If there’s one thing that can send a host into panic mode, it’s hearing that your guests have food intolerances or allergies. But it doesn’t have to – food editor Emma Sleight shows you how to serve up party food that’s so good, you won’t even notice it’s gluten free or vegetarian
Even if you or your guests are on a gluten-free diet, there’s absolutely no reason you should miss out, especially when it comes to the season of indulging that is Christmas. Our range of gluten-free festive food is packed with tasty options – from moreish canapés to expertly-prepared main courses. Get the party started with a selection of gluten-free bite-sized treats. If you think you can’t enjoy classic breaded favourites, then think again – our gluten-free selection is packed with mini indulgencies like sticky sweet barbeque pork belly squares, toad in the holes with caramelised onion chutney and oozing melted British cheese bites.
Eating gluten-free isn’t just for Christmas. Discover fresh ideas and a wide range of M&S favourites for every occasion in our year-round range.
Nibbles: Serve up some great British classics at your next party, like our seasoned, crunchy pork crackling straws with a clementine and cranberry dip.
Starters: Delight gluten-free and pescatarian guests alike with a platter of chargrilled king prawns in an aromatic tandoori marinade with a yogurt and mint dip – display alongside shredded spring onion, torn coriander and gluten-free wraps so they can build their own rolls.
The main event: Make a statement with an attention-grabbing centrepiece – our decadent three-bird roast with its layers of turkey, chicken and duck wrapped around a pork and plum stuffing should do the trick.
Gone are the days when a simple veggie pasta dish passes muster on the modern dining table. With many families choosing meat-free meals at least a few times a week, the vegetarian option has become less of an afterthought and more of a main event for everyone to enjoy.
Add an extra-special touch this year with our selection of exciting veggie options. Think sweet and sticky savoury tarte tatins filled with baby rosebud beetroot and maple-caramelised onions, and, for a mouth-watering main, try our golden-brown wellington stuffed with beefy Portobello and white cap mushrooms, accompanied by a rich sherry and spinach sauce. When the veggie alternative is this good, who misses meat?
Photographer: Helen Cathcart / Food Stylist: Olivia Bennett / Prop stylist: Lydia Brun