Appetizers on a Stick –Three Slam-Dunkers for Your Basketball Party

Don’t know about you, but I barely have time to go the store, let alone follow complicated recipes when hosting friends for a sports-spectating event. With the college basketball championship underway, I have more important things to prep for my party, like printing up basketball squares pool sheets for some friendly wagering and rearranging the furniture for maximum high-five and celebratory dancing room. That’s why I like to make party snacks that are more about convenience and creative assembly than a playbook of directions. Today, I’m sharing three SLAM DUNK basketball party snacks served ON A STICK! These are “no recipe” recipes sure to score big, just skewer up your ingredients and feel free to improvise – ain’t no shame in this almost-homemade game!

 First on the Munch Madness roster are Balsamic Marinated Mushroom, Tortellini and Pepperoni Skewers – my homage to an anti-pasta platter but with pasta! I’ve soaked the mushrooms for 30 minutes in Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette and then presented on a pick with cooked and cooled tortellini and pepperoni. You could also swap salami, deli roast beef or small shrimp for the pepperoni.

 Next in the line-up are Baby Wedge Salads on a Stick, a scaled-down version of probably the most popular steakhouse salad ever. It’s Simply Artisan Reserve’s Blue Cheese Crumbles and Litehouse Food’s Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing that gives these little Lilliputian-sized bites of lettuce such a giant blast of flavor – oh and bacon doesn’t hurt either. To keep the iceberg from falling apart, make a larger wedge of lettuce first and then skewer with three or four sticks before slicing into individual servings.

 The final player on this team of forkless appetizers is a Chicken Nugget Popper with Cotija Cilantro Dressing. This one requires an oven, but only to reheat pre-cooked “popcorn” style chicken nuggets. Cook up the breaded chicken bites according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with your favorite cheese (I used queso fresco, a Mexican crumbling cheese), bacon crumbles and chopped up jalapenos or milder green chiles. Stick this fine mess under the broiler until the cheese starts to bubble, stick each cheesy nugget with a toothpick and serve with Litehouse Food’s Cotija Cilantro Dressing. Even if your team loses, everyone is a winner with these quick appetizers on a stick – set out bowls of additional veggies, dressings, dips and chips for even more slam dunk flavor fun. During commercial breaks, grab your phone or laptop and log onto Litehouse Foods’ Facebook Page to vote for your favorite Litehouse food product for a chance to win awesome prizes. You can also vote on Instagram and Pinterest to increase your chances of winning! #LHMunchMadness 

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