Let me start this post by backing up about two months to Valentine’s Day. Adam and I went to dinner at Inovasi and my vote for the best dish of the night was their Quinoa Arancini with Spicy Black Truffle Mayo. As I was sitting there eating those delicious morsels, I started thinking about that Cuties clementines commercial that goes something like, “You know why kids like Cuties? Because kids have small hands!”
There certainly seems to be something to be said for kids gravitating toward foods that fit in the palm of their hand. Small foods have that kid-size appeal just like those adorable mini-recliners and itty-bitty baby doll strollers.
It got me thinking that if Hailey were at our Valentine’s dinner (like the couple at the table next to us with the screamer…not. cool. folks…) she would be totally digging the quinoa arancini. So, fast forward a couple weeks months and I finally got around to inventing my own take on the concept which I decided to call “poppers” because, that’s more fun for kids too!
The great thing about these is that I think they would pair with just about any mix-in or flavor profile you could think of. The recipe below has a very mild flavor and you could easily up the ante with a kick of hot, some chopped veggies, ground meat…heck, you could even make a sweet version for breakfast or dessert. They do kind of look like donut holes, don’t they?