There’s nothing fancy about March Madness. Basketball fans dress in their favorite college sweatshirts no matter how ill-fitting, stained or sloppy they may be. Kegs are tapped and those plastic red cups appear everywhere.
High-fiving, trash-talking and butt-smacking commence with the first 2-pointer but yelling, stomping and groaning soon follow when the “clearly biased” ref makes a “bad” call.
Watching college basketball makes many fans revert back to college-age behaviors, so if you’re hosting a March Madness party, keep things simple with my 3-point plan:
1. Prepare utensil-free food and serve light colored beverages to cut down spills. You don’t want your living room carpet to look like your dorm-room rug, do you?
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2. Arrange plenty of seating around the TV. Pulling out that old beanbag chair is encouraged.
3. Buy lots of napkins. Remember how messy shot-gunning beer is? You will soon.
Here are two tasty game-watching recipes.
2 pounds cooked steak
4 tablespoons drained capers
4 tablespoons gherkin pickles, chopped
4 tablespoons red onion, minced
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
8 tablespoons mayonnaise
Combine all ingredients and serve on bread of your choice.
I love to serve this steak salad on a toasted baguette with a bit of arugula.
Deluxe Mac & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
1 package (14 ounces) boxed KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
48 crackers (such as Ritz), finely crushed (about 2 cups), divided
1 egg, beaten
4 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
2 teaspoons chopped drained pickled jalapeños
4 ounces Velveeta, cut into 30 cubes
Vegetable oil for frying
Prepare macaroni and cheese as directed on package. Stir in 1 cup cracker crumbs, egg, bacon and jalapeno peppers. Cool for 20 minutes.
Shape macaroni mixture into 30 balls, using about a1/4 cup macaroni mixture for each ball. Insert one Velveeta cube into the center of each ball. Make sure its completely covered. Roll ball in remaining cracker crumbs until evenly coated. Place in single layer on waxed paper.
Using the stove, heat 3 inches of oil in large saucepan to 375 degrees. Add balls, a few at a time; cook about 2 minutes.