Popcorn is the traditional snack most people munch on while watching a movie or TV show. It only takes a couple of minutes to cook or rather pop and it does not cost much. While many brands of popcorn come in a variety of flavors, from the popular buttered popcorn to the more exotic jalapeno seasoned popcorn, nothing beats making the seasoning and adding the preferential flavor yourself. Take cheese popcorn for instance. You can purchase popcorn already laced with cheese seasoning from your local grocery or supermarket. The only problem is if you prefer a different kind of cheese or if you want additional spices on it. If that is the case, know that making your own cheese seasoning is quite simple and easy. Here are some tips for you to try out.
- Start popping. Since you will be creating the seasoning for your popcorn, you will definitely want to use plain, unbuttered popcorn. Purchase a box, open it, and take out the bags of popcorn you will be cooking in your microwave oven. Follow the instructions on the box, particularly the amount of time and the level of heat for popping. Insert a bag inside the oven and set it to pop. If you need more than one bag, then place another in after you cook and pop the first bag. Once you are done, place all the popcorn you just cooked into a large bowl. In the case that you do not have a microwave oven, you can cook the popcorn in a pan on a stove. Empty the contents of the bag into a frying pan, cover the pan with foil, and turn up the heat. Estimate the time needed based on the frequency of popping sounds.
- Create the cheese seasoning. For this part of the process, you will need a stick of butter, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and whatever herbs or spices you want in the mix. To start, melt the stick of butter in the microwave oven. Place it on a bowl and cook until melted. Once that is done, sprinkle the parmesan cheese into the bowl of melted butter. Stir with a spoon and pour the cheese and butter mixture into the bowl full of popcorn. Use a couple of spoons to saturate the cheese and butter mixture into the popcorn. Mix it well.
- Add the spices. Once the popcorn has been buttered and cheesed, you can now sprinkle salt and pepper on the popcorn. Shake the bowl so that the salt and pepper will trickle down to the bottom of the bowl, lacing the bottom layer of popcorn in the process. At this point, you can add a lot of other spices depending on your preferences. You can add powdered jalapeno or cayenne pepper for a hotter taste. Some people like using hot sauce as well. It is really up to you right now.
Once you have seasoned the popcorn, serve it to your guests along with
paper towels and ice cold beverages such as beer, sodas, or juice. Pop
in the DVD and start watching as you enjoy your cheese popcorn.