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Party Plan: Mad About March Viewing Party

When the brackets are in and it’s getting close to tip-off time, we’ve got everything you need to host a marathon party that’s guaranteed to win over your guests.

You don’t need big foam fingers to please a crowd of rowdy basketball fans – just a few tasty snacks and a little luck for your favorite team. Get your viewing party off to a great start with some dunk-worthy Beer & Cheddar Cheese Dip or a dollop of Game Day Ranch Guacamole. Then keep everybody cheering with Personal BBQ Chicken Pizzas, Island Teriyaki Meatballs, and Buffalo Ranch Wings. Win or lose, your guests will be glad they came.

Pepperoni Dip with Garlic Knots

Pepperoni Dip with Garlic Knots

Hot cheesy dip with baked-in dippers.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pkg. (11 oz.) refrigerated breadstick dough
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. dried Italian herbs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup pizza sauce
  • ⅛ tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 oz. pepperoni, chopped, divided
  • 1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Directions:
  1. Heat oven 375°F. Spray a 9” pie plate; set aside.
  2. Divide dough into individual breadsticks and tie into a knot. Place all knots around the outer edge of prepare pan. Mix butter, garlic and parsley together and brush over each knot.
  3. Mix together cream cheese, pizza sauce and red pepper flakes. Stir in parmesan cheese, half the pepperoni and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Spread into the center of the pie plate. Top with remaining cheese and pepperoni.
  4. Bake 20-22 minutes until garlic knots are golden brown and dip is bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Blondies

Peanut Butter Pretzel Blondies

This crowd-pleasing treat is the perfect blend of salty and sweet.

Ingredients:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. fine salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 30 mini pretzel twists
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line a 9”x13” pan with foil or parchment paper allowing at least 1” to overhang the edges. Butter or spray; set aside.
  2. In a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat together butter, peanut butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture; blending until just combined. Fold in peanut butter chips. Transfer to prepared pan; smooth top.
  4. Lay pretzels in a single layer on the top of the batter. Bake 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  5. Remove from pan using parchment overhang; cut into squares.

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Beer-itas

Beer-itas

Lime beer margaritas are perfect for a game day crowd.

Ingredients:
  • 1 can (12 oz.) limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 12 oz. tequila
  • 2 (12 oz.) bottles Corona
  • Lime wedges
  • Coarse salt
Directions:
  1. In a large pitcher add limeade and tequila; mix well. Slowly add beers.
  2. To serve, rub a lime on the edge of a glass and dip in salt. Fill glass with ice and pour in beer-ita mixture. Garnish with lime wedge.

Drink responsibly.

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Sriracha Sloppy Joes

Sriracha Sloppy Joes

A spicy twist on the classic sloppy joe that cooks in the slow cooker so it’s ready whenever your crowd is ready to eat.

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15-oz.) tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup sriracha
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 8 Kaiser rolls, toasted
Directions:
  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat cook meat, breaking up, until browned.
  2. Transfer to a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients; stir to combine. Cook on high heat for 2-3 hours; adjust seasoning to taste. Serve on buns.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Pretzel Wrapped Pigs in a Blanket

Pretzel Wrapped Pigs in a Blanket

What’s better than a pig in a blanket? A pig in a pretzel blanket.

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pkg. (12-oz.) cocktail sausages (about 30), patted dry
  • 8 frozen dinner roll dough balls, thawed, cut into quarters
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Flaky salt
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a 3-quart pot. Slowly add baking soda, it will foam when added.
  3. Meanwhile, wrap each cocktail sausage with 1 piece of dough, pinching to secure seams. Add a few at a time to the boiling water. Cook about 30-60 seconds; drain well and place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Brush dough with egg wash and sprinkle with salt. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Southwest Pinwheels

Southwest Pinwheels

These pinwheels taste like 7-layer dip in an easy to eat bite.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • ¼ tsp. lime zest
  • 8 each 10” flour tortillas
  • 1 can (16-oz.) refried beans
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 each roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 can (3.8-oz.) sliced black olives
Directions:
  1. Toss chicken with taco seasoning; set aside. In a small bowl mix together sour cream, cilantro and lime zest; set aside.
  2. To make each roll-up spread about 3 tablespoons refried beans, 2 tablespoons sour cream mixture, ¼ cup chicken, ½ cup cheese, 2 tablespoons tomatoes, 1 tablespoon onions and 1 tablespoon olives. Roll up tightly and wrap in plastic food wrap. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Refrigerate at least 1 hours.
  3. Unwrap, trim ends and cut each roll-up into 8 pieces.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers.
Tip:

For a spicier pinwheel mix hot sauce to taste into beans.

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How Much to Make For Your Gameday Crowd

How Much to Make For Your Gameday Crowd

You’ve sent out invites and are ready to plan for food. Maybe you’ve even already set the menu. But the question remains: How much of what?

Read on for tips to help you think through feeding your Gameday Crowd.

The chart below offers quantities for types of food per guest, but those numbers can skew depending on how you answer the following questions about your party crowd.

  • Will you serve a main meal along with appetizers and munchies? If no, you’ll want to double the apps and snacks. The chart below lists amounts for a party in which mains are included.
  • Lots of little ones in your tally reduces the amount of food needed, even if just slightly. Round down. (Although, this won’t apply if those “little ones” are teenagers!)
  • How long will your party last? The longer folks are around, the more food (and drink) you’ll need.

Party Playbook: Feeding Your Gameday Crowd

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Tips to Stay Clean Throughout the Game

Tips to Stay Clean Throughout the Game

No matter how wild your gameday crowd gets, your house can still be clean(ish) at party’s end. These tips will help you minimize after-party cleaning.

  • A thorough pre-party clean goes a long way toward keeping things clean all party long. Anywhere party-goers will wander, whether kitchen, living room or bathroom deserves a concentrated cleaning and de-cluttering effort before guests arrive. Move furniture that won’t be used or gets in the way into another room. Make sure the floors, counters and eating surfaces shine. Granted, no one is asking you to scrub walls – or even floors – but the less clutter you leave out before the party, the less you’ll be picking up after the party.
  • Tablecloths are a must as are plentiful napkins.
  • Organize the food and drink table in a way that makes it easy for guests to grab their food and return to their seats. Lead the line-up off with plates, followed by mains, snacks and desserts. Silverware and napkins are best placed in baskets (or stand the silverware up in drinking glasses for easy grabbing) at the end of the buffet line; there are all-in-one caddies that keep this set-up efficient, too. Drinks, glasses and ice get their own table.
  • Speaking of the food and beverage tables, allow for a clear path between the viewing area and your party fare so guests can easily and quickly pop up and sit back down again. It’s also helpful to have easy access to the kitchen so you can refill as needed.
  • Make sure that wastebaskets and recycling containers are easy to spot. Labeling each and keeping them emptied means guests will be able to toss their trash and recycle their bottles and cans instead of piling them on your counters.
  • If you have TV-trays, now is the time to use them. (If you don’t have them, consider borrowing a set or picking some up at a thrift store.) Having a surface to eat on – instead of balancing food and drink on your lap while eating – guarantees fewer spills.
  • Provide a permanent marker so guests can label their beverage cups. Using fewer cups is good for the environment and also means you’ll have fewer cups to dispose of.
  • Keep your eye out for spills and discreetly wipe up messes as you’re able. If you have a guest you feel especially comfortable with, you can ask him or her to keep an eye on things for you as well. Managing the mess during the party is as easy as balancing the need to keep things clean with the reason for your party – to enjoy watching basketball with friends (and food)!

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Beer & Cheddar Cheese Dip

Beer & Cheddar Cheese Dip

Adding a little of your favorite brew gives this creamy cheese dip a flavorful kick. Try a dark porter for a more robust taste, or a wheat beer to keep things nice and light.

Cook time: 0 min | Prep time: 15 min | Serves: (X) | Yields: 3 cups
 
Ingredients:
  • ½ to ¾ cup beer
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 packet (1 oz.) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dips Mix
  • 2 packages (8 ozs each) cream cheese softened
Directions:
  1. Combine Cheddar cheese, cream cheese and dips mix in medium bowl. Gradually stir in beer until mixture reaches desired consistency.
  2. Garnish with green onion and additional cheddar cheese.
  3. Serve with pretzels or vegetable pieces.
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Game Day Ranch Guacamole

Game Day Ranch Guacamole

Homemade guacamole gets even more exciting with the addition of an Anaheim chile and some ranch seasoning.

Cook time: 0 min | Prep time: 25 min | Serves: (X) | Yields: 3 cups
 
Ingredients:
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
  • ¾ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup red onion diced
  • 1 large Anaheim chile diced
  • 1 package (1 oz.) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch Salad® Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • 3 large Hass avocados halved, pitted, peeled
  • 7 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, using a fork or potato masher, mash the avocados until chunky. Add the onion, cilantro, bell pepper and chile.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice and package of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix. Add to the avocado mixture along with the pepper and stir gently to combine.
  3. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole, pressing to eliminate any air pockets (this will help keep the guacamole from turning brown).
  4. Serve at room temperature with tortilla chips or corn chips

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Personal BBQ Chicken Pizza

Personal BBQ Chicken Pizza

These mini-pizzas make a great game-time snack or an easy weeknight dinner – just toss a salad together while the chicken is marinating and you’ll have a complete meal ready in minutes.

Cook time: 15-20 min | Prep time: 15 min + 1 hour marinade | Serves: 4 | Yields: 4
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium boneless skinless chicken breast half, cut into a 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 Tbsp. KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Sauce Original
  • 1 1lb. package frozen pizza dough
  • ½ cup shredded Jack cheese
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • Hidden Valley® The Original Ranch® Salad Dressing
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 475ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, add the chicken and the KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Sauce. Chill covered for 1 hour.
  3. Divide the pizza dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into an 8-inch circle.
  4. Place the dough on two sheet pans. Divide the chicken evenly between each pizza. Discard any leftover marinade.
  5. Top each pizza with cheese and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.
  6. Sprinkle the scallions evenly over each pizza.
  7. Serve with Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dressing for dipping.
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Island Teriyaki Meatballs

Island Teriyaki Meatballs

Turn these tangy meatballs into a dozen tropical sliders by rolling the meat mixture into patties. Serve topped with more red onion and pineapple on a toasted Hawaiian sweet roll or slider bun.

Cook time: 20-25 min | Prep time: 20 min | Serves: 4-6 | Yields: 24 meatballs
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained well.
  • 1 lb ground pork or chicken
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup Soy Vay® Island Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce
  • Sprinkle w/Sesame Seeds (if desired)
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pork, breadcrumbs, onions, half of the pineapple, and Soy Vay® Island Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce. Mix well.
  3. Form the mixture into meatballs about 1-inch thick and place on a sheet pan fitted with a rack.
  4. Chill covered for 1 hour.
  5. Cook the meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes, turning once basting with more Soy Vay® Island Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce.
  6. Serve the meatballs and the remaining pineapple with Soy Vay® Island Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce for dipping.

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Ranch Buffalo Wings

Ranch Buffalo Wings

Ranch Buffalo Wings

If you know you’re going to be dipping your Buffalo wings into ranch dressing, why not just bake the flavor right into the sauce?

Cook time: 40 min | Prep time: (X) min | Serves: 7 | Yields: 24 wings
 
Ingredients:
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, melted
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ cup hot pepper sauce
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • 24 chicken wing drumettes
  • 3 Tbsp. vinegar
  • celery sticks
  • Hidden Valley® The Original Ranch® Salad Dressing
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, pepper sauce and vinegar. Dip drumettes in butter mixture; then arrange in single layer in large baking pan.
  3. Sprinkle with salad dressing mix. Bake until chicken is browned, 30 to 40 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika.
  4. Serve with salad dressing and celery sticks.

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