Devouring popcorn, nachos, candy bars, and copious cups of diet soda while enjoying the latest summer flicks at the cinema is what life is all about. Movie night at home, however, gives you the opportunity to fancy up your movie time treats for a more delicious and satisfying viewing experience. In this latest installment in our Savvy and Sassy Kitchen series, you can easily whip up these homemade snacks that feature delightful twists to classic theatre-style fare.  So call up your friends, choose a fun-to-watch flick, and serve any of these award-worthy appetizers.

Popcorn with Parmesan and Pancetta

Watching a movie and munching mindlessly on hot buttered popcorn is always a great combination. Chef Fabio Viviani from Chow Ciao gives ordinary popcorn a decidedly gourmet turn with this exciting Popcorn with Parmesan and Pancetta recipe. A generous amount of diced pancetta, or Italian cured pork, adds a smoky, bacon-like flavor to the popping oil. Parmesan cheese, oregano, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder give this popcorn snack several layers of flavor that will have you applauding with every bite.

Parmesan and Pancetta Popcorn
Image by Julie N.

Mini Deep-dish Pizzas

Whip out your old muffin tin and make these fun, miniature deep dish pizzas. Start off with some store-bought pizza dough, or use crescent roll dough for a nice and crispy thin crust. Cut and roll out the dough into six-inch rounds and press each piece to mold and fit into a muffin cup. Add pizza sauce to each dough cup and sprinkle on some shredded mozzarella cheese. Next, place your favorite toppings on each pizza. Go traditional with pepperoni, green bell peppers, olives, and red onions, or go wild with bacon, shrimp, garlic, and jalapeños! Bake them in a pre-heated oven for about 12 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Pass the hot sauce, please!

Deep-dish pizza movie snack
Image by Elin B.

Doritos Crusted Chicken Fingers

Everyone loves Doritos and chicken fingers, so deciding which one to eat first is sometimes a monumental dilemma. Luckily, The Black Peppercorn has the solution to your predicament. This recipe combines the cheesy goodness of the popular tortilla triangles with succulent strips of plump chicken. Simply marinate strips of boneless chicken breast in buttermilk for two hours. Coat the chicken in flour, and dip in egg wash. Dredge the strips in crushed Doritos and bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Serve this crispy masterpiece with ranch dressing or barbecue sauce, and add some oomph to your late-night movie snacking.

Mint Chocolate Brownies

For movie lovers with a sweet tooth, even an average movie becomes great when it’s accompanied by a bag of Milk Duds, Raisinets, or Peanut M&M’s. Junior Mints has been a beloved staple at movie concession stands for over 50 years, and this mint brownie recipe from Like Mother Like Daughter lets you enjoy the refreshing mint and chocolate combination at home. Served with ice cold milk or ice cream, this sinfully delicious treat is icing on the cake of a great movie night.

Think you have a treat to top these scrumptious silver screen snacks? Share your favorite film-viewing fare in the comments box below.

Stay tuned for the next post in our Savvy and Sassy Kitchen series!

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