Lazy Gluten Free: Crunchmaster Game Day Appetizers

Crunchmaster Game Day Appetizers

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Whether you watch the 'big game' for the game itself, or for the commercials, like I do, you definitely need some delicious snacks on hand. The following three recipes were provided to me by Crunchmaster which offers a fabulous array of certified gluten-free and non-GMO crackers and snacks. The recipes below were formulated by others (see credit after each for original source) using the delicious Crunchmaster crackers. 

Crunchmaster multi-seed & multi-grain crackers offer a tasty, gluten free alternative to regular wheat-based crackers and snacks. With a blend of California brown rice and other gluten free grains and seeds, they’re packed with 100% whole grain goodness and oven baked to a light, crispy perfection.  All Crunchmaster products are certified gluten free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO).

Enjoy the game (or the commercials)!

Gluten Free Crispy BBQ Chicken Wings
Created for Crunchmaster by Carol Kicinski

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You will need:
2-4.5 oz bags Crunchmaster® Multi Grain Sea Salt Crackers
1 cup gluten free barbeque sauce – use divided
1/2 cup honey – use divided

4 lbs chicken wing drumettes

1) Pour ¾ cup of the barbeque sauce and ¼ cup of the honey in a large plastic storage bag and mix. Add the chicken wings, close the bag and toss several times to coat the wings with the sauce. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

2) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray two baking sheets with gluten free, non-stick cooking spray.

3) Grind the crackers in a food processor or blender to fine crumbs and pour onto a dinner plate. 

4) Remove a chicken wing from the marinade, roll in the cracker crumbs to coat and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken wings. Discard the marinade. 

5) Spray the tops of the wings lightly with gluten free, non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until browned and cooked thoroughly (registering 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the wing).

6) Combine the remaining 1/4 cup barbeque sauce with the remaining 1/4 honey and serve with the wings for dipping. Makes about 30 wings.

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Gluten Free Taco Dip

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You will need:
1 can fat-free refried beans
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 (1.25 oz.) taco seasoning mix
2 cups shredded Mexican blend ( cheddar/Monterey Jack) cheese
1 bag (4.5 oz) Crunchmaster® Roasted Garlic Multi-Seed Crackers
1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

Optional additional toppings:
1 chopped avocado
3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1/2 cup sour cream

1) Pre-heat oven to 350˚F. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and season with taco mix. Set aside. 

2) Spray a 24 oz. Au Gratin dish, or 9” deep dish pie pan with non-stick baking spray. Evenly spread 1 can of fat-free refried beans on the bottom of the dish. Top with ground beef/taco mixture. Sprinkle with Mexican blend cheese. 

3) Layer the Multi-Seed Crackers around the outside of the dish in an overlapping pattern. Cover crackers with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Bake  at 350˚F for 15 minutes, until cheese melts, and dish is warmed through. 

4) Take from oven and remove foil from crackers. Cover with fresh chopped tomatoes and sliced green onions. Serves 8.

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Gluten Free Buffalo Wing Dip
Created for Crunchmaster by Andrea Mason and Taka Hotani

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You will need:
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/3 cup spread-able cream cheese, soft
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
4 oz. precooked chicken breast, finely chopped
1/3 tsp. hot sauce (Cholula or Tabasco)

1) In a small mixing bowl, combine sour cream and cream cheese. Blend together well.  Mix in crumbled blue cheese and chopped celery. Set aside.

2) In a small saucepan, heat chicken breast on medium heat.  Add in the 1/3 tsp. of hot sauce, mixing well until chicken is lightly coated.  Stir continuously on medium heat until the chicken begins to brown, and the sauce begins to adhere to the chicken.

3) Fold hot chicken into the dip. Serve immediately and spread over Crunchmaster Original Multi-Seed crackers

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You can also check out the Crunchmaster website for additional game day recipe ideas!