Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Popcorn Perfection

Quick: what are you craving? Chocolate? Fried chicken? Something salty? If you're like me, you're a salty/crunchy craver. And when it comes to finding the perfect snack, I can think of one thing: POPCORN!

When it comes to making popcorn, my absolute favorite method is to air pop using the microwave. Sure, microwave popcorn in the little bags filled with bright yellow butter are fine, passable snacks. But if you really, really want to have the best popcorn possible, you should invest in Nordic Ware's Microwave Popcorn Popper.

I've had my microwave popcorn popper for ages--so long that the lid is a bit warped. It's a snap to use: you pour in 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels, throw the lid on, then put the whole thing in the microwave. After a few minutes, you'll have perfectly popped corn without any oil or unnaturally colored flavorings.

As much as I love popcorn, I completely understand how boring plain popcorn can be. Popcorn's crying out for toppings. Here are some suggestions that go beyond the classic (and delicious) butter and salt.

Instead of salt, try:
  • Old Bay
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Powdered White Cheddar
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Chili Powder
  • Dill, Italian Seasoning, or other dried herbs
  • Cocoa powder and powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon and sugar
My new favorite way of eating popcorn? Drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and then tossed with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Yum!

What's your favorite way to eat popcorn?


phairhead said...

Is it lame that like mine w/ heart healthy butter?

Lydia said...

Not at all! Better to use heart healthy butter than no butter at all! :) But you should try the olive oil. Just a drizzle--its so yum!

Greta said...

I tried the popper and olive + salt & pepper and I am a fan!