Wheat free alternative to crackers
March 8, 2012 8:22 AM   Subscribe

Wheat free alternatives to cracker for wine and cheese party?

Having some people over who don't eat wheat but I'd still like them to partake in the sumptuous selection of cheese. What else can I have on hand for them to accompany with cheese? Pear slices come to mind, apple slices... what else to go with a wedge of tomme and a glass of port?
posted by braemar to Food & Drink (26 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Rice crackers
posted by saffronwoman at 8:26 AM on March 8, 2012

And nuts
posted by saffronwoman at 8:26 AM on March 8, 2012

If you have a Whole Foods or similar health food store nearby, there are lots of wheat-free crackers on the market. Mary's Gone Crackers are one brand that comes to mind and they're pretty darn good.
posted by Bella Sebastian at 8:27 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'm gluten intolerant and just love Blue Diamond Nut Thins. They're a light crunchy wafer-type cracker with a richer flavor than regular rice crackers. They come in lots of flavors - I especially love the pecan nut thins with fancy cheeses. Easy to find in most grocery stores. Super yummy.
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 8:29 AM on March 8, 2012 [8 favorites]

Thin slices of jicama
posted by belladonna at 8:33 AM on March 8, 2012

Seconding Blue Diamond nut thins -- perfect with wine and cheese.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 8:34 AM on March 8, 2012

Also Crunchmaster and Sans Gluten's Cracklebread - all good wheat-free crackers. We like Mary's Gone Crackers too.

You didn't ask but if they have celiac vs just being gluten intolerant it would be kind to encourage people to use separate utensils to cut and spread cheese so the cheese doesn't get cross-contaminated by wheat crackers. [gluten intolerant parent of a teen w/celiac here]
posted by leslies at 8:38 AM on March 8, 2012 [3 favorites]

Nicole's Crackersinclude some really good gluten-free ones. Agreed, make sure you don't cross-contaminate.
posted by BibiRose at 8:44 AM on March 8, 2012

Rice cakes and corn cakes?
posted by aniola at 8:46 AM on March 8, 2012

Socca bread. It's especially good with soft cheeses and goat cheeses.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:49 AM on March 8, 2012

Make crackers out of nothing but cheese! Or, look up Frico recipes, substituting rice flour.
posted by peagood at 8:57 AM on March 8, 2012

Nuts (almonds, especially Marcona almonds, walnuts and pecans (even candied ones), cashews), fig jam or dried figs, quince paste (also known as membrillo).
posted by jocelmeow at 9:03 AM on March 8, 2012

When in doubt, go for dark chocolate.
posted by The Whelk at 9:03 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

Dried fruits (apricots, pears, peaches) are delicious with cheese.
posted by judith at 9:10 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

Cucumber slices.
posted by rhapsodie at 9:18 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

Gluten-free crackers are available at every supermarket. I am myself partial to the Blue Diamond Nut Thins.

I like fruit, too, but there is something so satisfying about the crunch of a cracker that it would make me sad seeing everyone else enjoying crackers when there were none for me.
posted by Sidhedevil at 9:34 AM on March 8, 2012

I keep seeing whole-fruit preserves, chutneys, and conserves recommended as part of a cheese platter. Granted, I see these recommendations coming largely from DIY-canning books, but it's still not a bad idea...
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:49 AM on March 8, 2012

Slices of Asian Pear
posted by onhazier at 9:58 AM on March 8, 2012

I am GF and i love me some Nut Thins. They work well with all sorts of cheese and are sturdy enough to dip into brie or other soft cheeses without cracking. (of course, that's how I eat my cheese...none of the fanciness a cheese knife provides!)

Other veggies (Cucumbers, carrot sticks, celery, cherry tomatoes) are also good pairings for cheese.
posted by beloveddoll at 10:36 AM on March 8, 2012

Dates. Baked with bacon wrapped around them.

Or just plain room temperature dates.

Apricots are nice too, but I can't recommend the bacon part. If you can find unsweetened dried cherries, try those as well.
posted by bilabial at 10:39 AM on March 8, 2012

Crunchmaster and Glutino make decent crackers.

I personally prefer my cheese slices on thinly sliced fruit. You can use apples, pears, asian pears, cucumbers, and even star fruit.
posted by LittleMy at 10:58 AM on March 8, 2012

Grate parmesan. Sprinkle with pepper. Spread in rounds on parchment paper. Bake until crispy.

Nearly instant gluten-free "crackers"!
posted by Pomo at 11:31 AM on March 8, 2012

I've been dying to make these since I first saw the extremely intriguing recipe. The blogger describes them as "Shortbread-esque in their crumbly, buttery-ness, similar to savory nut thins in composition and the best possible bed for the rich triple creme cheese in my fridge that I can think of."
posted by zorseshoes at 9:25 PM on March 8, 2012

Great suggestions, and what an awesome host you are for asking!

It's wonderful when friends go out of their way to include things I can eat, and not-so-wonderful when I unable to fully partake of their hospitality because those things got immediately cross-contaminated by someone innocently grazing. So you can go this one better by stationing the wheat-free goodie plate at the opposite end of the room from all the glutenous things, and surrounding it with a spread that's clearly not made for circulating. Things that don't shed crumbs or droplets are ideal company for that section. Fruits, veg; certainly. Dips, dressings, etc; not so much. You wouldn't believe how common it is for the latter ones to have wheat in 'em.
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 12:32 PM on March 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

Dried salami, prosciutto and other sliced meats?
posted by platinum at 1:42 PM on March 9, 2012

Trader Joe's makes Falafal Chips from corn and chick pea meal. No wheat. Pretty tasty.
posted by theora55 at 9:50 AM on March 10, 2012

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