March Madness Recipes - Quicken Loans Zing BlogIt’s that time of year again; March Madness! Many people use basketball games as an excuse to throw a party. I’m here to dive into foods to serve while watching your favorite teams charge on to the Final Four.

Get Ahead of the Game

 If you know a lot of people are coming to your party, try making dishes that can be created ahead of time such as dips and slow cooker recipes.

Pineapple Black Bean Guacamole

Don’t be like your friend down the street and serve the same old guacamole. Put a twist on it by adding diced pineapple and black beans. It sounds weird, but people love this off-the-wall dip. They will be sure to ask for your recipe before they leave!

Chef Salad: Food On a Stick

Party food is all about convenience. This chef salad on a stick is a mix between a kabob and a salad, a healthy alternative to many party favorites. You can use this idea for other salads, such as fruit salad, too!

Tortilla Casserole with Black Bean Salsa

This casserole is dinner for a crowd plus leftovers. It’s a quick version of lasagna that could be made any night of the week. The salsa is optional, but it boosts the protein in the meal.

Get Into the Theme

If your party is smaller, try adding to the basketball theme by serving only ball or circle-shaped dishes.

Calzone Pinwheels

Not only do these bites take advantage of convenient refrigerator crescent rolls, but they can be made ahead of time and popped in the oven right before company arrives.  People will love the cheesy, fresh taste of these Calzone Pinwheels!

Cheesy Artichoke Chicken Balls

If you love artichoke dip and chicken, you’re sure to love this combination! You simply combine ingredients, coat in bread crumbs, and toss them in the oven. These would be great to pair with marinara sauce!

Deviled Eggs in School Colors

If you and your buddies are rooting for different teams, this may be a great way to show some school pride! Simply add food coloring to your infamous deviled egg recipe.

Hopefully these delightful dishes will help spice up your March Madness party. Who knows, maybe they will bring your team good luck (unless you’re rooting against U of M).


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