Thursday, February 4, 2010

This Ain't Your Kid's Popcorn

Being from Louisiana, it almost feels sacrilegious to not host a Geaux Saints Super Bowl shindig this weekend. If I was still in the States—or anywhere the game doesn't broadcast at 7:45AM—there's no doubt I'd make this kicky popcorn the leading party player.

Tequila Spiked Caramel Corn
Prep: 1 hour 15 minutes; Makes 16 cups.

16 cups air-popped popcorn
½ cup salted roasted peanuts
1 cup light brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
3 tablespoons agave nectar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1½ tablespoons tequila

Preheat the oven to 250° and position racks in the upper and middle thirds. Toss the popcorn with the roasted peanuts in a large heatproof bowl.

In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar with the butter, agave nectar, corn syrup and salt and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Boil over moderate heat for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Using a long spoon, stir in the baking soda and tequila; the syrup will foam. Immediately pour the hot syrup over the popcorn and peanuts and, using 2 spoons, toss to coat thoroughly.

Spread the popcorn on 2 nonstick baking sheets and bake for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally and switching the sheets halfway through, until golden and nearly dry. Turn off the oven, open the oven door completely and let the popcorn cool completely before serving.

The caramel corn can be kept in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


MVS said...

I saw you linked to cupcakesandcashmere. My partner is from nola and we live in delhi. we will be up at 5am to watch the superbowl. black & gold!

Courtney said...

MVS: I'll be in Delhi for the first time in just a few days! Will spend two weeks in India and I'm thrilled to see the country. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Frau said...

Go Saints!! It's on at Midnight here..I'm going to try and stay up!

Stephanie said...

Go Saints! Sean is making deep fried boccocini mozzarella balls and ribs, so it will be a feat of fat things!

{lovely little things} said...

What a great Super Bowl food!

MLou said...

Congrats on the big win! Could you hear the whoops of joy from KL?

Courtney said...

We could because our house was causing quite the raucous as well ;) great game!

Sarah said...

The popcorn sounds wonderful! I was told about your blog via your friend Julie and I have to say I absolutely love it! I hope you all have an amazing time in India.
India is an adventure, for sure!


Thanks for your wonderful blog. I always look forward to your posts!


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