Closing out our month of citrus it’s time to talk about limes. I had a surprisingly difficult time coming up with a recipe to adequately showcase these little green buggers.
With award season and the Super Bowl upon us I thought this would be a great opportunity to make some snacks for while you’re gathered around the TV. Even if you’re not an award show junkie or a sports fan we can all rejoice in the return of Downton Abbey and Sherlock!
We know all about how delicious limes are in guacamole or how they make a margarita pop, but what are some other, unexpected places we can find them? How about a bowl of zesty chili-lime popcorn? And to wash it down a bonus recipe for a twist on a Dark and Stormy!
If you’ve never made your own popcorn before you’re missing out. It’s absurdly easy and makes for a great, fiber packed snack.
about 3-4 cups of popcorn
1/3 cup unpopped popcorn
3 TBSP vegetable oil
1/2 tsp lime juice zest of 1 lime
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp chili powder
salt to taste (optional)
In a large pop, heat oil over medium heat. Place 3 or 4 kernels of corn in the pot and cover. When kernels begin to pop add rest of the corn and cover. Cook over medium heat shaking the pot occasionally until corn begins to pop. Continue to shake pot to make sure kernels on the bottom don’t burn. When you go 5-10 seconds without hearing popping remove from heat and pour into a large bowl.
In a small bowl combine lime juice, lime zest, cumin and chili powder. Pour over the popcorn and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with salt if desired and toss again. Serve with a cool beverage in front of the TV.
Maker’s Mark and Stormy
1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark bourbon
Cold ginger beer (I like to use Reed’s Ginger Brew)
Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in bourbon and a splash of lime juice. Fill to top with ginger beer and garnish with a slice of lime.