apricot rosemary popcorn fritters with apricot cream sauce

I have heard more than a few times that I would be great at Chopped.

I suppose it’s that using ingredients in unique ways thing.

There is one Chopped I was excited to participate in – the Vegan MoFo edition – Chopped/Vegan.

This one was brunch themed – my very favorite! The Chopped mystery basket ingredients were butternut squash, popcorn, fresh rosemary, and apricot preserves.

Here is what I’ll bring to Chopped/Vegan brunch. These fritters have fantastic flavor, a sweet and savory balance, salty and crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy middle. We enjoyed these, and I will be making popcorn flour again!

apricot rosemary popcorn fritters

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan

1/2 cup salted popcorn, processed to flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 cup butternut squash, roasted and pureed
3 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 sprig rosemary, de-stemmed and chopped
1/4 cup salted popcorn half pops

To make popcorn flour: prepare popcorn as normal (buttered, salted), cool completely and transfer to food processor. Process several minutes until powdery.

Add coconut flour to processor, blend into popcorn flour. Transfer to mixing bowl.

Add roasted, pureed butternut squash and apricot preserves to flour, combine completely. Fold in rosemary and popcorn (either half popped kernels or chopped popcorn).

Roll mixture into one inch balls and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Fritters can also be pan fried in safflower oil.

apricot cream sauce

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan

1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon agave 

In food processor, pulse cashews until crumbly. Add water, apricot preserves and agave, process until smooth, adjusting water to desired sauce consistency. 

What would you make with these Chopped ingredients?



  1. says

    I think “Chopped” is my favorite Food Network show, despite the fact that it’s always stressful. Anyway, if given these ingredients, I would box them up and send them to you. Voila!

    • spabettie says

      it is definitely mine (not too difficult, there are few FN programs I like…), and I love to come up with what I’d make. So fun. and yes, stressful – I’d love to do it though!

  2. says

    Wow, those actually look really good! You’re so creative. We don’t have “Chopped” in the UK but I used to love what sounds like a similar programme called “Ready Steady Cook!” I always thought it would be fun to do :)

  3. Tommy says

    another time I wish I was sitting in your kitchen, visiting while you cook.

    and these fritters sound VERY GOOD! we have made your rosemary apricot bean balls and LOVE them. where do you think of making flour from popcorn?! genius, you. I am inspired here every day.

    • spabettie says

      ah, I wish you could!! nothing I’d like better. so glad you guys like those bean balls, I know you like the tomato basil version, did I know you’d tried the others?

      and you make me smile every day, so I suppose we’re even! hugs all around, K

  4. says

    These look delicious! I’ve heard of using popcorn flour, but I’ve never tried it. Now I want to! I probably would have made some sort of caramel popcorn or a flatbread since I’m clearly obsessed with flatbreads these days! Now I want to try it!

    • spabettie says

      yes you are… I still need to try your recipe, and soon! but yes, the popcorn flour? GAAH so awesome. especially if it’s buttered and salted :)

  5. says

    I’m loving seeing everyone’s posts today! So many creative ideas. I actually think that these flavors seem pretty harmonious… and your fritter balls look tasty!

    • spabettie says

      they are great flavors – I have used apricot and rosemary many times, and the salty popcorn was a great contrast to the sweet and savory! this was so fun!

  6. says

    Those look amazing, and I am so impressed because I’d be at a complete loss about what to do with the ingredients. I’d have to cheat and eat the popcorn while cooking or something.

  7. says

    I love chopped. I watch it daily. They recently had a full day of it on TV and I watched every single one (in the background while I cooked). I’ve always wondered if I’d be any good at it… some of those ingredients are just ridiculous. I have no doubt you’d do great.

    • spabettie says

      oooh, a Chopped marathon! I would love that. and yeah, if I actually went on Chopped, three of four ingredients would probably be meat or something. I’d fail from not wanting to touch anything :)

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