Chef Chloe Coscarelli Blogs: Feed a Game Day Crowd with These Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers

12/04/2015 at 11:01 AM ET

By Chloe Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers
By Chloe

To celebrate Super Bowl 50, we’ve partnered with Taste of the NFL and their chef partners all season long. The charity helps to raise awareness and funds via the season-long Kick Hunger Challenge. For more information or to donate to your favorite team’s city, visit their website, and be sure to check PEOPLE.com every Thursday for a new game day recipe from your favorite celebrity chefs. Here, Chef Chloe Coscarelli of N.Y.C.’s vegan hot spot By Chloe gives us her recipe for Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers.

Once you pop, the fun won’t stop! These poppers are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and are served with sweet maple butter to sooth the spicy bite of the jalapeño. Grab ‘em while you can — if your family’s anything like mine, these poppers will vanish in a flash.

RELATED: Chef George Duran’s Game Day Blog: All the Flavors of Pizza in One Decadent, Cheesy Fondue

Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers with Whipped Maple Butter
Makes 24 Bite-Sized Poppers

1 cup vegan margarine, at room temperature
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup cornmeal
¾ all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. sugar
⅔ cup soy, almond, or rice milk
½ jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
½ cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
Canola oil, for frying

1. To make the Whipped Maple Butter: In a mixing bowl, using a whisk or electric mixer, whip margarine with maple syrup until light and fluffy. Refrigerate until serving.

2. To make the Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers: In a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Mix in nondairy milk, jalapeño, and corn with a large spoon until combined. Using the palms of your hands, form into 1-inch balls. Set aside.

3. Fill a deep-sided heavy skillet or deep fryer with about 2 inches of oil. Heat to 350°F, or until a drop of batter sizzles when added. Fry the poppers in batches. Oil should sizzle around the poppers. Let each popper fry for about 1 to 2 minutes, turning halfway through, until crispy and lightly browned on the outside. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with the Whipped Maple Butter and keep’ em coming!

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Cornbread poppers or um…..i don’t know…… HUSHPUPPIES???!!
WTH???