March Madness is upon us, and for some of us that means lots of basketball and brackets. That's all well and good, but as far as I'm concerned, the best part is the March Madness snacks that coincide. Hello, how else would anyone get through an entire sporting event?
I'm not going to pretend I'm totally up on my college basketball, but it is one of the few sports I can actively tolerate and even follow (sort of). I grew up in Los Angeles when the Lakers were in their prime, so some affinity for the sport was practically required. Even if you aren't a die-hard fan, the quick pace, competition, and hometown pride that permeate the madness can suck anyone in. Whether you're watching the games from home or throwing a marathon viewing party, these 20 recipes are just what you need to amp up the experience. I'm still not totally sure how brackets work, but I do know about snacks. We're going for the win, and you're halfway there with a slam dunk menu. No more puns, I promise.
These cute, skewered roll-up sandwiches by The Crepes of Wrath are the ideal way to serve something that might otherwise be messy in compact form. Plus, they’re just the right size to keep you from getting too full for all the other goodies.
Chili and cheese make these baked fries by Joy the Baker the perfect snack to tide everyone over during the game. Because these are baked rather than fried, you don’t need to feel bad about them either.
Bring the stadium home with these mini cheese-filled pretzel dogs by The Crepes of Wrath. However, unlike stadium pretzel dogs, these are perfectly portioned, made from top-notch ingredients, and way more sophisticated…for cheesy pretzel dogs.
This breadstick meets cinnamon roll by Mel’s Kitchen Café is perfect for a group. Easy to make, completely satisfying, and utensil-free, these definitely deserve a place on your snack table. Just make sure to grab one before they’re gone.
This bright, simple salsa from Fo Reals Life is just as beautiful as it is tasty. The combination of sweet mango, cilantro, and tart lime juice perfectly complements that bag of tortilla chips you probably already have on hand.
If you have not yet visited the world of fried pickles, now is the time. The Crepes of Wrath coats bread and butter chips with a mix of panko bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and Sriracha for a spicy take on this sure-to-be classic.
These mini veggie “pizzas” from Climbing Grier Mountain brilliantly utilize wonton wrappers and a cupcake pan to form amazing little bite-size crowd pleasers. Customize the toppings for your own twist.
A little roasting and food processing is all it takes to turn a handful of fresh ingredients into a salsa that puts that store-bought jar to shame. Joy the Baker knows what’s up and is here to show you the quickest route to impressing your guests.
This compact rendition of chicken Parmesan from Cooking for Keeps is pretty much a crispy coated (baked, not fried) chicken meatball stuffed with cheese that you dip in marinara. Filling, addictive, and relatively healthy, you can feel alright about popping them all.