Basketball Party Appetizer

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Are any of you basketball fans? Or married to basketball fans? If so, I bet you or your loved ones have been glued to the television the past week or so. It’s exciting to follow the games and there’s nothing better than watching them with friends and family. As you cheer on your favorite teams you will probably want to snack on something so I wanted to share a snack idea that’s perfect for basketball parties.

For our basketball watch party I recreated a Mondelez recipe for The Big Tournament, Southwestern Fiesta Topper on TRISCUITs, changing it up a bit with the addition of guacamole to the sour cream. (You can find the original recipe along with a video on how to make it here.) This recipe is so simple which is perfect for those last minute parties. It’s also nice because it allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time watching the game.

Ingredients needed:

  • TRISCUIT crackers
  • White cheddar cheese (cut into thin slices)
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream

To make:

In a small bowl, mix 2 spoonfuls of sour cream with two spoonfuls of guacamole.

Top a TRISCUIT with a slice of cheese.

Add a teaspoon of salsa on top of the cheese.

Top with a teaspoon of the sour cream and guacamole mixture.

For added fun you can put a basketball topper on each appetizer.

You will also want something to drink so what better to pair appetizers with than ice cold Coca-Cola™ or Coca-Cola Zero™?

I love the mini cans and the 8 ounce bottles I found because they are the perfect size for parties!

To add a bit more basketball fun to the table I set out orange basketball napkins and plates. I also made themed straws for the drinks by attaching foam basketball stickers to black and white striped paper straws.

It only took a few minutes to get everything ready. Want to recreate this party idea? Just grab your favorite Coca-Cola drinks and set out a couple easy appetizers and then sit down and enjoy the ball game :)

I found Coca-Cola, Coke Zero and TRISCUITs at my local Jewel-Osco store.

What do you like to snack on while you watch basketball?

 

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Game Time Snack: RITZ Pastrami and Corned Beef Mini Sandwiches

Check out this amazing game time appetizer that the folks at Ritz shared with me. This featured recipe is the snack-size take on the famous Carnegie Deli signature dish. Yum!

Find the recipe here.

Blazin’ Buffalo Potato Skins {Recipe}

 

Ingredients 

  • 3 lbs. small russet potatoes
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat or regular Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 cup crushed Blue Diamond Sea Salt Nut Chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped Blue Diamond Blazin’ Buffalo Wing Almonds
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion tops
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with foil. Rinse potatoes and pat dry; pierce with a fork or sharp knife. Place in a large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on HIGH for 15 minutes or until potatoes are soft when gently squeezed. Remove and let cool slightly. Cut in half and scoop out potato leaving a 1/4-inch rim of potato inside the skin. Place on prepared baking sheet and spray both sides of potato skins liberally with cooking spray; bake for 15 minutes to crisp. Sprinkle equal amounts of cheese into each skin. Stir together chicken and wing sauce and spoon over cheese. Top with nut chips and almonds and bake for 5 minutes more. Add a dollop of sour cream to each and sprinkle with green onions. Serve with and additional wing sauce, if desired.

Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings. For more unique recipe ideas, visit www.bluediamond.com

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post.)

Black Bean Avocado Dip {Recipe}

Ingredients:

·         2 Cups Canned Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed

·         2 Avocados, Diced

·         2 Plum Tomatoes, Diced

·         1 Bunch of Scallions, Chopped

·         2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Cilantro

·         1 Medium Red Onion, Diced

·         5 Oz. Italian Dressing

Directions:

In a large bowl, place black beans, avocados, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, red onion and toss with Italian dressing.

Recipe and image courtesy of Maria Zoitas, creator of “Maria’s Homemade” line of prepared food sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this recipe.)

Lobster Guacamole {Recipe}

If your honey loves guacamole, surprise him or her with this special version! This recipe would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day date night at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced avocado (about 1 large)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 to 2 limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon seeded, minced fresh Anaheim chili
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 grindings black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 ounces cooked lobster meat, chopped
  • Pickled ginger slices (gari) for garnishing
  • Sesame rice crackers

Instructions

1. In a medium, nonreactive bowl, combine the avocado, lime juice, cilantro, onion, and chili, and carefully mix together with a spoon.

2. Add the salt and several grindings of pepper, or to taste, mix gently, then fold in the lobster.

3. Serve in chilled, large martini glasses and garnish with a little of the pickled ginger on the rim of each glass. Or use other decorative bowls and garnish with a few pieces of ginger in the center of each serving. Accompany with the crackers.

 

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Recipe and image were provided by Linda De Villers, Ph.D., author of Simple Sexy Food.)

 

Mini Meatball Sandwich Bites {Recipes}

This is a quick and easy recipe from the Quick Meal Queen, Natashja Szortyka, using Mama Lucia Meatballs. The recipe is for delicious mini meatball sandwich bites! These would be great as an appetizer at a holiday party or while watching this weekend’s football game.

Ingredients

1 12-ounce package Mama Lucia Meatballs
1 8-ounce can refrigerated crescent rolls
Marinara sauce
Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions

1) Heat oven to 375°F. Thaw out meatballs in microwave for 1 minute; cut in half.
2) Dip each half in marinara, then roll them in the cheese until they are well coated
3) Separate dough into triangles. Wrap dough triangle around two meatball halves. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4) Bake at 375°F for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown

Optional: With about two minutes left, sprinkle parmesan cheese on each crescent.