Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chocolate Popcorn

My dad always gets tons of flavored popcorn from his clients for Christmas, so for that reason fancy popcorn has a Christmas-y feeling to it. The chocolate covered popcorn is always my favorite, and it is so easy to make. I combined this with a batch of caramel popcorn to take to a party and it was a hit. This stuff is seriously addictive.

1 Tbsp oil (to make the popped corn)
1 cup popcorn kernels (unpopped)
2 Tbsp butter
12 oz (350 g) chocolate
splash milk
salt to taste

Make popcorn using a pot, or whirly pop or air pop machine.
Using a double boiler (or a glass bowl over boiling water) mix together the butter, chocolate, and milk. Stir until melted and smooth.
Pour the chocolate over the popcorn and stir with a wooden spoon until popcorn is fairly evenly covered, then spread out on a baking sheet or some waxed paper and sprinkle with salt.
Let cool for 3-4 hours for the chocolate to harden (can also put in the fridge or freezer to speed cooling process)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Caramel Nut Popcorn

from Taste

I love popcorn so much, but sometimes I get a little bored with the simple sprinkling of salt. This was a really easy way to make popcorn POP.

1 Tbsp oil
1 cup popcorn kernels (unpopped)
9 Tbsp (125 g) butter
3/4 c white sugar
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup nuts (I used almonds, but walnuts or pecans would also be great)
salt to taste

Using the oil and a pot or whirly pop or air pop machine, make the popcorn. Put in a bowl and set aside.

Combine butter sugar and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil. Boil, uncovered, without stirring for 5-7 additional minutes (or until a light golden brown). Remove from heat and stir in nuts. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and stir until the popcorn is coated fairly evenly. Spread on a baking sheet (lined with baking paper for easy clean up) and set aside to cool. Break into pieces and serve.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pineapple Black Bean Salsa

In an effort to eat a little healthier, I made this salsa to bring to a world cup party with some friends. It was great, spicy and sweet from the pineapple and combined with the salty chips it was wonderful.

1 cup pineapple, chopped into chunks
1 bell pepper, chopped roughly
1/2 red onion, finely minced
1-3 jalapeƱo, minced (Add according to your heat preference. Removing the seeds keeps it mild)
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 cup corn
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup orange juice (or pineapple juice if using canned pineapple)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp ground chili
1/8 tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Chop and combine all ingredients in a large bowl. I find that making it a few hours in advance helps the flavors to mingle a little better. Place in the fridge until you are ready to use. Serve with tortilla chips.