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Superbowl Snack Mix

This one’s for all you late-comers and last-minute non-planners out there. I include myself in that group. As much as I love thinking about Superbowl parties (for the food, not the football) and planning menus in my head, I have yet to actually get around to hosting my own Superbowl party, replete with all the spicy snacks I dream about.

Fortunately, this is one spicy Superbowl snack mix that’s also an extremely easy snack mix. In fact, it’s a cinch. It’s a cinch snack mix!

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Buffalo Popcorn Snack Mix

Perfect last-minute party snack

  • Yield: 6 1x
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Ingredients

  • 12 cups plain popcorn (see below for how to pop your own corn)
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup roasted peanuts or mixed nuts
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons Frank’s RedHot
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (I used smoked blue cheese)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Toss the popcorn with the nuts.
  3. Combine butter, Frank’s, and Worcestershire and drizzle over popcorn. Toss gently but thoroughly to coat.
  4. Spread out onto a large baking sheet and sprinkle with celery salt.
  5. Bake on the center rack for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the popcorn is crisp.
  6. Put into a serving bowl and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and serve warm from the oven.

Make your own popcorn! If you prefer a video demo, this caramel corn video will show you how to make popcorn!

Recipe: Old Fashioned Popcorn

SummaryHow the pioneers made it (don’t quote me on that)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 teaspoons oil

Instructions

  1. In a large pot with a lid (4 quart size is sufficient) heat the oil over high heat for a few seconds.
  2. Add THREE corn kernels and put the lid on.
  3. Once you hear those three pop, quickly add the rest of the corn and replace the lid. Within 10 seconds you should hear the rest of the corn begin to pop.
  4. Shake the pan a couple of times and then let it alone.
  5. After about 2 minutes of crazy, off-the-wall popping, it will subside.
  6. Turn off the heat and shake the pot for an additional 10 seconds to allow the last of the kernels pop.
  7. Pour into a serving bowl and add butter, salt, lemon juice, hotsauce, parmesan, or whatever else you like. Or use it in the popcorn snack mix recipe above.
  8. 1/3 cup kernels makes about 6 cups popped corn so you will need 2 batches of this to make the recipe above.

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 3

2 Comments

  1. Great Stone Face on February 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    When I was in college in New Hampshire, I was on the radio station. The DJ’s, news, production, and engineering folks would all hang out, since we could program our party mixes by telling the person on the air what to play. The snack of choice was popcorn — bowls & bowls of it. One thing we learned was to let a little steam out during the cooking process. That tenderizes the corn. We’d also double-up on the recipe and pour it into bowls as it popped, which probably wasn’t a good idea.

    As for the Super Bowl this year, since we are invited to a party tomorrow where the hostess hates carbs, we’re bringing a big bag of fancy Florida oranges. It’s not traditional, but, heck, they have a media room with a ginormous projection TV.

    • Hilah on February 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      Oh, man, do I have to tell you that sounds like quite a fun time? Thanks for the tip about letting the steam out. I used to use a big pot with a vented lid but I don’t have that one anymore. Fortunately (I guess?) that pot’s replacement has a janky lid that doesn’t quite sit straight so it’s easy to let steam out with that one, too. But I never knew there was a good reason to do it!

      This is such a wonderful time of year for citrus fruit, too.

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