Best Snack Ever!

A few weeks ago, the kids and I spent a few hours with my brother & sister in law in Phoenix before we headed home to Texas.  When we arrived, there was a bowl of the most amazing popcorn ever on the counter.  It was perfectly seasoned and perfectly buttered.

Travis was nice enough to explain how he made this amazing snack–the old-fashioned way!

Start off with some olive oil in your pan.  Add in some seasonings.  Trav’s popcorn was spicy–he put in some red pepper, some Mrs. Dash seasoning, and some other yummy stuff.  (I didn’t write it down, so I made up a recipe when I got home).  Heat up the olive oil a bit.

A great tip from (http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_popcorn/) is to put in just 3/4 kernels and wait until they pop–that will tell you the oil is at the right temperature.  Remove the pot from the heat and put in about 1/3 cup of kernels–enough to cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer.  Give the kernels about 30 seconds to heat up, and then put the pot back on the heat.

Make sure you have the lid on!  When the popcorn starts popping, shake the pot back and forth to keep the kernels at an even temperature.  Once they stop popping, pour into a bowl.  The popcorn will be evenly coated with olive oil (tasted like butter!) and seasonings.  I’ve tried just salt–yummy–Jamaican Jerk seasoning (from Pampered Chef), and Italian seasonings.  All three turned out really delicious.

Popcorn is filling & light & a great source of fiber. 🙂  Enjoy!

Karen

 

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