Blue Heaven Popcorn
Blue Heaven Popcorn is one of our team's favorite foods. And over the last two years while Rogue Creamery was creating Blue Heaven, our team popped up a lot of corn and tested lots of different recipes. Our favorite popcorn is grown in Wisconsin by the Tietz Family on their historic farm. Non-GMO, and pops up light and fluffy and in four varieties. The Blue Heaven Popcorn recipe here is one of our favorites and makes the best use of artisan corn, and our delicious, amazing powdered cheese seasoning, Blue Heaven.
3 T canola or peanut oil (high smoke point oil)
1/3 cup of high quality popcorn kernels
1 3-quart covered saucepan
2 T or more butter
3 T. or more (depending on your taste preference)
Rogue Creamery Blue Heaven
Salt to taste
Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan on medium high heat and put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the oil and cover the pan.
When the kernels pop, add the rest of the 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover, remove from heat and count 30 seconds. (Count out loud; it's fun to do with kids.) This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, then waiting 30 seconds brings all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature so that when they are put back on the heat, they all pop at about the same time.
Return the pan to the heat. The popcorn should begin popping soon, and all at once. Once the popping starts rapidly, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. Try to keep the lid slightly ajar to let the steam from the popcorn release (the popcorn will be drier and crisper). With this technique, nearly all of the kernels pop and nothing burns.
Add melted butter into a wide bowl and swirl to coat sides and bottom. Sprinkle the bowl liberally with Blue Heaven Blue Cheese powder. Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat, remove the lid, and dump the popcorn immediately into the bowl. Toss to distribute butter and Blue Heaven powder. If your popcorn is not ‘cheesy’ enough for you, add more melted butter to the warm popcorn and sprinkle with Blue Heaven and stir till you have the taste just right for you!
Salt to taste. If you add salt to the oil in the pan before popping, when the popcorn pops, the salt will be well distributed throughout the popcorn.
posted 2014 February