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Scampi Popcorn?

A friend of mine loves to entertain and always has snacks on-hand.  This one took me by surprise.  He had sauce from a Shrimp Scampi dish and decided to drizzle it over popcorn.  The hot popcorn took in the buttery delicious sauce and this made for a great and decidedly different treat!

Dedicated to our friend, Larry!



Popcorn (pop according to package instructions and set aside)
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 shallots, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves


In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using) until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil. When the butter has melted, stir well and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil, toss with your freshly made popcorn, and serve immediately.

One Comment

  1. Enjoy!


    2/3 cup white wine vinegar
    12 large garlic cloves, peeled
    6 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
    3 tablespoons curry powder
    4 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
    1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
    1/2 teaspoon (heaping) dried crushed red pepper
    4 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds
    4 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs (about 10), cut into 1-to 1
    1/2-inch pieces
    8 tablespoons olive oil

    5 cups chopped onions
    2 14 1/2- to 16-ounce cans diced tomatoes in juice
    2 cinnamon sticks

    1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

    Steps Place first 9 ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Transfer spice mixture to large bowl. Add chicken and 4 tablespoons oil and toss to coat well. Heat remaining 4 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until golden, about 8 minutes. Add chicken mixture and stir 3 minutes to blend flavors. Add tomatoes with their juice and cinnamon sticks; bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until chicken is tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Season chicken mixture to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered until liquid is slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks. Stir in cilantro and serve. Makes 6 – 8 Servings.

    Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 8:25 am | Permalink

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