Every year after the Christmas celebrations there is always some left-over Panettone. What can we use it for in order not to waste it? My idea is using it to prepare tasty Sweet-and-sour croutons with left-over Panettone with avocado cream and salmon.

There are many sweet recipes to use left-over Panettone, whereas there are not many to reuse it in a savoury preparation. If you have a gluten-free savoury Panettone is it naturally perfect to cook this recipe, but also a classic Italian Panettone turns into an unusual sweet-and-sour crouton that will surprise your guests.

My suggestion is to avoid Panettone with chocolate chips or stuffed with cream to give a second life to your left-overs. Instead, if you are looking for another typical Christmas dessert, try my Gluten-free and “sugar light” Spongata.

Sweet-and-sour croutons with left-over Panettone

consider the carbohydrates per 100g of Panettone

+ 2g carbohydrates per crouton for the agave syrup

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 8 pieces of gluten-free Panettone** cut to a thickness of about 1.5cm
  • 80g smoked wild salmon, thinly sliced
  • 80g avocado
  • Parmigiano Reggiano in slivers
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard*
  • 1 teaspoon of agave syrup
  • 1/2 lemon
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh dill
  • salt and pepper

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)


  1. Mash the avocado pulp with a fork to obtain a cream and adjust salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare a sauce mixing mustard, agave syrup, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil with a fork and adjust flavour to taste.
  3. Toast the Panettone pieces in a toaster and when golden on both sides, top them with a layer of avocado cream, a slice of salmon and some slivers of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, then douse with the mustard sauce and garnish with dill.

crostini di panettone


Version with gluten of Sweet-and-sour croutons with left-over Panettone 

Replace gluten-free Panettone with a classic Panettone.

If you want to surprise your friends with simplicity, this Tomato Bruschetta sauce can be an idea: with 3 ingredients and the aromatic herbs from your garden, you can have a topping that is as irresistible as cherries!

With so few ingredients, the secret for success is their quality and especially peeled tomatoes make the difference. My recommendation is for you to try Ciro Flagella Peeled Tomatoes that you will never forget after trying once.  Then, if you really want a treat, prepare 2 sauces following the same procedure, but using red tomatoes for one sauce and yellow tomatoes for the other: it will be like having a cone of Gelato with two scoops of your favourite flavours.

For a perfect Bruschetta sauce, remember to remove all the seeds from the peeled tomatoes and avoid pieces of aromatic herbs: use a specific bag or container for the herbs so that they can release their essential oils, but not lose leaves or seeds.

And if you have time to chop some extra shallot, make some extra sauce and store it in a jar in the refrigerator to serve with starters or main courses.


Tomato Bruschetta sauce

6.6g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 500g peeled tomatoes
  • 150g shallot
  • 50g extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bunch of aromatic herbs (rosemary, thyme, marjoram, summer savoury)
  • extra virgin olive oil, chilli pepper, garlic, salt

Preparation of the Bruschetta sauce

  1. Cut the peeled tomatoes in half, remove the seeds and dice the flesh.  Chop the shallot finely and sweat it with 50g olive oil, then add the diced tomato, the garlic and the aromatic herbs bouquet in a bag or colander so that it just releases its aroma.
  2. Allow to cook over low heat until the tomato has become creamy and the liquid has completely evaporated, therefore at least 1 hour.
  3. Use the sauce to top Bruschettas or with meat or fish.

salsa di pomodori gialli

Version with gluten of Tomato Bruschetta sauce 

The recipe contains only naturally gluten free ingredients, so no adaptation is necessary for its version with gluten.

Today we revisited a great classic of summer cuisine to turn it into a Travel Caprese.

The recipe we are proposing, however, is a ‘travel’ version, because the mozzarella enclosing a tasty little surprise reminds us so much of suitcases, which almost always contain something to eat… at least ours!

The concept of the small surprise is also found in Supplì Viva l’Italia.

But in particular, this Caprese can be a perfect idea to prepare when about to leave on a trip, so with little time for cooking!

Travel Caprese

negligible carbohydrates per 100g


  • 4 mozzarellas of cow’s milk or buffalo milk (I got the 250g ones)
  • 80g ripe tomatoes
  • 80g drained tuna
  • 8 pitted olives*
  • salt and basil

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)


  1. Cut the mozzarellas so that they are divided into two parts, one of which is to serve as the lid.  Then cut the tomatoes into pieces, remove the seeds, salt them and make sure they release part of their water.
  2. Using a knife, empty the inside of the larger half of the mozzarella and lightly salt the inside, then fill it with tomato pieces, drained tuna, olives cut in half and basil.


  1. Put the mozzarella lid on and, if necessary, fix it with a toothpick and garnish with a basil leaf. Use the inside of Mozzarellas to prepare a salad or to top a pizza.


Version with gluten of Travel Caprese

The recipe contains only naturally gluten-free ingredients, so no adaptation is necessary for its version with gluten.

Summer means fresh food, quick to prepare and tasty to eat. In this season, nature helps us with fragrant, tasty and colourful fruit and vegetables, so it is easier to let your imagination run wild with quick recipes based on a few easy-to-prepare ingredients: hence my Cherry tomatoes with anchovy flavoured bread.

This recipe is also perfect for a snack, perhaps turning it into a Bruschetta with bread flavoured with anchovies and cherry tomatoes on top to complete it.

If you are looking for other salad ideas, you may like this Venere rice salad with cherry tomatoes and pistachio nuts.

Cherry tomatoes with anchovy flavoured

9.59g carbohydrates per 100g


  • 800g cherry tomatoes
  • 130g sliced rustic bread**
  • 20g capers
  • 10g anchovy fillets
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1/2 clove of garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)


  1. Finely chop parsley, capers and garlic. In a small bowl, emulsify extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to make a dressing; then flavour it with the previously prepared chopped parsley. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and season them with the sauce.
  2. Put a little oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the anchovy fillets in it until they have melted.


  1. Dice the bread, put it in the pan with the oil and let it brown for a few minutes over high heat.

4. Sprinkle the tomatoes with bread and serve.


Datterini con pane e acciughe

Version with gluten of Cherry tomatoes with bread and anchovies

Replace gluten-free bread with standard rustic bread.

Today we would like to recommend an appetiser, as well as an aperitif, that is tasty and inviting to eat as finger food: White mushroom bites.
Simple and tasty, they are the ideal way to make a mouth-watering and impressive dish to serve for an evening with friends or to pamper the whole family with finger-licking goodness.

Another idea for getting together with friends? Try this Savoury biscuit with Parma ham mousse!

A strictly gluten free, light and tasty recipe suitable for any season and occasion.

White mushroom bites

7.27g carbohydrates per 100g


  • 370g white mushrooms (approx. 20 mushrooms)
  • 80g Ricotta cheese
  • 70g Robiola cheese
  • 10g chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and spices to taste


  1. Cut the stalks off the mushrooms, chop them and, if the stalks weren’t enough, chop also some small mushrooms. Sauté in a pan with a little oil and 1 clove of garlic.

antipasto-senza-glutine_Foto Chiara Marando

  1. Meanwhile, chop the parsley with a bit of garlic and mix with the cheese; season with salt, pepper and herbs.

Ricette-senza-glutine-uno-chef-per-gaia_Foto Chiara Marando

  1. Stuff the mushroom caps with the chopped stalks and the cheese filling, season with a little oil, then bake in the oven at 180°C until the surface is golden brown.

Champignon-ripieni-senza-glutinrFoto Lorenzo Moreni

Version with gluten of White mushroom bites

The recipe contains only naturally gluten-free ingredients, so no adaptation is necessary for its version with gluten.

With the arrival of nice weather, there is nothing better than ending the day with a pleasant aperitif with friends or a dinner of appetising and mouth-watering finger food: this is the inspiration for Savoury puffs to be filled to taste.

That’s what we were thinking about while preparing today’s recipe: an evening in the open air, on the balcony or in the garden, with a nice buffet to enjoy while chatting.

Do you like the idea?

Then try our Savoury puffs to be filled to taste… you’ll see what a success!

Savoury puffs

33.31g carbohydrates per 100g of puffs

Ingredients for the choux pastry

  • 150g water
  • 120g gluten-free flour mix for bread, brand BiAglut**
  • 80g softened butter
  • 10g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • a pinch of salt

** Ingredients specific for celiacs


  1. Pour water, butter, salt and sugar in a saucepan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring with a whisk.
    Add the flour while continuing to stir, so that no lumps form, until the mixture has completely come off the saucepan sides.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes. Next, add the eggs one at a time, mixing well with the whisk: it is important that each egg is completely incorporated before adding the next one.
  3. Fill a pastry bag or pouch with the dough and cut off a corner.
    On a lined baking tray, form walnut-sized balls, trying to maintain a distance of a few centimetres between each ball.
  4. Bake in a static oven preheated to 200°C for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 190°C and continue baking for another 10 minutes. Turn the oven off, open the door slightly to let the steam out and let the puffs dry for about 10 minutes.
I bignè cotti

Baked puffs

  1. At this point, take the puffs out of the oven and let them cool completely before proceeding with a delicious filling to taste.
La farcitura



I bignè farciti con diversi ingredienti

Cream puffs filled with various ingredients


Version with gluten of Savoury puffs

Replace the gluten-free BiAglut flour with an equal amount of standard flour.

An aperitif with friends is always an extremely pleasant convivial moment, one of those appointments during which chit-chatting must be enlivened by good wine but also good food such as Teff tartlets.

Chips, peanuts are always available but, let’s be honest, they are not the right solution. That’s why you need a few extra ideas to make a special and appetising aperitif to share also with the little ones. That’s right, because they can be an interesting and tasty way to get children to eat the much ‘dreaded’ vegetables (such as Vegetable and tuna flan).

Therefore, we propose our recipe for preparing tasty and colourful Teff tartlets with Squacquerone cheese and vegetables.

Teff tartlets with Squacquerone cheese and vegetables

44.29g carbohydrates per 100g of baked brisè pastry

Ingredients for the brisè pastry

  • 80g teff flour*
  • 75g water
  • 55g wholemeal rice flour*
  • 45g buckwheat flour*
  • 45g almond flour*
  • 45g butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 pinch of salt

Ingredients for the filling

  • 150g Squacquerone cheese
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 leek
  • 1 piece of cabbage
  • extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)


  1. Start by preparing the dough for the tartlets. Blend the butter with the milk, using a food processor, until soft; add the three types of flour to the freshly processed butter, add salt to taste and knead until smooth. Then wrap the dough in cling film and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  2. Line tartlet moulds with the brisè pastry and bake at 180°C for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  3. And now the filling. Julienne the carrot and courgette, finely slice the leek and thinly slice the cabbage. Put a little oil in a non-stick frying pan and sauté the vegetables with a pinch of salt and pepper until slightly soft.

La farcitura delle tartellette di teff

The filling of the teff tartlets

  1. Just before serving the tartlets, assemble them by placing a teaspoon of Squacquerone cheese on the bottom of each tartlet and then cover it with the warm vegetables.
Le tartellette di teff con le verdurine

Teff tartlets with vegetables

Version with gluten of Teff tartlets with Squacquerone cheese and vegetables

The recipe contains only naturally gluten-free ingredients, so no adaptation is necessary for its version with gluten.

Chickpea hummus is a preparation of Middle Eastern origin, spicy and creamy, but also perfect to accompany meat, fish or simply to enrich a Bruschetta.

You can also use it for tasty canapés to be topped with sweet-and-sour vegetables, but also with fish and meat. Try it with the great Emilia Romagna classics, i.e. with deli-meats and some drops of Tradizional Balsamic Vinegar. During the summer, use it as a dip for fresh vegetables: well, truly a recipes for thousands of ideas.

Here’s how to prepare it in a few minutes. 

Chickpea hummus

7.25g carbohydrates per 100g


  • 200g cooked or canned chickpeas
  • 100g water
  • 30g extra virgin olive oil
  • 20g fresh spring onion
  • 20g lemon juice
  • 15g tahina (sesame seed cream)*
  • 15g capers
  • salt and pepper

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)


  1. Fry the spring onion in a pan with a little extra virgin olive oil and water.
  2. Once cooked, place it in a blender with the other ingredients and blend until smooth and even.
  3. Try serving it as a dip or topping for croutons and Bruschetta.


Version with gluten of Chickpea hummus

The recipe is naturally gluten-free, so no adaptation is necessary for its version with gluten.