10 Slam-Dunk Snacks for March Madness Parties

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Classic Guacamole
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Makes about 1 3/4 cups

2 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno chile
1/2 teaspoon kosher ... more 
Photo by: James Ransom
Classic Guacamole
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Makes about 1 3/4 cups

2 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno chile
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro, divided
1 large or 2 small ripe Hass avocados, halved and pitted
A squeeze of lime, if desired

1. Mash onion, chile, salt, and half the cilantro to a paste in a mortar and pestle. You can also mince and mash the ingredients together on a cutting board and then transfer the paste to a bowl.
2. Score the flesh in the avocado halves in a crosshatch pattern with a knife & scoop it with a spoon into the bowl. Toss well (it should be like salad properly dressed in vinaigrette), add remaining cilantro, and mash with the pestle or a fork. Season to taste with lime juice, additional chile & salt. less 
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Fri, Mar 29, 2013 1:42 PM EDT

It's entertaining season. You're hosting a March Madness party and need to impress your foodie friends. We get it. Here are 10 recipes to step up your hors d'oeuvre game but not make a big deal of it, because two bags of tortilla chips and a jar of salsa just aren't going to cut it anymore. This year, March Madness snacks are growing up, and still tasting great with beer.

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