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Smoked Lavender Popcorn
Smoked foods are one of my favorite treats, but doesn't have to be tied down to smoked chicken and brisket. Popcorn can benefit from a gourmet touch of cherry wood smoke. You don't need a huge outdoor smoker to make something like this either, now it's easy to create those recipes indoors. Cameron's Stovetop Smoker brings smoking food indoors. When the elements outside don't allow you to smoke foods, you can still enjoy smoked chicken thighs or even campfire smoked popcorn in the convenience of my own indoor kitchen.
Smoked popcorn tastes like eating popcorn that was cooked over a campfire. Step up your popcorn game by trying interesting flavor combinations. We're combining sweet & floral dried lavender, zesty lemon, and herbal fresh thyme to make an unforgettable smokey popcorn experience.
Makes: 2-4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
2/3 Cup unpopped popcorn kernels
3 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
3 Tbsp Melted Butter
2 Tsp Dried Lavender, crushed with fingers
Zest of 1 Lemon
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme
1 Tsp Hymalian Salt
Place Camerons Stovetop Smoker on the stove over medium-high heat. Place the metal drip tray into smoker base and add in enough sunflower oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Evenly sprinkle over popcorn kernels and then tightly cover the pan with aluminum foil. Once you hear the first kernels popping, turn down heat to medium and gently shake the pan to move popcorn around. Once you hear popcorn pops start to slow down, remove from heat and transfer the tray of popcorn out of smoker base.
Alternatively, you can use microwaved popcorn, just try to find unflavored and unsalted popcorn to use.
Load the Camerons Stovetop Smoker with 1.5 Tbsp of a light smoking wood such as maple, pecan, or cherry wood. Place the wire rack into the pan, then place the metal drip tray of popcorn over the rack.
Slide the lid on and set stove to medium heat. After around 5 minutes, you should see a small stream of smoke coming from the sides. Let popcorn smoke for 5 minutes then remove from heat and rest for 5 minutes to continue to infuse.
Pour popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle with butter and toss to coat. Sprinkle over crushed lavender, lemon zest, fresh thyme, and salt - toss to coat. Start a movie and enjoy!
About the Author:
Chef Austin Merath is Everything Kitchen's Culinary Wizard, Kitchen-Gadget Reviewer, and New-Product Tester. He studied under chefs in College of the Ozarks' Culinary Program. It's his job to make sure you choose the kitchen tools that are right for you by testing the best we have to offer. When not cooking, Austin is tinkering with computers or exploring the Ozarks with his wife Amy. Click here for his full bio.