March Madness is here, and it’s all about keeping your eyes on the television as much as possible. That means reaching for a bowl and finding something sweet, spicy or savory without ever having to look down.
The ACC might be dominating the No. 1 seeds, but you’ll be dominating your watch parties with these treats that are perfect for continuous snacking and watching.
We turned to Chef Will Savarese, executive chef at Robert’s Steakhouse in Atlantic City, N.J., who worked up a trio of ways to elevate your snack game by going above and beyond a bag of pretzels. He concocted these do-at-home recipes exclusively for the Chef Works blog.
Try them … love them … and then get lost in the madness!
BACON POPCORN WITH DOUBLE SMOKED BACON
- Cook 3-4 slices of good quality bacon until crispy – I prefer Applewood double smoked bacon
- Save ¼ cup of bacon fat
- Add ½ cup of popcorn kernels to pot
- Once popped, add salt to taste (Smoked salt adds another layer of flavor)
- Dice 3-4 strips of bacon to the warm popcorn and toss to mingle flavors
ROBERT’S SPICED NUTS
- 4 cups mixed nuts
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- Mix spices together and set aside
- Blanch nuts for 30 seconds in hot water
- Stir nuts with sugar in a hot pan to coat
- Fry nuts in oil at 350 degrees
- Season nuts with spice mix
- Serve hot
OLD BAY CHIPS
- Peel 4-6 Idaho potatoes
- Slice on mandolin slicer very thin
- Place potatoes in large bowl of iced water and change water multiple times to get rid of excess starch
- Drain potatoes to get rid of excess water
- Fry potatoes in batches at 325 degrees
- Lay on paper towels to drain of excess oil
- Season with sea salt and Old Bay Seasoning while still warm
- Serve immediately