easy gluten-free Super Bowl recipes
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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.

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Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Mini Corn Dog Muffins recipe

Flavor Walk

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.

Gluten-Free Chex Mix

Gluten-Free Chex Mix recipe

What the Fork

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.

Pizza Nachos

Pizza Nachos recipe

Inspired Dreamer

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.

Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Gluten-Free Macaroni and Cheese Bites recipe

The Gluten-Free Gathering

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.

Mini Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

Mini Loaded Hasselback Potatoes recipe

The Comfort of Cooking

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 “entrée,” 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.

Mini Cocoa Krispie Footballs

gluten-free cocoa krispie treats

Green’s Chocolate

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.

Check out our Guide to Gluten-Free Beer for something to wash down all your GF snacks—and for more Super Bowl recipes and Big Game party tricks and tips, visit our Super Bowl headquarters. While you’re at it, see what other Chowhounds are making for the Big Game (and share your own plans).

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Erin Meister (you can just call her "Meister") is both a longtime journalist and a coffee professional with nearly two decades' experience. She has written about food, coffee, film, travel, music, culture, and celebrity for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Rachael Ray Every Day, Saveur.com, Time Out NY, Chickpea Magazine, Food & Wine's FWx.com, BUST magazine, Barista Magazine, and more. She is the author of the brand-new book "New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History (The History Press, 2017)".
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