This Nacho flavoured popcorn is a tasty variation on buttered popcorn that one of my Little Kitchen teachers, Lisa, taught my cooking students. Serve it at your next party or for National Popcorn Day –19 January. It’s sure to be a hit!
Makes approximately 5 cups
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
70g (2½ oz/⅓ cup) popping corn
30g (1 oz/1½ tablespoons) salted butter
½ teaspoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
30g (1 oz/⅓ cup) parmesan cheese,finely grated
Measure the oil into a large, heavy-based saucepan and addtwo kernels of popping corn. Heat the saucepan over medium–high heat. When the two kernels pop, tip the remaining popping corn into the saucepan and quickly put the lid on. Wearing an oven mitt, hold the lid on tight and gently swirl the pan around so all of the popping corn gets coated in oil. Soon you’ll hear the corn start to pop! Keep the lid on and dHalf-Hour Hungries on’t peek, because the corn could escape from the pan andburn you. If you really want to see what’s happening, tryusing a saucepan with a glass lid.
Give the pan a gentle shake with the lid onwhile the corn is popping. After roughly a minute, when thesound of popping has slowed to 1 or 2 pops every 5 seconds,take the saucepan off the heat. Leave the lid on until thecorn has stopped popping completely.Wearing oven mitts, use a large measuringcup to scoop the popcorn into a bowl. Leave any dark bitsin the bottom of the pan. These are the corn kernels thatdidn’t pop or open all the way and may have burnt – thereare usually a few in every batch.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter overmedium heat. Once the butter has melted, remove thepan from the heat and add the spices and salt. Mix well,then evenly pour the butter mixture over the popcorn.Using a metal spoon, stir well. Add the grated parmesanand quickly combine so the cheese sticks to the popcorn.Serve immediately - delicious and warm, with your family movie of choice as accompaniment.
Taken from Half-Hour Hungries by Sabrina Parrini (Hardie Grant, £14.99)