Popcorn Possibilities for Oscar Night!

Oscar Popcorn 1For as long as I can remember (since I was 9 and was allowed to stay up past my bedtime!), I’ve been in front of the television on Oscar night!. And when the 88th Academy Awards Show gets underway this Sunday, I plan to continue the tradition. From the red-carpet segment to the sign-off several hours later, I’ll be glued to the screen and cheering for my favorites. Even though critics seem to be favoring “The Revenant,” either “Spotlight” or “The Big Short” are my choices for best picture.

No Oscar night would be complete without popcorn. Can you imagine watching the awards without a bowl of America’s favorite movie food at your side? If you want to get creative with those popped kernels, here are a few easy and tempting ways to season them.

  1. Melted unsalted butter, finely grated Parmesan, and sea salt
  2. Melted unsalted butter, sea salt, and coarsely ground black pepper
  3. Olive oil, crushed dried rosemary, and sea salt
  4. Truffle oil (this is a slight extravagance, but so good!) and sea salt

Use as much or as little of the ingredients as you like, tossing the popcorn until you are pleased with the balance of flavors.

If you want a printable ballot to compare your choices to the Academy’s you’ll find one here.





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3 thoughts on “Popcorn Possibilities for Oscar Night!

  1. Betty, My husband is a huge fan of popcorn and loves to use Grape Seed Oil. He was given this recommendation from another popcorn fan and now it’s his “go-to” oil. BTW presenting your Autumn Chicken Soup tonight for company – now there is a winner!

  2. Thanks so much for your note, Julie. I’ve never tried grape seed oil, but will keep it in mind for next time! So glad you like that Autumn Chicken Soup. It will be in my new book Soup NIghts that comes out this October!

  3. Oh wow,

    These are dangerous! Watch out, Janzen household! I am especially liking the parmesan, salt, and butter combination.

    I know what I will be doing all evening, maybe I will make too much and my neighbors will finally like me.

    Thank you so much for the creative ideas and great post, keep up the good work,

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