Gluten Free Super Bowl Appetizers

Gluten Free Super Bowl Appetizers

Gluten Free Super Bowl Appetizers are the reason for the Super Bowl?  Right?  I mean, Beyonce concert appetizers.  Hee Hee!

So much for pre-planning. I sat down this morning, THE day of the Super Bowl, to devise a list of gluten free appetizers to serve my family.  With sooooo many diet restrictions, I did a lot of soul searching (and internet searching) for the perfect combination of ideas.  The largest appetites win out with the largest variety of nibbles.  I want to include my children in on all of the excitement, so I need to add some bite sized goodies to the menu for them.

Here is a list of each individuals allergies and diet restrictions just to give you some insight into what I am working with:

Me – Gluten

#1 Son – Dairy, Gluten, Eggs, Pork, High Fructose Corn Syrup

#2 Son - Dairy, Gluten, Nuts, Beef, High Fructose Corn Syrup

Hubby – Anything healthy.  He is a firm believer that “Football Food” must be high in fat and calories.  Deep fried is best.

Let the creative juices flow.  Tick Tock, Tick Tock.  Creating my list took about two hours.  One, because I didn’t want to forget anyone.  Two, and most importantly, because it’s fun to me.  Now that I’m showered and Eric has taken the boys out to play in the beautiful snow, it is time to begin.  I do realize that my list is a little lengthy.  The plan is to have leftovers to give myself a break tomorrow after cooking so much today.


Spinach Dip - because mommy loves it and I will always have spinach dip when serving appetizers.

Warm Sausage Dip – see recipe below - a family tradition served anytime we get together and have appetizers.  Most commonly used for game nights and nights before holidays when preparing food for the next day’s big meal.

Hot Wings - of course.  I’ve found a brand that I am loyal to because they are not breaded and gluten free.  Plus, they are delicious!  Must serve with a chunky blue cheese dressing.

Broiled Shrimp with Thai Peanut Sauce – this gives me a lower calorie option.  Plus it’s quick, easy and delicious.  Doesn’t even need a fancy recipe.  Brush shrimp with gluten free teriyaki sauce and broil for 3-4 minutes.  Serve with Thai Peanut Sauce (make sure it’s gluten free). Voila.  Can also be served over rice noodles.

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogssee recipe below now I can check fattening foods off of the wish list for my sweetheart.

Mini Hot Dog Muffins – maybe overkill on the hot dogs, but I am craving corn dogs.  I do that, often.  It’s a result of growing up driving through Sonic in the summers in Oklahoma.  I am making these with a gluten free cornbread recipe.  I have extra batter that I can make some cornbread muffins to serve with a meal in a day or two.  Use a mini muffin pan, cornbread batter and 100% beef hot dog pieces.  Place a teaspoon of batter in each hole, insert a cut up piece of hot dog.  Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 11 minutes.  I think I’ll use a spicy Cajun mustard for dipping.

Corn Dog Muffins

Apple Slices with Brie - Mmmmm, Brie.  The world would be a better place if every meal included Brie and/or Goat Cheese.  No recipe required for this one.  All you need is some apple slices, slices of brie, walnuts and honey.  Stack in that order.

Brie and Walnuts

For the Kids:

GF Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Nuggets – a treat for BOTH kids that are never able to eat fast food chicken nuggets like their friends.  Simply dredge pieces of chicken breast into gluten free flour seasoned with seasoning salt, garlic powder and black pepper.  Deep fry in pre-heated canola oil over medium-high heat.

Tater Tots - simple, yet bite sized so they can feel a part of the festivities.  Another Sonic vice.  I will melt dairy free cheese onto Jackson’s and he’ll be thrilled.

Apple Slices – for Davis I add some peanut butter.

Tortilla Chips

Gluten Free Pretzels

Note that the only vegetable you see is the spinach in the Spinach Dip.  Thought I’d get crazy and serve some apple slices with the Brie.  This should meet my husband’s “football food” criteria while making me feel better about myself.


Warm Sausage Dip

1 – 1 Lb              Breakfast Sausage – roll

1 block               Cream Cheese

1 – 16 oz             Sour Cream

1 – 14 oz             Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies

In a large skillet, crumble and brown the sausage until fully cooked.  Add cream cheese and stir until melted.  Add sour sour cream and tomatoes.  Stir and cook until bubbly.  This can keep in a crock pot set on low.  Serve with tortilla or corn chips.

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

14                    100% all Beef Hot Dogs

14 slices         Bacon

1 1/2 Cups     Barbecue Sauce – gluten free

1/4 Cup          Brown Sugar

3-10 shakes   Red Pepper Sauce (depending upon taste)

Set oven to broil. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside.  Spray broiler pan with cooking spray. Cut each bacon slice crosswise into 3 pieces. Cut each hot dog into thirds. Wrap each piece hot dog with one piece of bacon.  Secure with toothpick and place onto broiler pan.  Broil with tops about 6 inches from heat 12 to 16 minutes, turning once, until bacon is crisp.

Meanwhile, heat your favorite homemade (or store-bought) gluten free barbecue sauce in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Add brown sugar and red pepper sauce.   Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until warm.  Barbecue sauce already has sugars, but the extra brown sugar thickens the sauce and creates a caramelized texture.  I like the sweet and spicy combination of the sugar and pepper sauce.

Heat oven to 350°F. Transfer the hot dogs from your broiler pan to the reserved glass baking dish. Pour sauce over hot dogs; turn to coat with sauce. Bake about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve hot.

I hope everyone enjoys their “football food” for the Beyonce concert as much as we will!!

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About leelemonadelady

My name is Lee Anne Berna and I am a Christian, wife, mom of two lovable boys that have autism, leader of a parent support group and a blogger. I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended college at Northeastern State University. After school, I moved around a lot! Alabama, Texas, Germany, Colorado, Connecticut, Texas and now I have become an Ohioan after 10 years. (I just admitted that in writing!) I met my husband while living in Dallas. More on that fabulous testimony later. We married and 3 months later became pregnant. After two precious boys in just two years, we have grown into a close family that has come across their fair share of lemons. The goal of this blog and my support group is to share with other families of exceptional children ways to make lemonade with their lemons, as we have.
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  • Carla

    All sound yummy!