Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

There's a dish for every team.

Nina Friend
March 30, 2018

March Madness is down to the Final Four and if you haven’t been paying attention, this weekend is the time to tune in. The semi-finals take place this Saturday, March 31, so we put together the ultimate menu based on the teams that are in the Final Four: Michigan, Loyola-Chicago, Villanova and Kansas.

Don't forget the beer, either. March may feel like the longest month ever when you're craving spring weather but it still feels like winter. But it happens to be the biggest month of the year for beer sales, thanks in no small part to March Madness (and St. Patrick's Day). So grab a beer or six (may we suggest seasonal favorite that just went back on the market?), and get cooking.

In honor of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, start with:

Open-Face Cheese Toasts with Broccoli Rabe Relish

© John Kernick

These melt-in-your-mouth hors d'oeuvres come from Chicago native Stephanie Izard. The chef has a new cookbook coming out called Gather & Graze: 120 Recipes for Tasty Good Times next week, so now is the perfect time to double down on all things Izard.

And you’ll want more to snack on, so in honor of the Michigan Wolverines, try:

Pecorino Crisps with Rhubarb-Cherry Chutney

This unique appetizer pairs Michigan’s state fruit, cherries, with one of spring’s most sought-after ingredients, rhubarb.

Next, in honor of the Villanova Wildcats, move onto:

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Noodle Soup

Ian Knauer

It’s almost April, which means it’s time to get in all the comfort food that’s about to be seasonally inappropriate (even though there’s always a place for this classic).

For the main event, in honor of Kansas, dig into a big bowl of chili (and maybe a cinnamon roll...):

Crock-Pot Chili

Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

We have a ton of chili recipes for you to choose from, but if you want to keep your eyes glued to the TV, a slow cooker recipe is the way to go. And if you're truly celebrating Kansas, then have a cinnamon roll alongside your chili. Yes, it's a famous combination in the state.

No matter which team you’re cheering for, each of these recipes is, ahem, a slam dunk.