Game day snacky ideas.

I got a comment from one of my students today (Hi, Sally!) wondering what recipes I would recommend for game day.  I thought maybe more people would like some ideas for the big snack-fest coming up, so here is my take on it.

Tomorrow I am planning on not doing anything too crazy.  My parents will be gone, I teach Sunday school both services, my son will be out until the after noon and my hubby is on call…  BUT I would still like something fun. I am planning on rainbow slaw, roasted rosemary potato and sweet potato wedges, and the bifanas sandwiches (with our own gluten and dairy free buns) from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. I haven’t had them before, but they sounded like something my hubby would like as a treat.  I had boneless pork chops in the freezer, so I thawed them.  After this post I plan on trimming any fat and pounding them thin (I should be able to get 2 sandwiches out of each chop and the marinade will penetrate better that way) then season, pour on the wine and stick in the fridge for tomorrow.  I will obviously not use butter when I cook them.  (dairy free for us, baby!)  I think you could use apple juice or white grape juice instead of wine, if you wanted, for the marinade.  I will be caramelizing onions and I have some roasted peppers to also go on the sandwiches, just for a little extra fun.  Yum!

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If we were having more people, or wanted a big o’snacky spread, I would pick from the following:

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Fruit tray

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Veggie tray with GFCF ranch dip or hummus

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Nachos or Stuffed Potato Skins: Gluten free corn chips or potato skins (take an already baked potato, slice in half and scoop to inside out leaving 1/4″ or more potato on the skin.  Save the scooped out mashed potato for another purpose.)  Top with taco meat, black beans or shredded chicken.  Add what ever other toppings you like:  sliced olives, diced tomatoes or onions etc.  Drizzle with either the cashew “cheese” or mild “cheese” sauce.  Serve with guacamole.

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Crock Pot Fajitas with corn tortillas, guacamole, shredded greens and salsa for everyone to make their own fajita.

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Chilis: Taco chili, white chicken chili, sweet hot and spicy turkey three bean chili

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Things on a bun: (You can make Noah’s rolls for easy buns)

**Hamburgers (make small buns and burgers for sliders):  hamburger (beef, turkey seasoned how you like), salsa burgers

**shredded pork with quick BBQ sauce

**sloppy joes (beef) or turkey

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Sticky Chicky legs

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Large or mini pizzas with your favorite toppings (you can use the “cheese” sauces above)

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Easy Hot Wings

3 pounds chicken wings (tips removed)

3 Tablespoons oil or gluten and dairy free margarine, melted (such as Earth Balance)

4 Tablespoons gluten and dairy free bottled hot pepper sauce

1 Tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

To serve:  dairy free ranch dressing, a gluten free barbeque sauce (thick for dipping) and celery sticks, optional

Place all ingredients (except ranch dip and celery sticks) into a large resealable zip close bag.  Mix everything around and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

Drain marinade and discard.  Place chicken wings on a rimmed baking sheet.  Broil for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned (this will depend on your oven).  Turn wings over.  Broil or 10 to 15 minutes longer (again, this depends on your oven) until chicken is cooked through.  Serve with ranch and or barbeque dip and celery sticks.

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Chocolate chip cookies or brownies

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Hope that gives you some inspiration for your game day fun!

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