15 Game Day Snacks You Need To Make for March Madness

Cyd Converse
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We make no secret of our love for a good spread of game day snacks around here. You could even say we're fanatical about game day snacks.

Come March, few things get my friends and I more riled up more than heckling each other over our highly competitive bracket pool.

Our group text thread becomes a mashup of who is winning, whose bracket got busted and which Cinderella story has ruined our chances for glory.

While it's true that we're mostly passionate about March Madness for the bragging rights, we're also very very into the food.

From Selection Sunday through the Final Four, we cook and we bake and we fry up a feast every weekend as we assemble to watch the upsets unfold.

By Monday or Tuesday we're comparing recipe ideas and by Friday and Saturday we're putting out a spread of game day snacks fit for actual royalty.

And isn't that the best part about sports competitions? It's the heckling, the laughter, the camraderie...and the food!

As we gear up for another exciting weekend of basketball, here are 15 game day snacks you need to make before the sun sets on March Madness.

 

1. Pretzel Dogs Recipe

As it turns out, hot dogs wrapped in buttery, soft pretzel dough and sprinkled with coarse salt may just be the easiest game day snack you'll ever make. I'll take bets that they are also the first to disappear off the snack table, too! Serve them with ketchup and mustard for dipping and your friends will be singing your praises even as they rip on the disastrous state of your bracket.

2. Mexican Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Homemade fries are a requisite game day snack and I'm crazy about these Mexican sweet potato fries! Sweet potatoes are sliced into thin fries then tossed with olive oil and taco seasoning. Served with a side of cilantro avocado dipping sauce that you can quickly make in the food processor, these fries take game day snacking to a delicious new level.

3. Oven Fried Pickles Recipe

I love a good fried pickle, but I love these ones even more because they aren't actually fried - they're baked in the oven! Dredged in panko bread crumbs they come out just as crispy as if they were fried, but with much less work and none of the messy clean up. Serve them with sriracha ketchup for maximum effect. Your friends will love them!

4. Texas Caviar Recipe

Texas caviar has been making the rounds since way back in the 1940s, but it tastes as fresh today as it did back then. Made with beans, peppers, chiles, onion and garlic, the flavors come to life once tossed with the homemade dressing packed with fresh herbs and lemon. Serve your Texas caviar with your favorite tortilla chips or use it to top burgers. Either way, don't plan on leftovers.

5. Baked Goat Cheese with Harissa Recipe

My friends and I like to serve at least one game day appetizer that's a little bit elevated and unexpected. My pick for March Madness is this tangy and creamy baked goat cheese and harissa dip! Harissa is warm and lightly spicy, but when paired with the tangy goat cheese, tomatoes and fresh herbs, it is a culinary sensation. Toss chopped baguette or sliced pita on the side for an appetizer you'll want to write home about.

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