Hurricane Popcorn with Tea Furikake

Spice up the quintessential movie snack with this simple, modern recipe.
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From Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea by Annelies Zijderveld

Give the microwave—and your guests—a break. This innovative take on classic “hurricane popcorn” will give you something to think about next time you find yourself confronted with an overpriced bucket of kernels covered in “butter-product” at your local movie theater.

Popular in Hawaii, hurricane popcorn also has leagues of fans on the mainland. This tea version swaps out seaweed furikake (dry Japanese seasoning) for nutty Dragon Well. Make sure to pick through the tea for any twigs before grinding.

  • 1 tablespoon loose Dragon Well tea, coarsely ground
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup organic popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon safflower, grape seed, or other neutral oil

Stir the tea, sesame seeds, salt, and sugar in a bowl to make the furikake. Pop the corn by your preferred method, in a hot air popper or on the stovetop. Pour into a bowl. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle on the furikake.

Published on February 25, 2016

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