I’m not the best gift-giver in the world, and quite often Beard and I end up giving gift cards or money to our friends and family. We’re both crazy perfectionists that aren’t satisfied by the gifts we pick out for people; thus we assume they can pick the perfect gift out for themselves.
Well, this year I’ve been trying to be a bit better about more thoughtful gifts, and I think we nailed this one on the head for my father-in-law.
(I doubt he will be reading this until at least Monday, so I should be fine to post it.)
I made him a large batch of Garlic Basil Popcorn with Parmesan and Asiago. Seriously, this man loves his popcorn.
The recipe is as follows:
Garlic Basil Popcorn with Parmesan and Asiago
4 cloves garlic
several tbsp of olive oil
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
1/2 cup grated parmesan and asiago mixed
2-3 tbsp dried basil
I used the largest pot I have and started heating it up over low heat. While that was heating I chopped the garlic up.
I drizzled the olive oil into the warmed pan and let the olive oil get warm as well. This takes about 2-3 minutes. Then I threw in the garlic and left it there. Yes, I left the garlic in that oil over low heat for several minutes. I managed to take clothes off the line and hang the next load up. You really want the garlic flavor to work it’s way into the oil, but you want to be careful not to burn the garlic. That will give your popcorn a bad flavor.
Once I deemed the oil garlicky enough I skimmed the garlic out, careful to leave the oil, and threw a few kernels of popcorn in the pot.
There are a few little pieces of remaining garlic in there, but that’s ok.
Turn up the heat to medium high or high and wait until you hear the kernels pop.
When you do, put in the remaining kernels:
Then put a lid on the pot, watch your kernels pop like crazy! With potholders grab the pot handles and swirl the pot around every few seconds. This keeps the popped kernels from burning. Once the popping begins to slow down a bit, remove the pot from the heat, continuing to swirl it around a little. Wait until the popping stops to take the lid off. 😉
While you let the popcorn cool for a little, grate your cheeses if they aren’t already. And put your seasonings in:
Either use a wooden spoon to stir the popcorn or throw the popcorn and seasonings into bags and shake it up.
I packed up the gift popcorn into regular plastic bags with twist ties:
And I took a sample for myself 🙂