With March Madness in full swing, Male Standard has a serious case of basketball fever! The tournament field is set and 68 tickets are punched and ready for action – all that’s missing is you! Fill out your brackets and sit back and enjoy the madness at home with our top platter picks that celebrate the game. Sustain your stamina with these March Madness Munchies – choose from dinner, dessert, drinks or all three. Our thanks go to Men’s Health for challenging us to this game day cook-off!
Slam Dunk Pepperoni Pizza Bread
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 (8-ounce) Pillsbury Crescent Seamless Dough Sheets
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 4 ounces mini pepperonis
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a 9×5 loaf pan.
- Unroll one Pillsbury dough sheet on a liner or lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to spread it just slightly thinner (maybe 1-inch on each side, tops). Top the sheet with 1/2 cup of pizza sauce, half of the mozzarella cheese, and half of the pepperoni slices.
- Cut the dough sheet into 6-8 even pieces and stack them up vertically. Repeat the process with the second dough sheet and stack those up too. Set the stacked layers in loaf pan, one set on each side. (Don’t turn them on their side just set them directly in.) Spray a piece of foil with cooking spray and loosely cover dough. (The foil is just to keep the top from over-browning before the middle is done.)
- Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake an additional 25-30 minutes until the loaf is browned and cooked through.
- Let the loaf cool for 10 minutes and then turn upside down on a platter. Let cool slightly, then slice.
Reeses Basketball Defense DipReeses Basketball Dip
- 10 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
- 4 ounces low-fat or fat-free cream cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- Up to 1 tablespoon milk
- About 6 ounces Reese’s Pieces (orange and brown only)
- Finely chop Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in a food processor. Add to a medium bowl along with the cream cheese and peanut butter. Mix with a hand mixer until completely combined. Beat in the powdered sugar.
- Add milk, a little bit at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. (To make the basketball, the dip needs to be medium thick. If you use low-fat or regular cream cheese, you will need less milk.)
- Scoop your dip onto a serving plate. Spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid sticking, and form the dip into a round basketball shape.
- Separate the orange and brown Reese’s Pieces from your package. Cover the dip in the orange, and use the brown for the stripes on the ball. Store in refrigerator, bring to room temperature before serving.
You Spin Me Right Round Orange DaiquiriYou Spin Me Right Round Orange Daiquiri
- 4 ounces aged rum, such as Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
- 1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2 ounce Shaken Simple Syrup
- Ice cubes, for serving
- 2 thin strips (3 inches) orange zest, for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, combine rum, juices, and simple syrup; shake well.
- Strain into 2 ice-filled old-fashioned glasses.
- Garnish each with a twisted zest strip.
Leave a comment below and let us know what March Madness Munchies you’ll be slam-dunking!