October 23, 2014

Around the World Party (+3 Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes!)


Recently I had the opportunity to sample several new gluten-free seasoning packets from McCormick. And, with those packets, I decided to try out some new recipes and host an Around the World party. I chose three countries and three recipes and decorated each table according to the cuisine. It was a lot of fun!


For my menu, I made Taco Cups, representing Mexico, Currywurst representing Germany and Stir-Fry Beef & Broccoli, representing China.


I first ate currywurst and chips this past July when we visited Berlin. Yum! I've been wanting to recreate the dish at home since. When I saw the packet of McCormick Gluten Free Chili Seasoning Mix, I knew it would be a great starting point for the recipe. I served the currywurst with a side of chips in individual ramekins. This made for the perfect grab-and-go party food! I decorated my table with a German flag, a globe and some Germany map coloring sheets (for the kiddos!).


Currywurst


1 Package McCormick Gluten Free Chili Seasoning Mix
2 C. Ketchup
1-1/2 C. Water
1 T Curry Powder (or more, to taste)
2 T. Minced Onion
1/2 t. Paprika
1 Package Cooked Kielbasa (2 links)

Slice kielbasa and set aside. Mix ketchup, water, curry, onion, paprika and chili mix and pour into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add kielbasa. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. Serve over oven-baked chips (aka fries).



The next stop in our Around the World food tour was Mexico. And, the McCormick Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning Mix was the perfect place to start.


These zesty taco cups, served in muffin papers, were another great party food. The decor consisted of a map of Mexico and a banner made of mini Mexican flags. Simple and festive!


Taco Cups

1 Package McCormick Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning Mix
3/4 C. Water
1 lb Flank Steak (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 T. Oil
12 Corn Tortillas
Non-stick Cooking Spray
3/4 C. Refried Beans
3 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Small Can Sliced Black Olives
Green Onions, to garnish
Sour Cream, to garnish

Mix water and taco seasoning mix and set aside. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes. Add water and taco mix and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Set meat aside.
Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Tear each tortilla in half and line each muffin form with the two halves. Place the tortilla-lined muffin pan into a 350 degree, pre-heated oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes until tortillas are crisp at the edges. Remove from the oven and place 1 T of refried beans into each cup. Top with a spoonful of meat mixture. Add 1/4 cup of cheese to each muffin. Sprinkle olive slices on top. Bake taco cups for another 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove and garnish with green onions and sour cream. Place each taco cup into a muffin liner and serve warm.



China was our last stop, and the food was delicious!


The stir-fried beef and broccoli, made with McCormick Gluten-Free Brown Gravy Mix, was a hit with everyone (my 3-year-old went back for seconds...and then thirds!).

Stir-Fried Beef & Broccoli


1 package McCormick Gluten-Free Brown Gravy Mix
1 Cup Water
1/4 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Coarse Ground
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
3/4 Pound Flank Steak, cut into thin strips
2 cups Broccoli Florets

Mix Gravy Mix, water and pepper in medium bowl. Set aside. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add beef; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in broccoli and gravy mixture. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 5 to 8 minutes or until broccoli is tender-crisp. Serve over cooked rice, if desired.


The party was a lot of fun and totally gluten-free. Yay!! Have you tried these new gluten-free seasoning mixes from McCormick? If so, I'd love to hear your recipe ideas!

Get rid of the gluten, but not the flavor with McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes! Visit the Recipe Collection at allrecipes.com 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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