Saturday, January 29, 2011

Getting Ready for Superbowl Part 1

I must confess, I love football.  I know. I'm Canadian. But for those of you who don't know, we happen to be HUGE football fans in this country.  So huge, in fact, that not only do we cheer for the NFL, but we also have our own league, the CFL.  Just because we like hockey doesn't mean we don't like a bit of off ice sports as well.

This year is the first time I'll have to worry about preparing for the big game gluten free styles, so I thought I would organize a couple of posts about offering gluten free goodies that everyone can enjoy. This post is about snacks, and I'll follow it up in a few days with some simple meal and drink ideas.

When I think of a Super Bowl Sunday, I think chips, wings, beer and chili, and that's all possible to offer gluten free.  If I'm hosting, I don't see the need to prepare separate options for those who are gluten free and those who aren't.  It's extra work, and trying to ensure that no cross-contamination happens over the course of several hours when finger foods are involved is just too much of a headache for me.  Instead, I'm planning a Gluten (and dairy) Free Super Bowl party.  And no one will be the wiser.

Snack Ideas:

Potato Chips: Many regular potato chip brands are gluten free if you buy salted or plain.  Add a gluten free dip and everyone's happy.

Pretzels: I love pretzels, and recently discovered that Glutino makes awesome pretzels.  I like to eat them dipped in mustard.  Others like melted cheese.

Party Mix: Chex makes a gluten free party mix, or make your own.

Marshmallows: Bowls of multi-coloured mini-marshmallows can be strategically chosen to match team colours.

Vegetable Tray/Fruit Tray:  Healthier options to provide some variety.

Nachos or Tortilla Chips: Tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, or a bean dip is always a crowd pleaser.

Chicken Wings: Store-bought chicken wings can be tricky, because often the sauce is not gluten free.  Making them yourself with a homemade sauce or a store-bought gluten free sauce is a safer option.  Look for some options when I post the meal recipes later this week.

Jalapeño Poppers: Made with gluten free breadcrumbs of course!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs: Make 'em mini and they're a great snack food

Deviled Eggs: Don't laugh.  Everyone makes fun of them, but I've yet to be at a party where there were any left over at the end of the night.

Assorted Olives/Appetizer Platter: olives, pickles, sun-dried tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, etc.

Shrimp Ring: Defrost, add seafood sauce, serve. 

Coming up in the next Super Bowl post, quick and easy meal ideas for your Super Bowl bash, even if it's just a quiet gathering for two!

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