For a while there this was one of my obsessions. I would always order it from a certain bar and it was always my favorite and so I had to figure out how to make it at home. I must have tried something like 20 different recipes to get it right; almost all of them tasty but none of them hit the mark. And then I talked to the bartender and that is when I learned the secret. They cheat. This pretty fancy bar attached to a rather high-end restaurant buys Smart Pop White Cheddar Popcorn in a bag. Now they don’t just dump the bag into a bowl and call it a day, they dress it up with truffle oil and some salt and they throw a little chopped parsley on for garnish, which is good but something I always end up leaving out at home in the interested of eating this faster and having one less thing to clean. This is ridiculously easy to make but still delicious and far enough away from the original that you can trick your friends into believing that you actually spent 15 minutes in the kitchen popping your own popcorn and seasoning it up rather than the 5 minutes this recipe actually takes.
And since this is officially a bar snack you definitely need some kind of libation to go with it. The good news is this goes really well with pretty much any cocktail you want to make up, which is typically what I have it with. But on the wine front you should most definitely pair this with a nice cold glass of Gewurztraminer. I think Gewürztraminer is a perfect cocktail wine since it is big, fruity and rich all on its own, nothing in it needs to be tamed down or enhanced with food. But that doesn’t mean this popcorn isn’t a great match, this big, bold white can really stand up to the richness of the truffle and that sharp white cheddar on the popcorn.
- 1 bag Smart Pop White Cheddar Popcorn
- 2 teaspoons truffle oil
- 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- On baking sheet lined with parchment paper spread out the bag of popcorn and sprinkle with salt. Place under a broiler for about 1-2 minutes, watching the whole time, until the popcorn just starts to brown. Make sure you keep an eye on it because there is about a 10 second difference between perfectly browned and totally burnt.
- Meanwhile drizzle the truffle oil around the edge of a large bowl so that it drips down the sides. Then add in the warm popcorn and toss together in the bowl. Taste, you can add a little more truffle oil if you want an even stronger flavor, but be careful because a little definitely goes a long way. Then pour into your serving bowls and enjoy!