Slam-Dunk Snacks

March Madness is here with enough action to keep even the craziest college basketball fan excited! Everyone enjoys a wide range of chips, salsa, cookies, and soda for the game, but why not go for the three-pointer? If you're expecting friends to join you around the TV, score big and turn your good party into a great one by including these tasty snacks on your menu line up:

Quick and Easy Nacho Dip
1 lb. package pasteurized processed cheese
8 oz. salsa (medium or hot)
1 lb. hamburger (browned with ¼ cup chopped onion and drained)

Melt cheese on low in a slow cooker and add salsa and browned hamburger. Stir occasionally and serve on tortilla chips (warm chips in an oven for 3-5 minutes on 200º). Make your nachos "grande" and serve with toppings of sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, and tomato. Serves 6-8 excited fans!

Optional ingredients:
½ tsp. chopped cilantro
1 small jar jalapeno peppers

Basketball Fruit Pizza
Crust: 1 box of lemon cake mix (uncooked)
¾ cup crushed graham crackers
¾ cup margarine (softened to room temperature)
1 large egg

Mix the above ingredients together in order (if mixture is too crumbly to spread, add 1 tsp. of water or milk) and pat "dough" into a 9" round, metal, ungreased pizza pan. Bake at 325º for 12-15 minutes. Watch closely, crust is done when edges turn slightly brown. Completely cool before spreading with cream cheese mixture.

Cream cheese topping:
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
2 cups of whipped topping

Mix together well and spread like frosting on the above crust. Add fruit to the "pizza" one hour before guests arrive. Suggested fruit toppings: drained marchino cherries, drained pineapple tidbits, kiwis (peeled and sliced in half), green or red seedless grapes halved, fresh strawberries halved, or fresh blueberries. Be creative! Use several different fruits and arrange in a basketball shape or make your team's logo or mascot. Serves 6-8.

Pulled Barbeque Beef Sandwiches
4-5 lb. beef rump or arm roast
1 tsp. garlic flakes or powder
1 tsp. seasoning salt
Pepper to taste
1 cup water

Place roast in slow cooker and cover with spices. Cook on medium or low heat for 6 hours or until meat easily falls apart. Remove roast from slow cooker (save 1½ cups of the juice) and pull meat apart into chunks with a fork on a cutting board. Discard any fat or gristle. Place meat back into slow cooker with saved juice and gently fold in one 12 oz. bottle of your favorite barbeque sauce. Rewarm meat on low and serve on Kaiser or sour dough buns. Serves 6-8 "man-sized" basketball fans.

Don't commit a flagrant foul by forgetting to feed your basketball fans! Keep the great American tradition of March Madness alive with fantastic food and fun until the final four!

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