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20 mins

Half-Hour Hungries
Makes approximately 5 cups
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

This is a tasty variation on buttered popcorn that one of my Little Kitchen teachers, Lisa, taught my cooking students. Serve it at your next party or for National Popcorn Day – 19 January. It’s sure to be a hit!

Posted by Hardie Grant from London, United Kingdom • Published See Hardie Grant's 83 projects » © 2020 Sabrina Parrini / Hardie Grant Books · Reproduced with permission.
  • Step 1

    Measure the oil into a large, heavy-based saucepan and add two kernels of popping corn.

  • Step 2

    With adult help: Heat the saucepan over medium–high
    heat. When the two kernels pop, tip the remaining popping
    corn into the saucepan and quickly put the lid on. Wearing
    an oven mitt, hold the lid on tight and gently swirl the pan
    around so all of the popping corn gets coated in oil.
    Soon you’ll hear the corn start to pop! Keep the lid on and
    don’t peek, because the corn could escape from the pan and burn you. If you really want to see what’s happening, try using a saucepan with a glass lid.

  • Step 3

    With adult help: Give the pan a gentle shake with the lid on
    while the corn is popping. After roughly a minute, when the
    sound of popping has slowed to 1 or 2 pops every 5 seconds, take the saucepan off the heat. Leave the lid on until the corn has stopped popping completely.

  • Step 4

    With adult help: Wearing oven mitts, use a large measuring
    cup to scoop the popcorn into a bowl. Leave any dark bits
    in the bottom of the pan. These are the corn kernels that
    didn’t pop or open all the way and may have burnt – there
    are usually a few in every batch.

  • Step 5

    With adult help: In a small saucepan, melt the butter over
    medium heat. Once the butter has melted, remove the
    pan from the heat and add the spices and salt. Mix well,
    then evenly pour the butter mixture over the popcorn.
    Using a metal spoon, stir well. Add the grated parmesan
    and quickly combine so the cheese sticks to the popcorn.
    Serve immediately.

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