Regardless of who you’re rooting for this weekend, chances are you’ll be attending or maybe even hosting a Super Bowl party.
If you have any friends or family with food allergies, you know that there are sometimes challenges with menu planning to make sure the snacks are safe. With these tips and recipes, traditional Super Bowl party fare can be made free of the top eight food allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, and safe for those with Celiac disease as well.
Here are some of our favorites:
Snacks and Appetizers
Popcorn: Unless you’re allergic to corn, popcorn is a pretty safe food by itself. It starts to get dicey when you add all the toppings like butter and cheese and other seasonings. Stick with olive oil, salt and pepper, and you have a pretty healthy, salty, crunchy snack worthy of watching any game. Absolutely need something store-bought? Try Skinny Pop, which is manufactured in a facility free of dairy, peanut, nuts and gluten. Divvies Gourmet Popcorn offers a sweet option for dessert popcorn, too.
Potato Chips and Dip: Many unflavored potato chips are free of the top eight allergens and gluten, but you never know what else is produced in the manufacturing facility. If you want to play it safe, Epicurious has a simple recipe for homemade potato chips. But, no matter which you choose, potato chips taste so much better with a good French onion dip (gluten-, dairy-, soy-, and egg-free courtesy of Heidi Kelly at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom).
Tortilla Chips and Dip: These chips are quick and easy to make on your own. If you’re buying, try the ones from Food Should Taste Good. All their products are certified gluten-free and most are certified vegan (make sure to read the ingredient labels on the package). Best dip for tortilla chips? Salsa which you can make with as many or few ingredients as you want!
Other dips: Who could resist a dairy-free, egg-free spinach and artichoke dip? Great with raw veggies, this dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, and soy-free dill dip is courtesy of Heidi Kelly, Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom.
Potato Skins: With so many dairy-free substitutes on the market, tasty allergy-friendly potato skins are very doable.
Ribs: A game day favorite, this dish just screams football! If you prefer to make your own ribs, choose from Angela’s Kitchen’s dairy-free, gluten-free slow cooker ribs or Living Without’s dairy-free, gluten-free Plum Barbecued Baby Back Ribs.
Pizza: Pizza is one of the most versatile party foods out there. Regular pizza dough is already egg and dairy free, something other baked goods can’t boast. Several pizza chains and restaurants make gluten free crusts as well. Another option is to make your own pizza. We’ve written about dairy-free Daiya Cheese cheese shreds which melt beautifully on pizza. For those with gluten-intolerance, check out Gluten-Free Girl’s delicious looking gluten-free pizza crust.
Chili: Super Bowl winter weather calls for a dish that warms from the inside out. Chili does the trick. Giada De Laurentiis’ White Bean and Chicken Chili and Rachel Ray’s Indian Summer Turkey Chili can be made allergy-friendly by choosing safe ingredient options and toppings. (i.e. allergy-friendly chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, etc.).
Chocolate Covered Strawberries: We had to throw in these adorable football-decorated chocolate-covered strawberries from Kids With Food Allergies. The ingredients? Enjoy Life’s Semi-Sweet Mini Chips (these melt well — as long as you do them slowly so they don’t burn) strawberries, powdered sugar, and water.
Beer: What Super Bowl party would be complete without beer? Food Republic’s article, “5 Gluten-Free Beers That Are Actually Worth Drinking” is great if you’re looking for recommendations.
Check out our Safe Super Bowl Party Pinterest Board for images and links to these and more recipes, restaurants, and products. As always make sure to follow safe eating practices even (especially) when ordering take out food. And, for products, always read ingredients labels carefully. And don’t forget that wearing a medical ID bracelet is recommended if you have food allergies of any kind, especially if you’re out at a Super Bowl party!