Gearing up to watch the Seahawks battle the Patriots on the field of Arizona Stadium? You might be feeling stressed at the thought of heading to a 3-5 hour long Superbowl party to watch the game while sitting across from a coffee table covered with snacks and party foods that may or may not be gluten-free. Set that stress aside because below are some fun tips to prepare for and enjoy the big game!
On game day there is no such thing as too many snacks. No host will complain about having an extra addition added to the buffet table or coffee table for guests to enjoy during the game.
I suggest bringing chips (corn tortilla chips are the easiest, maybe try buying Scoops!) and an assortment of dips. You don’t want to be limited to one option while watching the game so bring more than one dip in case there aren’t many other options for you at the party.
If you are worried about going hungry then try for a dip that is heartier than onion dip or salsa. Earlier this football season I hosted people for a game and made a hearty Mediterranean dip, inspired by the multi layer dips I have seen at grocery stores.
1 lb ground lamb
Spices: garlic, onion, dried basil, salt and pepper
1 carton of Greek yogurt
4 tablespoons of dill
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper
Feta cheese crumbles
- Season the ground lamb with the spices listed above. Cook in a pan on high heat until browned. Pour meat onto a plate lined with multiple paper towels to collect grease. Set aside
- Dice cucumber and chop the dill. Mix cucumber and dill with yogurt and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste
- In a small glass dish put a layer of yogurt-mix then add lamb meat then feta crumbles – repeat layering until dish is filled to the top
This recipe is quick, east and more creative than a traditional multi-layer dip! Enjoy with tortilla chips! Note, although this is a Mediterranean inspired dish do not buy pita chips at the store because they are unlikely to be gluten-free.
Don’t feel like making dip? You can easily find premade dips at your local grocery store. Try guacamole, salsa, hummus, onion dip or multi-layer bean dip for quick purchases that will still be a crowd pleaser. If you buy onion powder mix be sure to read the ingredients label just in case!
Feel like being ambitious? Try my spin on stuffed jalapeno poppers! Whenever I see stuff jalapenos at parties I usually stay clear for fear of the heat. You won’t know how cooked/roasted the jalapenos are before biting down and an undercooked jalapeno can wreck havoc on your palate and leave you running to the fridge for milk to cool off. If you want a crowd-pleasing twist on a classic then make my Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Poblano Peppers instead!
Poblano Peppers (5)
8 ounces of cream cheese
1 cup of extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon of the following spices: paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder
1 package of bacon
- Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil (for easy clean up) then set aside.
- Cut the poblano peppers in half lengthwise; remove the seeds and center membrane
- In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and spices. Add salt and pepper to taste
- Using a spoon (or your hands) to spoon the filling equally among the 10 poblano pepper halves.
- Wrap each stuffed pepper with one slice of bacon (if too long feel free to cut the bacon strips in half as needed) then stick a toothpick through the center to hold the bacon in place
- Place the stuffed peppers on the tin-foil lined baking sheet and bake for 28 minutes or until bacon is crisp
You can refrigerate these and reheat at the party in the oven or eat at room temperature. The poblano peppers have less heat than the traditional jalapeno so your guests will find it easy to eat without burning out their palates. Want to spice things up? Try buying flavored cream cheese like garden vegetable, chive and onion, jalapeno or chipotle flavors (check ingredients before purchasing to double check)!
The last component of attending a Superbowl Party? BYOB. Many people associate beer with watching football and there is no reason you cannot partake in the tradition. Try bringing a 6 pack of hard cider or Redbridge beer. My favorite cider right now is Angry Orchard but there are a lot of brands out there that should be easy to find at the supermarket.
If all else fails you can now order gluten-free pizza at Pizza Hut at select locations! You can expect a CC Gluten Freed blog post dedicated to the new gluten-free Pizza Hut option – the latest development in the gluten-free world! Starting TODAY, Jnauary 26th, Pizza Hut has started rolling out their gluten-free pizza option. Unlike Domino’s it is certified gluten-free. Details to come in my next post. PS thank you Udi’s for working with Pizza Hut to support the gluten free community!
Regardless of whether you are rooting for the Patriots, the Seahawks or are just watching for the commercials you should enjoy all of what Superbowl Sunday has to offer – including the food!