There are only a few things I love more than my multiple-night-per-week helping of popcorn – and that’s reader comments that give me amazing ideas to spice up my popcorn – literally. This month I was featured in our local magazine in an article talking about food bloggers. The magazine featured my Cilantro-Lime Popcorn. I received some comments and emails after that feature and one included an idea for spicy popcorn…I immediately fell in love. And since I haven’t shared a new popcorn recipe in a while, I tried it out ASAP!
When it really comes down to it, I am a butter-and-salt kind of girl but every now and then, a little spicy is right up my alley. I’ve been fighting a sinus infection and what better way to clear out your sinus passages than some spicy popcorn!
I was thinking that this might be as good a time as ever to share it too because this treat will make the perfect football food. Everyone expects some spicy snacks for the “big game” that’s coming up and most people I know are head-over-heels for popcorn. So put the two together and you have a sure-fire winner for your watch parties.
Or maybe you are like me and not so concerned with football, but will eat a bowl of this stuff while watching the latest episode of Parenthood or Nashville. Y.E.S.
Yield: about 8 cups popped
Total Time: 10 min
My favorite snack with a hot and flavorful twist - Spicy Popcorn - popped in chili oil and spiced with cumin and cayenne pepper.
1 Tbs. chili oil
2 tsp. grapeseed oil
1/2 cup popping corn
3 Tbs. butter (more as desired)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. cumin
Heat one the chili oil and grapeseed oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.
Add a few popcorn kernels and let it heat up. When one kernel pops, add the popcorn kernels and cover the pan. Shake the pan a little to spread the kernels in an even layer. Let the kernels pop for several minutes until the pan is full and the popping slows down.
While the kernals pop, melt the butter and then stir in the salt, garlic powder, paprika, cumin and cayenne pepper and mix well. Remove the popped popcorn from heat and transfer popcorn to a large bowl. Slowly drizzle the butter/spice mixture onto the popcorn, shaking to distribute.
Serve with water. :-)