Fantasy Football Gameday: Spicy Popcorn Recipe

Sep 24

Fantasy Football Gameday: Spicy Popcorn Recipe

People that know me know I love three things: Spicy things, popcorn and wearing skinny jeans. (OK, notsomuch the third, but I like to keep you on your toes.) So I thought I’d take some time out to share with you my Spicy Popcorn recipe, which should make any game-watching activities even greater. It ain’t rocket surgery, but many people aren’t familiar with popping your own popcorn in this day and age, so I’ll spell it all out.

Popcorn is so insanely cheap, especially compared to its microwaved versions, and popping it yourself makes such a better taste, without that chalky aftertaste you get from the unhealthy microwaved kinds. Popcorn lung is for lazy people!

And this spicy popcorn is very addictive. If you like spicy things, you will find yourself chain-eating this stuff until the bowl is empty, except for a handful of unpopped kernels.

1 Spicy Popcorn Recipe Ingredients

Oil ($3), Popcorn ($5), Cayenne Pepper ($2), Salt (pennies), Butter ($4 per lb). This jar of popcorn will take care of your popcorn requirements for a month!

Spicy Popcorn Recipe: Basic Explanation

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup – Canola Oil
  • 3/4 cup – Orville Redenbacher’s White Popcorn
  • 1/2 tsp – Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tbsp – Melted butter
  • Salt — to taste

Yields – 22 Cups

Set a 3-qt pot on medium-high heat, and pour in the oil, popcorn kernels and cayenne pepper. Shake up so that the pepper and oil get on all of the kernels. Put lid on, but tilt it just a bit to let steam escape, but no popcorn! Shake the popcorn after it starts popping, so that all the unpopped kernels drop back down to the bottom. Once the popcorn comes close to popping over the lid, pour most of it into a huge bowl, then set the remaining popcorn back onto the stove until the popping slows to a stop. Then pour the rest into the big bowl, pour melted butter over the popcorn, sprinkle with salt.

3 Spicy Popcorn Recipe

You want just enough oil and popcorn so that there are no dry kernels, and the oil is not pooling. (It’s pooling here because I’m tilting the pot.)

 

Spicy Popcorn Recipe: Extra Details

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup – Canola Oil
    Olive oil will give you a completely different taste, and will also most likely burn your popcorn if you don’t time everything just right.
  • 3/4 cup – Orville Redenbacher’s White Popcorn
    Other white popcorn is good, too (like Jolly Time), but Orville’s is MUCH better and worth the price ($5 compared to $2). And buying popcorn like this will make it last for a long time. You get way more bang/pop for your buck this way.
  • 1/2 tsp – Cayenne Pepper
    While it’s popping, the smell is quite powerful from the cayenne pepper, so be careful not to inhale it!
  • 2 tbsp – Melted butter
    You could do way more butter if you want, or you could also do NO butter. Honestly, the oil, cayenne and salt season this a lot … But melted butter is soooo good. DO NOT USE MARGARINE. It melts like butter and just wets your popcorn down.
  • Salt — to taste

Yields – 22 Cups
You can cut down the recipe for a much smaller batch, but just remember these things:

  • You want enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour in just enough popcorn to form a single layer of kernels on the bottom, in the oil.
4 Spicy Popcorn Recipe Inside the Pot

I like to use a heavy-bottom pot because it spreads the heat more evenly. Make sure you grab the lid with an oven-mitt, since it will be pretty hot. And if you don’t vent the steam out, your popcorn will be chewy!

 

5 Spicy Popcorn Recipe Pouring Butter

I like to pour some butter, shake on some salt, shake up the bowl, then repeat until the butter is all poured. Just try not to over-salt!

7 Spicy Popcorn Recipe

The finished product! Great for a party, great for watching football or a movie, and it’s even great a day later (just put a lid on it, and shake a little more salt on it the next day).

 

 

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