Add exotic flair to the dining experience by hosting a Moroccan-themed dinner for family and friends. It’s easy to prepare a gluten-free Moroccan spread with special Moroccan spices and gluten-free sauces. Look for Moroccan dry rubs, spice mixes and braising sauces at your favorite gourmet food store for adding authentic flavor to the food. Here are a few delectable Moroccan appetizers that can be served at the party.
Gluten-free Moroccan Ratatouille
This tantalizing Moroccan recipe is a blend of cooked eggplant and tomato with ground Moroccan spices. Bake eggplant and mash it with bell peppers and yellow summer squash in a bowl. Add tomatoes, garlic, cinnamon, sugar and pepper. Mix the ingredients well and bake it further for another 15 minutes. Stir the eggplant mixture to combine the flavors and allow it to cool before serving. Garnish it with sliced dates.
Gluten-Free Moroccan Quinoa and Chicken
Use a blend of Moroccan spices with paprika, coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, etc to marinate chicken in a bowl. Brown the marinated chicken in a skillet. Next, add onion, garlic and apricots to the skillet. Cook the onions till they are soft and then add lemon juice and quinoa into the pan. Cover the pan and simmer the mixture so that the liquids seep into the quinoa and the chicken. Garnish the chicken and quinoa with toasted almond slices and parsley leaves.
Gluten-Free Cranberry Sauce with Moroccan Meat Balls
Premade gluten-free sauces that are available with most health food and gourmet food stores are an excellent base for making different types of gluten-free party food. You can also make gluten-free sauces at home with ease. To make a delicious gluten-free cranberry sauce, blend together fresh cranberries, olive oil, honey, lemon juice, ground cinnamon and pepper. Add raisins, dates and apricots to the mix. Let the mixture cook in a saucepan with about half a cup of water. Turn down the heat and let the sauce simmer for about half an hour.
Moroccan meatballs would be a great addition to this cranberry sauce or any other type of sauce. Use a Moroccan tagine spice blend to season the meatballs. Use powdered oats instead of breadcrumbs as a healthy gluten-free alternative to coat the meatballs. Serve the meatballs with the sauce on a decorative platter.
Gluten-Free Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad
A light and flavorsome carrot and chickpea salad will be the perfect gluten-free Moroccan appetizer. Make a dressing by whisking together toasted and ground cumin with olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and cayenne pepper. Add carrots, chickpeas, dried plums, mint and almonds and toss to combine. Garnish the salad with rose petals.
Delight family and friends with these healthy and tasty gluten-free recipes with a Moroccan flavor.