Popcorn always makes me think of movie theaters and new movies. There is the packaged popcorn, but I really have never bought it, mainly because I could never finish a bag in one sitting! So my popcorn consumption has always been at the movies- but as prices are getting higher and higher, and Reese’s Pieces being so much tastier (and cheaper)- I rarely eat any.
I will admit, I don’t think I have ever made popcorn from scratch at home on my own. So when this project challenge was added, I was excited to try something new. Sam was the expert on this one and took charge immediately.
Since we had some popcorn, why not watch a movie, right? We enjoyed The King’s Speech last night (I know, a bit behind on our movies)- if you haven’t seen it yet, definitely add this one to your list.
When it comes to popcorn, our tastes are a bit different. So we decided to make our popcorn two ways- each to our own liking!
There are a million flavors of popcorn- the choices are infinite! Needs some more ideas? Mark Bittman suggests: garlic popcorn, fresh herb, Old Bay seasoning, toasted sesame seeds, brown sugar, or ground nuts and coconut.
In the March issue of Vegetarian Times, there was a list of favorite popcorn flavors from the readers, some of them were:
* butter, curry and paprika
* sugar, salt, turmeric and cayenne
* maple syrup and cinnamon
* truffle oil and Parmesan cheese (I want to try this next time!)
* sea salt, cracked pepper with chocolate chips
Adapted from: The Food Matters Cookbook (pg. 38)
2 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup popping corn
Pour the canola oil in a deep pot. Turn on the heat to medium heat, and allow the oil to heat up a bit (1 minute). Then add the corn kernels, cover the pot.
When the kernels stop popping (no more than 5 minutes), remove the lid and pour out the popcorn on a paper towel lined plate.
Then pour your popcorn into a container with a lid or a brown paper lunch bag. Add in your seasonings, close the container or bag, and shake the popcorn with the seasoning. The trick is to have a bit of seasoning on each popcorn kernel.
Pour it into a bowl, turn on a movie and enjoy!
Spicy Popcorn Seasoning
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp chili powder
Cheesy and Salty Popcorn Seasoning
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 tsp salt