08.24.11

FOOD / 11

i love going to the movies. partly cause it’s a great escape, but mostly cause they gots popcorn there. if you’re like me, you have some kind of a popcorn ritual. mine involves a kid’s pack: popcorn spilled in a open cardboard container, m & m’s poured over the top, a touch of butter and salt, toss, eat.

the thing is, i like to watch movies at home, and yet when i do that . . . no popcorn. well, my friends, things are about to change. big time!

in all my years of popcorn loving, i’ve never properly popped the corn. i mean i’ve done the microwave thing, the jiffy pop thing and even had a brief fling with an air popper in college (sounds dirty, but i was just on a diet). let me tell you something.  the proper way is easy, and fun, and delicious.
so here we go.


what you’ll need:
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 6 sprigs of fresh rosemary (in the neighborhood of 5 inches each)
• 1 cup of popcorn (this yields a fair bit of popcorn, so invite friends)
• 100 g dark chocolate (it’s candy bar size) coarsely chopped
• 2 oz unsalted butter
• salt (as much or as little as you want)

what to do:
• pop the olive oil and 5 sprigs of the rosemary into a small saucepan on medium/low heat, then cover and let simmer for 5 minutes.
• once that’s done, remove the rosemary from the oil (tongs help) and place the sprigs on a paper towel to drain.
• in the meantime get a much bigger saucepan ( i dare to call it a pot ) and transfer the oil, then add the popcorn.
• mix the oil and popcorn together with a spatula, then cover, heat on medium, and then we wait.

while you’re waiting:
• on low heat, melt the butter with the remaining sprig of rosemary in a small saucepan (the very same saucepan that you used for the oil).
note:  once it’s melted, remove the rosemary

also:
• take the rosemary from the first batch, and remove all of the now crispy leaves.
coarsely chop’em
• then chop that chocolate while you’re at it.
• by now, your popcorn should be popping.
• about 3 minutes in give the pot a little shake (and whatever you do, don’t open the lid. YIKES).
• you’ll know it’s ready when the popping sound gets muffled and is more sporadic (one every 4ish seconds)

then:
• transfer to a large bowl.
• toss in the chopped rosemary, salt and chocolate.
• pour butter over the top and maybe a bit more salt – that part is totally up to you.

*side note: my husband’s friend tried this and loved it, but said the chocolate should be grated and not chopped. on one hand i agreed (cause i’m pretty darn agreeable) and other the other hand i told him, “absolutely not!” why?  cause if i don’t add chopped chocolate it won’t melt all over the popcorn, get on my hands and create a delicious mess. i like licking chocolate off my fingers, but if you don’t, you know what to do.

{ column + photos by jen gotch, design by bri }

22 COMMENTS

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    Rebecca says:

    Oh gosh. This sounds heavenly. Looooove y’alls food posts.

    Monica N says:

    Oh my gawd. Seriously?! I’ve never made popcorn in a pan, I’ve always opted for the air popped variety, but wow. You have blown my mind with this concoction. Must try stat. I’m a big fan of white chocolate sprinkled in too.

    alex says:

    this sounds incredible!

    fAB-O! the husband and i will be trying this over the weekend fo sho….

    eva burns says:

    This blowing my mind.

    kate says:

    Considering my popcorn addiction, this sounds AMAZING. Rosemary?? dying. Just wondering– have you had any issues w/ using olive oil? I know it doesn’t handle heat as well as other oils..

    jen says:

    hey kate. no issue with the olive oil. just make sure it’s on med/low heat.

    Kate says:

    Yum yum yum…beautiful design too!

    Yum! PS. Spotted this + felt it had your name written all over it: http://bit.ly/qinQFs.

    bri says:

    jess! i totally love that dress, pinned that baby the other day!!!

    This sounds like magic for your mouth! Yum will def be trying this soon!

    Katie says:

    Wow, Bri and Jen! This looks sooo delicious! Making asap.

    HOLY MOLY that sounds tasty. Bookmarked!

    Danielle M says:

    This sounds so ridiculously amazing! I am running to my kitchen to make it now. Jen…you are a food goddess. Love the posts and how deliciously simple and satisfying they all are!

    annika says:

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