Delicious Dishes, Microwave Edition: Salt and Pepper Parmesan Popcorn

Over the past decade there have been reports about the PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) in pre-packaged popcorn bags.  PFOA has been identified by The Environmental Protection Agency as a “likely carcinogen.” In addition, the chemical used to give popcorn its tasty butter flavor, called diacetyl, produces fumes that could be harmful to your respiratory system, but is deemed "safe" by the FDA (yeah right).  Why bother with all those potential side effects when you can make your own microwave popcorn in about the same time it takes to make the pre-packaged stuff?  Besides being a healthier alternative, you are not limited to the flavors available on the shelf.  There are limitless flavoring options when you make it yourself. 
1.  Pour 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag.  
2.  Fold the bag and place it in the microwave.
3.  Set the microwave for 5 minutes.
4.  Once kernels have begun to pop listen for popping to slow down to one second between pops.
5.  Pour popcorn in a large bowl, Toss with olive oil to lightly coat the majority of the popcorn.
6.  Sprinkle salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese to taste.
You may want to toss the popcorn after the first round of seasoning and repeat the process depending on how much flavor you want.
 ENTERTAINING TIP:  For your next party, set up a poporn bar with various seasonings for your guests to add to a preportioned bag, box, or bowl, of unseasoned popcorn.

No comments:

Post a Comment