Man, I am pooped. It has been a long, long week! All amazingly fun things, dinner parties, Thanksgiving, and a lot of driving…well the driving part wasn’t amazingly fun…. Anyways, as much fun as I have had, and delicious food I have eaten, I was super excited to get home, put on my comfy pants, settle down in front of that beautiful red glow that is Netflix, and a bowl of the worlds best snack. Popcorn.
I think this has always been, and always will be one of my most favourite snacks. There is always some in the cupboard, as it lasts forever and you can dress it up a million different ways. It’s crispy, crunchy, and I love eating it one kernel at a time (I know, annoying, but so much fun).
Cheezy Vegan Popcorn:
Canola or Coconut Oil
Couple Spoons of Melted Vegan Butter (I Like Earth Balance)
4 Big Spoons Nutritional Yeast
Big Pinch Chili Powder
Big Pinch Smoked Paprika
Big Pinch Onion Powder
Big Pinch Garlic Powder
Big Pinch Salt
First off, microwave popcorn is gross. I know it’s sooo easy, blah blah blah, but have you ever checked out the list of delicious sounding chemicals in there? Not so delicious huh? It’s really just as easy to make stove top popcorn. So if you are new to the good ‘ol stove top, let me introduce you. Stove, meet popcorn, popcorn, meet stove. See, that was easy.
Put a pot on medium-high heat. Drizzle in your oil of choice, you just need enough to put a thin layer on the bottom of the pot. Pour in your popcorn kernels, just enough for a small layer on the bottom, with lots of room for the kernels to breath. This may look like a tiny amount, but once it pops it will be plenty! Shake to coat the kernels in oil and put a lid on. Shake every so often, and once they start popping, shake constantly so that they don’t burn. Once the popping stops, dump into a bowl, but be careful because there is always one or two that decides to pop at this moment!
Mix up the nutritional yeast, chill powder, paprika, onion, garlic powder, and salt. Some people think garlic powder is gross, and it can be, but true garlic powder is just dehydrated garlic, ground up. So when you buy it, read the ingredients, there should only be one. Garlic. Same goes with onion powder.
When your popcorn is popped, melt a bit of vegan butter, and drizzle over popcorn while shaking the popcorn. This is optional, but it helps the seasoning stick. Shake in as much or as little seasoning as you like and toss with popcorn.