7 Recipes That Turn March Into a Total Celebration

Let's reframe the narrative about March — winter might be dragging on, but there's a lot to get excited about this month.

March 08, 2021

Though it may seem like a slow, dreary month, March is actually packed with special occasions and each one is an opportunity to cook up something fun and celebrate. If you’re in a culinary rut and looking for some fresh ideas, check out the Food Network Kitchen app for classes that highlight all of the revelry March has to offer. After all, March can be just as fun-filled as any other month. From Pi Day to March Madness to the first day of spring, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes to celebrate the month of March.

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie

Ok math fans, we know Pi Day is about more than just pie, but we’re taking it as an opportunity to celebrate our favorite flaky dessert. Lasheeda Perry’s Triple Berry Pie is a fun and informative class to make the mathematical holiday a little more sweet. It’s also a kid-friendly recipe that’s simple and easy to recreate time and time again.

Ali Clarke portrait, as seen on Food Network Kitchen Live.

Photo by: Rob Pryce

Rob Pryce

Gear Up for Game Time

Next up on the calendar? March Madness! Just like any other game, this legendary sports tradition calls for snacks. Our personal favorites? Erin McDowell’s Crunchy Bean Dip Tacos and Ali Clarke’s Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Tangy Coleslaw and Spicy Aioli class. Both pack a punch of flavor that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to your favorite sports bar. Easy to prep and perfect for a crowd, these game-day recipes are your best bet for a night (or week) spent watching your favorite team.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Spice Up St. Patrick’s Day

Perhaps the most famous March holiday is also famous for its traditional recipes. Not a fan of mom’s corned beef and cabbage? This St. Patrick’s Day mix things up a bit with two recipes that teach us a fun spin on the traditional fare that is sure to make corned-beef converts out of even the pickiest of eaters.

To start, try Nikki Scott’s Spinach Pancakes and Corned Beef Hash class. The pancakes boast a bright green hue with a custardy texture and oniony bite. The hash gets topped off with a tender fried egg for a festive holiday breakfast. It’s the perfect way to kick off St. Patrick’s Day morning and can even be a great way to use up leftovers in the days following.

Next up, try Justin Chapple’s Spicy Stir-Fried Corned Beef and Cabbage. Inspired by Chinese American-style kung pao chicken, this recipe is loaded with fiery spice and flavor. It utilizes fresh cabbage instead of the traditional boiled vegetable for a crunchy accompaniment.

Alexandra Utter features Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp, as seen on Food Network Kitchen Live.

Photo by: Brian David Photography

Brian David Photography

Spring Forward with a Seasonal Recipe

Nothing says spring like asparagus, and Alexandra Utter puts the famously in-season vegetable on display in her Mustard-and-Herb-Crusted Salmon with Warm Asparagus Salad class to celebrate the first day of spring. This easy salmon recipe is refreshingly light and incorporates the perfect spring vegetable recipe to add to your arsenal year after year.

FN Flat Recipe: Matzoh Crack

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

Savor Something Sweet for Passover

Looking for a sweet recipe to bring to Passover Seder this year? Dave Mechlowicz has you covered with his irresistible Chocolate Toffee Matzo Candy class, which airs later in the month. In this class, Dave will show us how toffee and matzo come together to create the crunchiest candy that’s a little bit salty and a little bit sweet. Perfect as a snack or a dessert, this decadent treat is bound to please everyone at your table, from kids to parents to grandparents.

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