I think i've perfected my home-theatre popcorn recipe. I pop mine in a pan with olive oil on my gas stove, but i bet an air popper would work, too. What are your favorite popcorn toppings when you're making it at home?
Serves two people who really want to get their popcorn on.
1/2 cup popping corn
3-4 tbsp good olive oil
1-2 tbsp butter
good fresh parmesan
a bit of paprika
Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Drop a single kernel of popcorn in. When it pops, your oil is hot enough. Add the rest of the popping corn, cover, and shake. You needn't shake violently - a gentle back and forth rocking will do. Enjoy the sound.
When popping slows to 1-2 pops a second, turn off the heat and turn the popcorn into a bowl big enough for tossing 4 quarts of popcorn. Important: you need to dress the popcorn while it's still really hot. If you need a few minutes, pop the bowl into an oven that's set to 200F.
Using a microplane grater (this is important), start shaving parmesan over the popcorn. Alternate with sprinkles of paprika and salt. Halfway through, when the popcorn is cooling, drizzle the melted butter and keep tossing the popcorn and shaving the cheese. Taste often, and stop when you think you want just a touch more cheese and salt - when you're eating handfuls, it will add up.
If you're using an air popper, i'd use a bit more butter, and combine it with a bit of olive oil.
Serve with hot chocolate or beer, and a big glass of water - and enjoy the show!Posted by shock on August 03, 2003 | TrackBack