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One Great ... basketball-watching snack

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One Great ... basketball-watching snack

By Kathleen Purvis

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  • Golden Curried Popcorn

    Adapted from Food Network Magazine. If you have another means of popping popcorn, use those directions instead. You could even substitute a fully popped bag of unbuttered microwave popcorn.

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    1/3 cup unpopped popcorn kernels

    4 tablespoons butter

    5 teaspoons sugar

    1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder

    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

    PLACE oil and two kernels of unpopped popcorn in a heavy Dutch oven or 3- to 4-quart pot with a lid. Place over high heat with lid on. Wait until you hear the test kernels pop, then add the rest of the popcorn. Cover and let the popcorn pop, shaking occasionally to keep the bottom layer of popped corn from burning, and listen for the popping to almost stop.

    REMOVE from heat and let stand for a minute until the popping stops, then pour the popped popcorn into a bowl. Cool the pan, then wipe it out with a paper towel and return to the stove over medium-low heat. Add the butter and swirl until melted, then stir in the sugar, curry powder and salt.

    REMOVE from heat and add the popped popcorn. Stir well with a rubber spatula, turning until the popcorn is completely coated with the butter mixture. Serve warm.

    Yield: 2 servings.



From Kathleen Purvis’ blog I’ll Bite: obsbite.blogspot.com:

The trouble with March Madness is that there is so much madness and only so much March. It’s not like the Super Bowl, where you can put out a whole table of football-watching snacks and be done with it.

No, the month is crammed with multiple basketball-watching parties, which calls for things that are simple, tasty and fast. After I tried this dressed-up popcorn, it occurred to me that it would be perfect for watching basketball. It’s easier to make than caramel corn, but it’s still sweet and salty, with just enough curry to be interesting, and it’s compulsively eatable.

Even better: If a game result makes somebody mad enough to throw something, you can’t do much damage by throwing popcorn.

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