February 5, 2010
I don’t know about you but I am overwhelmed by the number of tantalizing Super Bowl recipes circulating the blogs and food sites this week. All those bean dips and salsas, nachos and ribs, award winning chilis, very best burgers. Whew. You make menu planning tough! Fortunately, we’re headed to our friends’ home for the game and I’m relieved of having to decide between anyone’s “best”, “favorite” or “unrivaled” anything. For the time being, anyways. But, because I’m a sucker for food bandwagons, I figured there was no harm in throwing one more recipe into the mix.
This contains all of my favorite food groups: popcorn, cheese and black pepper. What’s not to love? And if you’re looking for a way to lighten up the pre-game snack spread, this is a great option.
This is like the best cheese popcorn you’ve ever had without the yellow #5 food coloring, orange fingernails and that weird film left coating your tongue. If you can, pop your own kernels. (This method has worked well for me. Just leave out the salt and butter.) Otherwise, select natural microwave popcorn without added fat or salt (I like Newman’s Own Organic No Butter/No Salt). The key to this recipe is having everything prepped before you pop the corn. Tossing the popcorn in the olive oil and parmesan works best if the popcorn is very hot (i.e. right out of the popper, pot or bag). Otherwise, the toppings end up on the bottom of the bowl. I also recommend using good quality extra virgin olive oil and Parmesan cheese.
Parmesan Pepper Popcorn(Adapted from Gourmet)
- 1-2 T good quality extra virgin olive oil
- 8 cups HOT plain popcorn without added salt or fat
- 1 oz (1/3 cup) very finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
Drizzle oil over hot popcorn in a large bowl and toss to coat, then toss with cheese, pepper, and salt. Best if served immediately or within a couple hours of popping.