Feeding Guests with Dietary Restrictions? Here's How (and What) to Cook

Cooking for a large group around the holidays can already be a challenge, but the recent increase in dietary restrictions has made entertaining trickier than ever! We asked some of the country's top food bloggers and experts to share their best tips for feeding a mixed culinary crowd -- while helping you keep your sanity (16 Photos)

Alejandra Ramos on Nov 12, 2012 at 1:18PM

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Feeding Guests with Dietary Restrictions? Here's How (and What) to Cook

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Start with Antipasti

With its focus on legumes and vegetables, Mediterranean diets are a natural way to satisfy a variety of dietary needs with bold flavors. Chefs Carla and Christine Pallotta of Nebo Restaurant in Boston suggest starting off holiday festivities with a traditional antipasti platter. "A number of classic Italian antipasti can please all guests, no matter their dietary restriction. Marinated peppers, artichokes and mushrooms are great for vegans, vegetarians and celiacs. As are grilled zucchini, eggplant and fennel brushed with olive oil and garlic. Add in some chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano, cured meats and a few choices of crostini for people without restrictions.”

Get more tips on how to assemble your own antipasti platter from The Savvy Kitchen.

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