9 Game-Changing Snacks

March 28, 2013

It's entertaining season. You're hosting a March Madness party and need to impress your foodie friends. We get it. Here are 10 recipes to step up your hors d'oeuvre game but not make a big deal of it, because two bags of tortilla chips and a jar of salsa just aren’t going to cut it anymore. This year, March Madness snacks are growing up, and still tasting great with beer.

Party Mix for Grownups by merrill

Shop the Story

Good thing it's easy to make a big batch, because you’re going to need a big batch.


Party Pretzel Bites by fiveandspice

Great excuse to use up every kind of mustard in your fridge, and great with beer too.


Party Popcorn by merrill

Delicious as is, but definitely go with the hot paprika!


Smoky Fried Chickpeas by Aliwaks

You know you’ve got a can of chickpeas hiding in a cabinet. Here’s their chance to shine.


Rosemary Thyme Pita Chips by machef

These are great, and somebody is destined to bring hummus over.


Curried Lentil Dip by safenervine

Forget the hummus, these legumes are all you’ll need.


Devils on Hatchback by Helenthenanny

Because bacon and cheese and chili peppers, that’s why. You’re welcome. Seriously, don’t let early birds bogart all of these before the game!


Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes

A classic guacamole that no one will mistake for store-bought.


Chevre Devils by gingerroot

A great way to wrap everything up, these little devils are certainly delicious.


See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Sue Moran
    Sue Moran
  • David Puppos
    David Puppos
You can find me delicately poaching eggs for cheddar grits, or elbow deep in a bag of Cheetos and Utz Crab Chips, but most of all, you can find me eating.


Sue M. March 31, 2013
These mini corn dogs are the best! http://theviewfromthegreatisland.blogspot.com/2012/11/its-5-oclock-somewhere-friday-mini-corn.html
David P. March 30, 2013
Great ideas. The pretzel bites look perfect for dipping in a beer cheese sauce. Try these loaded potato chips for another great March Madness snack best served with a cold beer. http://justrealfoods.com/loaded-potato-chips/