A savory black bean truffle made with gluten free Breton crackers; a unique and fun way to spice up an antipasto platter.
I really enjoy entertaining. You may have noticed I throw a lot of parties, and like having people over. I love to feed people, whether it is a backyard BBQ, a get together with neighbors, or a lunch with my girlfriends, it makes me happy.
One of my favorite things to serve when entertaining, despite the occasion, is an antipasto platter. You know, a good old platter of yummy things to snack on that looks all fancy, but in reality is so easy to put together. A lot of times I make them just for me and the hubs after the kids are in bed. It makes us feel fancy!
Anyway, last week I was having some friends over to see our new house. My sister in law and cousin are both gluten intolerant, so I have to be careful to serve foods that are gluten free if I am going to invite them over. As a result, I was trying to come up with things I could serve on an antipasto platter that are gluten free. Typically antipasto includes meats, cheeses, crackers or breads, and things like olives and nuts. But of course, most crackers and breads aren’t gluten free.
Lucky for me, Breton crackers are made with arrowroot and green lentil flours, are gluten free, come in several amazing flavors, and taste awesome. All Breton crackers are certified gluten free by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten Free Certification Program. The Breton gluten free crackers were the perfect addition to my platter, and an easy way to get around the gluten issue some of my guests face. They are easy enough for everyday, but awesome enough for a fancy pants get together!
They are so good on their own. Amazing with hummus, or cheese. But when I saw the black bean crackers the first thing that came to my mind was black bean brownies. I just had to make a recipe with them. I wanted to create something savory, not sweet. When I saw they had garlic and onions too, I had this fun idea for creating a savory truffle for my antipasto platter. And I am so glad I did.
They are easy to make in a food processor, and while a little different, a great addition to the platter, and fun for entertaining. As long as you can get over the fact that they are savory, not sweet! I promise. They are good!
Beans are the main ingredients of these crackers, and each serving contains two grams of fiber and two grams of protein, they are low in saturated fat, and have no artificial colors. Basically they rock, and so I was stoked to use them as the base of my truffles. I mixed them with cream cheese and black beans in the food processor until they were a peanut butter type consistency. Then I formed them into balls, chilled them, dipped them into dark chocolate, and garnished them with some chives and salt!
Such a fun addition to my platter. And unique, making them a great conversation piece at a party!
So here’s how I put together the perfect gluten free antipasto platter for my get together:
I went to my local grocery store and bought a variety of nuts, dried fruits, and cheeses. I added in some hummus, pastrami, and olives, and my homemade truffles. And the star of the show were the Breton gluten free crackers, perfect for spreading soft cheese on, or layering with meats and cheeses, or accompanying dried fruit!
Then I just laid all of the delicious goodies out on a fun tray and put it out for my guests to snack on and enjoy! Of course, you can put whatever you can find on your tray, or whatever you like best. Just remember to keep it all gluten free! And add a variety of textures and flavors for a platter that appeals to all.
Gluten Free Savory Black Bean Truffles
- 1 box 4.3 ounces of Breton Black Bean Garlic & Onion Gluten Free crackers
- 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
- 1-8 ounce package of cream cheese
- 1-12 ounce bag of dark chocolate chips
- Large crystal salt
- Dry chives
- Put cream cheese, beans, and crackers in a food processor, and process until smooth
- Using a TBS measurer, scoop out a TBS of mixture form into a ball. You should get about 18 balls from the mixture.
- Put on parchment lined tray, and put in refrigerator or freezer to chill for at least 30 minutes.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips, and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring between each heating until chips are melted. Usually 1-2 minutes total.
- Dip each ball of mixture into the chocolate with a fork, and tap against the side of a bowl to let excess chocolate drip off.
- Place dipped balls on a cooling rack or piece of parchment paper.
- Sprinkle garnish over the top as desired and let chocolate set up (You may need to put them in the fridge to help the process).
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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