Holiday finger food can be a wheat-laden war zone for many people with dietary restrictions. Usually the vehicle of choice is a toasted piece of bread, a square of puff pastry, or a round water cracker. While I’ve been known to pull the pigs out of their blankets and scrape the topping off of crusty crostini, when hosting at home, I’m able to make the easy swap to serving my appetizers with gluten-free crackers.
The gluten-free aisle seems to get more and more crowded every day. So I put together my favorite gluten-free crackers and some easy gluten-free appetizer recipes to serve them with for your holiday entertaining needs.
These rustic gluten-free crackers are among the best I’ve ever eaten. They’re nutty and savory, which makes them great with a simple Tuscan white bean dip or this cheesy baked fontina, oozing with garlic and herbs.
Kame rice crackers were one of the first gluten-free options to come on the scene. Though they’re from the Asian persuasion, they taste good with just about everything. I particularly like them with avocado-based dips like this Green Goddess dip or Guacamole. They also taste great with spicy hummus.
I love these creative baked lentil crackers, especially for serving alongside a meze platter or any Mediterranean dip like this simple tzatziki with fennel.
Nut thins have a similar shape and texture to rice crackers, but they pack a bit more flavor. Plus you can get them with flax or chia seeds, which ups the nutritional value. My boyfriend Charlie loves these gluten-free crackers even more than regular ones. You can use them interchangeably with the rice crackers and they hold up well for thicker dips like this Spicy Black Bean Dip Recipe with cotija cheese.
These are similar to nut thins but have the added benefit of containing many great seeds, including quinoa and amaranth. They’re somewhere in between a rice cracker and a wheat thin, so I like serving them with this creamy hot crab dip recipe instead of tortilla chips.
This Australian company is one of the few that makes really authentic water crackers without the wheat. These gluten-free crackers are potato based with Parmesan and chives. They taste great with this cheesy artichoke dip that also uses a lot of Parmesan.
Made by the same company as the lentil crackers, these chickpea based hummuz chips are naturally delicious with their intended dip-mate. I love this easy artichoke hummus recipe as a gluten-free appetizer because you can make it last minute from the contents of your cupboards.