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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. 301
    Katherine
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Also, i’m a fan on facebook.

    Reply

  2. 302
    Louise
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

    my favorite all-time snack, rarely indulged in anymore, is/was a thick, gooey/fudgy brownie with a tall glass of ice cold milk – oh my!!!!!!1111

    Reply

  3. 303
    Louise
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I am a fan and love you on Facebook

    Reply

  4. 304
    Alexandra
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I am a FB fan! I am addicted to popcorn as my fav snack and I sprinkle truffle salt and olive oil drizzle! Fantastic!

    Reply

  5. 305
    Serenity
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Sharp Cheddar Cheese with Garlic Powder sprinkled on it is my favorite snack!

    Reply

  6. 306
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    It used to be popcorn (I’ve never tried it with olive oil though – yum!) but lately it’s chips and salsa.

    Reply

  7. 307
    Chrissy
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    goat cheese and fresh bread!

    Reply

  8. 308
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I love pickles!

    Reply

  9. 309
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I like love & olive oil on facebook!

    Reply

  10. 310
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Definitely cookies and milk.

    Reply

  11. 311
    Kelly
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Tequila Lime Popcorn- yum yum

    Reply

  12. 312
    Tricia
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Onion dip and ruffles…..

    Reply

  13. 313
    Justine Sousa
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    dark chocolate with cranberries and almonds!
    well.. that’s today’s snack of choice anyway ;)

    i have tweeted and am a fb fan as well!

    Reply

  14. 314
    Christy
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    One of my favorite snacks is basically the same thing as this recipe, only a “cheesier” version of it. My good friends taught me how to make this popcorn using one of those old fashioned stove top crank poppers. Add about a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil to the popper to pop the corn in. Once its all popped, drizzle with olive oil, sea salt and then nutritional yeast. The nutritional yeast is what gives it the “cheesy” flavor. Plus you’re getting all the added benefits of all the b vitimins in the nutritional yeast as well as the good fats in the olive & cocnut oil. The mixture of oils is yummy-a sort of sweet, fruity, nutty flavor.

    Reply

  15. 315
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I once had popcorn drizzled with truffle oil and it was the most addicting thing ever. Absolutely delicious!

    Oh, so hard to choose a single all-time favorite snack…I think I’ll have to go with fried tofu squares sprinkled with garlic powder and tamari. I could eat those all day long!

    Reply

  16. 316
    Marsha A
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    My favorite snack is celery filled with peanut butter.

    Reply

  17. 317
    Mel
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    My favorite sack (for my fiance and I) is popcorn! We just had some watching TV a few hours ago. Haha.

    Reply

  18. 318
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Havarti and a good apple

    Reply

  19. 319
    jet6
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    all time favorite snack: cheese and crackers. any cheese. any cracker.

    Reply

  20. 320
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    The oils look so fancy! My favorite snack is probably good aged cheese, crackers and some sort of fruit (apples and clementines right now). Popcorn comes in at a very close second.

    Reply

  21. 321
    Molly
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    All time favorite snack has to be stopping at a gelateria, because it reminds me of my semester abroad in Italy. Can’t go wrong with gelato, preferably almond milk, tiramisu, or coconut.

    Reply

  22. 322
    Molly
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Also, I just liked your facebook page.

    Reply

  23. 323
    Amanda
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Brie and Bread

    Reply

  24. 324
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    i have a huge weakness for sweet potato fries, especially those frozen chipotle ones! yum!

    Reply

  25. 325
    TinaW
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    My favorite snack is a can of deluxe mixed nuts (not all at once, of course).

    Reply

  26. 326
    Lorraine
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    nachos with lots of extra cheese

    Reply

  27. 327
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Favorite snack-definitely pretzels! I love hard pretzels, nice and salty!

    Reply

  28. 328
    Rachael
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Leftovers! Which isn’t so much of a snack, more like a fourth meal!

    Reply

  29. 329
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    My favorite snack is potato chips and ranch dip!

    Reply

  30. 330
    Lisa
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    A good cheese and some good hard salami. Yum!

    Reply

  31. 331
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    My favorite snack is pasta or anything carbs related (cupcakes, cookies, pasta, etc)

    Reply

  32. 332
    Christy
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Oh and I just tweeted about this too!

    Reply

  33. 333
    Becca
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I’m a chips and salsa girl.

    Reply

  34. 334
    Becca
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I also like you on Facebook!

    Reply

  35. 335
    Abra
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I think cheese and crackers are my all time go to snack.

    Reply

  36. 336
    Abra
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I also like you on FB!

    Reply

  37. 337
    Lauren M
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Chips and salsa!

    Reply

  38. 338
    Jess :)
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Pretzels and Hummus! mmm mmm good :)

    Reply

  39. 339
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Chips and guac. Can’t get enough!

    Reply

  40. 340
    LiLi
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Favorite snack of the moment is raw brazil nuts. LOVE.

    Reply

  41. 341
    Lisa
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I never thought to do this with olive oil, although I have popped my popcorn in a pan with olive oil, which might have a similar but more subtle effect…however one of my favorite treats is popcorn with wasabi pepper salt. I found this in taiwan and tried it out on my popcorn and I love it! It gives a little kick and then lets you be to enjoy the flavor!

    Reply

  42. 342
    Lisa
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I now also like L & OO on facebook

    Reply

  43. 343
    Pam Smith
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    All time favorite snack? Proscuitto, sliced pear, and provolone cheese. Yum!

    Reply

  44. 344
    Bonnie
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Oatmeal cookies with choc chips & pecans. I’m addicted!

    Reply

  45. 345
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I think my all time favorite snack is cheese. I love cheese. Any kinds, cut it up, put it on a plate, and enjoy…

    Reply

  46. 346
    Brenda
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Cheese and crackers. Right now I am addicted to rainforest crisps….oh, and a crunchy honeycrisp apple on the side!

    Reply

  47. 347
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 12:53 am

    My all-time favorite snack is celery and cream cheese. I can pretend it’s healthy for about 5 seconds!

    Reply

  48. 348
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I just tried olive oil instead of butter on my popcorn. Consider me converted. Thank you!

    Reply

  49. 349
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Also, I’m already a Facebook fan!

    Reply

  50. 350
    Lou Ann
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 1:28 am

    All-time fave snack has to be popcorn, followed closely by fruit & nuts.

    louann dot rudd at gmail com

    hope to win the oil & thanks for hosting

    Reply

  51. 351
    Dee
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 6:03 am

    My favorite all time snack are nuts. Yummy!

    Reply

  52. 352
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 10:42 am

    My favorite snack would have to be pretzels!!! I love big soft pretzels, as well as the small crunchy kind! I would love to make some soft pretzels with the spicy olive oil. Yum!!!!

    Reply

  53. 353
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Yay! I liked you on Facebook!!!

    Reply

  54. 354
    The Naturalist
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I would have to say my all time favorite is Apple slices dipped in fresh maple syrup. I just have to comment about how amazing your website is. I just discovered it and am excited about the wealth and variety of recipes you have collected! (oh and I am a fan on fb!)

    Reply

  55. 355
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    My favorite snack is a salted nut roll.

    Reply

  56. 356
    marcoda
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I’m a purest: Love fresh popcorn with real butter and salt. YUM.

    Reply

  57. 357
    Regina S
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    smoked oysters on ritz crackers

    Reply

  58. 358
    christine yoo
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    my fav snack is potato chips, lately i have been obsessed with pop chips, so crunchy and yummy!!

    Reply

  59. 359
    mike
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Vanilla ice cream laboriously & lovingly mixed with Nestles -red can- powdered
    cocoa mix. Tests your patience but then it rewards you.

    Reply

  60. 360
    Mira C
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    This must be a leftover from my childhood, but I LOVE a good bowl of cereal with some frozen blueberries. So delicious!

    I was just craving popcorn recently – I’ll have to try this soon!

    Reply

  61. 361
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Hm, or snack I would say it’s a tie between those sheets of dried seaweed with oil and salt they have in Asian grocery stores or Trader Joe’s “Highbrow Chocolate Chip cookies” – neither of those stay around long in my household! :-)

    Reply

  62. 362
    Gbea
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    When I’m feeling healthy: pink lady apple with Trader Joe’s crunchy, usalted almond butter.
    When I’m feeling not-so-healthy: salty, buttery popcorn with plain M&M’s.

    Reply

  63. 363
    Felicia D.
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    My favorite snack is a Honeycrisp apple, sliced thin, dusted with freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt (or sometimes nutritional yeast).

    Reply

  64. 364
    Felicia D.
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Just ‘Like’ed you on Facebook. I really need to start paying more attention, I didn’t know you had a Facebook or Twitter account.

    Reply

  65. 365
    Felicia D.
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Also, now following you on Twitter — @Lornnii

    Reply

  66. 366
    AmandaK
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    dill havarti and Cheez-Its :)

    Reply

  67. 367
    Allison
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Popcorn with pesto!

    Reply

  68. 368
    Terri
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    My favorite snack is chips and dip
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

    Reply

  69. 369
    Terri
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweeted about giveaway
    http://twitter.com/#!/Terri6580/status/15619408848228352
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

    Reply

  70. 370
    Terri
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    “I liked Love & Olive Oil on Facebook
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

    Reply

  71. 371
    SJC
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    crusty baguette with some good butter – or olive oil!

    Reply

  72. 372
    Gina
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Favorite snack is slices of sharp (SHARP!) cheddar cheese and rolled-up slices of genoa salami. Y-U-M!

    Reply

  73. 373
    Megan
    Posted On December 16, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    My favorite snack is sharp cheddar cheese and buttery crackers. I hope I win!

    Reply

  74. 374
    Stephanie
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:07 am

    What is your all-time favorite snack? Toast, topped with cheese and honey. I put olive oil on the bread before I toast it, so these would be great to try!
    Following on Twitter (l123455) and I tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/#!/l123455/status/15634014861787136

    Reply

  75. 375
    Kristyn
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:12 am

    /like

    mmmm popcorn

    Reply

  76. 376
    Sharon
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Hard to choose one …but I’ll pick sunflower seeds!

    Reply

  77. 377
    Sharon
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Your facebook fan.

    Reply

  78. 378
    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 7:42 am

    pita chips and hummus is great snack

    Reply

  79. 379
    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 7:42 am

    like you on facebook

    Reply

  80. 380
    Nadia
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 10:49 am

    My favorite snack is a good cheddar cheese and a crispy Honeycrisp apple, or seedless black or red grapes! Mmmm yummy!

    Reply

  81. 381
    Nadia
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 10:49 am

    And I’m a fan on Facebook!

    Reply

  82. 382
    alison g
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    my favorite snack IS popcorn!

    Reply

  83. 383
    alison g
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    and i’m a fan!

    Reply

  84. 384
    alison g
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    and i tweeted!!!

    Reply

  85. 385
    Jo
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:42 am

    popcorn and red grapes. salty + sweet!

    Reply

  86. 386
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    White cheddar popcorn is definitely my favorite all time snack. I love Christmas too because my in-laws always give us a tin of popcorn. Will have to try this recipe out!

    Reply

  87. 387
    Narda
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Homemade bread just right out the oven dipped in delicious Olive Oil with salt and pepper. Simple and delicious. :)

    Reply

  88. 388
    Lynsey
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    My favorite snack is chocolate covered gummy bears!

    Reply

  89. 389
    Tanya R
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    My all time favorite snack is guacamole and chips, homeade of course! :) I married into a Mexican family and have the all time BEST recipe ever!!!

    Reply

  90. 390
    Tanya R
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I am a fan on facebook as well :)

    Reply

  91. 391
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Just “liked” you on facebook. What is not to like?! Love your site.

    Reply

  92. 392
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    My Grandpa pops his popcorn in olive oil and it’s amazing!

    Reply

  93. 393
    frances
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    My favorite snack has got to be a half an avocado, mixed with some lemon juice, salt, pepper and a little hot sauce, smeared on toasted sourdough bread. Sprinkled with feta if I’m feeling rich.

    Reply

  94. 394
    Chelsea
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Bacon!

    Reply

  95. 395
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Definitely breakfast cereal, dry, out of the box. Golden grahams or frosted flakes, specifically!

    Reply

  96. 396
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

    Reply

  97. 397
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:05 am

    And I tweeted!

    Reply

  98. 398
    Lisa Gilmore
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Funny…my all time favourite snack is popcorn!
    Air popped, with olive oil drizzled all over and my special popcorn seasoning on top.
    Special Seasoning:
    Engevita Yeast
    Parmesan Cheese
    Dried herbs:
    Basil
    Oregano
    Thyme
    Chile
    Paprika
    Dill Weed
    Dill Seed
    Lemon Pepper
    sometimes garlic seasoning
    Enjoy!!!

    Reply

  99. 399
    Aubrey
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I’m gonna go with a hunk of homemade bread and a spread of kerrygold butter. Heaven.

    Reply

  100. 400
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Lucky number 400! I’m getting my 89 year old Grandpa Olive Oil for Christmas. He has been watching cooking shows and wants some good Olive Oil. This would be perfect! Oh and as I commeted earlier…he pops his popcorn in olive oil.

    Reply

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