Score Big with March Madness

Score Big with March Madness

A Slam Dunk Guide to Charcuterie & Pickled Delights

March Madness isn't just about basketball. How’s that you say? Well, we think it’s a truly American cultural phenomenon that brings friends, family, and college hoops fans together in the spirit of competition and camaraderie. And what better way to elevate your game-day experience than with a spread of delectable appetizers and a well-crafted charcuterie board?

In this post, we've got our brackets filled out for both the 2024 Men’s and Women’s NCAA College Tournament. And better yet, we’re dribbling headlong into the world of March Madness with a twist. No, we’re not talking just the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight. 

You guessed it. Straight from our farm in beautiful Washington state, it’s Foster’s version of our own Final Four of Foster’s pickled vegetables: And they are Asparagus Spears, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, and Green Beans. Get them into your snack, watch party, and get-together lineup. You’ll see they’re a winning combination of flavors that will have everyone cheering for more.

1. Elevating Your Game with Pickled Asparagus Spears

To start, let's tip off with Foster’s Pickled Asparagus Spears – a delightful twist on the classic game-day snack. Crisp, tangy, and bursting with flavor, pickled asparagus spears add a refreshing crunch to your charcuterie board. Available in Original, Red Pepper, and Jalapeño flavors, pair with thinly sliced prosciutto or salami for a savory-sweet contrast that will have your taste buds doing a victory dance. And don’t forget to add savory crackers.

2. Going Green with Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Now moving forward (we think they’re a real power forward), Foster’s Pickled Brussels Sprouts may not be everyone's favorite veggie. But when they're pickled to perfection, they’re like a sweet screen and roll – one that’s certainly set to become a game-changing play. Tangy and slightly sour, pickled Brussels sprouts add a pop of color, flavor, and crunchy deliciousness to your charcuterie board. Serve them alongside creamy goat cheese or sharp cheddar for a winning combination that will convert even the most skeptical of eaters into fans.

3. Carrot Crunch: Pickled Perfection

Next let’s get Foster’s Pickled Carrots into our game plan. Crunchy, vibrant, and oh-so-addictive, pickled carrots are a must-have for any March Madness spread. Their natural sweetness pairs perfectly with tangy and pickling spices, creating a flavor profile that's both bold, slightly sweet and spicy and very well balanced. Arrange them on your charcuterie board alongside crusty bread, cured meats, and a variety of cheeses for a snack that's as visually appealing as it is delicious.

4. Winning with Pickled Green Beans

Last but certainly not least, there’s Foster’s Pickled Green Beans. Available in Original and Red Pepper flavors, make them your go-to MVP of any game-day appetizer tray. Crisp, tangy, and utterly irresistible, these flavorful gems are guaranteed to disappear in record time. Serve them alongside smoked Gouda or sharp provolone for a taste sensation that will have your guests coming back for seconds (and thirds).

Creating Your Ultimate Charcuterie Board

Now that you have your pickled delights ready to go, it's time to assemble the ultimate charcuterie board. Start by selecting a variety of cured meats, cheeses, and accompaniments to complement your pickled offerings. Arrange everything artfully on a large wooden board or platter, making sure to leave plenty of room for guests to mingle and graze. And, by all means go for interesting angles to position your players. Don't forget to add some additional snacks and dips to round out your spread, such as olives, nuts, fresh fruit, and gourmet crackers. And no March Madness party would be complete without a selection of ice-cold beverages, so be sure to stock up on beer, wine, and non-alcoholic options to keep everyone hydrated and happy throughout the game.

March Madness = Pickled Perfection

As you gear up for the excitement of March Madness this year, don't forget to take your game-day snacks to the next level with a selection of pickled delights and a beautifully crafted charcuterie board. Whether you're cheering on your favorite team or simply enjoying the company of friends and family, these flavorful appetizers are sure to score big with everyone in attendance. So grab your snacks, settle in front of the TV, and get ready to enjoy a slam dunk of a party that's bound to be a hit with fans of all ages. So let the madness begin!

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