10 Game Day Recipes for March Madness

April  3, 2014

We all know the story of Love and Basketball. But let's talk about the other story -- the untold story. Let's talk about food and basketball. As devoted college basketball fans, we know that it's only natural to work up an appetite when participating (if only vicariously) in competitve sports. The anxiety, the drama, the agony, the ecstasy -- on an empty stomach, it can all be too much to take. Moreover, if we're not well fed during March Madness, when emotions run highest, hunger might prevent us from being the best fans we can be.

So, instead of gnawing on our fingernails for hours on end, why not chew on something savory; something satisfying; something edible? Afterall, we're going to need our strength -- it's still a long haul to the championship. Here are 10 recipes that can handle the pressure of the Final Four.

Idea in Food's Korean-Style Chicken Wings by Genius Recipes

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Bulgogi Jerky by savorthis


White Bean Dip with Fresh Herbs by Gena Hamshaw



Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers by Sonali aka the Foodie Physician 


Southwestern Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Chili-Cilantro Sour Cream by TasteFood


Trail Mix by Merrill Stubbs


Breakfast Churros with Cinnamon Sugar by SweetPaul


Fried Avocado Tacos with Sesame and Lime by arielleclementine


Hot Dogs with Fake Sauerkraut Relish by QueenSashy


Nutella Cupcakes by pieceofcake

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Veganosity April 5, 2014
These all look amazing! For any of you vegans out there though, instead of chicken wings you could serve Cauliflower Poppers ( They're so good and are 100% vegan!
AntoniaJames April 3, 2014
We always turn our Semi-Finals party (as the championship game is always on a Monday) into a regional affair, building the menu around a food or ingredient typical of each of the schools represented. If the hosting city is interesting, it's included, too. And if a family member or guest "has" a team in the Final Four, they get to suggest/pick/prepare, as applicable, any item on the menu they want. It's great, great fun! ;o)
Julie M. April 3, 2014
What a fun idea!
AntoniaJames April 3, 2014
Of course, we're always scrambling a bit, because the four finalists are not known until the Sunday before . . . . ;o)