Spicy Sriracha Parmesan Popcorn

Popcorn is literally my favorite snack ever. I'm not talking about the microwave stuff either.

When I first moved to Lyon, I had the hardest time finding the un-popped kernels. Most stores here carry only the prepackaged microwave kind. Kernels are more rare as it's not really part of French culture to snack on popcorn, unless you're in a movie theater. I finally found them at some of the bigger chains like Carrefour and Monoprix, sold in minuscule bags of 100 or 200 grams, but, hey, I'll take it.

You know when you get home at the end of the day and you're starving but dinner isn't ready yet (or even started)? Yes, I am five years old and can't wait 30 more minutes. My go-to for those hangry situations?

Popcorn, people.

Not even plain ol' butter and salt will cut it anymore. Not after trying this loaded version. I'm talking oil-popped, in a pan, and then an outrageous amount of seasoning. 

Ready?

Step 1: Gather your ingredients.

Besides what you see pictured above, you can really try anything in your spice cabinet: chili or curry powder, dried herbs like dill and parsley...I like herbes de Provence because it's a Mediterranean blend of rosemary, thyme, oregano and basil. 

Step 2 (optional): Make your own popcorn mix.

Grab an empty jar and combine salt, dried herbs and seasoning. That way you don't have to take out a million different containers each time you make a batch, which, if you're anything like me, is most nights. 

Step 3: Pop + top that corn! 

No fancy machinery required - just a frying pan and some oil. Then add your toppings to your pan full of still-warm popcorn!

Besides the dry mix above, I like to drizzle olive oil and Sriracha sauce. This also helps the dry ingredients stick to the popcorn. 

Then maybe a sprinkle of finely grated parmesan, especially for fans of that fake powder cheese topping (hi mac & cheese packets) but about nine million times better. "Flavor town" as my cousin Kristina would say (kids these days, I tell ya).

And that's all there is to it! Three minutes and you've got yourself this insanely delicious popcorn situation. 

Goes equally well with a pre-dinner glass of wine as it does alongside a bowl of soup or chili, depending on the season. 

Happy almost-weekend!

x Stephanie