I hate appetizers.
It's not that I hate to eat them. They've certainly saved my night, maybe even my marriage at times, as I'm one who can experience a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde moment if I get too hungry. I just hate to make them. So many appetizers can be fussy, labor-intensive, and downright annoying to make. (Somehow I can spend a ridiculous amount of time fussing over a cake pop and not complain... but we won't discuss that now.) As a recipe developer, I often cringe a little when I'm given a quota of appetizers to develop (but please don't tell my clients). When guests come over for dinner, my typical go-to hors-d'oeuvres is a cutting board of cheeses, bowls of crackers and some grapes... a make-your-own-darn-appetizer appetizer.
I am not planning to retire the cheese boards, but I've found a new favorite... Popcorn! If you follow this Gluten-Free Kitchen series or my personal blog, kumquat, you'll know that my default is sweet over savory. I am, however, crazy about savory popcorn. It is super easy to pop up on the stovetop. Please forego the microwave bit. Add some crunchy, lovely, high-protein peanuts and a sprinkle of iconic, salty-spicy Old Bay and you've got a simple, filling, mouth-watering appetizer.
Forget the stuffed mushrooms, endive cups, and tiny skewered meatballs... Just pass the popcorn.
Enjoy this easy gluten-free appetizer snack mix made with Old Bay Popcorn and Peanuts. Tweet this
Gluten Free Old Bay Popcorn & Peanuts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup Spanish peanuts
- Heat olive oil and butter together in a large Dutch oven pot over medium heat until butter melts. Add popcorn kernels and cover with lid. While kernels begin to warm, combine Old Bay seasoning, sugar and peanuts in a medium bowl; set aside.
- Once kernels begin to pop, shake pot back and forth on the stovetop until popping begins to slow. Remove from heat and wait until popping ends, continuing to shake pot frequently. Remove lid and pour seasoned peanut mixture evenly over popcorn; stir to combine.