You can thank Pinterest for this blog. I’m often scrolling through hundreds of post from people who are more talented and skillful and imaginative than I am. And I consider myself crafty. Alas, we can’t all have Pinterest-worthy meals and décor every day.
That is, until I found the pumpkin bowl! It’s exactly what it sounds like – you carve an opening just big enough for a bowl and place it inside the pumpkin. Talk about easy AND festive!
Pick a pumpkin around the bowls you have available. I knew I wanted a small bowl for the popcorn, so I choose a leaner one.
Start out by cutting around the top of the stem and taking out all the seeds and lining. (Don’t throw away the seeds! We have some great recipes for them.)
This step may take a while. Place bowl in cut out; if it sticks up too much, start shaving the opening to create a bigger opening. I wanted the bowl to be just peeping above the pumpkin so I could easily get it out, but it wasn’t the focus of the display. You can also put a little coconut oil around the rim to help keep the pumpkin fresh all night.
And voilà! You have a festive display for any treat, like this maple bacon popcorn.
3 tbsp Kelapo Coconut Oil, melted
1 pound thick-cut bacon
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. fresh-ground black pepper
½ tsp. salt
Melt coconut oil and place in a heavy bottomed pot, cook bacon until crisp. Set aside.
Add three kernels into bacon and coconut oil mixture over medium high heat.
When the kernels pop, add the remaining kernels and cover.
Shake the pot gently to keep the kernels from burning, and when you can’t hear them moving any more, pour the popcorn into bowl.
Toss in remaining ingredients until well mixed.
Line on baking sheet lined with parchment paper until cooled.