Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 2, 2001 - Issue 37



Popcorn Treats


Caramel Popcorn and Peanuts


5 quarts popped popcorn
2 cups roasted shelled peanuts
1 cup butter or margarine (1/2-pound)
2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Place popped corn and peanuts in a large shallow 18 x 12 x 2-inch baking pan; keep warm in a 250 degree oven. Meanwhile, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan; cook and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and cook to firm ball stage (248 degrees on candy thermometer). Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Remove popped corn and peanuts from oven; immediately pour a steady stream of syrup over popped corn and peanuts. Mix well. Return to oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container.
Makes about 5 quarts.

Parmesan Popcorn and Peanuts


2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 pound roasted shelled peanuts
3 quarts popped popcorn
3 tablespoons soft butter or margarine
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat peanut oil in a 15-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 1-inch baking pan in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven; add peanuts and stir until coated with oil. Return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, add popped popcorn; sprinkle with garlic salt and Parmesan cheese; stir to coat popcorn and peanuts. Return to oven for 5 minutes.
Makes about 3 quarts.

Sassy South of the Border Popcorn

3 quarts warm popped popcorn
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

Drizzle butter over warm popcorn. Combine garlic salt, chili powder, cumin, and red pepper; sprinkle over popcorn, tossing well.
Makes about 8 cups.

Spiced Snack Mix


3 quarts warm popped popcorn
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup candy coated chocolate pieces
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts or cashews

Combine powdered sugar, cinnamon, and ginger; sprinkle over warm popcorn, tossing well. Add candy and nuts; toss again.
Makes about 9 cups.



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