Throw a March Madness Party!


Bombay Sliders with Garlic Curry Sauce

Like White Castle, only spicier! Plan on three burgers per person, and top with tomato, red onion, and cucumber slices.



1 cup mayonnaise, divided
6 1/4 teaspoons curry powder, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
1 garlic clove, minced

2 pounds ground turkey
6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup minced green onions
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon hot chili powder or Hungarian hot paprika
1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil
12 small dinner rolls, cut horizontally in half, lightly toasted


Mix 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 1/4 teaspoons curry powder, and next 3 ingredients in small bowl for sauce. Let stand at room temperature while preparing sliders.

Place turkey, next 6 ingredients, remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise, and 4 teaspoons curry powder in large bowl. Mix with fork or hands just until blended (do not overmix). Divide mixture into 12 equal portions. Using wet hands, form each portion into patty about 1/2 inch thick.
Preheat broiler or heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. If broiling patties, brush rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon oil and arrange patties on sheet. Broil (or cover patties in skillet and cook in batches) until cooked through, pressing patties down lightly with spatula before turning over, about 3 minutes per side (or 4 minutes per side if cooking in skillet).

Place patties on bottom halves of rolls. Top each patty with sauce. Cover with roll tops. Place 3 sliders on each of 4 plates and serve.



Mini B’ball cupcakes

Mini “B’ball” Cupcakes

Cuter than Elmo and easy as pie.


1 package cupcake mix (your choice)

1 16 oz can buttercream frosting

Red and yellow food coloring

2 tubes black gel icing

1 mini muffin pan


Bake cupcakes according to package directions.

Set aside and cool.

Spoon frosting into a small bowl.

Add five drops yellow food coloring, then two drops red. Mix well. Keep adding coloring in the same ratio until you attain your desired orange tint.

Frost cupcakes. (Tango tip: For best results, place frosting in refrigerator to chill for five minutes before you frost.)

Use black gel to tube to draw basketball “seams” as shown in photo.

(Tango tip: First draw a cross across the cupcake, then draw one semicircle on each side.)

The Cocktail:

Beer is de rigueur during March Madness, so be sure to stock the fridge. But in Tango’s opinion, adding a witty champagne cocktail is the party equivalent of a slam dunk.

Bubble Cocktail

The Bubble

Hint: In basketball parlance, “on the bubble” is where teams on the verge (but uncertain of getting invites to the Big Dance) are said to reside.

- 1 oz Inniskillin Vidal Oak Age Ice Wine
- 1 oz Lychee Juice
- 3 oz Brut Champagne
Garnish: slice of star fruit


Pour all ingredients into a champagne flute, adding the champagne last. Garnish with a slice of star fruit.

Cocktail created by: Junior Merino, Master Mixologist, Cocktail

Photo: Peter Pioppo from Studio P

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