Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Best Popcorn Ever

I know that may seem like a boastful name for a blog posting, but this popcorn recipe has earned it. I began making it for my friends a few months ago, and it caught on fast. People liked it so much that I continued getting compliments on it the next day (who gets compliments for popcorn at all, not to mention the next day). The recipe uses some ingredients that might be hard to come by (I don’t know because I’ve never looked for them other than where I get them). The recipe relies on granulated roasted garlic and Vermont cheese powder. The two ingredients together really give this popcorn some zing. Truthfully, there is no particular recipe for this, you just add the spices until it tastes right. However, I’ve done my best to reproduce it below.

Garlic-Cheddar Popcorn

Canola Oil
2/3 Cup unpoped popcorn kernels
~7 Tbls Vermont Cheese Powder
~5 tbs Granulated Roasted Garlic (you can use garlic powder in its place, but the roasted is better)
~ 1 ½ tbs chili powder
4 Tbs melted butter (optional)

1. Pour enough canola oil into a large pot to coat the bottom. Place over medium high heat with 3-4 kernels in the pan. Heat, covered, until the kernels pop, then add the rest of the popcorn, and reduce the heat the medium. Make sure to recover, and wait for all of the kernels to pop, agitating the pan occasionally. Note, if you prefer air popped or microwave popped popcorn instead, do that.

2. Once all the kernels have popped, remove the pan from the heat. Add the butter at this point if you’re going to use it, it will help the spices stick to the popcorn. Add about half the cheese powder, granulated garlic, and chili powder, and mix the popcorn. Add the other half of the spices and mix again.

3. Pour into a bowl or serve right out of the pot, and enjoy.


Evan Mix said...

Butter, optional? Never!

Tart Reform said...

Hey, I was just looking at my site stats and where my readers were coming from, and your site came up as a referral. Having never heard of it, I checked it out. 1st- thanks so much for listing me on your blog! It makes me super happy! 2nd- I am really glad you started your blog. Yay for baking law students! You have some really cool recipes already and I hope to hear more about law school (as it is where the next three years of my life and twenty years of salary will be spent). Oh, and I can totally commiserate on not buying the best quality ingredients, but I will even fess that I,gasp,use margarine.

As for the popcorn, I will take your challenge. I have a salted caramel popcorn that just may give you a run for your money ;) But I'll definitely look into getting the cheese powder and giving yours a whirl!