This Father's Day, show dad you love him by cooking up lots of grub. Men love that stuff. While I have celiac disease, my husband doesn't; but I asked him what his favorite gluten-free dishes are that I make, so we all can enjoy the big dad's day meal.
He wanted to chow down on some gluten-free BBQ pulled pork, sweet potato mash with chipotle and honey, a manly kale salad, and to finish it all off with some gluten-free peanut butter and chocolate ice cream. I wouldn't dare forget the gluten-free beer!
Now that's some dude food.
Even if the dad of the hour isn't a sensitive eater, check out these recipes that are free of gluten, but full of deliciousness.
Barbecue Pulled Pork
Barbecue can be tricky for a celiac since the occasional soy sauce or flour as a thickening agent can creep in when you're dining out. Instead, make this super easy slow cooker recipe that's guaranteed to be g-free. Bonus -- you pop it in the Crock-Pot in the morning, and are free to fete your dad all day long without the distraction of cooking. I've been using this recipe from my newest fave cookbook, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking. It rocks.
1 cup water, or more if needed
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon brown mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
2 pounds pork loin, cut into large pieces
1. Combine 1 cup water, the onion, vinegar, ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, paprika, mustard, Worcestershire, cayenne, salt, and pepper in a slow cooker and stir to mix.
2. Add the pork, making sure all pieces are completely covered. If they are not, add additional water to cover.
3. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
4. Remove the pork and shred using two forks, discarding any bits of fat. Put the shredded pork back into the sauce in the slow cooker and serve.
Excerpted from Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking: More Than 250 Great-Tasting, From-Scratch Recipes from Around the World, Perfect for Every Meal and for Anyone On a Gluten-Free Diet—and Even Those Who Aren’t © Kelli and Peter Bronski. Reprinted with the permission of the publisher, The Experiment, LLC. The book is available for purchase at brick-and-mortar and online retailers nationwide or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chipotle & Honey Sweet Potato Mash
One of my husband's favorite dishes, this is also a non-dairy version of mashed sweet potatoes so it retains a pure sweet potato taste. Super simple and low-fat to boot.
2 medium sweet potatoes
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon chipotle sauce
Rub sweet potatoes with olive oil and lightly salt and pepper. Wrap them in tin foil and bake in a 400-degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let sweet potatoes cool, then remove skin. Place naked sweet potatoes in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to mash. Season with salt and pepper, and add 1 teaspoon of chipotle pepper sauce. Mix together. Spoon onto the plate, then drizzle with honey.
A word about ice cream. Men love ice cream, but if they have to follow a gluten-free diet, negotiating the freezer aisle can be tricky. If cookies and cream was his favorite, that dream of crunchy goodness is gone forever. As is anything with cookie dough, pretzels, and in some cases, caramel color. Instead go for straight-forward ice cream flavors without any add-ins. Haagen Dazs is good about keeping it gluten-free, and we love their peanut butter and chocolate ice cream when you really want to go for it. Always check with the manufacturer before you dig in, as recipes do change.
There it is! A perfect gluten-free dinner for pops, with all the fixin's.
What are you making for the dad in your life on Father's Day?