If your dad is gluten free, one way to ensure he has a bad Father’s Day is to make him a dinner or give him a gift that has gluten in it!
Sometimes gluten hides in foods you might not even think about. Here are a few things to be aware of if you’re making a gluten-free meal or looking for a gift for your father for Father’s Day…
- For some that are dedicated to the art of barbecuing, liquid smoke is a must have. But is it gluten free? You are right to be concerned—some brands are made using barley. However, there are some brands that are gluten free—just make sure it specifies this on the label.
- Maybe you were thinking of getting dad a “beers of the world” collection for Father’s Day. It’s a great gift idea for the beer lover—as long as you get the right kind. Years ago, before so many people were living a gluten-free lifestyle, there was no such thing as gluten-free beer. Then, they started making gluten-free beer but most people agreed it just didn’t taste very good. We are in a whole new era of tasty gluten-free indulgences now, though, and it is easier than ever to find beer your dad can drink. Again, just make sure it says “gluten free” on the label.
- Peppers, onions, tomatoes—salsa has it all for the veggie lover. But is it safe to eat if you can’t have gluten? If your dad likes his food on the spicy side, you need to be aware that some kinds of salsa, are, in fact, not safe to eat. Some salsas use ingredients such as wheat gluten.
- Chocolate bars. It isn’t just kids that love a good chocolate bar—plenty of dads wouldn’t mind a chocolate bar as a Father’s Day present. But are they safe for him to eat? Well, this is a tricky one. You may pick up a candy bar, check the ingredients, and decide it looks gluten-free. But you also have to consider where it was made. If it was made in a factory where candy is made that is not gluten-free, this can mean trouble.
- Hot dogs. Although this is a classic food for a cook out to celebrate your dad on his special day, some kinds of hot dogs do in fact contain gluten.
The lesson here is to be aware, because gluten can hide in the most surprising places. However, you can rest assured that these chocolate chip cookies are gluten free—and that your dad will absolutely love them.
8 ounces unsalted butter
11 ounces brown rice flour, approximately 2 cups
1 1/4 ounces cornstarch, approximately 1/4 cup
1/2 -ounce tapioca flour, approximately 2 tablespoons, check out this brand
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ounces sugar, approximately 1/4 cup
10 ounces light brown sugar, approximately 1 1/4 cups
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Melt the butter and pour it into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add both of the sugars and, with the paddle attachment, cream together on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the vanilla extract, milk, the whole egg, and the egg yolk, and mix until combined.
In a separate, medium bowl, sift together the baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, tapioca flour, cornstarch, and rice flour. Slowly add this mixture into the butter mixture until thoroughly combined. Add in the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
Chill the dough in the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour.
Shape the dough into 2 ounce balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. In a 375 degree oven, bake the cookies for 14 minutes. Rotate the pans halfway through baking.
Remove from the oven and let cool, first on the pans for 2 minutes and then on a wire rack.
Serve a few on a plate to Dad along with a cold glass of milk.