Summer Eats: Cheese Popcorn Recipes and More!
This article offers unconventional popcorn recipes that are perfect for summer barbecues and cook-outs.
In the food world, the summer means cook-outs, block parties, and barbecues. Year after year, millions of Americans flock to one another’s backyards to enjoy grilled meats, baked beans, coleslaw, and… cheese popcorn with bacon? Not many people associate popcorn, let alone cheese popcorn, with summer. We assure you that these popcorn recipes, which run the gamut from sweet to salty to spicy, are sure to be the finger food favorites at your next block party.
Bacon and Cheese Popcorn: A combination of salty and savory, this recipe is made with grated cheddar cheese and sprinkled with bacon. Add chives and jalapenos to create the weight-watchers solution to loaded cheese fries.
Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts: Want to make a unique summer time desert that will wow your guests? Caramel popcorn with peanuts may be the sweet snack you’ve been searching for. This combination of peanuts and popcorn, coated by a thick layer of caramel and brown sugar will satisfy the sweet-tooth of kids and adults alike.
Barbecue Chili Popcorn: The faint of heart may want to avoid this 4-alarm fire recipe for barbecue chili popcorn. The generous helping of spicy chili sauce that’s worked through the popcorn is sure to make just about anybody sweat. If it gets to hot, add brown sugar to neutralize the burn.
Popcorn Caramel Apples: For a new take on popcorn balls, try popcorn caramel apples. The addition of cinnamon and dried apples are sure to give a face-lift to this old fashioned favorite.
Popcorn Nachos: If you think Mexican food is great regardless of the season, then you’ll especially love these popcorn nachos. Ready in less than 20 minutes, this healthy snack (with only 121 calories per serving) has all of your favorite Southwestern flavors and none of the calories. Feel free to add jalapenos and extra cumin for a more authentic fair.
Whether you’re looking for an appetizer for your next barbecue or a quick snack for your kids, these recipes are sure to make a caramel, barbecue, peanut, or cheese popcorn lover out of you and your family.