The easiest, tastiest gluten-free Big Game bites
Super Bowl Sunday is coming up. Like many Americans, I will be hanging out on the couch while the game is on. But unlike most people, I’m not there to watch the game or even the commercials. I’m there for one reason, and one reason only.
I’m there for the snacks.
I’ve never loved American football. I’ll watch English football, otherwise known as soccer, for hours on end every weekend (go Man City! Vamos, Argentina!), but American football is just not for me. I generally spend the entire winter counting down weekends until football is over (which also signals to me that baseball is coming back soon, and since I’m a little bit of a Phillies fanatic, that makes me happy).
Super Bowl weekend may not serve up a game that interests me, but it sure does serve up some really delicious snacks. The 12 snacks below are all gluten-free, delicious, and insanely easy to make. Serve these noms and noshes at your Big Game party this weekend!
Handy tip: In order to prevent getting glutened at your party, consider making all your party snacks gluten-free. If that isn’t possible, make sure that you serve yourself first so that nobody has had a chance to cross-contaminate the food!
Hummus and Lentil Chips: Instead of serving your hummus with pita chips, which are not traditionally gluten-free, make this snack gluten-free and healthier by serving it with lentil chips! Lentil chips and hummus both pack lots of protein and fiber, so this snack will help fill you up! Try Roasted Red Pepper lentil chips from Mediterranean Snacks and pair it with your favorite gluten-free hummus, like Sabra.
Chicken Parm Bites: This savory appetizer is delicious! Who doesn’t love bite-sized chicken parms served on toothpicks? The chicken is lightly breaded in a gluten-free breading, baked in chunky marinara sauce, with cheese on top. Get this simple recipe here.
The Best Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Nachos: I love nachos. I love them so much that sometimes boyfriend and I eat them as a meal. And nachos need to be really, really good if they’re gonna be meal-worthy. Luckily, these nachos are.
First, microwave a few strips of bacon (Oscar Mayer bacon is gluten-free and very easy to make). Then, take Lundberg Family Farms Smoky Maple Rice Chips and spread them out on a microwave-safe plate. Sprinkle cheddar cheese (if you want to eat dairy) or Daiya cheddar style shreds (if you need to avoid dairy, this is a fantastic dairy-free option) on top of the chips. Sprinkle the bacon on top of the cheese (or cheeze, in Daiya’s case), then microwave until the cheese is melted.
These are full of flavor and sooooo yummy! The smoky-sweet chips pair well with the bacon and cheddar. Go wild with the toppings—the Smoky Maple rice chips are hearty and crunchy, and no matter how much bacon and cheese you load on ‘em, you won’t weight ‘em down!
Pepperoni and Cheese Stackers: Using Glutino’s tasty Cheddar Crackers as a base, layer gluten-free pepperoni and cheese. Warm in the microwave or serve cold; you can’t go wrong with these!
No-Crust Mini Quiches: Crustless quiches are always a delicious appetizer. They’re naturally gluten-free, made in a muffin tin, and you can add whatever gluten-free ingredients you like. The base of the quiche is, of course, egg. But beyond that, you can add diced or shredded gluten-free meats, like ham or bacon; veggies like spinach, diced peppers, and tomatoes; and whatever spices and cheeses you enjoy. Experiment with this basic crustless quiche recipe, adapting it to your tastes.
Bacon and Date Appetizers: These sound really sophisticated, but they’re surprisingly simple to make. All you need is three ingredients: dates, almonds, and bacon. (Choose almonds that are gluten-free, such as Blue Diamond Roasted Salted Almonds.) Plus, they only take five minutes to cook!
Bruschetta Bites: Mix together some chopped tomatoes, chopped basil leaves, a pinch of oregano, and a little olive oil. Spread it on Glutino’s Original Bagel Chips. Top with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if you’d like!
Gluten-Free Egg Rolls: Gluten-free egg rolls are hard to come by. Luckily, Feel Good Foods offers a variety of egg rolls that are safe for gluten-free folks to enjoy and are super-easy to make. They make Vegetable, Chicken and Vegetable, and Shrimp and Vegetable egg rolls that are really delicious. Bake them in your oven and serve them with gluten-free sauce for dipping. I’ve found Feel Good Foods egg rolls at my local Whole Foods.
Spiced Nuts: These sweetly-spiced walnuts and pecans are great for munching! This easy recipe uses ingredients you probably already have on hand in your fridge and pantry. They only take a total of 3 minutes of time to cook! Just make sure you get nuts from a brand you trust to be gluten-free.
Buffalo and Cream Cheese Dippers: Many people like to enjoy buffalo wings with bleu cheese—but bleu cheese isn’t always gluten-free. For an easy snack that’s safe to eat, get a container of whipped cream cheese, and use it as a dip for Glutino’s Buffalo Style Pretzels.
Mac and Cheese Minis: These mac and cheese bites are made in a mini muffin tin. These are one of my favorite snacks ever, and your party guests are sure to love them, too. The mac and cheese bites will get slightly crispy around the edges and satisfyingly cheesy throughout. These are sure to be a crowd-pleaser, so you might want to make a few batches! Try this recipe from Simply Gluten Free.
The Best Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Queso: Queso is one of the most delicious foods ever, and everyone should be able to enjoy it. Yes, everyone—even those who are dairy-free! Daiya’s new Farmhouse Blocks make making allergy-friendly queso super-easy. This simple recipe is sure to be a hit at your Big Game party!
- 1 Daiya Medium Cheddar Style Farmhouse Block (this is a non-dairy “cheeze” product)
- 1 cup of your favorite salsa, like one of the many gluten-free varieties from Rojo’s Autentico
- 1 bag of your favorite tortilla chips—I recommend Original Black Bean Beanitos (if you want a heartier chip) or Restaurant Style White Bean Beanitos (if you want a crispier chip)
- Cut a Daiya Medium Cheddar Style Farmhouse Block into 4 pieces and place it into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes.
- Remove from microwave and stir the melted cheese. Then add the salsa to the bowl and stir. If the cheeze is still not melted enough, place back into the microwave for 30 second increments, stirring each time until all the Daiya cheeze and salsa are blended together to make a smooth and cheezy dip.
- Serve with Beanitos and enjoy!
What’s your favorite gluten-free party snack or appetizer? Leave me a note in the comments and let me know!
Disclaimer: The Lundberg Family Farms, Daiya, and Beanitos products mentioned in this article were provided to me for review purposes. Under no circumstances has this affected the integrity of the article. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t cover it here. See my personal disclaimer for more details.