Today is National Popcorn Day! Perfect, because hubby and I are headed to the movies tonight and what goes better with popcorn than a great movie? But before we head out to the movies I did a little experimenting in the kitchen and ended up with a great little recipe for Sriracha Popcorn.
To celebrate this food holiday I decided to play around with popcorn in the kitchen and make some Sriracha Popcorn. I have been on a huge sriracha kick lately. I’ve been using it on just about everything so sriracha and popcorn seemed like a natural match.
To start, I popped the popcorn using the old-fashioned oil-in-a-pan method. I am not a huge fan of microwave popcorn and we’ve never invested in an air-pop popcorn maker so stove top method it is. Personally, I think it tastes so much better – fresh, natural and free of artificial ingredients – and it’s really easy to make this way. Plus, my kids really enjoy watching the popcorn pop. They always ask me to lift the lid to see if a wild popcorn kernel pops up.
- 1 cup of popcorn kernels
- 2 TBS of vegetable oil
- 4 TBS of sriracha chili sauce
- 1/4 TSP of ground red pepper
- 1/2 TSP of garlic
- Pinch of salt
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Warm an inch of cooking oil in a small pan and add one cup of popcorn kernels.
- Cover with lid and continue shaking pan to pop popcorn.
- Add remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix in with popcorn.
- Place on baking sheet and warm until popcorn is dry.
- Sprinkle with salt and serve.
This recipe is definitely a keeper, although it is definitely not kid-friendly. The sriracha and ground pepper make this popcorn rather spicy, although not intolerable, but it may not be the best recipe for those who have a delicate palate.
This was my first time playing around with popcorn and infusing flavors. I learned a couple of things and will make some adjustments the next time I make it, but for my first try it was pretty darn good. There are several different ways to infuse flavors into popcorn. Some recipes suggests mixing the kernels in the flavorings prior to popping. I think I will try this method next time to see which one I prefer.
Maybe try this recipe for Superbowl Sunday or the next time you are cuddled up at home with a favorite movie. If you give it a try, please come back and tell me what you think.
Have a great weekend! xoxo.