Guests will be thinking about nothing but net at this basketball party.
March Madness starts “Selection Sunday,” March 17. 2013 when 64 NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball teams are selected to go to the “Big Dance—the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship tournament.
The first weekend of tournament play is the safest time to have a party to celebrate your favorite college basketball team. It’s the first round, so all the teams that make it to the tournament will play that first week.
Stuffed Potato Skins Recipe
Stuffed Potato Skins Recipe photo
- Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min.
- Yield: 12 Servings
- 6 medium baking potatoes (6 ounces each)
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, divided
- 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1 large sweet red pepper, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh broccoli florets, finely chopped
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
- Scrub and pierce potatoes. Bake at 400° for 40-50 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly; cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp, leaving a thin shell (save pulp for another use). Place potato shells on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Combine butter and 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce; brush over shells. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes or until edges are crispy and butter is bubbly. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the onions, red pepper, broccoli, 3/4 cup cheese and remaining hot pepper sauce; spoon into potato skins. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Broil 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.
Calzone Pinwheels Recipe
Calzone Pinwheels Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Once you try these mini-sized calzones, you may never go back to the large ones. Not only do these pretty bites take advantage of convenient refrigerator crescent rolls, but they can be made ahead and popped in the oven right before company arrives.
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
- Yield: 16 Servings
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
- 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
- 1 package (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1 jar (14 ounces) pizza sauce, warmed
- In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, Italian seasoning and salt. Stir in the mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, Parmesan cheese, mushrooms, green pepper and onion. Separate crescent dough into four rectangles; seal perforations.
- Spread cheese mixture over each rectangle to within 1/4 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; pinch seams to seal. Cut each into four slices.
- Place cut side down on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with pizza sauce. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 appetizers.
Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
Serves: 4 Total Time: 30 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
- Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine flours, cornmeal, salt and pepper in a large sealable plastic bag. Dip zucchini in egg white, shake in the bag to coat, and arrange, not touching, on the baking sheet. Coat all exposed sides with cooking spray. Bake on the center rack for 7 minutes. Turn the zucchini and coat any floury spots with cooking spray. Continue to bake until golden and just tender, about 5 minutes more. Serve hot.
KU and KSU cookies for March Madness – Examinor.com
Food & Drink March 2010 –Photo credit -Angela Pritchett – Food & Recipe Newsletter
How’s your NCAA bracket doing? Everyone is either talking about their brackets or predictions these days. KU or KSU fans will be watching games today that could advance our teams to the next rounds so break out the big game snacks.
Bake up a batch of sugar cookies that you decorate as your teams’ mascots. This buttermilk sugar cookie recipe is super quick to mix, cut, bake and decorate. Follow the directions in the slideshow you’ll find here. Then, use the pictures below to decorate Jayhawks or Wildcats.
Buttermilk Sugar Cookies, makes approx. 15 large dozen
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- Frosting or powdered sugar icing
- Food color
- Cream the butter with the sugar. Add the egg and mix thoroughly, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. With the mixer running, gradually add the dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut with cookie cutter other shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes or until light brown around edges. Cool on wire racks.
- Mix a simple powdered sugar icing or use store bought frosting to decorate as desired. Tint frosting in mascot colors to frost and add piping details with other colors of icing.