10 Recipes You’d Never Know Are Gluten-Free

Whether you're cooking for someone with an allergy or just trying to cut down a bit on your own gluten intake, these dishes won't let you down.

  • Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes. Okay, so it’s a dead-giveaway that these banana pancakes are gluten-free—it says so in the recipe title. But in a blind taste test, we promise you’d never know. Light, fluffy, and begging to be soaked in maple syrup, these pancakes deserve a spot at your next brunch, even if everyone at the table is good with gluten.
  • Sweet Potato and Pancetta Gratin. There are only four ingredients between you and a bite-sized version of the best potato casserole you’ve ever had. Sweet potatoes are layered with bacon’s salt-cured cousin, pancetta, aged cheese, and heavy cream, and then popped in the oven until they’re tender and crispy.
  • Short Rib Ragu.Consider meat to be the gluten-free man’s best friend. And there’s no meat better than short ribs, especially when they’re bathed in a punchy sauce and braised till they’re fall-apart tender. Serve the ribs over polenta, a creamy and satisfying grain that just happens to be gluten-free.
  • Black Bean Orange Peel Edamame. The biggest rookie mistake at a sushi restaurant is filling up on the edamame before the sushi rolls come. We don’t blame you—in fact, here’s a recipe for edamame that’s even more delicious than any you’ll eat out of the house. The edamame is bathed in a savory, tangy sauce so good, you’ll be fighting to lick the sides of the bowl.
  • Late Night Coffee Brined Chicken. Turns out the three things you need as soon as you roll out of bed—coffee, milk, and OJ—are also what makes a roast chicken come out of the oven rich, flavorful, and extremely tender. Tip: To get the golden, crispy skin you can’t resist, give your chicken a brown sugar rub-down before popping that bad boy in the oven.
  • Spanish Roasted Potato Salad. Potatoes are a gift to gluten-free eaters. They’re hearty, substantial, and, when they’re cooked like this—roasted to perfection and then cloaked in a garlicky mayo—no bread or pasta can compete with them.
  • Absurdly Addictive Asparagus. Good news for all mankind: bacon is gluten-free. And leave it to its salty, smoky flavor to make even asparagus into something you can’t put down.
  • Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt. Someone once told us that the combination of lentils, onions, and yogurt in this Middle Eastern dish gives it magical health powers. But we were too busy stuffing our face with crunchy fried onions and fluffy rice and lentils to pay much attention. We also didn’t notice that it was gluten-free—and neither will you.
  • Salvadoran Breakfast Cake (a.k.a. Quesadillas). Two items that we think should be put together more often: cheese and pound cake. Here’s a recipe for rich, buttery muffins that are sweet, tangy, and flecked with cheese. We guarantee they’ll make even the most miserable morning tolerable. Plus, they’re made with rice flour, so they’re tender, flaky, and—you guessed it—gluten-free.
  • Creamy Mushroom Soup. Thankfully, this is nothing like canned mushroom soup. It’s so velvety, creamy, and flavorful, you’ll want to drink it straight out of the bowl. And the two ingredients that really push this soup over-the-top—cognac and cream—fit the gluten-free bill.

Don’t be embarrassed—we know you run as fast as you can in the opposite direction when you see the words “gluten-free” on a food package. Let’s change that.

Gluten-free eating isn’t for hippies or health nuts. Reducing your gluten intake (basically the amount of wheat and other grains you’re eating) is easier than you’d think, and most importantly, it could help you feel more energized. Plus, there are tons of great foods that taste so good you’d never guess they’re gluten-free.

Even if you’re like us and want to keep eating bread (and pasta and cake), these dishes will come in handy for feeding gluten-sensitive friends and family. Click through the gallery above to see 10 absurdly delicious recipes with no gluten in sight.

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