The NCAA men’s basketball finale is tonight, finally. The tournament has dragged on so long it’s now April Madness. No fooling. Not only that, but the tourney’s schedulers, in order to capture the important West Coast market, have decided to tip off the game at 9:23 p.m., which means only one thing if you’re a serious East Coast college hoops fan:
You’re going to have indigestion tonight.
Seriously, at a time when your stomach should be settling from dinner, you’ll likely be settling down to some greasy rings, spicy wings and way too much alcohol for your own good — or at least for a good night’s sleep.
So we’re here to help with your late-night April Madness munchies. Bonnie S. Benwick and I have cobbled together some easy and (hopefully) easy-on-the-stomach treats for tonight’s game. Check ‘em out after the jump.
Cheese Puffs (Gougeres). Courtesy of chef Michel Richard, these gougeres should be listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. You might want to skip the cayenne, or use a less zippy pepper like an ancho, to give your system a break.
Almond Dip. No game is complete without some dip, and this Turkish spread lightens up the usual calorie bombs.
Chocolate Grapes . This is another Richard recipe, which makes us wonder whether the chef doesn’t have a small obsession with snacking.
Sweet and Salty Popcorn. Todd Gray’s recipe is so simple your kids could prepare it tonight.
Eggplant Chips. For picky eaters, this recipe would give eggplant a good name.
Chocolate Rice Crispies. The trick here will be not to eat the whole bowl of chocolate rice balls.
Grits-Stuffed Collard Rolls . Remember to use low-fat milk and low-fat cheddar cheese to reduce your late-night calorie intake.
Honeyed Pecans With Sesame Seeds. Don’t be afraid of this quick-fry recipe. You’ll love the results.
Parmesan Yogurt Dip With Carrots. Count this among the best ways to get your kids to eat carrots.
Roasted Tomato Bruschetta. This recipe should make even out-of-season hothouse tomatoes taste good.