Scaled Back Super Bowl Snacks

It’s time again to plan some Super Bowl snacks (or Puppy Bowl if you prefer). Most of us will probably be scaling back the parties. Who am I kidding, it’s been years since I attended a SB party that ended with someone puking on their shoes. I scaled back years ago.

The most popular contenders for Super Bowl menus vary depending on who you ask, but Buffalo chicken wings, chips & dip, chili, and pizza seem to be universal entries. But a pizza that you’d eat for dinner any ole day won’t make the evening feel festive. Here are a few ideas for easy, gluten-free snacks to fit the immediate family and still make it feel like a party.

Pizza

If your family loves pizza, make party-style mini pizzas using parmesan crisps as the crust. If you make your own crisps, go for a football shape. The crunchy cheese will hold up to sauce and add even more cheesy flavor.

An easy way to play with variations is to start with Whisps. These cheese crisps are gluten-free, keto friendly, and come in many flavors including Hot & Spicy, Asiago and Pepper Jack, Tangy Ranch, Nacho, Cheddar, and Barbecue. Using cheese crisps as crusts will reduce carb consumption and add protein to your spread.

Football Frittatas

If you have young children, individual frittatas baked in mini football cupcake pans are easy, healthy finger food. The ingredients can be personalized for each child to reduce potential interruptive whining.

Chili (in dip, pie, or nachos)

Cooking a big pot of chili and then using it to make chili/cheese dip, Fritos® chili pie or chili/cheese nachos appeals to me. I can serve part of the chili as party food and save the rest for dinner later in the week.

Microwave Snack Mix

Crunchy snack mix is always welcome, but if I make too much, I eat too much. For smaller occasions, I make it gluten-free and in the microwave. I’ve shared this recipe before, but here it is again so you won’t have to search.

Here’s the recipe:

1/4 cup butter

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

3/4 tsp seasoned salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

2 cups Rice ChexTM cereal

2 cups Corn ChexTM cereal

1 cup Kix® cereal

1 cup gluten-free pretzels

1 cup mixed nuts (optional)

In large microwave safe bowl, place butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Heat in microwave on high for 1 minute. If butter is fully melted, stir ingredients together until fully mixed. If butter is not melted, microwave in 30 second increments until it is.

Once spices and butter are mixed, add Rice Chex and Corn Chex. Mix making sure to spoon plenty of the spiced butter up from the bottom of the bowl. Add Kix and pretzels and mix again. Return bowl to microwave and cook on high for 6 minutes. Stop the microwave every two minutes and stir the mixture. Allow to cool.

Mozzarella-Stuffed Mushrooms

For years, before I created recipes or lived gluten-free, my favorite potluck contribution was mozzarella-stuffed mushrooms. The recipe I used came from the 1982 Beta Sigma Phi International “Desserts & Party Foods Cookbook: Entertaining with a Flair” and was submitted by Miriam H. VanDermay of Lafayette, Indiana.

I have no idea how that cookbook ended up in my hands, but I still have it and that’s good for you! Why? Because I’m including the recipe…

20-25 mushrooms

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup breadcrumbs (substitute gluten-free)

1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese

3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp parsley flakes

1 tsp. salt

Dash of pepper

1/3 cup melted butter

Remove…stems from mushrooms.

Combine…remaining ingredients in bowl.

Stuff…mushrooms with cheese mixture.

Place…on baking sheet.

Bake…at 450 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.

Easy, peasy. And you won’t believe how delicious! You could cut this recipe in half, but I’m not sure that’s wise. You can always reheat leftovers the next day.

I never should have pulled that cookbook out of the bookcase. Now, I can’t stop reading the recipes. I’m not sharing any more because I haven’t tried them, but some certainly sound interesting.

Okay, I lied. I’m going to share one because I can’t envision it in my head so while I’m eating chili, I want you to try it and get back to me. This one was submitted by Janice E. Grover of Paradise, California.

Applesauce Dream

4 cups sweetened applesauce

1 bar semisweet chocolate, grated

1 cup whipping cream, whipped

Spread…applesauce in 8 x 8-inch dish.

Sprinkle…with chocolate.

Top…with whipped cream.

Chill…for 2 hours.

Garnish…with additional grated chocolate.

Yield…8-10 servings.

I also see a recipe for Ritz Cracker Pie in this book. My mother used to make a pie with Ritz crackers called Mock Apple Pie. I remember as a kid thinking it must be magic because it really tasted like apple pie.

That’s enough digression. It’s nice to have dessert on the party table.

Cookies and Cupcakes

Any rolled cookie can become a football. You just need the proper cookie cutter. It’s also easy to turn a regular cupcake into a football by piping brown icing across the top in the shape of a football, then adding white icing laces.

Cotton Candy & Cracker Jacks

If you don’t want the usual, but don’t want to cook, consider colorful containers of cotton candy and Cracker Jacks. These would go great with gluten-free corn dogs, hot dogs, and chili dogs, or cheese on a stick.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cheesecake Bites

Daiya offers a variety of frozen, gluten-free, dairy-free cheesecake flavors: New York Cheesecake, Key Lime, Chocolate, Strawberry, and Pumpkin Spice. Buy two or three flavors, cut them in bite-sized cubes, add a fancy party pick and mix and match on a cute tray to thaw and serve.

I’m going to stop there. There are millions of options from which to choose and you won’t need much for a scaled back watch party. I’m hoping these suggestions will help you expand, or narrow down, the possibilities you consider. Now it’s time to choose a quarterback – the young guy or the younger guy or tune in to the Puppy Bowl. Happy snacking!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Super Bowl Snacks – Variations on a Theme

Keep your Super Bowl snacks simple by serving variations on a theme. The 50th Super Bowl is upon us and everyone I know is invited to a Super Bowl party. Of course, every Super Bowl party includes snacks. If you’re hosting, you can make it easy on yourself by limiting the variety of offerings to a few variations on a theme. Your guests will likely welcome the novel approach and you’ll minimize your prep time while still serving a little something special.

My family can’t seem to make it 4 hours on snacks alone, so I’m leaning toward a hearty chili themed party. I’ll start with my grandmother’s chili recipe and then serve it as bowls of chili, Frito® pies, and chili mac with gluten-free pasta. Once the chili is made, I only need some chips, cheese, pasta, and jalapeños to complete the menu. That’s it, make some chili, cook some pasta, and I’m pretty much done. I suppose if I get really ambitious, I may make some guacamole to serve on the side and I’ll probably pick up some Red Mango taro flavored frozen yogurt or a variety of mini Häagen-Dazs flavors.
chili
My sister loves potatoes, so I also considered a potato themed party. My plan was to serve 3 varieties of potato salad: A favorite Cooking2Thrive version (recipe below), plus Blue Cheese & Bacon Potato Salad and Dilled Potato Salad with Feta. Also in the running to make the menu were potato soup and potato skins topped with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and chives. Of course you could include various flavors of potato chips, twice baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, or French fries. And that’s barely scratching the surface of potato possibilities!
potato salad
Potato Salad
Serves 6 – 8

13 baby Yukon gold potatoes
Water to cover
Sprinkle of salt
1/3 cup Bulgarian yogurt
1/3 cup real mayonnaise
2 tbsp spicy hot mustard
3/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs, hard boiled
1 small onion, peeled and chopped

Peel potatoes and place in large pot. Cover with water and add a sprinkle of salt, then bring to a boil. Boil for 12 – 15 minutes or until just tender. Drain in colander. Place colander back over pan, cover with dish towel, and allow to steam for another 10 – 15 minutes. Place potatoes in refrigerator to cool.

In small bowl, mix yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, relish, and salt to make a dressing. Place mixture in refrigerator.

When all items have cooled for at least 2 hours, cut potatoes into small cubes. Peel the eggs and rough chop. Place potatoes, eggs, and onion in large bowl and pour the dressing mixture over them. Lightly mix and place back in refrigerator until ready to serve.
pigs
There was some conversation about featuring cocktail wieners as our Super Bowl centerpiece – using them for pigs-in-blankets, corn dog bites, and covering them with BBQ sauce and grape jelly in the crock pot.

Another possible theme includes the most common Super Bowl food of all – chicken. You can’t go wrong with wings, tenders, chicken nachos, BBQ chicken, or chicken enchiladas.
chicken
Whether you watch for the football, commercials or halftime show, the Super Bowl will be the biggest show in town this week, so choose a theme, buy some paper plates in your favorite team’s colors, and have a great time watching the game with your guests!

http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/50

http://www.redmangousa.com/

http://www.haagendazs.us/

http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/potato-salad-recipes

5 Simple Solutions – Last Minute Gluten-Free Super Bowl Snacks

Need some last minute gluten-free Super Bowl snacks? I have a five simple solutions ’cause goodness knows, I need some.

I didn’t plan ahead for tonight’s event. In fact, it was just this morning that I decided to join the party frenzy that is the Super Bowl. In my state, the fact that it’s Sunday eliminates the possibility of grabbing some beer to take along, so at my regular Super Bowl party, I am required to bring food.

I didn’t wake up early. I don’t really want to cook anything. I don’t want to spend a fortune. I want to just run in my neighborhood grocery store on the way to the party and grab some food that everyone will enjoy and that is gluten-free…for me!
Herdez salsa

Here are 5 simple solutions:

1. Salsa and chips
I can grab some HERDEZ® Salsa Verde and a bag of my favorite tortilla chips. Made with freshly harvested green tomatillos, savory onions, spicy serrano peppers, salt and fresh cilantro, the HERDEZ variety is delicious.

While I prefer the green salsa, HERDEZ also makes red salsa. It’s sold in several varieties in small cans at my local store. I can grab a variety so everyone can enjoy their preferred flavor.
guacamole

2. Guacamole and chips
For added pizazz, I can pick up a container of Wholly Guacamole® ready-made guacamole. It may be prepackaged, but it’s made from natural ingredients and does great in taste tests.
hummus
3. Hummus and baby carrots
If it turns out I’m not in the mood for Hispanic flavors, I may opt for hummus with a large bag of baby carrots. Like the salsa, hummus is often stocked in several varieties in addition to the original – roasted red pepper, garlic, black olive, artichoke garlic, etc.
nuts
4. Nuts, or Nuts and M&Ms
While I’m on the chip aisle, I will walk past jars and cans of mixed nuts, bags of pistachios still in the shell, and bags of roasted cashews. I’m careful about dry roasted nuts that may not be gluten-free, but there are many options that are just fine as an addition to my party contribution. I might even throw in some M&Ms in the color of my favorite team’s jersey.
peperoncini
5. Pickles, peperoncini, and olives paired with cheese
If I’m in a real hurry (very possible today), I will take a serving plate out of my cupboard and then head straight for the pickle aisle at the store. My usual choices are a crispy dill pickle, a sweetish bread & butter pickle, some peperoncini peppers, and almond stuff olives. If I have an extra minute, I’ll get some white cheddar cheese too. Once I arrive, I’ll arrange it all on my serving plate and call it good.

Even if you live in a remote area, most of these items will be available in your local grocery store. You don’t have to worry about searching for the words gluten-free on the label. Just make sure to glance at the ingredients to make sure there are no questionable items included.

Thank goodness, I have these simple solutions because I’ve got to get back to the laundry or I’ll be wearing dirty clothes all week.

I’m sure you have some great simple solutions for Super Bowl food as well! Share them with us. We’d love to hear them.

Now, go…have fun!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”