It’s Friday and we are going to make this fast. Friday is my day to be happy and happy hour is almost upon us. For that matter Sunday night is Oscar’s night and that is almost upon us, too! I do enjoy watching the Academy Awards; the primary reason being that I enjoy seeing the glitz. It’s such a foreign world to me and once a year viewing provides me a lot of entertainment. Most of the time it is my first glimpse into what I’ve missed and then I know what I need to see.
Whole Foods has us thinking Oscar parties. Well, just because you are having a party does not mean one has to break the bank. Shopping at Whole Foods provides a myriad of options such as wings, meatballs, savory cheese such as Parmigiano Reggiano and even grapes are on sale this week. Think finger foods and keep it simple. I’ve supplied you with a quick recipe that is good enough to get the party started and perfect to munch on through out. Make a lot because it is addicting. This recipe came from Whole Foods but in true fashion I had to doctor it up with some of my favorite movie munchies. Think chips and M and M’s. On another note, this travels well in one’s purse when one actually goes to see the movies! And the award goes to…well really…this popcorn!
Chipotle Sweet and Salty Caramel Glazed Popcorn
Adapted From: Whole Foods
Time To Make: About 15 minutes and 30 minutes to bake
8 c popped popcorn
5 T butter
1 c slivered almonds
1/2 c kettle potato chips
2/3 c brown sugar
1/4 c maple syrup
1 t ground chipotle powder
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 c M and M’s
Preheat oven to 300. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat. Place popcorn, nuts and potato chips in a large bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Add sugar, maple syrup, chipotle powder and salt and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve salt and then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and slowly drizzle over popcorn mixture in bowl. Fold glaze in to coat mixture evenly. Place mixture on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir and add M and M’s. Bake another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.