Sunday, November 14

Thanksgiving Popcorn!

Nutty Apple Spice Popcorn!

You've heard of Thanksgiving stuffing, Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving turkey. But have you heard of Thanksgiving popcorn? Of course you haven't. That's because I just created it.

Why "Thanksgiving" popcorn? Read on.

I handed Jeff a bowl of popcorn and said, "Here, try this."

He ate a couple of handfuls and said, "This is the best popcorn you've ever made."

"Really?" I said. (I thought my best was my maple walnut popcorn.)

He took another handful and tossed it in his mouth.

"Oh, yeah. This is definitely the best. What's it called?" he asked.

"I don't know. I can't think of a name I like," I said.

"You should call it Thanksgiving popcorn. It's got all the flavors and smells of Thanksgiving," he said.

And that, my friends, is how today's popcorn got its name. Hmmm... I wonder if I can get my own Wikipedia entry for it.

Thanksgiving Popcorn
Yields 10-12 cups
Printable recipe.

This popcorn is a fun, kid-friendly appetizer or dessert to serve on Thanksgiving Day and pairs deliciously with mulled apple cider. If you really love pumpkin pie spice, then use it in place of the apple pie spice and call it "Pumpkin Pie Popcorn." 

3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans, almonds, or walnuts

1/2 cup dried cranberries

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
4 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 heaping teaspoons apple pie spice seasoning

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Coat two large rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray or aluminum foil.

2. Pour oil in a large saucepan over high heat and cover. After about 1 minute, listen for the shimmering oil as it heats up, then drop a couple of kernels in the pan. When they start sizzling and spinning, the oil is ready. Add remaining kernels. Cover the pan, and give it a couple of shakes so the kernels get coated with oil. Now listen for the popping. Once it really starts popping quickly, listen carefully. Remove the pan from the heat once the popping slows down to every few seconds, or it could burn quickly. Pour popcorn into a big bowl coated with cooking spray, and add nuts and dried cranberries.

3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper to a boil. Cook 1 minute. Add apple pie spice. Lower to a simmer for 2 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Pour syrup over popcorn and nuts, stirring to coat. Spread the popcorn mixture on to the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Break into small clusters.

Here are more delicious popcorn recipes you might enjoy:
Five Spice Popcorn recipe from Macheesmo
Maple Walnut Popcorn recipe from Food Blogga
Aunt Aly's Caramel Popcorn recipe from The Open Pantry
Chile-Lime-Tequila Popcorn recipe from 101 Cookbooks
Parmesan Pepper Popcorn recipe from Peanut Butter and Jargon
Cinnamon Sugar Caramel Popcorn recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod


Jessica @ How Sweet said...

This popcorn sounds dangerously delicious.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Yes it does seem to scream Thanksgiving and holidays and comfort foods.

debbie koenig said...

Holy crap, that looks crazy good. Me want. Now.

Liz the Chef said...

TG popcorn looks terrific - love the name, the story and your recipe!

Joanne said...

Well you may not be able to bottle up thanksgiving and sell it in a can, but you can certainly pop it out of a kernel! Good stuff.

Nick (Macheesmo) said...

Holy popped kernel Batman! That's amazing.

Great idea with the apple pie spice (and thanks for the shoutout)!

DessertForTwo said...

Oh yum! What a great idea! Since popcorn is a whole grain, I wouldn't feel guilty for eating this--perfect!

homegrown countrygirl said...

This sounds fantastic. And I love that you added pepper to the sweet mix! Yum!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Forget the turkey! I'm coming to your place!

Unknown said...

Great idea!
I will make for one of my contributions to Thanksgiving at a friends house.

Michelle said...

OHHH my! A MUST try!!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

jessica-It is. It should come with a warning. ;)

val-That's what I like to hear!


lizthechef-Oh, thanks a bunch!

joanne-Bottle and sell it. Ooh, now there's an idea.... ;)

nick-My pleasure, Robin! ;)

dessertfortwo-I like the way you think.

countrygirl-It's a delicious foil to the sweetness.

The Duo Dishes said...

The pepper is perfect! That sweet/spicy combo just works.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

This sounds like it become addictive.

We Are Not Martha said...

Delicious!! I made a Halloween popcorn and now I'm thinking there needs to be a popcorn for every holiday :)


The Teacher Cooks said...

I have popcorn in the pantry. Will be trying some of this soon!

Courtney said...

Amazing idea for popcorn. Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks to eat. Definitely trying this :)

Alanna Kellogg said...

You are a genius!

Kate VB said...

Just printed it...going to take it with me when visiting the family for Thanksgiving in Ohio. It's sure to be a treat and a hit! Thanks so much, Susan. - Kate VB

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I'm certainly "giving my thanks" to you for this lovely popcorn idea, Susan.
And my daughter's going to be thrilled!

Jun said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Made this for a Thanksgiving munchie - people fought over it! It is a new tradition in my family! I am actually making more tonight, so we can eat more standing in line tomorrow - to see Santa. Thank you! Bonus- my 3 year old doesn't like cranberries or nuts, so i get all of the GOODIES!

Twofarmshares said...

I've already made this twice and both times it vanished almost immediately. This was a great idea - Thanks! Ruth