My cooking style is simple: I like to keep it real. I look for whole ingredients that are as minimally processed as possible; lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, sustainable meat, seafood and dairy products. Even the snacks in my house lean toward the natural side. My kids definitely love it when root beer, tortilla chips and cookies appear at home, but for the most part they’ve learned to look for other foods – like grapes, carrots, pickles and their all-time favorite, popcorn – to satisfy their urge for all things sweet-salty-crunchy. It’s hard to ignore that craving when it calls, but there are ways to indulge without relying on junk food.
Popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks around, especially when you make it yourself. Once you taste a batch of homemade popcorn with real melted butter you’ll remember that butter + popcorn is absolutely one of the most delicious combinations on the planet! Once you’re hooked, it’s simple to build on your bowl of plain buttered popcorn with add-ons like fresh herbs, spices, grated cheese, chunks of dark chocolate…you get the idea.
This recipe for Smoky Spiced Buttered Popcorn combines zesty spices and butter – it’s perfect to set out for a treat during movie night or March Madness game time.
Tip: I make sure to buy popcorn kernels in bulk at a grocer with a high turnover to be sure they’ll be fresh, and I use a microwaveable popcorn bowl to make batch after batch of perfect air-popcorn in just a few minutes,
Smoky Spiced Buttered Popcorn
Servings: About 16 cups
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika (Pimenton de la Vera)
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Fresh chopped thyme
Put the popcorn kernels in the bowl of a microwave popcorn maker. If you don’t have one, use a large brown paper lunch bag with the top folded over firmly once or twice.
Cover the bowl; select the popcorn setting on your microwave, adding an additional 30 seconds if needed to pop all the kernels. Transfer the popcorn to a large mixing bowl.
Place the butter, paprika, granulated garlic, onion, salt and pepper in a small microwaveable dish. Microwave at 50 percent power in 30 second increments until the butter is just melted. Stir the mixture to combine.
Pour half the spiced butter over the popcorn and toss to coat; add the remaining butter and toss again to coat the kernels evenly. Sprinkle with the chopped thyme.
popcorn, smoky, snack, spicy
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