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Nov 20, 2008 11:33 AM

Thanksgiving apps: flavored popcorn

I'm trying to avoid mass quantities of chips, cheeses, veggies and dips before the already gluttonous feast. I think I've come up with an inexpensive and interesting alternative pre-meal snack, flavored popcorn.
So far I've got three flavors I think will work: 1.Chinese Five Spice Kettle Corn-your traditional kettle corn recipe with 5 spice powder and salt 2.Sour Cream and Onion-as simple as powdered buttermilk and onion powder maybe some chives and salt 3.Shrimp Corn-might sound a little strange but how well do shrimp and corn go together? Thinking of grinding dried shrimp and salt and that's it.
I think having something delicious to snack on without filling up before dinner will be a success. Anyone have experience with these flavors? Any other suggestions? While brainstorming I came up with some interesting ideas: mac & cheese, ranch, bacon, sweet & sour, fennel kettle corn..... let me know what you think.

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  1. How about taco flavor, maple, margarita?

    1. Great idea! I had popcorn that was SO good, flavored with truffle salt. I took a cooking class at the "Chopping Block" in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. They used this salt, they carry and sell, on popcorn as a snack, and it was addictive. I use this salt on a lot of things, including buttered, salted, roasted almonds.

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      1. re: marycarol

        Sounds really good, I've had popcorn tossed with white truffle oil and it is ridiculously good. I don't think that salt would last long in my possession.

      2. I just did a fantastic popcorn the other night. Little olive oil heated with a couple crushed garlic cloves (took it out after it infused the oil), freshly ground mix of fennel seed, rosemary, coriander, black and red peppercorns, thyme and sea salt - this went into the oil for a few minutes. Then drizzled over the popcorn and hit it with some fresh parm.

        OMG fantastic.

        I think I had read somewhere that herb de provence was awesome on popcorn and since I didn't have any - I made my own concoction.

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        1. re: lexpatti

          Sounds really good. I've finalized my flavors: 5 Spice Kettle Corn-so good it will be in my repertoire forever, Ranch-just powdered Ranch dressing tossed with hot popcorn, and Sesame, Ginger and Garlic-sesame oil, garlic powder, ginger powder and salt, yum.....the shrimp corn did not work, the ground shrimp smelled like fish food when I put it on the popcorn. Of these 3 the 5 spice kettle was the most unbelievable, it emits a holiday aroma into the house and is a perfect balance of sweet, salty, bitter, spicy. Although one day I will make Bacon Corn and Mac & Cheese Corn.

          1. re: Carmelizedbunions

            Your 5 spice kettle corn sounds absoutely delicious. Any chance you can post the recipe? Also, how do you distribute the seasame ginger garlic oil? Do you drizzle after popping or do you actually cook your popcorn in the oil?

            1. re: cvhound

              Pop your corn as usual and while its still warm, drizzle with sesame oil and season with garlic powder, ginger powder and salt, toss together and then adjust to your taste. Sorry I don't have exact proportions but I was fairly liberal with the seasonings. I posted the 5 spice kettle corn recipe below. Enjoy.

            2. re: Carmelizedbunions

              I'll have to try yours because I love the sweet and salty that kettle does, and I have the 5 spice (just never played with it)

              Thanks, happy tgiving

          2. The 5 spice kettle corn is as follows:
            2/3 cup yellow corn kernels
            1/4 cup vegetable oil
            1/4 cup sugar
            5 spice powder to taste (I used about 3 tbls.)
            Heat oil and kernels together covered in a medium sauce pot. When the oil starts to bubble a bit add the sugar cover and agitate while popping. Toss with 5 spice powder while hot. Enjoy.

            1. Sorry I forgot salt in the above recipe, depending on whether or not your 5 spice has salt, add to taste.

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              1. re: Carmelizedbunions

                Thanks so much for posting the recipe! Hopefully I'll have time to try your recipe soon.

                1. re: cvhound

                  You are very welcome. My one and three year old boys love this stuff. Let me know how yours turns out.