March Madness Munchies

March Madness Munchies

Not only do I love to watch basketball during the March Madness Sweet Sixteen playoff, I actually played basketball in high school! Yes, I live in Alabama and I prefer basketball to football. Sounds like Alabama heresy? Right? What does watching basketball and football have in common? Munchies!

March Madness Munchies Recipe Roundup from

My school in Evening Shade, Arkansas was too small to have a football team, so basketball ruled. I didn’t experience the cold Winter nights huddled in the outdoor bleachers, wrapped in a blanket watching 3 hours of football on Friday night with footballs games. But I vividly remember the deep, booming sounds of enthusiastic family and friends stomping in rhythm to chants like “We will, we will rock you” and “Another one bites the dust”. Yes, I am a child of the 80’s, for sure.

Although I don’t have football in my blood, I can absolutely understand the excitement and mania of Alabama football for those that grew up with that tradition. And although I would have to lean toward being a University of  Alabama fan, I am super pumped about Auburn heading to the Final Four this weekend. I admit I did my share to whooping and hollaring on the couch for them during the Elite Eight. No matter which side you root for in the Iron Bowl in the fall, it’s pretty cool to have a team from the state of Alabama competing in the Final Four of the basketball “Super Bowl” playoffs.

And yes, I will be watching the basketball games this weekend, so I need snacks and munchies so I don’t have to leave the couch except for emergencies, like getting a second helping of my Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts and making an ice cream sandwich at half time with my Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies.

Check out my March Madness Munchies line up below. “We will, we will ‘chomp’ you”!

Parmesan Artichoke Chicken Salad

chicken salad on croissant

Pimiento Cheese with Fire Roasted Peppers

Pimiento Cheese with Fire-Roasted Peppers Roast your own or they also come in a jar like pimiento peppers.

Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts made in the Instant Pot, cracked open on a blue tin plate

Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Tater Tots

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Tator Tots in red bowl with cheer pom poms in background for the big game

Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft and chewy from a secret ingredient. A bite is taken out of this one and placed on a piece of parchment. A glass of milk is close by to wash them down.

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Author: gritsandgouda

Hi! I’m Kathleen. I’m a food stylist, recipe developer, cookbook author, and event planner loving life in a charming town called Gardendale, Alabama, with my husband and two teenage children. I love to cook and laugh…not necessarily in that order.

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