Snack Like a Scandal Gladiator: Red Wine Spritzer and Pizza Popcorn

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Scandal snacks: red wine spritzer and pizza popcorn

I like to spread the Scandal love.

“You haven’t seen Scandal?” I’ll say. “Stop what you’re doing and watch now.” I’ve started many Scandal addictions this way–for friends, family, strangers. I’m basically a walking, talking Scandal promo. The first two seasons I watched on Netflix with this past third season in real time. Can I admit something? This fast-paced, soap opera-esque thriller is best for binge watching, which is great because Netflix now has all three seasons of Scandal.

Because everyone deserves a little me-time to refresh and recharge from hectic lives, I devised these Scandal-worthy snacks for the ultimate viewing experience. It doesn’t take many episodes of Scandal to realize main gladiator, Olivia Pope, basically consumes nothing but copious amounts of red wine and bowls of popcorn. So naturally, a Red Wine Spritzer and Pizza Popcorn were in order. While these recipes were inspired by Scandal, they’ll also work for other guilty-pleasures, like Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards or such.

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pizza popcorn

First, this is the popcorn to beat all popcorn. I could barely stop snacking on it long enough to take a photo. Pizza seasonings like dried oregano and basil are mixed with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan for an addictive twist on popcorn. And, of course, you’ll need to pair this salty snack with a drink. If you’ve never had a wine spritzer before, it’s a light and refreshing–not to mention easy–wine cocktail for the summer. If you can’t find the Italian orange-flavored San Pellegrino Aranciata, there are a variety of other options like Sprite, 7-Up, or even seltzer with a squeeze of lime. Spritzers are a 1:1 ratio of wine to soda/ seltzer. If I know a spritzer is in my future for the evening, I’ll go ahead and put the red wine and Aranciata in the fridge to chill for later.

So crash on the couch, pull up Scandal on the iPad and eat like Gladiator.

Pizza Popcorn

Makes 8 cups

8 cups popped popcorn (around ½ cup popcorn kernels)

1 tablespoon melted butter

2 tablespoons finely chopped sundried tomatoes

1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato oil

1/8 teaspoon each of dried oregano, dried basil and garlic powder

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan cheese

1. Make popcorn via either microwave popcorn or the stovetop. If going the stovetop route, I highly recommend Mark Bittman’s method.

2. Add 8 cups of popped popcorn to a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together, melted butter, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, sun-dried tomato oil, herbs, and salt. Mix to combine.

3. Slowly drizzle sun-dried tomato mixture over popcorn, tossing to coat all the popcorn. Top with Parmesan cheese, again tossing to combine. Serve.

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red wine spritzer

Red Wine Spritzer

Any type of red wine can be used for a spritzer–just utilize whatever you already have around.

Makes 1 drink

½ cup red wine

½ cup San Pellegrino Aranciata

Slice of orange

In a glass, add red wine and Aranciata. Squeeze the orange slice into the glass and then garnish with it. Add ice to chill if needed. Serve.