The big tournament is just around the corner. Once your bracket has been made and the games have been scheduled, all that’s left is to pick the appetizers that will make for the perfect viewing party.
Whether you’re hosting your friends and family or are in charge of bringing a dish, we have some easy (and delicious) apps that are sure to win MVP.
Bring on the party with a Chorizo Cheese Dip
No party is complete without a dip, and this chorizo-inspired spin on a classic cheese dip will do just the trick.
To make a Chorizo Cheese Dip, all you’ll need is the following ingredients: one pound of chorizo, a white onion, cream cheese, shredded mozzarella, a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, and scallions. Also be sure to check your cabinets for three cooking staples: olive oil, salt and thyme. The good news is that once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’re already halfway to serving up some cheesy deliciousness.
Begin by browning the chorizo until it’s fully cooked and then saute your onion with thyme and salt. Once your onions have caramelized, set everything aside and get to work mixing your cream cheese. Once it’s smooth, add all of your non-meat ingredients together until you’re ready to fold in your chorizo. Carefully spoon the mixture into an oven-safe dish, baking until it’s golden and bubbly.
This dip can be served with tortilla chips and a sliced baguette, or you could opt for some crunchy veggies like celery, carrots or broccoli.
Score big time with Pork Sausage Meatballs
Searching for a finger food that will be easy to eat and even easier to serve? Look no further than Pork Sausage Meatballs. To create this appetizer, start by mixing sweet Italian sausage with an egg, onion, breadcrumbs, milk, parmesan and parsley. Once your ingredients are evenly distributed, shape your mix into even, bite-sized meatballs.
Your meatballs will need to be refrigerated for at least 30 minutes, giving you time to prepare other foods or get your home ready to host. After a half hour, sauté your meatballs in olive oil until they’re cooked all the way through.
To serve, pair with marinara sauce. You may also want to put skewers or toothpicks beside the dish or place them in each meatball once they’ve done cooking. This way guests can grab and go without missing a minute of the game.
Create your game day menu
Although these are just two examples of our favorite appetizers, feel free to check out our other recipes for some additional inspiration.
Just remember: There’s no one right way to serve up delicious appetizers for the game. However, the best dishes will be those that can be cooked ahead and warmed up on the day of. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the company of your friends and family while cheering on your favorite teams.