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March Madness Charcuterie

Create March Madness charcuterie and fruit platters for watching the games when you and your friends gather to cheer on your favorite teams. Include vegetarian and gluten-free choices to accommodate those with different food preferences.

Serve Charcuterie to Feed a Group

Basketball in March is all about the madness and fun of watching college teams win on buzzer-beaters and lose on airball shots! It is exhilarating, exasperating, and emotionally charged. It is March Madness!

March Madness Charcuterie Board

Include Variety for March Madness Charcuterie

Whether you are hosting just a few guests to cheer on your favorite team or a large group, you’ll need plenty of snacks. Charcuterie and fruit boards are easy to put together and can offer enough variety to please everyone.

March Madness Charcuterie Board

Be sure to include plenty of hearty cold-cut meats, a variety of cheeses, and several types of crackers.

March Madness Charcuterie Board

Nuts are for nibbling between courses, so have plenty on hand to refill containers.

March Madness Charcuterie Board

Pickles are a good filler food, and the smaller ones tend to go fast, so have extras on hand.

March Madness Charcuterie Board

Create Separate March Madness Charcuterie Boards

Fruits can be scattered across the charcuterie board, but if you have several, consider creating a separate board for them. Plan on refilling popular fruits like grapes, watermelon, and strawberries. Keeping some fruits separate from the cold cuts makes it easier to accommodate vegetarians. Watch and cut replacement fruit ahead so it is easy to refill the board during the game.

March Madness Charcuterie Board

Serve Chips and Dip on the March Madness Charcuterie Board

Serve a dip like Creamy Jalapeno (recipe below) with a bowl of chips. This dip can be made a day in advance and is kept in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Serve smaller amounts and refill containers since it has mayonnaise and should not sit out for hours.

March Madness Charcuterie Board

Get Creative

Get creative with your food boards. They can be designed for vegetarians by separating the meats and placing them on individual boards. Have a board that contains a variety of dips for veggies, crackers, chips, and even fruits. Maybe a dessert board with chocolates, small cakes, or cookies. Whatever you serve, let your guests help themselves between those incredible shots!

March Madness Charcuterie Board

Use Platters or Boards

It is not necessary to have wooden charcuterie boards for serving food. Use large platters, cake plates on pedestals, and small containers. Once the food is placed on the serving boards or platters, it will be beautiful and inviting! Arrange it in patterns and groupings for the best presentation.

March Madness Charcuterie Board

Other Game Day Recipes

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Chuy’s Copycat Creamy Jalapeno Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 12
Calories 186 kcal


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons salsa verde (used Herdez mild salsa verde)
  • 5 tablespoons dry ranch dressing mix (used Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix)
  • ½ cup pickled jalapeno peppers (used Mezzetta tamed jalapeno peppers)
  • ½ cup cilantro, fresh


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor; blend on high until they are chopped finely. The dip should be smooth with specks of green.
  • Chill for 2 hours or overnight to let the flavors develop.


Pickled Jalapenos

Do not substitute fresh jalapenos for pickled ones. Fresh peppers will not impart the same taste.
Chuy’s Copycat Cream Jalapeno Dip
Although these may or may not be the exact ingredients in Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip, several versions of this recipe were taste-tested against Chuy’s dip. This one was so close that the testers confused it with the real thing. This recipe aims to give you a close copy to enjoy Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip deliciousness at home.


Calories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 727mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 306IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Appetizer, Chuy’s Copycat Jalapeno Dip, dip, jalapeno dip
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