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March Madness Party Snacks: Gourmet Popcorn Recipes

By Thepickyeater @pickyeaterblog

March Madness Party Snacks: Gourmet Popcorn Recipes

Who doesn’t love eating popcorn while watching a great game?

It’s the perfect healthy snack – 3 cups of air-popped with no butter (which is, frankly, a TON of popcorn) has only 100 calories, 4g fiber, 3g protein and virtually no sugar.

Popcorn is actually really easy to make from scratch – so easy that the husband made it all by himself at home when we were watching a movie.

He was really proud of himself

:)

And it’s impossible to mess up. The husband’s popcorn tasted delicious and was much better than those microwaveable bags of popcorn. And the best part is, if you make it at home you can control the seasonings, oil / butter and flavor to spice it up in any way you want (so you can make it taste great but still be really good for you).

Here are four awesome recipes courtesy of the International Olive Council, who asked if they could contribute these recipes – and they were so delicious, I couldn’t say no! Hope you enjoy them – you’ll end up with a healthy, delicious, and flavorful game-day snack!

Option 1: Basic 

March Madness Party Snacks: Gourmet Popcorn Recipes

You Will Need: 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil + 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn

This Makes: 12 cups of popped popcorn

The Directions: Pour olive oil in heavy Dutch oven or large pot. Sprinkle popcorn evenly over oil. Cover loosely to allow steam to escape. Heat over medium heat. Allow corn to pop until popping slows to 1 to 2 seconds between pops. Remove from heat; let stand 10 to 15 seconds to allow popping to stop. Season with salt, if desired. Pour onto parchment paper or clean paper bag to cool or serve immediately.

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Option 2: Curry Spiced

March Madness Party Snacks: Gourmet Popcorn Recipes

You Will Need: 

  • Basic Olive Oil Popped Corn (see recipe above)
  • 3 tablespoons plain or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, cut into slivers
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

This Makes: 12 cups popped popcorn

The Directions: 

  1. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil and garlic in small saucepan over medium heat until garlic is light golden; do not brown. Remove from heat; remove and discard garlic.
  2. Blend in curry powder, cumin and salt. Stir or whisk until spices are dissolved. Set aside.
  3. Pop corn as directed for Basic Olive Oil Popped Corn.
  4. Pour seasoning mixture over popcorn while tossing or stirring to coat evenly.
  5. Season with additional salt if desired. Pour onto parchment paper or clean paper bag to cool or serve immediately.

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Option 3: Buffalo Wing Spiced

March Madness Party Snacks: Gourmet Popcorn Recipes

You Will Need: 

  • Basic Olive Oil Popped Corn (see recipe above)
  • 3 tablespoons plain olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed and slivered (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons (about 1/2 of a 1.6-ounce envelope)
  • Original Buffalo Wings seasoning mix
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt

This Makes: 12 cups popped popcorn

The Directions: 

  1. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in small saucepan with garlic over medium heat until garlic sizzles. Remove and discard garlic. Remove from heat; add seasoning mix and stir or whisk to dissolve seasoning. Set aside.
  2. Pop popcorn as directed for Basic Olive Oil Popped Corn.
  3. Pour seasoning mixture over popcorn while tossing or stirring to coat evenly.
  4. Continue to toss popcorn to evenly coat with mixture. Season with additional salt if desired. Pour onto parchment paper or clean paper bag to cool or serve immediately.

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Option 4: Caramel (This one is more like dessert

:)
)

March Madness Party Snacks: Gourmet Popcorn Recipes

You Will Need:

  • Basic Olive Oil Popped Corn (see recipe above)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

This Makes: 12 cups of popcorn

The Directions:


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