Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Flavored Popcorn

So when's the last time you made popcorn on the stovetop? For a long time we were fans of the microwaveable popcorn bags - no fuss, no muss! But in an effort to be more natural, we stopped buying microwaveable popcorn and bought ourselves a Whirley Pop. If you haven't heard of this fun popcorn popper and you're a popcorn fan, you're missing out!

Whirley Pop is this simple pot that has a stirrer attached to the pot's handle. This stirrer allows you to stir the kernels and mix the popcorn as it cooks on the stovetop. We love that this popper has allowed us to save money by using natural corn kernels and knowing exactly what's going into our popcorn as it pops. Flavoring popcorn couldn't be any easier either. As our popcorn pops, I'm able to make some flavored butter, which is poured into our WhirleyPop after it's done popping. With a quick crank of the handle to toss the popcorn in the flavored butter, we've got flavored popcorn in seconds.

If you don't have a Whirley Pop, you're still able to enjoy flavored popcorn. Simply pour your plain popcorn in a large bowl or pot, drizzle the melted butter in and stir to coat.

Flavored Popcorn
yields 2-4 quarts popcorn

1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon your preferred seasoning

In a small liquid measuring cup, melt the butter in your microwave. Stir in your preferred seasoning into the melted butter until dissolved. Pour this melted butter over your popcorn and stir to coat.

*Some popcorn flavors to try:
Italian popcorn = melted + italian seasoning... then sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

Chili popcorn = melted butter + chili powder

Buffalo popcorn = melted butter + hot sauce (+/or powdered ranch dressing) ... then sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

Asian popcorn = melted butter + Asian five spice powder
Curry popcorn = melted butter + curry powder

... the possibilities are endless!