Yield: Makes 18 cups
This is the recipe to think about if you are going to a party—it would make a great gift instead of a bottle of wine. I recently prepared this as a party favor for a luncheon of 750 women, and they loved it. Even more note-worthy: I still loved it after making such a huge batch! That says a lot. The combination of sweet and spicy in the popcorn is what makes it different from anything else you’ve tasted.
Make Ahead Tips
If you do not serve immediately, you can package the caramel popcorn in airtight bags for storage. It will keep well for 4 days.
A thorny bush with aromatic, hourglass-shaped leaves, common to Southeast Asia, kaffir lime, also called wild lime, has an intense and unique pepper-lime flavor. If you can’t find it, you can substitute grated lime zest.Used in curries in India and Sri Lanka, curry leaf is fried along with chopped onion in the first stage of cooking. Usually called “curry leaves,” they are also called “neem leaves” or “curry neem leaves.” Curry leaf has a slight nuttiness that adds backbone to the flavor of a dish. There really is no substitute, so if you can’t find the leaves, simply omit them from the recipe.
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This is outrageously good! I now make this whenever I need a surefire hit for any gathering. (I pack it in individual cellophane bags tied with raffia.) Everyone seems to love it; and I always receive requests for the recipe.
The results sound wonderful ... BUT ... nonstick, Teflon-coated pans are n-e-v-e-r supposed to be used over "high" heat and this pan's gotten so hot that the contents smoke ... that could be a serious issue for the cook, as well as the pan ...
Couldn't resist trying this after reading through the recipe. If we hadn't planned on taking it to a NYE party, my husband and I would have been tempted to eat the entire batch.WOW, weird and wonderful!!!! Sure beats the old cheese & cracker routine!
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