Pimenton and smoked-salt Popcorn

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Author Notes: One of my family's favorite snacks is popcorn. Gourmet Magazine once had a Last Touch article on flavored popcorns that captured my interest. Recently, when my kids and I put our heads together to try to come up with some interesting new variations, we decided to sample one of our favorite family dinners, chili, in popcorn form. Here is the tempting result. If you like, you can add chipotle chili powder, or, conversely, remove the smokey aspect by using regular salt and eliminating the South African Smoke flavoring.creamtea

Serves 4; can be multiplied

For the spice blend (makes more than needed)

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-2 pinches sea salt
  • 5-6 grinds smoked sea salt (available at Trader Joe's)
  • 5-6 grinds South African Smoke Spice Blend (available at Trader Joe's) or smoked Spanish paprika to taste (about 1/8 t. or more)
  • 3 tablespoons butter

For the popcorn

  • 1/3 cup good quality popping corn
  1. In a small dish, combine dry seasoning ingredients.
  2. In a separate small custard cup, in the microwave, melt butter (about 1 minute at half-power, pausing midway to stir). Or melt on top of the stove in a small, heavy saucepan.
  3. Whisk about 1 1/2 teaspoons spice mixture into the melted butter.
  4. Pop corn using desired method: in corn popper in microwave, or on top of stove. Transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Stir seasoned butter and drizzle over corn. Stir to distribute, taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Serve hot.
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Tags: salty, savory, spicy

Comments (7) Questions (0)


over 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Love this popcorn!


over 3 years ago creamtea



over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Why doesn't my Trader Joe's have South African Smoke Spice Blend??


over 3 years ago creamtea

May be seasonal? Smoked spanish paprika or chipotle chile powder from another source (mine's from Fairway) should work.


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Popcorn is great, love the addition of chili and spices.


over 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

I agree with sdebrango - such a fan of popcorn.


over 3 years ago creamtea

Thanks sdebrango & sexyLAMBCHOPx; I agree popcorn's good stuff.