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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Oil Popped Popcorn with Crack-like Popcorn Seasoning

Popcorn is a favorite snack in the Foodie household. We will almost always share a mini-bag of microwave stuff around 9pm with our "program" or Netflix movie (we are closet old people). Orville Redenbacher's Salt and Cracked Black Pepper was our popcorn of choice, but they've changed the recipe - it's still good, but not as good as it was.

I was at the grocery store yesterday and headed into the snack aisle to pick up a couple boxes of our standby salt and black pepper mini bags - and then I saw it. A bag of popcorn kernels. I had a flashback to our date night at Graham Elliot where fresh oil popped popcorn with interesting flavors like sour cream and chive or truffle replaces the typical bread basket. I ignored the boxes of microwave stuff and tossed a bag of kernels into the cart.

I decided to get all Graham Elliot and spice our evening popcorn. Oh my god. This is SO ADDICTIVE. It tastes similar to Cool Ranch Doritos, but better. I am typing this with spice and herb encrusted fingers.

Popcorn seasoning:
1 tsp. lemon pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder (or 1 tsp. garlic powder and 1 tsp. onion powder)
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1 cube chicken boullion, crushed into a powder, or 1/2 tsp. chicken boullion granules
1 tbsp. dried buttermilk (sold in the spice aisle). You could sub ranch dressing mix, onion soup mix or dried french onion dip mix. I used my Penzey's chip 'n dip mix.

Combine the above.
Pop popcorn according to package directions.
Melt 1-2 tbsp. butter and drizzle over popcorn. Shake well.
Season popcorn generously. The above proportions make enough for two batches.
Enjoy. Fight with your significant other over the last morsels in the bottom of the bowl.

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