NCAA Final Four: Enjoy the Final with These 5 Make-Ahead Snacks


The NCAA tournament final can be tough to plan for if you’re having company over. Because it falls on a Monday evening, you don’t have the kind of time to prep a party like you do on say Super Bowl Sunday. So if you know you’ll be pressed for time on Monday and want to catch every second of Butler vs. UConn, here are five great game-time snacks you can make in advance. Some, like the chicken wings just require a little prep the day before and can be made in under ten minutes on game day. Others, like pulled pork can be fully made the day before and reheated before game day. Either way, you’ll spend less time cooking on Monday and more time watching the game.

Start the evening off right with these Carolina-style chicken wings. Everyone will love these tender, slightly sweet, vinegar soaked munchies. Just marinate overnight, and them pop them in the broiler. Easy as 1-2-3!

How about some homemade potato skins? You can roast the potatoes the night before, and then add the toppings and bake Monday night. If you’ve never had homemade potato skins, you’re in for a real treat.

Fully-loaded nachos are the ultimate game-time munchie. To prep, simply grate the cheese, and make sure you have all of your ingredients on hand. On Monday night, throw everything together and bake until the cheese is melted.

Looking more some more sophisticated options? How about this easy-peasey artichoke-chevre dip? Simply pop the ingredients into the food processor and you’re done!

We also have this surprising and delicious olive and fig tapenade. Your guests will just love the salty sweet combination. All you need is a few pulses in the food processor and you’re done.

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