If the nonstop intensity of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, with its 48 nail-biting, single elimination games played in less than four days is enough to rev up your armchair athlete, then you’ll need sustenance, amigo! Nothing brings basketball fans together at game time more than cheering and eating as their favorite team pulls ahead. With these deliciously easy avocado-based ideas, you’ll be chilling courtside in no time at all!
Dipping Right In
Nothing says “Game on!” quite like a good dip, and much like the warm-up, you don’t want to miss this. Drop the cheesy stuff and go for green — guacamole green, that is! Satisfying and flavorful, this simple taco dip has it all. You’ll need two perfectly ripe avocados, so look out for deep green skin and flesh that gives a little when gently squeezed in the palm of your hand. Peel, pit, and dice the avocado, then toss one into a bowl along with some onions, lime juice, garlic, and a hint of salt. Mash them coarsely with a fork so that you still have some chunky texture. After you prepare your guacamole, to keep it green until your guests arrive or need to use, simply pour a thin layer of milk over the top of it. When ready to serve, simply pour the liquid off. In a separate bowl, drain and mash some canned pinto beans, adding a zing of chile powder and salt. This spreadable protein goodness forms a great flavorful foundation. Top it off with your guacamole and add a dollop of sour cream, then cover and refrigerate. When it’s tip-off time, simply garnish with the remaining avocado and cilantro and serve with some tortilla chips, carrots, and celery sticks. It’s a winning start!
These deviled eggs make a great game day snack, especially since you can prepare much of it in advance. Start by boiling an egg for every two people you’re expecting. Toss the yolks into a food processor and pulse them briefly. Add the flesh from one avocado for every 10 eggs and boost the flavor with mustard, chipotle powder, salt, and pepper. Blitz these again briefly and then pipe or spoon the filling back into the hollowed egg whites.
At this point, you can get creative and drizzle on some flavored oil (like parsley-infused oil) and top off with crunchy bacon bits, smoky-sweet roasted pepper (get these jarred and dice them up), or even crab meat. Let your imagination be your guide!
Halftime Hunger Busters
It’s halftime and your appetizers were gulped down 30 points ago. Watching the non-stop action has you and your guests famished! It’s tostada time! And the good news is, you couldn’t find a quicker or easier recipe! Grab two ripe avocados, halve and pit them, then dice them while still in their convenient jackets. Scoop out the neat squares, you avo expert, and toss them with lime juice and salt. Warm up a can of refried beans in a saucepan over medium-heat and crack open a pack of tostada shells. Spread the beans on the tostada shells and spoon some of your avo mixture onto them. At this point, your imagination is your only limit and you can set out bowls of your favorite toppings: grated cheese, shredded lettuce, and pulled pork or cubed chicken are total crowd pleasers! Then, call your crew and let everyone build their own tostadas. Game on!
Sweeter than a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, these make-ahead avocado-laced brownies are the perfect finish to a March Madness get-together. Your guests will never even know that these brownies contain avo, unless you reveal the secret that the luscious moisture in these cakes is thanks to the two avocados you added to the batter, which is a simple combination of eggs, sugar, chocolate chips, cocoa, vanilla, a little bit of salt and flour. A quick half hour bake and presto!