Nobody wants to sit on the snack bench on Super Bowl Sunday, watching everybody else eat all the delicious stuff that’s untouchable for allergy- or personal choice-related reasons. Gluten-free folks have it especially tough on this day full of pigs in a blanket, party mix chock full of pretzels and wheat cereal, football-shaped pizzas, sliders…Nothing deserves a penalty more than inviting someone over and not making sure there’s plenty for them to eat.
Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to make allergy- and restriction-friendly snacks that even the free-for-all muncher will enjoy. Check out these easy swaps that will keep everybody–yes, even your gluten-head pals–happy and full during the entire game.
Rather than pigs in a blanket–which, let’s face it, are a little boring anyway in their gummy buns–upgrade to a corn-dog-inspired hand-held bite that is easy, feeds a crowd, and relies on cornmeal rather than wheat for the base. For an extra bit of oneupmanship, consider wrapping the hot-dog bites in cheese for an ultimate sweet-savory starter. Get the Mini Corn Dog Muffins recipe.
This classic is great to eat by the handful, unless you get undone by pretzels, bagel chips, and wheat cereal, and even occasionally soy sauce hiding in there among the safe nuts, seasonings, and butter (like, lots of butter). These days it’s much easier to find gluten-free bagel chips and pretzels, though, and simply upping the Corn and Rice Chex instead of the Wheat version makes a hardly noticeable swap. Scrutinize the label on your Worcestershire or soy sauce to make sure there isn’t wheat flour in there, and be sure to make plenty, because otherwise this stuff won’t last through the first quarter. Get the Gluten-Free Chex Mix recipe.
Pretty much everyone who avoids gluten misses the game-day favorite of pizza, and honestly most gluten-free crusts just don’t cut it, no matter how you slice them. Instead, try this easy alternative: Simply layer corn chips with a heavy-handed topping of cheese (with shredded mozzarella and/or cheddar for maximum gooeyness), pepperoni, black olives, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and any of your other favorite pizza toppings. You’ll never even miss the crust. Get the Pizza Nachos recipe.
Another recipe with easy substitutions that no one will even notice are these bite-size deep-fried macaroni-and-cheese balls, which call for GF elbow pasta and GF breadcrumbs–much easier to substitute than an injured quarterback. With all the cheesy goodness and the fresh herbs, no one will be the wiser–it’s the easiest play call in the book. Get the Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese Bites recipe.
Another crowd-pleasing “bigger” bite are these loaded little tanks, as stocky as a linebacker with their combination of crispy parts, tender inside, and salty-creamy toppings. Small potatoes like fingerlings or red new potatoes make a great bite-size plate, or use larger russets for more of an “entree,” depending on your game-time strategy. Slicing the potatoes almost clear through lets their insides soften and bake while creating a crispy outside, and the in-between places are easy to stuff with cheese and spices to make every bite a ring-winning champion. Get the Mini Loaded Hasselback Potatoes recipe.
After all the salt (and beer, let’s face it), a little sweet treat is called for–maybe especially to get the taste of sad defeat out of your losing-fan friends’ mouths. Cocoa Krispies are now gluten-free with malt flavoring instead of malt extract, and when mixed with melted marshmallow and butter they can easily be formed into mini footballs with piped-icing strings. Just don’t throw them at anybody in your excitement over the latest touchdown, because then you won’t have any left for yourself (and that’s the worst kind of interception). Get the Mini Cocoa Rice Krispie Footballs recipe.
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