teaspoon of salt and some pickling spice, if you have it.
3. Cover the jar with non-reactive lid and let set until you’re ready to eat.
Marinated mushrooms – See recipe here.
Gluten-free crostini– See recipe here.