Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hot Pepper Popcorn

A little too late for the playoffs but in plenty of time for the Super Bowl, I bring you this popcorn that will delight anyone who enjoys a little spice with their popcorn crunch. This came from Gourmet long, long ago.

It doesn't look any different from regular popcorn as people found out at the Christmas party that I brought it to. I tried to warn everyone but all night people kept coming up to me and saying, "What did you do to that popcorn?"

Granted. that doesn't sound like a positive reaction but almost everyone asked for the recipe. After a very long delay, here it is!

Hot Pepper Popcorn

Step 1:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon Tabasco
2-1/2 quarts unsalted popcorn

In a small saucepan melt butter with Tabasco and drizzle it over popcorn in a large baking pan, tossing well.

Step 2:

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

In a small bowl combine salt and cayenne, sprinkle the mixture over popcorn, tossing it. Bake popcorn in a preheated 300-degree oven, stirring once or twice for 10-15 minutes, or until crisp.

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