Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's Truffle Popcorn

My inspiration for this popcorn was sparked at my favorite restaurant in my very own city, Encuentro Café and Wine Bar in Oakland, CA. As one of their small plates, they offered truffle popcorn, and loving popcorn as well as truffle flavor, I ordered it and fell in love. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I'm providing two options for your pleasure.

Air-Popped Version

Ingredients

  1. ½ cup (220 g) popcorn kernels
  2. 1 tablespoon nondairy butter
  3. 2 teaspoons white or black truffle oil
  4. Salt, to taste
  5. Freshly ground pepper (optional)
  6. Nutritional yeast (optional)

Directions

Using your air popper, add the popcorn kernels, and start popping.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over low heat or in a microwave, melt the nondairy butter. Add the truffle oil, and stir. Remove from heat.

Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl, and drizzle on the truffle-infused butter, along with the salt, tossing well. Season with additional salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast, if desired. Serve and enjoy.

Stovetop Version

Ingredients

  1. 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  2. ½ cup (220 g) popcorn kernels
  3. 1 to 2 teaspoons nondairy butter
  4. ½ to 1 teaspoon black or white truffle salt
  5. Salt, to taste
  6. Freshly ground pepper (optional)
  7. Nutritional yeast (optional)

Directions

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Once heated, add 4 or 5 kernels to the oil, cover and cook over medium heat until they start popping. Be sure to shake the pot continuously until the popping has stopped. As soon as the test-kernels have popped, add the ½ cup of popcorn to the pot, cover, and shake continuously until the popping slows to a few seconds between pops. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave, melt the nondairy butter. Remove from heat.

Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl, and drizzle on the nondairy butter along with the truffle salt, tossing well. Season with additional salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast, if desired. Serve and enjoy.

For Your Edification

Because Earth Balance, a fantastic nondairy butter, has salt, you will want to adjust your own salt accordingly. You'll also notice the stove-top recipe called for a little less Earth Balance simply because you're cooking the kernels in oil and you don't want them final outcome to be too greasy.

Gluten-free, wheat-free soy-free (if using soy-free nondairy butter)

Nutritional Information

Per 2-cup serving: Calories: 84, Protein: 2.1 g, Fat: 3.2 g, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Fiber: 2.3 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg

Yield: Makes 8 to 8.5 cups

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