Flavoured Popcorn Recipes
Ideal for pre-dinner nibbles, lunchbox snacks, or settling down in front of a movie
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- Heat the oil in a large heavy based saucepan, then add the popcorn.
- Cover with a lid and listen for the sound of popping.
- Shake the pan occasionally and remove from the heat once the popping subsides.
- Toss in your choice of flavours (see ideas below in cooking tips) and serve immediately.
- Enjoy your popcorn plain, try the below delicious popcorn flavours - or why not invent your own popcorn recipe.
- Note: the Nutrition Per Serving info above includes the ingredients for the below 'Honey & Mixed Spice' recipe.
- Honey & Mixed Spice: 2 tbsp clear honey, ½ tsp mixed spice. Gently warm the honey and mixed spice and mix into the cooked popcorn.
- Maple Syrup & Cinnamon: 2 tbsp maple syrup, ½ tsp ground cinnamon. Gently warm the syrup and cinnamon and mix into the cooked popcorn.
- Spicy Paprika & Chive: 1 tbsp rapeseed oil, ¼ tsp hot smoked paprika, 1 tbsp finely chopped chives. Mix the oil, paprika and chives together and toss into the cooked popcorn, season to taste with a light sprinkle of salt. For a less spicy version, use sweet smoked paprika instead of hot. Try using Cajun seasoning for a variation.
- Cheese & Onion: chopped chives with finely grated hard cheese (e.g. Gruyere).
- Smokey: smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and a pinch of salt.
- Curried: ground coriander, cumin and turmeric - add chilli for heat.
- Barbecue: sweet paprika, a little dark brown sugar and a pinch of salt.
- Mexican: chilli powder, ground cumin and onion powder.
- Italian: very finely grated hard cheese (e.g. Parmesan) and dried oregano.
- Herby: grind together dried herbs such as rosemary with a pinch of rock salt.
- Sticky: stir in a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup or honey.
- Cinnamon: mix a little ground cinnamon with a touch of golden caster sugar.
- * Look out for ready-blended spice mixes such as Cajun, Creole, Garam Masala, Ras el hanout, Thai 5-spice mixes - or raid the store cupboard and try making your own creative blends.
- * Cooking with children can be an enjoyable way to help them learn about food and nothing beats the 'popping' of popcorn and then eating this Whole Grain treat straight away.