Fancy Finger Foods with McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix

By October 9, 2014 Gluten-Free Products, Gluten-Free Recipes
Gluten Free McCormick Recipe Mix

With football season in full swing, it’s time to whip out the finger foods. Luckily, recipe creation is a bit easier with new gluten-free ingredients popping up. McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix recently released new spice packets that not only make everyday life easier when it comes to dinner prep, but party food, too!

I have come up with three fun recipes with a bit more class than what you usually see in the lineup.

Nacho Bites

No more boring bags of chips. Step your game up with these nacho bites.


  • Gluten-free corn tortillas
  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix – Taco Seasoning Mix
  • Refried beans
  • Onion, finely chopped
  • Tomato
  • Mexican cheese
  • Sour cream


Brown your ground beef or turkey and add the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix, according to the packet instructions.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the gluten-free corn tortillas in 1/8ths.

Assemble your nacho ingredients in a mini-muffin tin according to the below pictures. Tortilla + cheese + tortilla + refried beans.

After you have your base, pile on the taco meat seasoned with the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix. Top with cheese.

Bake for 15 minutes. Plate the nacho bites and garnish with sour cream, cheese, onion, and tomato.

Chili Bites

No spoon necessary with these bite-size nuggets of gluten-free chili!


  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix – Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • Gluten-Free Bisquick
  • 1 Cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • Choice of Cheese
  • Green onion for garnish


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix up 2 cups of Gluten-Free Bisquick according to the box’s instructions.

Place 1 tsp. of Bisquick in muffin pan, using thumb to form a depression in the dough. Bake Bisquick for 12 minutes.

While the biscuits are in the oven, sautée the green pepper and onion, then brown your ground beef or turkey.

Once meat is browned, add the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix Chili Seasoning packet, drained diced tomatoes, and ½ Cup water. Bring to a boil and let simmer, according to the packet’s instructions.

Once biscuits are out of the oven, place a Tbsp. of chili meat into each muffin space, topping the biscuit. Sprinkle cheese on top.

Broil for 1 minute.

Let cool, and then take bites out of the pan and plate for a delicious, finger friendly part app!

Fancy Meatballs

You won’t have to worry about any saucy spills with these party-friendly skewered meatballs.


  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 Cup gluten-free breadcrumbs (Glutino)
  • McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix – Brown Gravy Mix
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder with parsley
  • Salt and pepper


Mix the ground beef or turkey with the egg, breadcrumbs, onion powder and garlic powder.

Form meatballs and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

While meatballs are in the oven, mix up the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix per the packet’s instructions.

Combine the gluten-free gravy with the meatballs.

Let meatballs cool. Place on skewers with a cute little mozzarella pearl and serve in small cups at the party so guests can grab and go!

Get rid of the gluten, but not the flavor with McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes! Visit the Recipe Collection at to discover more flavorful gluten free eating and meal ideas!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Gluten Free at Fowl & Fodder

By September 27, 2014 Gluten Free in Toledo, Gluten-Free Restaurants
Fowl & Fodder Toledo Ohio

When I can get a legit gluten-free sandwich at a restaurant WITH bread (and not a lettuce wrap), I’m pretty much in heaven. Thankfully, Fowl & Fodder, a farm to table restaurant in Toledo, now offers us gluten-free folk that very option.

Fowl & Fodder Gluten-Free Options

Fowl & Fodder is a restaurant that shops local and has a scratch made menu along with a fresh juice bar. The owner of the restaurant sources all menu items from local farms, not only offering customers better tasting food with a higher nutritional value, but also helps to maintain the farmland in our community.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit the restaurant twice so far and my taste buds were happy campers on both occasions. While the Fowl & Fodder menu is full of gluten-free options, on my first visit the gluten-free bread was not in stock so I opted for the Pork Confit Tacos with a gluten-free corn tortilla. The tacos were absolutely delicious with cilantro, cabbage, cracklings, verde, and avocado. I ate every last bite, along with my side of Kale Chips.


*Unfortunately, you are not able to order the Sweet Potato Chips at Fowl & Fodder as they are cooked in the same oil as gluten-filled items.

Fowl & Fodder Gluten-Free Bread

On my second visit to the restaurant, the Eban’s Bakehouse gluten-free bread was in stock and ready for me to enjoy! It was one of those days where I was just craving a legit sandwich, made from somewhere besides my own kitchen/toaster. I ordered the Cuban Style Panini subbed with gluten-free bread. The sandwich consisted of ham, pork confit, bacon, local cheese, and aoiloi. It was AH-Mazing. I could even pick the sandwich up without it crumbling, which we all know is two-thumbs up in the gluten-free world.

gluten free sandwich Fowl & Fodder

Fowl & Fodder gluten free sandwich

In addition to the wonderful food at Fowl & Fodder, the juice bar is just as impressive. Diners can choose from a variety of freshly made juices, which are listed on the restaurant’s website. I’ve had the Pear, Pineapple, and Kale juice, as well as the Kefir, Mixed Berries, and Banana option.

Fowl & Fodder Juice Bar

I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a delicious gluten-free meal in a laid back environment. When ordering gluten free, let the employees know of your dietary restrictions. Double-check to make sure that the food will be prepared in a separate area so you are not at risk for cross-contamination, and if there are certain items that will need to be substituted out, they can help you with that.

*When ordering gluten-free at a restaurant, always remember to ask about the preparation process. I make it a practice to request info on the cooking method so I can be sure that I am not putting myself at risk (i.e. before ordering chips, ask if the oil is used for other items that contain gluten).

To view the full Fowl & Fodder menu, visit their website. They have a variety of sandwiches, soups, salad, and juices. You can also learn where they source their food from on the ‘Our Farms’ section of the site.

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