New York City is weird. There I said it. It’s weird. Now after 22 1/2 years you would think that this would have become my new normal. In many ways it has. But once and awhile, New York’s strangeness stands out and you just can’t help but take notice. This week was one of those weeks.
Snowmaggedon 2016 blanketed the Northeast with record breaking snowfall. It ended with 27 inches in Central Park. Epic right? Well, the night of the storm we decided to go out to dinner. Yes, I actually said OUT to dinner. It was my husband’s idea. My husband grew up here and often has no concept of how the rest of the world works. So we laced up our boots and went outside. There was already two feet of snow and it was still coming down. However, the sidewalks had recently been shoveled and so it was no problem to get to the restaurant across the street. (My husband’s learning that his only chance of getting me out of the house in bad weather is pitching the restaurant across the street.)
Not only was the restaurant open but it was crowded! Two feet of snow on the ground and yet the place was full. Full! Every time I looked out the window, I saw someone walk by. Maybe it’s me, but doesn’t two feet of snow qualify us to stay home? Apparently not, since the subway was running.
The next day, while trying to develop a recipe for a game day popcorn, I was watching videos of women making caramel corn. In video after video, these women said to put the popcorn in a large bowl and I watched over and over again as each one tossed the popcorn in a salad bowl. However, I live in a New York apartment, I have no such large bowl. I called my mother with my dilemma. “Don’t you have a salad bowl? Well, you just use a dip and chips bowl. Don’t you have one?” “Uh no. Where on earth would I store that?”
Finally, I remembered one of my cooking school instructors saying she used pots as mixing bowls when she lived in the city. So as absurd as it looks, I used my soup pot. Magically, we all seem to have one of those. And just to make the scene even more ridiculous, I didn’t have tongs so I used fancy serving spoons reserved for dinner parties. FYI, this was their maiden voyage. I’m left wondering if what separates the mega-rich from the rest of us in Manhattan is salad bowls. I used to think it was the number of bathrooms but maybe the uber-wealthy all have salad bowls too.
- 10 cups popcorn (22.5 ounces)*
- 10 ounces Reese's Peanut Butter Baking Chips (1 bag)
- 12 ounces semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (1 bag)
- 8 ounces Planter’s cocktail peanuts or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis or both**
- *If you want to buy the popcorn, Ashton Swank of Something Swanky recommends Boom Chicka Pop (found at Target). Since she literally wrote the book on popcorn, 75 Creative Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Snack Party Popcorn, I will take her suggestion.
- If you are going to pop the popcorn, use ½ cup kernels and 3 tablespoons of coconut or peanut oil. There are great stovetop instructions on the Kitchn for those of us who don’t have popcorn machines.
- **Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis ARE NOT GLUTEN FREE. However, regular Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are. Strange but true, see the Hershey website. So either omit them from the recipe or cut up some regular ones to make this recipe gluten free.
- Pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Pick out any stray kernels or broken bits. Add the peanuts, if using.
- Melt the Reese's Peanut Butter Baking Chips in the microwave. Tip: Set the microwave to 50% power. Only heat until they are almost melted. They will continue to melt as you stir. I needed 45 seconds and my microwave is 1200 watts.
- Pour the melted chips over the popcorn and toss until the popcorn is thoroughly covered.
- Place a long sheet of wax paper on the counter or table and spread out the popcorn on it.
- Melt the chocolate baking chips in the microwave. Tip: Set the microwave to 50% power. Only heat until they are almost melted. They will continue to melt as you stir. I needed 55 seconds and my microwave is 1200 watts.
- Pour the chocolate into a plastic storage bag or disposable piping bag and snip off the end. Tip: Alternatively you can melt the chips directly in this bag.
- Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn. Sprinkle with the minis.
- Let the chocolate set before breaking apart and returning it to the large bowl to serve.
Looking for more game day party ideas? Take a look at all the delicious recipes created by the Sunday Supper Community!
Appetizers and Sides
- Atomic Buffalo Turds by Wholistic Woman
- Avocado Egg Rolls by My Imperfect Kitchen
- Bacon Wrapped Potato Wedges by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Buttermilk Battered Chicken Wings by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Cajun Okra Fries by Food Lust People Love
- Cheddar Sausage Balls by Tramplingrose
- Cheese Board and Baguettes Make for the Start of a Great Game Day Feast by Delaware Girl Eats
- Cheesy Crabmeat Canapés by Meal Planning Magic
- Cheesy Sausage Dip by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Chicken Fajita Nachos by Sweet Mornings
- Chipotle-Ranch Chicken Wings by Casa de Crews
- Corn Dog Muffins by Noshing With The Nolands
- Crock-Pot Bean Dip by Confessions of a Cooking Diva
- Deep Fried Pimento Cheese and Celery Bites by Granny’s Down Home Sassy Southern Cooking
- Dill Pickle Dip by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Fish Taquitos by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Gluten Free Asian Sweet Chili Wings by Flippin’ Delicious
- Healthy Guacamole Recipe by Real Food Real Deals
- Hogs in a blanket by Cooking on the Ranch
- Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Nacho Waffle Fries by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Patatas Pobres for a Crowd by Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen
- Pepperoni Pizza Bites by Family Foodie
- Philly Cheesesteak Sliders by Daily Dish Recipes
- Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates by The Healthy Fit Foodie
- Rajas by Pook’s Pantry
- Roasted Broccoli Artichoke Dip by Cooking Chat
- Slow Cooker Thai Wings by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Smoky Blender Salsa by What Smells So Good?
- Southwestern Eggroll Cups by A Gouda Life
- Southwestern Flatbread and a “Design Your Own Flatbread” Table by The Freshman Cook
- Spicy Szechuan Shrimp Lettuce Cups by Palatable Pastime
- Sweet and Spicy Hummus by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Texas Caviar by Books n’ Cooks
- Tex-Mex Egg Rolls by Cookin’ Mimi
- Thai Beef Taco Bites by Brunch-n-Bites
- Three Cheese Macaroni Bites by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders With Tangy Warm Cabbage Slaw by Taste And See
- Buffalo Chicken Chili by Monica’s Table
- Cheeseburger Pizza by Life Tastes Good
- Cheesy Cheesesteaks by Family Around The Table
- Emeril’s Chicken and Andouille Gumbo by The Texan New Yorker
- Game Day Chili by Our Good Life
- Handy Beef Buns by Get the Good Stuff
- Lahmacun – Turkish flatbread by Caroline’s Cooking
- New Jersey Sloppy Joe by kimchi MOM
- Pizza Pasta Bake by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pork Italiano Sandwich by The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
- Puerto Rican Pernil (Garlic Roast Pork) by Curious Cuisiniere
- Ree’s Philly Cheesesteaks by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Slow Cooker Italian Sausage Cheese Bombers by Kitchen Gidget
- Spicy Tuna Croquette Sliders with Avocado Pesto by The Crumby Cupcake
Desserts and Drinks
- Chocolate Football Cookies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix by Pies and Plots
- Game Day Mocktails by Beauty and the Beets
- Gluten Free Football Potato Candy by Gluten Free Crumbley
- S’more Poutine by Desserts Required
- Super Duper Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn by Only Taste Matters
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