February 4, 2023

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Crazy Good Spicy Italian Popcorn

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Can popcorn be Italian? Add garlic butter, Parmigiano Reggiano, oregano, and red pepper flakes and the answer is a definite yes!

This homemade popcorn tossed with garlic butter, Parmigiano Reggiano, oregano, and red pepper flakes is adapted from Crazy Good Italian: Big Flavors, Small Plates by D.C. Chef and Top Chef All-Stars runner up Mike Isabella. It’s insanely delicious (yes, crazy good) and exemplifies Isabella’s self-described cooking style: one part old-world Italian, one part old-school Jersey, one part modern Mediterranean—all parts delicious. You have to try it!

What You’ll Need To Make Crazy Good Spicy Italian Popcorn

ingredients for Italian popcornStep-by-Step Instructions

Heat the vegetable oil in a very large pan over medium-high heat, and add the popcorn.

popcorn kernels in potCover with a tight fitting lid (alternatively, cover tightly with foil). Wait for the popcorn to start popping, then shake the pan gently every now and again to keep the kernels moving. When the popping slows to 2 to 3 seconds apart, remove the pan from the heat.

popped popcornMelt the butter in the microwave (be sure the bowl is big enough so that it won’t bubble over). Add the garlic and microwave for 1 minute more. Pour the garlic butter through a fine meshed strainer into a small bowl; discard the garlic.

straining garlicIn a mini food processor or spice grinder, combine the Parmigiano-Reggiano, red pepper flakes, oregano and salt.

cheese and seasoning in mini food processorBlend until the mixture resembles coarse sand.

blended cheese and spice mixtureTransfer the popcorn to a serving bowl. Pour the garlic butter over the popcorn and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the cheese mixture and toss again until the popcorn is evenly coated.

tossing the popcorn with the garlic butter and cheese mixture

Serve warm or room temperature.

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Crazy Good Spicy Italian Popcorn

Can popcorn be Italian? Add garlic butter, Parmigiano Reggiano, oregano, and red pepper flakes and the answer is a definite yes!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a very large pan over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn, then cover with a tight fitting lid (alternatively, cover tightly with foil). Wait for the popcorn to start popping, then shake the pan gently every now and again to keep the kernels moving. When the popping slows to 2 to 3 seconds apart, remove the pan from the heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, melt the butter in the microwave (be sure the bowl is big enough so that it won’t bubble over). Add the garlic and microwave for 1 minute more. Pour the garlic butter through a fine meshed strainer into a small bowl; discard the garlic.
  3. In a mini food processor or spice grinder, grind the Parmigiano-Reggiano, red pepper flakes, oregano and salt until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
  4. Transfer the popcorn to a serving bowl. Pour the garlic butter over the popcorn and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the cheese mixture and toss again until the popcorn is evenly coated. Serve warm or room temperature.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Serving size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 194
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Sugar: 0
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 87 mg
  • Cholesterol: 25 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you’re following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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