So you’re probably wondering what on earth this article is going to be about based on this weird title.
So let me explain.
Have you ever been to a fancy (or even foreign cuisine) restaurant or shop whose menu is completely filled with words you can barely pronounce?
You know, words like bordelaise, lyonnaise, pain anglais, and fusilli, just to name a few.
Would you have know that the words I mentioned above are actually sauces, rues, pastas, and cooking techniques that contain wheat flour and glutenous elements?
That’s why it’s essential to know and understand all these cooking techniques and food styles that contain gluten.
But don’t worry, no need to grab a dicitionary or spend hours on the interent researching these ters because I got you covered.
So as a result, I created this helpful list to help you decrease the odds of any accidental glutening and help increase you knowledge of cooking techniques commonly and not so commonly found on restaurant menus.
Fancy Food Terms that Aren’t Gluten Free
The terms, foods, and cooking styles below all typically contain gluten (unless the chef makes an exception at the restaurant that you’re eating at).
Roux and Other Flour Sauces
Before we get started, let me give you a quick explanation of what a roux in case you didn’t already know. So a roux is a mixture of flour and butter which is used to thicken up soups and sauces like gumbos and bisques. They can be white, blonde, or brown, but no matter the color they contain gluten.
Here’s a list of most common sauces and rouxs:
- maitre d’hotel
- american white sauce
Wheat Pasta (And it’s Secret Dangerous Names)
Whenever ordering noodles or pastas, be sure to not get any dish that has these pastas in it unless the menu clearly states that their pasta has been made gluten free.
- angel hair (capelli d’angelo)
- Chinese yellow noodle (found commonly in chow-mein)
Breads and Cakes
If these breads and cakes aren’t specifically made gluten-free, please avoid at all costs.
- buche de noel
- pain anglais
- petits fours
- st. honore
- val au vent
- zuppa inglese
Menu Terms that Are Never Safe
- Au gratin
- beef wellington
- cordon bleu
- croque monsieru
- en croute
- fritto misto
(And just as a reminder, these food preparation styles are never gluten free unless they are specifically made to be.)
Okay so now that you know which foods and cooking terms aren’t safe, let’s now talk about menu terms, cooking techniques, and foods that are typically safe for you to eat.
But for that I have a special article just for that.
So CLICK HERE to be taken to my list of gluten free menu terms.
Thanks for reading and enjoy!