Four foods you need to make for your Final Four party

The Final Four is upon us, and though it’s no Super Bowl, it’s still a chance to get together with friends and watch a few games. But if you’re hosting or attending a party, you might need some food to go with all the basketball.

And so we are excited to have teamed up with Rollinwiththefatness on these incredibly delicious and unique food recipes. There is no gluttony shortage here as we dive in to a new way to make (and eat) pizza, avocado and Nutella — OH MY!

Feeds a hungry gathering of over 10 people

Ingredients:

3 cans of jumbo biscuits found in refrigerator aisle (think Pillsbury)

1 large bag of mozzarella cheese

2 jars of your favorite tomato sauce (approx. 32 ounces total are needed — I use homemade, but store-bought is perfect as well)

Cooking spray

Optional Ingredients: Chopped pepperoni, chopped onions, chopped garlic, chopped bell peppers, chopped jalapeno peppers. Basically whatever pizza toppings you really enjoy.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a thin layer of cooking spray in a 9X11 or 9×13 baking dish. If you use a 9×11, you may have a few biscuits left over.

2. You’re going to repeat this step until your baking dish has one complete layer: Split each biscuit in half and flatten it out a bit. Fill it with cheese (and a few optional toppings if you want) and then seal the dough while rolling it into a ball. Fill the baking dish with these bad boys.

3. Once the tray is full, cover the balls in handfuls of cheese and whatever additional toppings you’d like.

4. Cover in tomato sauce.

5. Cover in cheese again.

6. Place in 350-degree oven for approximately 20 minutes. Then crank up the heat to 425 and leave your dish in for an additional 10 minutes or until the top layer of cheese browns.

7. Wait to cool a bit and enjoy!

Ingredients:

3 firm avocados, though feel free to purchase more to feed a large crowd (if they’re too ripe, they’ll fall apart on you in the hot oil)

1 egg

Splash of water

1/2 cup to 1 cup of vegetable oil, depending on the size of your pan

At least 1 cup of bread crumbs

Salt to taste

Directions:

1. This is the most important step. Make sure you purchase firm avocados. Not so firm you can’t cut them, but firm enough so that they won’t fall apart in the hot oil. If you can indent the skin with a soft push, they’re too ripe for this recipe.

2. Find a deep pan or pot and cover the bottom with about an inch of oil. In most cases this will be about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of oil. Begin heating it to 350 degrees.

3. If you don’t have a thermometer, or are like me and can’t find one ever, you can test the temp by throwing in a small piece of white bread. If the bread sinks, it’s too cold. If it burns, it’s too hot. Easy!

4. Scramble the egg with a splash of water in a shallow bowl. Spread 1 cup of bread crumbs in a separate shallow bowl or plate.

5. Cut each avocado in half and de-pit them. Cut each half into thirds. Depending on the size of the avocado, cut each third in half of thirds.

6. Put each avocado piece in the scrambled egg wash for a quick bath and then cover each piece in breadcrumbs.

7. Taking care not to overcrowd the pan, place each avocado piece in the hot oil. Because you’re not cooking the avocado, you really only need to brown the breadcrumbs, which should take about 1 minute on each side.

8. Place on paper towel-lined plate and immediately hit with some salt.

9. These avocado fries/tots can easily be made into tacos. Just place a few of the finished guys in a tortilla with your favorite taco toppings and the chipotle mayo (recipe below) and enjoy!

Feeds a hungry gathering of over 10 people.

Ingredients:

1 bag marshmallows (small is best)

5 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup peanut butter (creamy works best, but some people love chunky)

2/3 cup and 1/4 cup Nutella (you’ll need the two different amounts for different steps)

Cooking spray

2 cups of heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of sugar

1 box of chocolate Teddy Grahams

Directions:

1. Melt half a stick of butter in a large pot. Once it’s melted, add a bag of marshmallows and let them all melt together (this takes approximately five minutes).

2. When the marshmallows and butter become one gooey, yellowy concoction, add 1/3 cup of peanut butter and 1/4 cup of Nutella and let them all melt together. Once everything is melted/combined, turn off the burner and add 5 cups of Rice Krispies cereal and stir to combine.

3. Find a large plastic bowl, spray cooking spray into the bowl and onto your hands and fingers and mold the Rice Krispies peanut butter mix to the inside of the bowl, creating a Rice Krispies bowl. Make sure there are no holes or else it’ll fall apart when you try to pop it out of the bowl later. Refrigerate for at least one hour while you do the next part and work on your drink (next recipe).

4. In a bowl, whisk together remaining 2/3 cup peanut butter (I usually heat it through just a smidge), 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream.

5. Whisk 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream in separate bowl until soft peaks form. Once soft peaks form, add 1 teaspoon of both white sugar and vanilla extract and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. When stiff, begin folding small batches of it into the concoction created in Step 4. Soft fold until no white remains.

6. In another bowl whisk together remaining 2/3 cup Nutella and 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream.

7. Whisk 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream in separate bowl until soft peaks form. Once soft peaks form, add 1 teaspoon of both white sugar and vanilla extract and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. When stiff, begin folding small batches of it into the concoction created in Step 6. Soft fold until no white remains.

8. Take the Rice Krispies bowl out of the fridge. This is the tricky part: using a knife, separate the Rice Krispies bowl from your plastic bowl. Flip the plastic bowl over, give it a good whack and the rice crispy bowl should fall right out.

9. You should have two bowls of whipped deliciousness. You can either separate the bowl with a divider and fill each half, or swirl them together. My friends prefer the swirl.

10. Strategically place Teddy Grahams in precarious positions all around the bowl. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 bags of frozen passion fruit pulp. Goya makes an awesome one that you can find in the frozen food aisle

4 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice (or you can cheat and use 4 cups of Simply Lemonade)

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 bunch of mint leaves

Directions

1. Thaw one bag of passion fruit pulp until mostly juice.

2. Make minty simple syrup! Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and stir until mixed through. Once mixed through, add the mint leaves. Turn off the burner and let sit and cool for at least 10 minutes before adding the rest of the drink.

3. Mix both bags of passion fruit pulp with 4 cups of lemon juice or Simply Lemonade. The frozen pieces of passion fruit will melt eventually, but will help chill down the drink without watering it down.

4. Add in minty simple syrup one teaspoon at a time until you reach desired taste. You’ll need less if you use the Simply Lemonade. Enjoy!