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Course: snack
Total time: under 15 minutes
Skill level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
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Is there anything worse than when a food you have loved for years suddenly turns up on the if-you eat-too-much-it-will-kill-you list? Or, perhaps just as bad, what do you do when the flavors of the world have evolved, but a classic food has not. Don’t fret. I have just reinvented popcorn so that it is both better for you and tastes amazing.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn
  • 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or canola or other bland vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons “Infused” Basil Oil (see Notes)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Finely ground sea salt, preferably gray salt
  • Freshly ground coarse black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • Finely ground sea salt, preferably gray salt
  • 2 teaspoons Toasted Spice Rub (see Notes)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • Finely ground sea salt, preferably gray salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Roasted-Garlic Spice (see Notes)
  • Finely ground sea salt, preferably gray salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup grated semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • Finely ground sea salt, preferably gray salt

Directions

Select one of the flavoring mixtures and have all the ingredients for it assembled before you begin to pop the corn.

Then, to pop the corn, combine the unpopped kernels and the oil in a heavy 4-quart saucepan. If you will be using a savory flavoring, use olive oil, and if you will be using the chocolate and orange zest flavoring, use vegetable oil.

Place the pan over medium-high heat and when the kernels start to pop, cover tightly and continue to cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until all the kernels pop, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl, and then make the flavoring.

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Nutrients per serving

Nutritional information is based on 4 servings using the Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Lemon Flavoring. Nutritional information includes 1/2 teaspoon of added salt.

292kcal (15%)
10mg (1%)
2mg (3%)
146mcg RAE (5%)
79mg
32mg
3g
0g
3g
19g
46mg (15%)
240mg (10%)
12g (59%)
23g (36%)
1mg (5%)