Snacking is a big problem for me. I love the kind of food that I can shovel into my mouth by the bucket-full. Chips, salsa, seeds, cheese puffs, grapes, humus, and my new favorite food to experiment with….Popcorn.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have much of a sweet-tooth, but give me a bag of anything that bursts with salty goodness and I’ll swoon. It’s no surprise then that popcorn is high on my list of favorite snack foods, but I have to admit, that I had been getting bored with just salt and butter. Ergo experiment time!
Forgetfulness actually aided my inspiration today….I forgot to use an ingredient in my dinner last night, so rather than having them go bad, I decided to use my package of sun-dried tomatoes on my popcorn.
What I did:
Made some fresh popcorn- I coat a sauce pan with a tablespoon or two of olive oil, then coat the bottom with popcorn kernels. Cover the pot and turn it on medium-high heat. When you hear the first pop start shaking the pot back and forth over the burner- I just drag it across the burner, but just keep it as close as you are comfortable if you can’t stand the noise. Similar to micro-wave popcorn, when the popping slows turn the stove off, leave the lid on for a few minutes until the popping stops.
Dump the popcorn into a big bowl, drizzle with olive oil or melted butter and a generous amount of coarse salt. At this point you can do anything! Today I added my forgotten tomatoes- chopped up into small pieces- and some leftover basil ribbons…and more salt.
I ate most of this bowl…it’s as big as it looks….
Use melted butter then toss in unsweetened coco powder, sugar and salt
Use a generous amount of Rosemary infused olive oil toss in grated Parmesan
Use left-over bacon (or make a new batch- does anyone ever have left-over bacon?), chopped chives and pepper