5 Super Bowl party snacks that tick all the food-sensitivity boxes

Jan 29 2020, 3:04 pm

Whether you’re a football fanatic, just there to watch J.Lo and Shakira perform in the halftime show, or have been waiting all year for one thing only — all the snacks — you’re probably counting down the days until Super Bowl LIV is upon us.

But with all the excitement of game day, it’s easy to leave your snack-planning to the last minute. This becomes harder, though, when you remember one of your guests is on a new gluten-free, lactose-free, or soy-free diet.

Finding a crowd-pleasing snack that also ticks all the food-sensitivity boxes can mean hours spent endlessly Googling. But we’re here to help, especially if all you’ve come up with so far is some celery sticks without ranch.

Did someone say pizza roll-ups?

Pizza roll-ups/Facebook

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, but there are only five this picture says to us: “How do I make this?”

This drool-worthy idea for pizza roll-ups can be made totally gluten-free using brown rice flour tortilla and pepperoni pizza toppers. And you can make it dairy-free if you opt for goat cheese or a dairy-free mozzarella. Now, who said snack for food sensitivities can’t get as much hype as normal snacks?

Crunchy lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps/Facebook

Looking for a healthy alternative to your traditional game-day food (AKA wings, nachos, or dips with a million layers)? Skip the chips and bread and choose a lettuce wrap. You’ve still got all the delicious fillings of traditional Super Bowl food, just on a crunchy bed of greens instead. Without the bread, it’s gluten-free; by opting for feta or goat cheese, it’s free from lactose; and a quality sausage or tofu can add much-needed protein.

Kebabs, please

Gluten-free Belgian Beer Smokie Kebabs/Grimm’s Fine Foods

Can you really ever go wrong with a kebab? We don’t think so, which is why we’ve included this crowd-pleasing option. If you’re catering for a celiac or keto friend, a recipe using two types of sausages is perfect. Have someone who’s dairy-free too? Why not switch out the cheese smokie for an original Bavarian instead? Not only are kebabs incredibly delicious, soy-free, and gluten-free, but they’re also super easy to make — meaning less time spent cooking and more time spent watching Shakira.

Gluten-free stuffed mushrooms

Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms Stuffed with Italian Sausage and Asiago/Facebook

One of the best ways to create sharable food is to make it in bite-sized portions. Delicious mushroom bites made with spicy Italian sausage are not only packed with flavor but are also friendly to all your gluten-free guests! And if you have someone attending who is lactose-free, depending on which cheese you use, this can be made to tick all the food-sensitivity boxes.

Sweet potato bites

Sweet Potato Sausage Bites/Facebook

If you haven’t noticed a trend yet, the key to allergy-friendly cooking is all about swapping allergy-laden foods with vegetables. Our last recipe is one that does just this, with delicious sweet potato canapes instead of those made with your standard bread. These bites are made using sausage bites, while baked sweet potato, pecans, pomegranate, and rosemary, up the dish to being a little bit fancy. Ooh-la-la.