I’ve got a back-to-back post for you! Generally I would wait to post this on Friday, but I’m heading to Oregon for a camping trip with my cousin (might as well be my sister) and her family.
I’ve been assigned to food detail, and I have a 4 day breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned for the 5 of us. This Spiced Trail Mix Popcorn is one of the snacks I’ve come up with – a kick of heat paired with the saltiness of nuts, and the sweetness of chocolate – perfect for noshing at the campsite, picnic, or even movie-night on the couch.
- 2 tablespoons corn oil
- ½ cup popcorn kernels
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 1½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1½ cup trail mix (I like the kind with nuts and chocolate)
- Pour the corn oil into a large heavy pot with a lid. Place a couple of kernels in the oil, cover the pot, and turn the heat to medium-high. When the first kernel pops, immediately add the remaining popcorn.
- Shake the pan over the heat with the lid slightly ajar. When the popping slows to 2-3 seconds apart, turn the heat off.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the cayenne, cumin, Cajun seasoning, and salt. Stir until the butter begins to foam.
- Immediately drizzle the butter-spice mixture over the popcorn, trying to disperse as evenly as possible. Place the lid over the pot containing the popcorn and shake to distribute.
- Once the popcorn has cooled a bit, add the trail mix.* Toss to combine, serve, and enjoy!