Popcorn



Ingredients


We start with Alton Brown's brilliant microwave recipe sans pesky hidden carcinogens:

One brown paper bag

cup popcorn

2 tsp. olive oil

Put the popcorn and olive oil in the bag, seal with a piece of tape, microwave on high for three minutes.

The Super Sweet Version

Make:
1 batch of popcorn

Melt:
stick of unsalted butter with

cup brown sugar


Slowly pour the butter mixture over the popcorn, tossing as you go. Add a dash of salt to take the edge off the cloying sweetness.

The Slightly Spicy, or Should We Say "Soulful" Version (even though after tonight there won't be any spicy or soulful singers left standing -- or sitting)

Make:
1 batch of popcorn

Melt:
stick of unsalted butter with a few shakes each of:

garlic powder
onion powder
cayenne
paprika
thyme
mustard powder
and lots of salt


And in case neither of them is your pick, how about

The Cheesy Version

Make:
1 batch of popcorn

Melt:
stick of unsalted butter

Grate:
1/4 to  cup cheese (Parmesan, Cheddar, American, etc.)

Coat all the popcorn with the melted butter then bit by bit, toss in the cheese. Add salt as needed.

Or if you're not in a do-it-yourself mood, my friend Ethan says this is amazing.