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Gourmet Popcorn

The saying may be baseball, hotdogs and apple pie, but did you know Americans eat more popcorn than any one else (500,000,000 pounds a year and 60 % is popped in the home). Most popcorn is grown in the United States in the Midwest.

So the next time you're in the mood, relax and enjoy one of these fine recipes. Most are made with common ingredients you can easily find in your kitchen cupboards or spice rack.

For a complete list of recipes, click here.

Butter Pecan Popcorn Chinese Popcorn Delight Curry Parmesan Popcorn
Heavenly Hash Popcorn Lemon Popcorn Parmesan Pepper Popcorn
Popcorn Haystacks Popcorn Snowmen Simon & Garfunkel Popcorn
Triple Herb Popcorn

Butter Pecan Popcorn

8 c Popped popcorn (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup unpopped)
Nonstick spray coating
1/2 c Broken pecans
2 tb Butter
1/3 c Light corn syrup
1/4 c Instant butter pecan pudding Mix
1/4 ts Vanilla

Discard unpoppped popcorn kernels.
Spray a 17x12x2-inch roasting pan with nonstick coating.
Place the popped corn and pecans in the pan.
Keep popcorn warm in a 300 degree oven for 16 minutes, stirring halfway through baking.
Remove the pan form the oven.
Turn mixture onto a large piece of foil.
Cool popcorn completely.
When cool, break into large pieces.
Store leftover popcorn, tightly covered, in a cool, dry place for up to 1 week.
How do you keep popcorn from blowing away?
With a popper-weight (paperweight - ha! ha!)

Chinese Popcorn Delight

2 1/2 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup Chow Mein noodles, optional
1/2 cup peanuts
1/3 cup peanut oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sesame salt or salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon sugar

Keep popcorn, noodles and peanuts warm.
Combine remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Slowly pour over popcorn mixture, tossing to blend.
Pour into a large roasting pan.
Heat in a 300 degree oven for 5-10 minutes, stirring once.

Curry Parmesan Popcorn

1/2 c butter, melted
1/3 c Grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 ts Salt
1/4 ts Curry powder
12 c Popcorn (Already Popped)

Mix margarine, cheese, salt and curry powder.
Pour over Popcorn.

Heavenly Hash Popcorn

1/4 cup Butter
1 cup Chocolate chips
1 cup Pecans -- toasted
6 cups Popcorn -- popped
4 cups Miniature marshmallows

In a heavy saucepan, put the butter, chocolate and pecans.
Cook over a moderate heat until melted, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
Pour over the popped corn and marshmallows.
Stir well.
Spread on a buttered cookie sheet and refrigerate to cool.
For variations, you may wish to substitute butterscocth morsels or use bitter chocolate.
White chocolate pieces in place of chips make a pretty white candy which can be colored and molded into shaped cake pans.
Yogurt candy coating can also be used for a more piquant flavor.

Lemon Popcorn

1/4 c Corn oil
3/4 c Popping corn
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tb Lemon juice
2 tb Melted butter

In a large heavy pot, heat corn oil over high heat until the oil smokes.
Add 1 kernel popping corn and heat until kernel pops.
Add rest of popping corn, cover pot, and shake gently until corn starts to pop.
Shake vigorously until popping subsides.
Remove from heat.
Mix lemon juice with melted butter.
Toss popcorn with lemon zest, salt, and butter/lemon juice.

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn

1/4 c Uncooked popcorn kernels
1 tb Corn oil
1 pk Butter Buds Mix, dry
1 t Basil leaves
1/2 ts Oregano leaves
1/4 c Grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 ts Black pepper

To prepare popcorn, place oil and unpopped corn kernels in popcorn popper.
Cover and pop according to manufacturer's directions.
Remove popped corn from heat.
If using a heavy saucepan or skillet, heat, covered, over medium heat.
Shake while corn is popping.
If using hot-air popcorn popper, spray popped corn lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine warm popcorn with the remaining ingredients in large bowl; toss to mix.

Popcorn Haystacks

1 qt Popped popcorn
1 c Peanuts
3 oz Chow mein noodles
12 oz Chocolate chips

Toss popped corn, peanuts, and cm noodles together in lg bowl.
Set aside.
Place chocolate chips in glass bowl.
Microwave on med high for 3 mins.
Pour over popcorn mixture.
Toss until well mixed.
Place spoonfuls of the tossed mixture on wax paper.
Cool until firm. Store in tightly covered container.
Makes 24 haystacks.

Popcorn Snowmen

4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
4 cups Mini marshmallows
9 cups Popped popcorn
1/2 cup Confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon Milk
Gumdrops, cinnamon candies, fruit leather, jelly, pretzels -- for garnish.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
Add the marshmallows and cook, stirring often, until melted and syrupy, about 5 minutes.
Place the popped popcorn in a large lightly greased shallow pan.
Pour the syrup over the popcorn, tossing to coat evenly.
While still warm, form 6 balls about 5 inches in diameter from the coated popcorn for the bottom sections, giving the balls flat bases so the snowmen will stand.
Form 6 balls about 3-1/2 inches in diameter for the middle sections.
Then form 6 balls about 2 inches in diameter for the top sections.
Stir in the confectioners' sugar and milk together until smooth.
Use the icing to stack three popcorn balls of decreasing sizes into a snowman.
Attach candies to decorate. (Gumdrops for hats, fruit leather for scarves, etc.)

Simon & Garfunkel Popcorn

2 tablespoons butter
teaspoons crushed dried parsley flakes
Pinch of powdered sage
1/8 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary leaves
teaspoon crushed dried thyme leaves
teaspoon lemon juice
2 qts. Popped popcorn
Salt to taste

Melt butter over low heat.
Stir herbs and lemon juices into the melting butter.
Drizzle over popcorn.
Add salt to taste.
Makes 2 quarts.

Triple Herb Popcorn

6 qt (24 cups) popped popcorn (about 1 cup kernels)
Salt to taste
1/2 c Butter
1 t Dried basil
1 t Dried chervil
1/2 ts Dried thyme
1 cn (12 ounces) mixed nuts

Place popcorn in a large container or oven roasting pan.
Salt to taste and set aside.
Melt butter in a small saucepan.
Remove from heat; stir in basil, chervil and thyme.
Drizzle butter mixture over popcorn and toss lightly to coat evenly.
Stir in the nuts.

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Apricot Treat Popcorn Astronaut Popcorn Bacon & Cheese Popcorn
Bayou Popcorn BBQ Popcorn Buffalo HotCorn
Butter Pecan Popcorn Butterscotch Brownies A-Poppin Butterscotch Popcorn Crunch
Cajun Popcorn Candy Apple Popcorn Balls Caramel Popcorn
Cheddar Popcorn Cherry Popcorn Chicken Popcorn
Chili Popcorn Chinese Popcorn Delight Chocolate Cream Popcorn
Chocolate Glazed Popcorn Squares Chocolate Popcorn Cinnamon Apple Popcorn
CocoaPop Fudge Coconut Pecan Popcorn Coconut Popcorn Pie
Cracklies Cranberry Popcorn Balls Curry Parmesan Popcorn
French Fried Popcorn Fruited Popcorn Bake Fruity Popcorn Cookies
Garlic Cheddar Popcorn Balls Golden Popcorn Squares Granola Crunch Popcorn
Granola Popcorn Bars Harvest/Fall Popcorn Hawaiian Popcorn Mix
Heavenly Hash Popcorn Holiday Popcorn Balls Honey Pecan Popcorn
Hot Mustard Popcorn Ice Cream Popcornwiches Jamaican Popcorn
Jelly Bean Popcorn Heaven Jungle Popcorn Kentuky Praline Popcorn
Kiddie Popcorn Crunch Lemon Popcorn Licorice Popcorn
LolliPopCorn Surprise Mac-Corn-Roon Cookies Mapled Corn Squares
Marshmallow Creme Corn Mushroom Popcorn Nacho Popcorn
Orange Candied Popcorn Parmesan Chive Popcorn Parmesan Pepper Popcorn
Peanut Butter Popcorn Peanut Butter Popcorn Cups Peppermint Candy Popcorn
Peppery Popcorn Pesto Popcorn
Piquant Popcorn Pizza Popcorn Popcorn ala Koolaid
Popcorn Clusters Popcorn Haystacks Popcorn Honey Balls
Popcorn Italiano Popcorn Macaroons Popcorn Muffins
Popcorn on a Stick / Popsicle Style Popcorn Party Cake Popcorn Peanut Chip Cake
Popcorn Power Munch Popcorn Pudding Popcorn Snowmen
Pop-N-Fluff Cookies Praline Popcorn Crunch Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
Rainbow Popcorn Balls RockyPop Fudge RumCorn Balls
Saffron Butter Popcorn Savory Italian Popcorn Mix Sesame Maple Popcorn
Simon & Garfunkel Popcorn Southern BBQ Popcorn Mix Sugar & Spice Popcorn
Sugared Popcorn Balls Sun Dried Tomato Basil Popcorn SuperBowl Popcorn
Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn Mix Swiss Popcorn Thai Popcorn
Toffee Popcorn & Peanuts Triple Herb Popcorn TropiPopCorn
Vanilla Popcorn Vermont Maple Popcorn Balls Wonder Popcorn Bread
Yogurt Glazed Popcorn

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