March Madness: Delicious Eats for the Big Games
Serve fellow fans a meal-on-the-go that’s perfect for the power party-goer. Served in a hollowed out dinner roll, this main dish is portable and perfectly portioned. As a bonus, it takes less than 30 minutes to make—that’s shorter than the pre-game shows.
- Recipe: Super Quick Chili
Upgrade the traditional bowl of guac by serving pre-portioned servings on edible platters. A dollop of zesty guacamole on top of a miniature pita round creates an appetizer that’s both attractive and delicious—a winning combination on any night.
Recipe: Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts
Spare your guests the finger lickin’ and serve this mouth-watering dip in lieu of traditional wings. All your favorite hot wing ingredients are present, including blue cheese and hot sauce. Serve with celery sticks or boneless chicken tenders for easy dipping.
- Recipe: Blue Cheese "Hot Wing" Dip
A game isn’t a game without at least one serving of perfectly crisp French fries. Save yourself a drive to the diner, and whip up a batch in your own kitchen instead. Three ingredients, 30 minutes, and you’re ready to serve. Make them simple for the kids, then jazz them up for the more fun-loving palates with our easy variations, including Barbecue Oven Fries and Italian Oven Fries, by just adding a few spices to the basic recipe.
Recipe: Salt-and-Pepper Oven Fries
For a pint-sized viewing party, make this over-the-top burger recipe. While it looks (and tastes!) impressive, the use of a few convenience items, such as frozen onion rings, balances out the homemade Chowchow spread. Once your guests see what you’re cooking up, you can be sure they’ll be happy to lend a hand.
When it comes to game-day party planning, anything that you can skewer is guaranteed to be popular. Plan to make a double, or triple, recipe of this flaky, flavorful shrimp recipe. It takes only 20 minutes to prepare, making it a breeze to put together at the last minute. For a fun twist, try the variation on the recipe, which calls for chicken breast tenders.
- Recipe: Coconut Shrimp
Sure, it’s beyond New Year’s, but there’s no reason why you can’t wish your team a little extra luck by serving a black-eyed pea-laden salsa. Make this flavorful dip ahead of time and chill until you’re ready to serve. It’s a great appetizer addition to the halftime rotation.
- Recipe: Red Pepper-Black-eyed Pea Salsa
This delicious snack mix poses only one problem: How will you be able to clap with only one hand? Serve this spicy mix of wasabi peas and garlic rye chips in single-serving paper cones in your team’s colors. The snack mix keeps for up to a week when stored in an airtight container, so prep this one a few days ahead while you’re waiting for dinner to finish cooking.
- Recipe: Easy Party Snack Mix
Sharing game-time with friends often means mixing your favorite team with theirs. Take a lesson from your social mixing and make a thirst-quenching blend of iced tea and lemonade. This drink, often called the Arnold Palmer, may have been named for a golfer, but it was made for basketball fans.
Recipe: Lemonade Iced Tea
Hold that call! Delicious, hot pizza doesn’t mean a call to your favorite neighborhood pie joint. Make piping hot pies in your own oven, and invite guests to make game-time toppings decision. All veggie verses meat lovers? Fresh mozzarella verses pre-grated? Let the games begin. Slice the pizzas according to your serving schedule; smaller pieces make perfect appetizer portions while larger cuts call out their main-dish skills.
- Recipe: Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pizza
While your team is making it rain on the court, make it rain in the kitchen by plating these bite-sized tarts filled with luscious coconut cream. Frozen tart shells makes prep a breeze; put the cream filling together, and chill it overnight. Simply fill the baked shells, serve, and prepare to gather plenty of compliments.
- Recipe: Coconut Cream Tarts
Transform a Southern picnic staple to a game-ready potluck dish. If you’re traveling for a tailgate, or to a larger TV, prep this succulent dish at home, and bake it for 30 minutes at your host’s home. The rich smell of melting cheese is guaranteed to gather a huddle in the kitchen.
Recipe: Chili-Corn Chip Stack-Up Salad
Recipe: Flavored Popcorn
When the crowd breaks for halftime, impress your guests by bringing out a round of Old Fashioneds, garnished with fruit and made with a secret ingredient: whole-berry cranberry sauce. These cocktails are best served immediately, so recruit a fellow barkeep for muddling assistance.
- Recipe: Cranberry Old Fashioned Cocktail
Recipe: Sweet Heat Hot Dogs
If you opt out of serving main dishes, plan to serve plenty of hearty appetizers, including this savory dip. Make it your own by adding (or removing) any number of toppings, including sliced green onions, black olives, or even jalapenos. Not optional? Crispy tortilla chips.
Recipe: Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip
Game-time gatherings call for dishes that are easy to prep, easy to serve, and even easier to enjoy. This upscale brownie sundae is just the ticket. Prepare these overtime treats the day before and store them in the fridge until the fourth quarter hits. The festive single-serving design is both fun and functional: No more crumbs in the sofa from that plate of cookies.
Recipe: Brownie Tiramisu