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Olive Oil Popcorn (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Spicy Olive Oil Popcorn

You know those days, when you’ve eaten dinner, but maybe it’s too late for dessert (or maybe you’ve already eaten dessert) and you still feel the need to munch? Maybe you’re watching a movie on a Friday night and to you, movies just aren’t complete without popcorn? Whatever your reason, sometimes we all just need a snack.

Enter the air popper. Yes, we have one. We’ve decided that this little unitasker is worth our precious cabinet space. You may feel otherwise, but we love our little popper.

One of our favorite snacks is freshly popped popcorn drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Yes, we kind of ripped the idea from Trader Joe’s (whose olive oil popcorn is practically like crack), but we’ve adopted it as our own.

Until now, however, we’ve stuck to plain old extra virgin. The fruitier the better. You’re only using a few tablespoons so you might as well use the good stuff. You may feel that popcorn is useless unless it is smothered in butter (and I think I’ve expressed my love for butter enough already this week), so let’s give the olive oil some love, too. Because it truly makes an otherwise ordinary snack extraordinary. This may be the shortest, simplest recipe I’ve ever posted. It may also be one of our all-time favorites.

Take it up another notch and use a fiery chili-infused olive oil, like the one the fine folks at Nudo were kind enough to send (they also sent me a sample of their stone ground lemon, which sounds divine, but maybe not on popcorn). But the chili… oh the chili! Spicy. Sassy. Delicious.

So for once (and I don’t say this often), put down the butter, and give this a try.

Olive Oil Popcorn

Makes 4 snack-size servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon table or popcorn salt (fine grain), or to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil of your choice

Directions:

Place popcorn kernels in air popper and pop according to manufacturers directions (alternatively, you can make 'air-popped' popcorn in the microwave, simply put kernels in a brown paper bag. Fold over top of bag multiple times. Microwave on high for about 4 minutes or until the pops are more than 1 second apart).

Transfer popcorn to a large bowl (much larger than the actual quantity of popcorn). Drizzle over olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time, and toss to coat. Continue adding olive oil until you achieve your desired coverage. Sprinkle with salt again and toss until evenly coated.

This wouldn’t be Giveaway Week without a giveaway, right? I am so pleased to be able to offer one of Nudo’s Three Tenors gift boxes to one of you. That’s right, one lucky reader will win a fabulous gift box with a sampling of some of Nudo’s most popular oils, including their basic extra virgin, stone ground lemon lemon, and the fiery chili-infused oil.

Would you believe, that after almost 4 years of blogging under this name, this is the first olive oil giveaway I’ve done? I should really put this name to better use…

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your all-time favorite snack?

Entries open through 12/17/10 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Saturday, December 18th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from Nudo. Please note that due to the perishable nature of this prize, this contest is open to US residents ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I love olive oil! I just entered to win a @nudoitalia olive oil gift box from @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/foeer8
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 72 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

Love & Olive Oil loves olive oil… do you?

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  1. 101
    Danielle
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I’m already a fan on facebook.

    Reply

  2. 102
    Rebeca
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I’m partial to nut butter straight from the jar :)

    Reply

  3. 103
    Maureen
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    While not the healthiest I love Chex Mix but I will usually grab some carrots and soft cheese.

    Reply

  4. 104
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I’ve learned to love grapes, but my favorite snack of all time is caramel popcorn mixed with M&Ms and cashews.

    Reply

  5. 105
    Kim Hines
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Any kind of cheese, on toasted pieces of bread with a glass of wine of course ;)

    Reply

  6. 106
    Erin S.
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    anything chocolate! and then i usually want something salty. then back to sweet, and so on. it’s a viscious cycle ;)

    Reply

  7. 107
    Sarah
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Cheese and crackers!

    Reply

  8. 108
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    My favorite snack is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

    Reply

  9. 109
    ricejen
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    My favorite all time snack is CHEESE. With bread….dates….crackers…apples…pears…..cured meats….or the Mexican version as queso with tortilla chips :-)

    Reply

  10. 110
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Butter pretzels with Nutella!

    Reply

  11. 111
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Apples and boursin. Mmmmm!!!! I could eat it for breakfastlunchanddinner.

    Reply

  12. 112
    Nina
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    A thin slice of Gorgonzola on a Carr’s cracker, drizzled with a tiny bit of honey.

    Reply

  13. 113
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    My favorite snack are chips! Especially Zapp’s jalapeno chips.

    I tweeted and I’m a FB fan! Loving giveaway week…would love more if I win!

    Reply

  14. 114
    Alys Carol
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Chips & Dip

    Reply

  15. 115
    jade
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    my usual snack is actually popcorn! I often eat it plain, though its also nice with some salted butter.

    but I think my favorite snacks are anything coated in white cheddar- white cheddar cheese puffs & white cheddar popcorn especially. yum yum yum!

    Reply

  16. 116
    courtney
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    ripe avocado spread liberally on toasted crusty bread. mmmmmmmmm…………

    Reply

  17. 117
    Beccs
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    My favorite changes all the time! But the one I’m currently craving (for an afternoon snack) is coffee and a piece of banana bread

    Reply

  18. 118
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    All time favorite snack??? Just one?? I suppose it would be tortilla chips (and dip); we almost always have them around. But I like a LOT of snacks!

    Reply

  19. 119
    Mary
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I would lie and say something healthy, but it’s gotta be french fries.

    Reply

  20. 120
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    My favorite is olive oil popcorn too…but use the olive oil to pop the corn on the stovetop in my Mom’s old dutch oven, and then sprinkle liberally with sea salt. YUM!

    Reply

  21. 121
    Mary
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I also just liked you on fb :)

    Reply

  22. 122
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I’m also a FB fan!

    Reply

  23. 123
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm
  24. 124
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    And of course, I already like Love and Olive Oil on Facebook!

    Reply

  25. 125
    Natalie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    My favorite snack of all time is either sour patch kids or avocado and cottage cheese. But omg this EVOO popcorn sounds amazing. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

    Reply

  26. 126
    Natalie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm
  27. 127
    Natalie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I’m already a HUGE fan on FB :)

    Reply

  28. 128
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I love to snack on hummus and raw veggies. Healthy I know, but so good.

    Reply

  29. 129
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm
  30. 130
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve been a long time fan/Liker on Facebook!

    Reply

  31. 131
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    this is going to sound cheesy but it’s 100% true: POPCORN is my favorite snack of all time! Me and my old roommate would generally go through a lb of popcorn in a week…easily. I LOVE my hot air popper! My favorite topping is salt, cumin and hot sauce!!

    Reply

  32. 132
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Yum! I think I need an air popper… my favorite snack of all time is definitely Chex Mix. Any kind. All kinds. The homemade kind, ever. I loooove me some Chex Mix.

    Reply

  33. 133
    laurel
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    hmm… we’re big popcorn fans, but heck, we also like ice cream!!

    Reply

  34. 134
    Jeff
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    My favorite snack is tortilla chips and guacamole.

    Reply

  35. 135
    susitravl
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I love good food, but my snack preferences lean toward the pedestrian…..Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Ice Cream Bars or Cheese & Crackers.

    Reply

  36. 136
    megan
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    if i HAD to choose… it’d have to be PUPPY CHOW! i add pretzels into my mix so you get the salty aspect too! mMMMMMMMMMmm!

    Reply

  37. 137
    Jennifer
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    My favorite snack is a homemade smoothie!

    Reply

  38. 138
    Ashley
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Popcorn, but cooked in a pan with grapeseed oil. It doesn’t even need other toppings. My roommate and I keep a jar of popcorn on the counter, and… well, it needs to be refilled often.

    Reply

  39. 139
    Karly
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I love figs, goat cheese and honey! And I’m now a fan on Facebook :)

    Reply

  40. 140
    Ashley
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook.

    Reply

  41. 141
    Emily
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Nothing is better than pretzels and chocolate frosting. Yum.

    Reply

  42. 142
    Anne
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    My favorite snack used to be popcorn…I could make it sweet or salty, depending on what I was craving! But now I’m in my first trimester and I’m sick sick sick! But this would totally be something to look forward to if I won!

    Reply

  43. 143
    Cathy Hodge Smith
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I am already a fb fan. My favorite snack is chive cream cheese spread on celery sticks! Yum!

    Reply

  44. 144
    Kristie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    My favorite snack is chips & guacamole.
    Great give away! The Nudo containers are super cute and colorful! Love them!

    Reply

  45. 145
    mende
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    my favorite snack has to be peanut butter and ritz crackers!

    Reply

  46. 146
    mende
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    i also already like you on facebook. :)

    Reply

  47. 147
    Becki H
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    It is actually popcorn.

    Reply

  48. 148
    Becki H
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I am a fan on facebook.

    Reply

  49. 149
    Susan W.
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Cheesecake…or maybe I shouldn’t consider that a snack? Nuts are always good too.

    Reply

  50. 150
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    My husband makes this popcorn with chili oil, garlic powder, and curry powder. It is amazing. Doesn’t sound that exciting, but it’s seriously addictive!

    Reply

  51. 151
    Holly H.
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Doritos and coca cola – I don’t have them very much, but they are always great together!

    Reply

  52. 152
    Margaret
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    It’s hard to pick a favorite snack. I guess right now my favorite snack is a good bar of dark chocolate.

    Reply

  53. 153
    Holly H.
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I’m a fan on FB!!

    Reply

  54. 154
    Alison mantooth
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Trail mixes are my usual go-to snack. A little sweet and energizing!

    Reply

  55. 155
    Adrienne
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    My all time favorite snack is guacamole! I love the texture and the richness…mmm…

    Reply

  56. 156
    Adrienne
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:52 pm
  57. 157
    Adrienne
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I like you on FB!

    Reply

  58. 158
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    My all time favorite snack is . . . frozen snickers. It’s my drug. I love airpopped popcorn, but I have no precious space left in my cabinents.

    Reply

  59. 159
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I am your newest follower on twitter! And now all my followers know about it.

    Reply

  60. 160
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    And now I’m a fan on facebook! Hip hip hooray!

    Reply

  61. 161
    Annie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    My all time favorite snack is homemade guacamole and homemade brown rice chips! SO tasty! trader Joes has great brown rice tortillas that are easy to chop up, season, and throw in the oven. Then on to mucho avocado! With lemon, salsa, salt and pepper…. you got yourself a mighty fine snack!

    Reply

  62. 162
    Annie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    And I “like” you on facebook! Of course!

    Reply

  63. 163
    EJ
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    my ultimate snack is fresh made salsa, a cut up avocado, and some tortilla chips (low on the salt).

    Reply

  64. 164
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I love just a good cheese. Some goat cheese or really any cheese. I don’t even need bread or crackers, just cheese. Yummy yummy cheese.

    Although I’m always down for some pepper kettle chips, Yum!

    Reply

  65. 165
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I follow you on twitter and I just tweeted! @ATPerez

    Reply

  66. 166
    Karen Thompson
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I love a mixture of salty/sweet. So I always reach for Reese’s PB cups, or chocolate covered pretzels, or I’ll just dump whoppers into a bowl with microwave popcorn.

    Reply

  67. 167
    Carolyn
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Peanut butter and bananas! Yumm

    Reply

  68. 168
    maggiewann
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    A handful of mixed nuts.

    Reply

  69. 169
    Jordan
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    this summer my boyfriend made me try an avocado, so now i’m in love with homemade guacamole and tortilla chips. mmm. and now i want some. :)

    Reply

  70. 170
    Jordan
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    plus i’m a fan on facebook

    Reply

  71. 171
    Jordan
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    and i tweeted (@jayemkae)

    Reply

  72. 172
    Kara
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Ooooh I’m craving popcorn now!!

    Reply

  73. 173
    Kara
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    plus I’m a fan on Facebook :)

    Reply

  74. 174
    rocio
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    my favorite snack is cheese! i really love a nice double cream brie with fresh bread or apples :)

    Reply

  75. 175
    Erin
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    For something salty, I like popcorn popped on the stove, and for something sweet I love homemade sugar cookies like my dad makes!

    Reply

  76. 176
    rocio
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    and i am now a fan on facebook!

    Reply

  77. 177
    Erin
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Also, just became a fan on Facebook! I didn’t know you were on there!

    Reply

  78. 178
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    popcorn with a box of snow caps….yum! But a more daily snack for me is cheese and crackers

    Reply

  79. 179
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    My favorite snack would have to be Peanut Butter (on bananas, apples, crackers, rice cakes, straight out of the jar, it doesn’t matter!)

    Reply

  80. 180
    Sue C.
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I love kettle corn!

    Reply

  81. 181
    Hilary Burke
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Cheese and crackers..yum!

    Reply

  82. 182
    Meg
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Right now, my favorite snack is veggies and crackers with a really delicious dip — there’s a tofu and veggie spread from Fairways that is AWESOME.

    Reply

  83. 183
    Hannah
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Coffee Icecream!

    Reply

  84. 184
    Erin R
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    my favorite snack is salted popcorn with m&m’s. Add them when the popcorn is warm so they melt inside!

    Reply

  85. 185
    Mary Frances
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Hummus and pita chips…yum!

    Reply

  86. 186
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I just discovered these mouth-numbingly spicy peanuts from China. Great w/ beer!

    Reply

  87. 187
    Anna Mkhikian
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    My favorite snack lately has been apple slices dipped in peanut butter. Simple, but so yummy.

    Reply

  88. 188
    Anna Mkhikian
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I’m also a fan on Facebook!

    Reply

  89. 189
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I am also a super popcorn lover! And I love it most from scratch. I learned from Alton Brown to use the wok. And it’s magical! You don’t need an air popper! AND Just throw a little sugar in there and it’s kettle corn!

    Reply

  90. 190
    Cristina B
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I love greek yogurt with blueberries and walnuts.

    Reply

  91. 191
    Cristina B
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    i am fan on facebook

    Reply

  92. 192
    Heather
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I love chips and salsa!

    Reply

  93. 193
    Pam
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Salt & vinegar chips, hands down.

    Reply

  94. 194
    jessica
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    pistachio’s

    Reply

  95. 195
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Sweet potato chips & red pepper hummus!

    Reply

  96. 196
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

    Reply

  97. 197
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    And I liked you on FB.

    Reply

  98. 198
    Mim
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Popcorn with slices of cheese on the side.

    Reply

  99. 199
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    hmmm…I love snacks and as I’m currently eating popcorn (popped in a pot!) drizzled with olive oil and parmesan cheese I’m going to say it’s that, with a piece of fruit on the side.

    Reply

  100. 200
    sarah
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    peanut butter straight from the jar!

    Reply

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