I am so thrilled. . .I have a wonderful little man in the kitchen with me. Actually we were in his Mom's kitchen since I had to babysit all of them. My Grandson Tyler (age 11). When he found out his Uncle Pete and I were doing a challenge on popcorn, he wanted to participate. I told him that I would have him make the popcorn for me and I would photograph him for the blog. He was so excited!! I hope you enjoy him as much as I did. I think it's very important to include children in preparing meals and snacks. It's quality time spent together plus we all get to eat the goodies! I enjoy creating memories for them as my Grandma creating memories for us.
HER WAY: RUN TO THE BORDER POPCORN
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 dash hot pepper sauce (I use Texas Pete)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
5 cups popped popcorn
Microwave the popcorn as directed on the package.
Pour hot popcorn in large bowl.
Melt butter and add taco seasoning mix.
Add a dash of hot dash, chili powder and seasoned salt.
Stir well and pour over popcorn. Mix well so popcorn is evenly covered. If the bowl as a plastic lid, put the lid on and shake it like crazy. Serve immediately.
Tyler enjoyed the popcorn and he agreed that it is very spicy and you need to have a nice cold beverage handy. You'll need it!!
I stole this recipe from one of my first wife's girlfriends, Tracey Taylor. I've modified it a bit (added Parmesan), but the original way is great too. Thank you Tracey, wherever you are. . .
Note to all: I don't use precise measurements for this recipe. Just use common sense. And sometimes the Velveeta looks a little curdled after butter is mixed with it. It's all good, so don't worry. Also, this recipe, for some reason, doesn't work well with microwave popcorn. Just doesn't taste right and gets chewy. As you all know, I prefer butter over margarine, which works much better here as well. Warnings: Once the popcorn is all gone, you'll never want to eat regular popcorn again PLUS it will become extremely hard to NOT lick the bowl clean. Awww, what the heck. . .go ahead and lick it!! Then go make another bowl. . .
HIS WAY: SUPER CHEESY BUTTERY POPCORN
cooking oil (optional)
bacon (fried crisp and crumbled)(optional)
parmesan cheese (grated)
Make popcorn your favorite way or simply follow the instructions on the package. Once popped, put in large bowl.
Slice a 1/4 inch of Velveeta cheese (I use the full size loaf) and cut into 1/4 inch cubes. Melt in microwave proof dish or cup for approximately 45-60 seconds, til hot and smooth.
Add softened butter and stir til butters completely melted. Pour as evenly as possible over popcorn. Add salt and bacon. Stir and break up the clumps of cheese as much as possible.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
Serve hot and enjoy!!