Saturday, March 5, 2011

Microwave Popcorn

I was just properly chastened by my sister for not sharing this trick sooner... so here it is for all the world to see - or at least for those who see this blog :)

And the trick is... to make microwave popcorn, you do not have to buy those expensive salt-laden packages from the grocery store! All you need is a paper lunch bag and popcorn kernels!

Measure out about 1/3 cup popcorn kernels and put them in a paper bag. Fold over the top of the paper bag two or three times (just about a 1/2 inch fold each time). Lay the bag on its side and shake a little so the kernels settle in one layer. Place in the microwave on high for 2-3 minutes (until the popping stops - just like with the store-bought stuff). When it's done popping, pour into a bowl and season to your liking. Here are some ideas:

We like to spray the popcorn with a butter spritzer first, but you can also use non-stick cooking spray. Then sprinkle and toss with one of the following:
  • Taco seasoning
  • Creole seasoning
  • Curry powder
  • BBQ rub - the kind they sell to put on chicken or steak before cooking
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese mixed with 1 tsp Italian seasoning (you'll want to run these through a food processor or somehow grind them up together - and store this one in the fridge)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate pudding mix mixed with 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Spritz with vinegar, sprinkle with salt
  • Spritz with lime juice, sprinkle with salt and pepper (or lemon pepper)
  • Spritz with sesame oil, sprinkle with wasabi salt