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Dine-In: Popcorn with Brown Butter and Parmesan

Popcorn with Brown Butter and ParmesanI’ve written before about how, growing up, Friday nights meant pizza night at my house.
Well, pizza was followed by popcorn.

You see, in my house growing up, and pretty much in my house now, popcorn is considered a food group. I remember as a child, listening to the sounds of my mother popping popcorn on the stove, as her treat, long after us kids had gone to bed.  The clank of the “special” popcorn pot touching down on the stove coils reverberates in my memory, almost as loudly as the sizzle of that first kernel hitting the oil to test to see if it was hot enough. I used to love the cacophony of the popping kernels as they started out slowly, then built speed and rolled into a rollicking crescendo as they burst from under the pot lid and spilled out into the bowl. Then there was the smell….ahhhhh…why is there no popcorn scented Scentsy cube?

On Friday nights, the five of us kids got to partake in a “popcorn party.” Mom just doused our portions with a little salt and we were happy as clams. I still use only a tiny bit of salt on my popcorn if I’m making it for myself. If I’m making it for friends, however, because we often get together for a fire and fellowship at my house on Friday nights, I jazz it up a bit.

Popcorn with Brown Butter and Parmesan
Serves 4

1 (3.5 oz) pkg microwave popcorn or 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
3 Tbs  unsalted butter
3 Tbs  grated parmesan
1/4 tsp kosher salt, to taste

Pop the popcorn according to the package directions.
Brown the butter: Melt the butter in a skillet or small saucepan over medium heat. Swirl or stir the butter with a wooden spoon as it starts to foam and sputter. Remove the butter from the heat as soon as it begins to turn golden brown and smells nutty, about 1 minute.
Drizzle over the popcorn. Sprinkle with the parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon salt and toss well.

Nutritional Information: Calories 199; Calories From Fat 105; Fat 12 g; Cholesterol 26 mg ; Sodium 372 mg; Protein 5 g ; Carbohydrate 19 g; Sugar 0 g; Fiber 4 g; Iron 1 mg; Calcium 80 mg

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