I have a crippling addiction to snacks. Salty snacks in particular. It’s crippling in the sense that I will not stop eating until I’m overcome with nausea, and then left to spend the next hour slouched in my chair, thinking to myself, “why . . . WHY?” I often avoid buying bags of chips or pretzels at the store because I know that in less than 24 hours, they’ll be open on my desk, rapidly approaching empty. And then sometimes, I slip. In the throes of my toasted seaweed addiction, I bought two cases, which I then stored in my bedroom because there was “no room” in the kitchen. Those were the dark days.
Of all the snacks, popcorn is the most irresistible. I blame my mother, as she has been making giant batches of popcorn on a regular basis since I can remember. It goes from the stove top into a
feeding trough large bowl, and sits on the kitchen table all day, inviting constant snacking. So while regular ol’ popcorn with salt and spices is tasty enough to shove in my face by the fistful, this stuff, oh lord — whole ’nother level. Seriously. Borderline dangerous.
It is unreal how good this is. I mean, I knew it would be fairly tasty, because it’s popcorn + sriracha — it seems hard to go wrong there. But I wasn’t really prepared for how perfectly all of the ingredients would work together. The spiciness of the sriracha works so well with the coconut oil, and the smoked sea salt brings an almost-meaty taste to the mix. (When I was cooking all of the sauce ingredients up on the stove top, it smelled exactly like buffalo chicken wings. Chicken wings!!) Even when it got a little soggy, I didn’t care. I ate it ALL.
(Some of you may recognize the surly owl, back in a fashion similar to his last appearance. But for those of you that are wondering, “OMG, where did she get that?!” This is the work of a local artist, Dan Siegel, who sells his wares under the handle Danmade. You can find his Etsy shop here. [If you don’t see anything that strikes your fancy in the featured items, browse through his sold items to see what he has done in the past. He’s always firing new things, and is happy to talk to people about special requests.])
Sriracha-Coconut Popcorn with Smoked Sea Salt
(adapted from Bake Your Day)
- 4 cups of freshly popped popcorn (if you make your own on the stove top, use half olive oil and half coconut oil)
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp sriracha (Huy Fong’s, or make your own!)
- 2 tsp coarse smoked sea salt
Combine butter, oil, sriracha, and salt in a large, deep saucepan or pot over low heat. When butter is melted and everything is mixed together, add the popcorn and stir until well-coated. Eat immediately, as it will get a little soggy after a while.
(Also, consider playing around with flavor a bit! I really like the idea of using sesame oil and ginger too. And I would have also loved to add a little lime to the mix, à la this post. And for more great ways to use sriracha, see this book. And this.)