You don't have to be a professional party planner or a Bella to throw a pitch perfect party. In honor of Pitch Perfect 2 being released on DVD today, here are some aca-mazing party ideas - no horizontal running required.
Burrito shots are a bite size version of burritos. These are made with ground turkey, which is typically a little healthier than ground beef (that way you don't have to be "put down for cardio").
- 1 lb lean ground turkey, browned and drained
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Chili powder
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 (10-oz) can Refried beans
- 1 (10-oz) can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
- 1.5 cups Mexican blend cheese
- 24 Corn tortillas cut out with circle cookie cutters
- Optional: Sour cream, red onion, cilantro and tomato for garnishing.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brown the ground turkey, then add all spices. Once cooked, add canned tomatoes and green chiles. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out the corn tortillas to place in muffin tins. (TIP: Cold tortillas are much easier to cut with the cookie cutter) Once you have all cutouts, microwave them for about 20 seconds to help them become more flexible and snugly fit in the muffin tins.
Spoon in a layer of refried beans. Use back of the spoon to press down the beans to help level it out. Sprinkle on some cheese, then spoon in some of the ground turkey mixture. Finish with a second sprinkle of cheese and bake for 12 minutes (or until you achieve desired crispiness). Garnish with more cheese and all the toppings you'd like!
Pitch Slapped Peppers
Stuffed with cheese and wrapped up in crispy bacon - how could you go wrong with that winning combination? Spicy enough to feel as if you were slapped in the mouth, these peppers will have you singing a high note.
- 12 fresh jalapeño peppers
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 12 slices bacon, cut in half
- 24 toothpicks
Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and place a baking rack on top of the baking sheet.
Cut the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise, then remove seeds and center membrane. Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, and chili powder until combined (this can also be done by hand using a rubber spatula). Add a pinch of salt to taste, then start spoon filling jalapeño halves. Wrap each stuffed jalapeño with a half slice of bacon and stick a toothpick through the center to hold the bacon in place. Place each on the baking rack and bake for 25-28 minutes (or until the bacon is crispy enough for you). You can also turn your oven to broil for the last minute to crisp up the tops of the jalapeños and give them a golden glow.
Aca-scuse me? These Aca-tinis are aca-awesome. You'll love your first one but then think, "mmm, better not" for a second... But you totally will.
- 1 oz Skyy Raspberry Vodka
- 1 oz DeKuyper Island Punch Pucker
- 1/2 oz DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
- Splash: Sweet & Sour and Sprite
- Rim with Candy Cocktail Lemon Sugar
Add all liquids to shaker tin to build martini. Rim martini glass with sugar, then strain into martini glass.
Treble Makin' Manhattan
In honor of our beloved Treble Makers, a simple Manhattan with a twist. Cherry brandy instead of sugar may get you into a bit of treble!
- 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
- 1 orange slice
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 2 oz Bulleit Rye
- 1/2 oz Cherry Brandy
- 2 dashes bitters
- 1 splash soda water
Add cherry juice, orange slice, maraschino cherry, and cherry brandy to glass and muddle until the fruit is slightly broken down. Add ice cubes directly into glass, then add Rye Whiskey. Splash with soda water and 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters.
You don't have to be Fat Amy to appreciate these fat notes. Simple sugar cookies with some icing pizzazz will have boppin' around in no time.
- 1 and 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Store-bought black sparkle icing
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with musical note cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before decorating with black sparkle icing.
The Bellas are back! Get the song mash-ups rolling and sing your heart out with your very own Bella-phone.
- 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 and 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 box regular ice cream cones (12 ct.)
- Silver sugar pearls for decorating.
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 and 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with mixer until light and foamy, for about 2 minutes. While beating, slowly pour in the butter and vanilla extract. Mix slowly and add half the dry ingredients. Then, add all the milk and follow with the rest of the dry ingredients. Do not to overmix the batter. Spoon batter into the ice cream cones. Place the filled ice cream cones in cupcake tins and carefully place in oven. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Cool the ice cream cupcakes on a rack completely.
In a large bowl, use a hand-held mixer with a paddle attachment to beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, for about 2 minutes. Add confectioner's sugar, cream, vanilla extract, and salt with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes. Add more confectioner's sugar if frosting appears to be too thin, or add more cream if it seems too thick. You can also add an extra pinch of salt if it tastes too sweet! Frost the cupcake microphones. In a small dish, pour a few of the silver sugar pearls. Dip the frosted ice cream cone cupcakes into the pearls in a swirling motion to pick up the pearls. Press pearls lightly down with fingertips to smooth out them out, then add more to achieve a completely coated "microphone."