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Popcorn – It’s good for more than stringing with cranberries

orville redenbacherIs there anything better on a cold Christmas season day than putting on your Slanket, queuing up your favorite Netflix Instant genre and eating some popcorn? Answer: No.  But, if like me you’re tired of plain microwave popcorn, here are some recipes to spice up your snacks.  I guarantee these will taste even better if you have some hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps to go along with them.

Parmesan-Garlic Popcorn

1 bag butter popcorn – popped

1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp dried parsley flakes

1/2 tsp dill weed

Toss it all together!

cajun popcorn

Sweet ‘n’ Salty Popcorn

1 bag plain popcorn – popped

1 T butter

5 T instant vanilla pudding mix

1/3 C light corn syrup

1 t vanilla extract

Dash salt

In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt butter; whisk in pudding mix, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt until smooth.

Microwave, uncovered for 45 seconds or until bubbly.  Pour over popcorn, toss to coat.  Spread in a 15 in x 10 in baking pan coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 250 for 25-30 minutes or until crisp, stirring once.  Remove popcorn from pan to waxed paper to cool.  Break into clusters.

kettle corn

Cajun Popcorn

1 bag popped popcorn

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cumjin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp paprike

1/4 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

2 T canola oil

In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients, set aside. In a small saucepan, heat oil over medium for 1 minute; add seasonings.  Cook and stir over low heat for 1 minute.  Place the popcorn in a large bowl, add seasoning mixture and toss to coat.  Serve immediately.

5 replies on “Popcorn – It’s good for more than stringing with cranberries”

Did you know that you can cook popcorn in a plain paper bag in the microwave? I put about 1/4 cup of kernels in the bag, fold the top over and staple it shut on each side. Yes, staples, in the microwave. I’ve done it probably 50 or 60 times and everything’s still working fine so I’m not worried about it. Anyway, I put about 20 minutes on the timer and just stand there until the kernels are popping 2 to 3 seconds apart. This method is awesome for a couple of reasons, the popcorn doesn’t have that fake butter shit on it like store bought microwave popcorn. You don’t have to make a dirty pot popping it on the stove top. You don’t have to add extra oil to the kernels unless you just want to but be warned, it sort of makes a greasy mess on the microwave turntable. Also, you can use the same bag over and over if you’re careful about pulling the staples out instead of ripping the top of the bag open. The package of 100 brown paper lunch bags will probably last me 10 years and I make popcorn about 3 or 4 times a week.

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