Talk Of Alabama: Basketball Madness & Meatball Sub Dip

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A Full Court Press Is Now In Session

There is a method to the madness & no other sound confirms that an eloquent game is underway quite like the swoosh of the ball sailing gracefully through the net without touching the rim. We instinctively listen out for it. As college basketball heats up with the tip off of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, naturally a full court press of March Madness celebrations will be in session. A warm appetizer filled with b-ball swag is the perfect way to commemorate the occasion. Get ready to swoosh toasted baguette slices into Slam Dunk Meatball Sub Dip featuring a creamy tomato infused cheese dip filled with 23 miniature basketballs that pays homage to Superfly Hoops Legend, Michael Jordan & his contributions to the sport on a college & professional level. Coupled with a line of High Top Sneaker Bunting, a few crunchy snacks such as Zesty Courtside Crunch Mix & a sweet sixteen-worthy contender, Peanut Butter Alley-Oop Bars, you can’t go wrong in hosting an easy, stellar game day blowout.

March Madness Party & Meatball Sub Dip With Tomato-Basil Cream By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Chef Author Football Tailgating Basketball & Sports Entertaining Birmingham Alabama Crimson Tide Hoops Tide & Tigers Today Game Day Hostess Cooking Lessons DIY Crafts Recipes

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makes 12 servings


If you fast break for pasta tossed in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce, you’ll love the flavor of this dip. Mini basketballs hold court in the creamy dip that will be long gone before the half.

1/2 {16-oz} package hot breakfast sausage
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 {8-oz} package cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp whipping cream
2 scallions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups marinara or chunky-style pasta sauce, divided
1 {8-oz} package shredded Italian cheese blend, divided
Garnishes: Red pepper flakes & freshly ground pepper
Crostini toasts & sliced soft bread sticks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the sausage & the breadcrumbs in a medium bowl.
Portion into 23 meatballs using a 2 teaspoon-size cookie scoop. Roll into balls.

Brush an 8-inch cast iron skillet with vegetable oil.
Brown the meatballs over Medium heat 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
Remove from the skillet along with the grease & swipe the pan with a paper towel.

Stir together the cream cheese, the cream, the scallions, the garlic, the basil
& the crushed red pepper in a bowl. Stir in 1 cup marinara sauce until smooth.
Fold in the warm meatballs. Stir in 1 cup Italian cheese blend.

Spread the remaining 1/2 cup marinara sauce in the bottom of the skillet.
Top with the meatball mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup Italian cheese blend.

Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly. Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until browned, if desired. 
Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes & freshly ground pepper.
Serve with crostini toasts & warm, sliced bread sticks.

…And One

If you choose to use a different dish, be certain it is marked as broiler-safe.

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How To Host A Superfly Soiree

Add big spirit to hoops game parties with this charming idea.
Here’s the low down.

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High Top Sneaker Bunting

Draw a 5 to 6-inch sneaker shape onto white card stock & cut with scissors.
Once you have the first sneaker, use it as a template for a similar sized shoes.
Trace & cut additional shapes. An odd number always looks great.

Pierce 16 holes along the base of each shoe using a tiny-sized punch.
Pierce 10 holes on the opposite side to resemble a spot for laces. 

Thread the sneakers by weaving twine through the holes.
Secure the ends on the backside with tape.
For a shadow effect, cut an additional shape in a contrasting color.
Stagger the two pieces & secure with tape. 

Cut swoosh-ish designs from a contrasting color of craft paper.
Attach to the sneakers with tape.

Pierce two holes at the top of the shoes & thread together with twine.
Shazam! Weave throughout your snack table for the win.

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