So I have this obsession. It's Lay's Dill Pickle Chips. Quite honestly, I can't even have them in the house. Once they're opened, I can't sleep until I know that bag is empty. It's a curse.
There is something about the acidic "dill pickle" flavor with a chip that I love. I wish I never knew about them. Which brings me to this recipe for Dill Pickle Popcorn. I was perusing some magazines the other day and came across a recipe for Dill Pickle Popcorn...I totally had to have it and couldn't stop thinking about it.
The addition of citric acid is what makes this recipe "pop". You can't leave it out. I use citric acid in the kitchen a lot. It adds a vibrant sour flavor to food and even soft drinks. I think Diet Pepsi has more citric acid than Diet Coke, which is why I prefer the Pepsi. I really don't know that for sure, it's just an observation of my palate. Anyone know?
Anyway, sprinkling citric over fruits keeps them from turning brown. And sometimes it's just a little addition to a sauce or another recipe that gives it a wow factor. Everyone should have it in their kitchen. I use it in the winery so I have pounds and pounds and pounds of it around, but you can get it too. It might be in the canning section of the grocery store or get it here. You will use it in so many things. Promise.
I make popcorn in the Whirley-Pop. It's so easy and comes out perfect. I have also spent a lot of time researching the best methods and oils to use when popping. Coconut oil definitely tops the list as the best to pop with. Peanut oil is close second.
To make up the dill pickle flavoring, you will need to grind up some spices in your spice grinder.
This is a great game day snack. It will keep the troops happy until the main spread is ready!
Dill Pickle Popcorn
Dill Pickle Flavoring:
- 1 Tablespoon coriander seed
- 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dill weed
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/2 teaspoon citric acid
For the Popcorn:
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernals
- 2 Tablespoons coconut or peanut oil
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
Special Equipment Needed:
- spice grinder
- Place all ingredients for dill pickle flavoring in a spice grinder and process until smooth. Set aside.
- Pop popcorn using any method you choose. I use the Whirley-Pop with 1/2 cup kernals and 2 Tablespoons coconut oil.
- When popcorn is ready, drizzle with melted butter. Start sprinkling with dill pickle flavoring and tasting until desired flavor is reached. Everyone will use a varying amount.
There wasn't any leftover! Make sure to serve it hot.
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