With the Superbowl coming up this weekend, all week I will be highlighting some ideas for your game day eats, here’s one:
SPICED KETTLE CORN
Yesterday when I was watching the Food Network they were making Spiced Kettle Corn in a dutch oven on the stove. It looked easy and as I drooled at the tv I could smell my house being filled with the smell of popcorn. Since I already have a dutch oven the next stop was the grocery store to grab some corn kernels and try it out. This is a great game day recipe and you can leave the butter out if you don’t want to go the kettle corn route. Play around with different seasonings and see what happens
as adapted from foodnetwork.com
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup popcorn kernels (unpopped)
3 tablespoons sugar (I did not want it to be too sweet so used 2 tablespoons of sugar)
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (did not use)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Have a hot pad or kitchen towel and a paper grocery bag or large baking sheet handy. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or pan over medium heat. Place a couple of kernels of popcorn in the pan. When the kernels pop, proceed to the next step.
Once the oil is hot enough, add the butter and stir quickly into the oil to prevent burning. Immediately add the popcorn and stir (the butter may not be completely melted). Add the sugar right away and stir again. Cover the pan, and start shaking it gently back and forth on the burner, using a hot pad or kitchen towel to protect your hands. Keep shaking as the popcorn pops.
Once you start hearing 1 or 2 seconds of quiet between the pops, turn the heat off immediately. This means the popcorn is mostly popped. (Be careful not to overcook, as the popcorn can easily burn.) Pour the popcorn into the paper bag or onto the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, cinnamon, and cayenne. Allow to cool a few minutes before placing in a bowl. (Careful, the hot sugar makes the popcorn extremely hot!)