Tips for an Awesome Gluten-Free 4th of July
Every summer, Americans across the country celebrate independence and freedom the best way they know how: with cook-outs, fireworks, drinks, and – most importantly – a ton of food. If you’re gluten-free, double up on celebrations this 4th of July and raise a glass to sweet gluten-freedom here in the U.S. of A. This year, there are more gluten free 4th of July options than ever before, and we’ve rounded up our top picks for your All-American celebrations. Ring in 4th of July 2014 with the best gluten-free options this great country has to offer – what’s not to love?
1. The best gluten-free beer.
It’s not the 4th of July if you’re not cracking open a cold one. While your first love may have been gluten-filled beer, there are several rave-worthy gluten-free beers on the market that you’ll love. Check out your area’s local selections (Michigan folks, check out Jolly Pumpkin’s IPA, or the locally drafted Acoustic Mead) for craft gluten-free beer options, or raid your market’s gluten-free section for reliable crowd-pleasers like RedBridge, Omission, New Planet, New Grist, and Estrella Damm Daura – all of which are featured on the Daily Meal’s list of the best gluten-free beers. Craving a canned beer? God Bless America: Joseph James Brewing has created Fox Tail, a delicious GF pale ale; and we owe Canada some kudos too – Brasseurs Sans Gluten has canned the citrusy saison Glutenberg Belge de Saison for your drinking enjoyment. Stock up that cooler, your options are limitless.
2. The best gluten-free burgers and dogs.
Unlike some of the more gluten-based holidays (Thanksgiving, we’re looking at you), the 4th of July is pretty kind to its gluten-free patriots. With menus built around hot dogs and hamburgers, your biggest hurdle will be supplying your own gluten-free buns (or go sans) and patrolling the place for potential cross-contamination. Check out our list of pre-approved gluten-free meats and double-check the status of your favorite condiments. We also have a thorough review of popular 4th of July snacks, sides, and chips on our blog, so you can round out your menu with gluten-free alternatives to the holiday’s staple dishes.
TIP: Worried about cross-contamination? Keep calm and bring your own dedicated grilling basket to avoid any contact with a gluten-contaminated grill. Or, take the DIY approach and simply grill your food on aluminum foil. No harm, no foul – just delicious gluten-free 4th of July BBQ.
3. The best gluten-free desserts.
When it comes to festive, creative desserts, we always turn to our favorite GF recipe blogs for the next great idea. Elena’s Pantry designed a dessert menu featuring a patriotic (and healthy!) fruit salad, strawberry shortcake cupcakes, and vegan chocolate sorbet. Megan, author of Megg Salad, posted a step-by-step guide to creating an American Flag tart that is gluten-free, dairy-free, raw, and an instant crowd pleaser (who doesn’t love an edible flag?). If you’re feeling really ambitious, try out the Culinary Life’s Three Tier Gluten-Free Fourth of July Cake – you’ll send your guests home in the happiest of sugar comas. And isn’t that what the Fourth of July is really all about?
How are you celebrating your gluten-freedom this year? Share your gluten-free 4th of July menus with us in the comments below. Happy Independence Day!