dijon buttered popcorn

popcorn is my favorite food.

i make it when i’m on my own for dinner, i make it for lunch when i’m home sick on the couch watching law & order marathons, i buy it & a diet coke for $1.50 at target when i’m running errands on my lunch break, & tom uses it to bribe persuade me to go to movies i have no interest in seeing.

there’s nothing i love more than a bucket of buttery theater popcorn, but we all know that isn’t an everyday kind of food.  so, for more regular consumption, this has become my absolute favorite.DSC 5244 dijon buttered popcornnever in a million years would i have thought to add dijon mustard to butter & pour it over popcorn, but that’s why i think heidi swanson is amazingly talented, because this works.  the butter is just enough keeping this from becoming an overly indulgent snack & i love the hint of tang that comes from the mustard so much so, that i add quite a bit more than the original recipe.  finish it off with a sprinkling of sea salt & fresh chives & it is snacking perfection.

makes about 8 cups popped corn

1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 1/2 tablespoons butter (the quality of the butter will make a difference here.  we like to use salted kerrygold.)
1-2 tablespoons dijon mustard
generous pinch sea salt
1/2 bunch fresh chives, minced

set a medium, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. drizzle with enough olive oil to thoroughly coat the bottom of the pan, about 1-2 tablespoons. drop in a few popcorn kernels.

while letting those few kernels heat up, add butter to a small saucepan & set over medium heat. let it sizzle, get foamy & turn a bit brown. whisk in the mustard, taste & add more mustard, if necessary.  set aside.

when the popcorn kernels pop, add enough to cover the bottom of the pan, about 1/2 cup. cover & let pop, shaking the pan occasionally, until the pot fills up, or the popping slows to about 3 seconds betweens each pop. transfer to a large bowl.

drizzle about 1/2 of the butter & dijon mixture over the top of the popcorn & toss to coat. sprinkle with salt to taste. add remaining butter & dijon mixture, sprinkle with chives, toss once more & serve.

adapted from super natural every day

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3 Responses to dijon buttered popcorn

  1. gassmama says:

    I must have this – NOW!!! Popcorn is its own food group in our house ;) And Lillian knows when we arrive at Target there will bepopcorn and drinks, without fail. The one time they were out of it? Hysteria I tell ya!

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