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6 Easy Movie Snack Ideas for the Perfect At-Home Movie Night


Watching movies at home has literally never been easier. With so many streaming options to choose from, you’ve got thousands of choices across every genre at your fingertips, both new and old – which is almost enough to make you forget how fun it was to walk the aisles at Blockbuster (RIP). And the best part of watching at home? You don’t have to wait in line for snacks and soda.

The next time you’re ready to sit down and settle in to your couch for the night, try one of these six amazingly tasty and easy-to-make movie night recipes. You’ll be glad you did.

1. Cheesy Broccoli Potato Skins

Cheesy broccoli potato skins movie night snack

Total Time: 50-55 minutes
⦁    Prep time: 20 minutes
⦁    Cook time: 12 minutes
⦁    Stand time: 20 minutes

⦁    4 russet potatoes
⦁    1/3 cup sour cream
⦁    3 tbsp. dry ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix
⦁    1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, finely chopped
⦁    1 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese blend
⦁    3 tbsp. bacon bits
⦁    2 tbsp. butter, melted

1.    Prick potatoes several times with a fork. Place in a microwave-safe baking dish. Microwave on HIGH 8 to 10 minutes or until fork-tender. Transfer to a wire rack. Let stand 20 minutes.
2.    When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut lengthwise into quarters. Carefully scoop out pulp, leaving a shell 1⁄4-inch thick; set shells aside. Place 1 cup of the pulp in a large bowl. (Reserve remaining pulp for another use.) Add sour cream and seasoning mix to bowl; mash until well-combined. Stir in broccoli, cheese and bacon; mix well.
3.    Preheat broiler to high. Coat broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place potato shells, skin side up, on broiler pan; brush with melted butter, and season with salt to taste. Broil shells 2 minutes; remove from oven. Turn shells; top evenly with pulp mixture. Broil 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through and cheese melts. Transfer skins to a platter, then let sit for 20 minutes to cool before serving.

Makes 16 potato skins

2. Chili-Cheese Popcorn

Chili-cheese popcorn movie snack

Total Time: 11 minutes
⦁    Prep time: 5 minutes
⦁    Cook time: 6 minutes

⦁    2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. butter flavor all-vegetable shortening, divided
⦁    1/4 tsp. salt
⦁    1/3 cup unpopped popcorn
⦁    1/2 tsp. garlic salt
⦁    1/2 tsp. chili powder
⦁    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1.    In a 3-quart saucepan with a tight-fitting lid heat 2 tablespoons of the shortening, plus salt over medium heat until melted. Add a few kernels of popcorn and cover. When kernels pop, add remaining popcorn and cover. Continue to cook until nearly all popcorn is popped, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from heat.
2.    Meanwhile, place remaining 2 teaspoons shortening, plus garlic salt and chili powder in a small microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until melted.
3.    Place popped popcorn (about 10 cups) in large bowl. Pour melted mixture over top; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. Toss to combine.

Makes about 10 cups popcorn

3. Kickin' Buffalo Cheese Fries

Buffalo cheese fries movie night snack

Total Time: 50-55 minutes
⦁    Prep time: 10 minutes
⦁    Cook time: 42 minutes

⦁    4 large russet potatoes, each cut lengthwise into 8 wedges
⦁    1 tbsp. olive oil
⦁    1⁄2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
⦁    2 tbsp. butter
⦁    2 tsp. garlic powder
⦁    1⁄2 cup shredded Cheddar
⦁    1⁄4 cup crumbled blue cheese

1.    Preheat oven to 425°F Line a baking sheet with foil. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add oil, and salt to taste; toss to coat. Place potatoes in a single layer on baking sheet; bake 25 minutes. Turn potatoes; bake 15 minutes more until golden and slightly crispy. Remove from oven.
2.    Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine wing sauce, butter and garlic powder over medium heat until butter melts, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
3.    Sprinkle potatoes with cheeses and drizzle with wing sauce mixture. Bake 2 to 4 minutes or just until cheese melts. Serve immediately.

Serves 8

4. Sriracha-Glazed Chicken Wings

Sriracha chicken wings movie night snack

Total Time: 55 minutes
⦁    Prep time: 15 minutes
⦁    Cook time: 40 minutes

⦁    4 tbsp. butter, divided
⦁    1/4 cup honey
⦁    3 tbsp. Sriracha (hot chili sauce)
⦁    2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
⦁    2 lbs. chicken wings
⦁    2 tbsp. garlic-flavored olive oil
⦁    1 tsp. paprika
⦁    1 tbsp. sesame seeds

1.    Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil; coat with nonstick cooking spray. For the glaze, in a small saucepan combine 2 tablespoons of the butter, plus honey, Sriracha and soy sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
2.    In a large bowl combine wings, oil, paprika, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, and salt to taste; toss to coat. Place wings in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, turning once halfway through baking. Remove from oven.
3.    Preheat broiler to high. Brush wings with glaze; broil 4 minutes or until browned (165°F). Transfer wings to a platter, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve.

Serves 6

5. Roasted Corn and Black Bean Nachos

Corn and black bean nachos movie night snack

Total Time:
⦁    Prep time: 20 minutes
⦁    Cook time: 17 minutes

⦁    1/2 (14-oz.) pkg. tortilla chips
⦁    1 1/2 cups shredded Colby–Jack, divided
⦁    2 ears of corn, husks and silks removed (1 cup kernels)
⦁    1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
⦁    1 medium red or green bell pepper, seeded and diced
⦁    Chopped fresh cilantro


1.    Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread tortilla chips (overlapping slightly) in a 15x10-inch baking pan or a large pizza pan. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Set aside.
2.    Heat a large nonstick or castiron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Place corn on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut kernels from cobs. Add corn to skillet; cook 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned and kernels begin to “pop,” stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
3.    Spoon corn evenly over tortilla chips. Top with black beans, bell pepper and remaining cheese. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until heated through and cheese melts. Sprinkle with cilantro, then serve.

Serves 6 to 8

6. Skillet Pizza Supreme

Skillet pizza supreme movie night snack

Total Time: 45 minutes
⦁    Prep time: 20 minutes
⦁    Cook time: 20 minutes
⦁    Stand time: 5 minutes
⦁    1 (1-lb.) loaf frozen white bread dough
⦁    1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. olive oil, divided
⦁    1/2 cup sun-dried tomato pesto
⦁    1 cup marinara or pizza sauce
⦁    2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend, divided
⦁    1 1/2 oz. sliced pepperoni
⦁    1/2 cup chopped red onion
⦁    1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
⦁    1/3 cup sliced pitted ripe olives or sliced pepperoncini peppers (optional)
⦁    1/2 cup baby arugula

1.    Place bread dough in a large bowl; drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Cover and thaw according to package directions, but do not let rise.
2.    Preheat oven to 425°F. Brush bottom and sides of a 10- to 12-inch cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Press thawed dough evenly into skillet. (Let dough stand 5 minutes if it keeps shrinking back.) Prick dough several times with a fork.
3.    In a small bowl stir together pesto and marinara. Spread mixture on top of dough. Layer evenly with cheese, pepperoni, onion, bell pepper and (if desired) olives. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
4.    Just before serving, place arugula and remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a small bowl; toss to coat. Top pizza evenly with arugula. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 6


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