Easy Gluten Free Appetizers: Pepperoni and More

Easy, is all I can say! These appetizers can be made dairy-free as well as gluten-free. The filling can be changed around quite a bit with various additions and substitutions to the cream cheese, sautéed vegetables, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, sautéed onion and peppers. Just make sure all of your additions are gluten-free.

Preparing for the holidays I have been on an appetizer frenzy, attempting to please various palates! I hope you like these easy gluten free appetizers. Easy, is all I can say! They can be made dairy-free, too! The filling can be changed around quite a bit with various additions and substitutions to the cream cheese…vegetables, gluten-free olives, sun-dried tomatoes, sauteed onion and peppers, etc. Just make sure all of your additions are gluten-free. Enjoy the easy gluten free appetizers!

Prep: 20 minutes
Optional Cook: 10 minutes

Easy Gluten Free Appetizers using Pepperoni and Other Cold Cuts

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Yield: Makes 20 appetizers

Easy Gluten Free Appetizers using Pepperoni and Other Cold Cuts

Easy, is all I can say! These appetizers can be made dairy-free as well. The filling can be changed around quite a bit with various additions and substitutions to the cream cheese, sautéed vegetables, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, sautéed onion and peppers. Just make sure all of your additions are gluten-free.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped finely (optional)
  • 1/4 large yellow onion, chopped finely (optional)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for sautéing (optional)
  • 20 slices of gluten-free pepperoni*, salami*, or other cold cuts
  • 6 ounces gluten-free cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup minced gluten-free olives (optional)

Instructions:

  1. If using, sauté onion and bell pepper in a pre-heated, pre-oiled skillet until tender, 8 – 10 minutes. Remove from pan; set aside to cool.
  2. Add 1/4 cup sautéed vegetables to cream cheese and combine thoroughly. Alternatively, if using, combine the minced olives with cream cheese.
  3. Add a bit of the cream cheese mixture across the center of the slices of pepperoni. Roll closed and seal with a toothpick. Repeat until filling is all used up. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or up to 2 days.

Tips

* These products were gluten-free at the time of this writing and were confirmed by visiting manufacturer's websites. Always check your labels or contact the manufacturer. Casein and Dairy Free Version:

I recently read that you can make a mock cream cheese using a hummus recipe and adding nutritional yeast, which is a non-active yeast that is nutty and cheese-like in flavor. Red Star makes one. Hummus: Cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with garlic, tahini (sesame paste), olive oil, lemon juice, salt.

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For a more elegant and nutritious appetizer check out yesterday’s post: Pecan Stuffed Snow Peas; or see all recipes for Gluten Free Appetizers.

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13 Replies to “Easy Gluten Free Appetizers: Pepperoni and More”

  1. Facebook Comment – November 11, 2014,

    “I made them….and they are delicious! I used cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, sautéed onions, garlic and small amount of bacon……creamed it all together, rolled them in ham and turkey GF cold cuts and chilled them! I stuffed olives on each end of the rolls! delicious!!!
    Thanks for the recipe ideas! You are awesome!”

    ~ C.F.F.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. An exciting recipe to hold off the starving crowd while we finish up the details of gravy making and pie crust rolling. What I am most excited about is that my 12 yer old son (also Celiac) will be able to make this dish and impress our guests with his grown up chef skills.

  3. looks yummy only not sure the kids would bell pepers and onions ages 7 and 5 what do u have that is kid friendly

  4. In response to my inquiry of Lindsay black olives the company states,

    “Our olives are both gluten-free and casein-free and pose no allergy risk. Our black ripe olives do contain Ferrous Gluconate, which is used to stabilize the color. Ferrous Gluconate comes from corn and is not related to gluten.”

    They did not directly answer my question in regards to cross-contamination, but sent me what was on their site. I hope you find this helpful.

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