You know what this Sunday is right? The season seven premiere of Game of Thrones! Now's your time to ready all of your binge-worthy snacks and settle in to find out whether or not Jon Snow ends up marrying his Aunt Daenerys (my personal favorite fan theory). At home in Maui, Hurricane Popcorn is the quintessential concession to be enjoyed at the movies. I think we can all agree that the Game of Thrones series is just as well-produced, and critically acclaimed as any good movie these days, so you might as well bust out all the ono-kine (delicious) snacks for this Sunday's big premier!
I am naming this recipe, Super Hurricane Popcorn because I swapped out some of the traditional (yet slightly less nutritious) ingredients for superfoods! So you can enjoy fistfuls of this addicting snack without having to worry about turning into Samwell Tarly. Nothing against Sam! #justsayin
Normally hurricane popcorn contains hot movie theater style popcorn that is topped with Arare Japanese Rice Crackers aka mochi crunch (think mini rice crackers baked in a sugary soy sauce), covered with a generous dusting of salty furikake seasonings, and finally the entire contents are dumped into a giant plastic bag and doused with a heavy helping of melted butter! It's the perfect combo of sweet, salty, crunchy and savory, but definitely not the healthiest snack in the aisle. Until this version!
A few weeks ago my friends over at Nutrex Hawaii gifted me with a bottle of their Pure Hawaiian Spirulina Powder to test out in my recipes. Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae that is between 55 and 70% protein, making it one of the most potent vegetarian protein sources available. I find that a small scoop is all you need for a boost of energy! I've also read that it provides immune system support, something we all really need. I've had fun blending spirulina into my smoothies, but now I'm curious about coming up with more out-of-the-box applications for this nutrient-rich plant protein. Then a thought popped into my head... POPCORN!
Would the sea-weed taste of spirulina boost the nori flavor profile in my favorite asian fusion Hurricane Popcorn mix? Why the heck not!? Instead of butter, try a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Lastly, nix the Arare and instead opt for nutritional yeast (nooch), aka "Nature's Cheeto Dust." Yet another source of complete protein and vitamins, in particular B-complex vitamins! I did leave in the furkiake because its my favorite part! However, Amazon sells a wonderful no-salt, no-sugar furikake blend called Urashima you can buy it here.
Some folks aren't keen on the taste of spirulina, but I think you may be surprised to find out how tasty it can be when combined with hot, fresh popcorn and a generous sprinkling of nooch! If you're still unsure, start with a smaller amount of the green stuff and work your way up!
I hope you'll be tuning in this Sunday with me to take in the seventh season of Game of Thrones. What Westeros-worthy snacks will you be preparing for the big premiere? Please share in the comments below!
Super Hurricane Popcorn
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast or more to taste
1 tablespoon Pure Hawaiian Spirulina
2 tablespoons furikake (I prefer this no-salt no-sugar Urashima brand)
½ teaspoon sea salt or more to taste
½ cup organic yellow corn kernels
2 tablespoons avocado oil (If you are using the stovetop method described below. Coconut oil would work here too.)
NOTE: You may use whatever method of popping the popcorn that you prefer. For health reasons I suggest using an air popper, or the stovetop method (see below for step-by-step directions to the stovetop method, or watch this video). Avoid the microwave if you can.
Pour 2 tablespoons of the avocado oil into a large, deep pot with a heavy lid.
Turn the heat on to medium-high. The oil should coat the bottom of the pot.
Add the sea salt directly into the oil. This will help flavor the popcorn from the inside out.
Once the oil visibly begins to thin, it's time to conduct the pop test. Drop 3 kernels into the pot, cover, and standby.
Once the test kernels have popped, add in the rest of the kernels and remove from heat. Shake the pot vigorously and coat all kernels in the oil. This 30 second waiting period will help all the kernels reach the same temperature before you place the pot back onto the heat source, allowing for a more even pop.
Return the pot to the stove, over medium-high heat. Once the kernels begin to pop, shake the pot vigorously. When the popping has slowed to several seconds between pops, remove the pot from the heat and immediately remove the lid.
Drizzle the hot, freshly-popped corn with the extra virgin olive oil and toss well. Sprinkle on the spirulina, nutritional yeast, and furikake as you continually toss the popcorn until the seasonings are evenly distributed.
Enjoy immediately while binge-watching your favorite TV series or movie!