If you’re looking for something different to serve your guests this Easter, you might want to give popcorn a second look. Popcorn is a lot more versatile than people think and gourmet popcorn is even better! Sure, you can pop some popcorn and let your guests munch on it as they wait for Easter dinner, but why not make popcorn the star ingredient? Here are some ideas for ways you can serve popcorn at your Easter table:
Easter Candy Snack Mix
Popcorn makes an ideal ingredient in snack mixes because its mild flavor goes with pretty much anything. Place bowls of this mix throughout your home so that guests can munch. Start with six cups popped popcorn. Add one cup pretzels, ½ cup Easter M & M’s, and ½ cup white chocolate chips. This batch fits easily in a large bowl. You may want to double the recipe so you have plenty left over!
Marshmallow Popcorn Balls with PEEPS®
Marshmallow PEEPS® are a classic Easter candy. They can also be used to make marshmallow popcorn balls! You can use any flavor PEEPS® that you want. After you make the popcorn and marshmallow mixture, you can form it into classic Easter shapes, such as Easter eggs and baby chicks. You can also press the popcorn mixture into Easter cookie cutters that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
Popcorn Crusted Chicken
What do you plan on serving as your main course for Easter dinner? Rather than serve ham or lamb, try these popcorn crusted chicken strips instead, which use popcorn rather than breadcrumbs to give it that crispy coating. If you still want to serve your traditional Easter dinner, these chicken strips also make a great appetizer with different kinds of dips such as sweet mustard, ketchup, and even marinara sauce. You can also replace crushed popcorn in any chicken recipe that calls for breadcrumbs.
One of the most popular ways that top chefs are using popcorn in their food is by first creating a popcorn puree. Then, they use this puree as a way to replace gravy in lighter savory dishes. Popcorn puree, for example, is a natural compliment to shellfish, turkey, chicken, and even veal. It can also be used as a topper for vegetables or even rice pilaf. Just use the popcorn puree instructions from this chicken recipe and use it as a gravy replacement in any dish you like.
Popcorn Ice Cream
Popcorn puree is also a main ingredient in this popcorn ice cream recipe. To create the popcorn flavor, all you need to do is heat it with the cream in a saucepan on a low heat. Once the flavor infuses into the cream, which could take up to sixty minutes, strain out the popcorn and follow your ice cream recipe as usual. In the stage where you can add stir-ins, consider adding pieces of caramel popcorn to give it an even bolder popcorn flavor.