Southern food blogger Cara Greenstein shares her addictive sweet-and-spicy popcorn that wins every time.
When it comes to choosing one dish or one drink at a restaurant, I often struggle to make a confident choice that complements my mood or craving at the moment. I’d almost always rather opt for group gatherings and shared plates to allow myself to taste a variety of dishes rather than confine myself to one flavor profile or texture. You can imagine why I became giddy when I discovered a beer flight option on a tap room menu.
One of our go-to local breweries in Memphis, High Cotton Brewing Co., which is located in the recently revitalized Edge District, offers flights of any four select drafts during weekend hangouts. I opted to create a similar spread at home for an autumn football gathering. Approachable yet adventurous, beer flights are a fun way for guests to find new favorites and experiment with food pairings. And they also look great on a party table.
Though many people will argue that beer and cheese pairings are purely meant to be (and I won’t argue against it!), I’ve found that a communal bowl of homemade sweet-and-spiced popcorn will keep guests satisfied while the entrées are cooking. I’m especially fond of popcorn because it has a light and airy texture that outweighs the heavier chips and dips that typically kick off a tailgate, dinner party, or fall weekend hangout. My Spiced Popcorn is absolutely addictive, especially when everyone is focused on football on the television or conversations with friends.
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Cara Greenstein is author of the award-winning, Memphis-based food and lifestyle brand Caramelized. A bonafide foodie and entertaining expert, Cara shares a wealth of inspiration for the kitchen and home, as well as guides for outings in Memphis and across the South. Her latest venture, the Caramelized Supper Club, offers a "dinner party in a box" subscription service for convenient and creative at-home entertaining.